I’m sure most of you have heard of coQ10. It’s a buzz word in the skin care industry. Today, let’s talk about what coQ10 is, why it benefits our skin and how we can make a SUPER SIMPLE product with coQ10 in it!!
coQ10 is somewhat similar to hyaluronic acid and collagen. Our bodies naturally produce all 3. As we get older, our bodies production slacks off and the result is lost firmness and elasticity. Basically, before the age of 20, our body produces coQ10 in abundance. Age 30 hits, and production greatly decreases, hence the beginning signs of aging.
So what is coQ10? coQ10 is an enzyme. It has 3 functions.
- It produces energy for healthy cell function
- It’s works as an antioxidant-it neutralizes free radicals
- It keeps cells healthy.
coQ10 is what prompts the cells to produce elastin and collagen. Age is not the only factor that causes the declining production of coQ10-stress is also a culprit-Yikes! Of course, over exposure to the sun greatly decreases your supply as well. All you teens and 20 somethings-WHERE A HAT!!!
Using coQ10 in your daily beauty regime can greatly enhance cell efficiency as well as repair and regenerate damaged skin cells.
Benefits of coQ10 skin care:
- It’s a powerful antioxidant-This means it can hunt free radicals that are responsible for damaging your skin, causing it to age.
- It energizes your skin cells causing them to repair more efficiently.
- It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which are responsible for firmness and flexibility in the skin.
- It can protect against sun damage.
- It helps skin cells rid themselves of toxins which in turn helps with healthy, radiant looking skin.
coQ10 Facial Oil
The rule of thumb with THIS particular coQ10 is to use 1/4 a teaspoon with 1 ounce of a carrier oil. This product can not be mixed into a water ingredient. Because it is mixed in oil, no preservative is needed. The above recipe is simply my recommendations. You could use any essential oils or carrier oils you like as long as you keep the proportions the same.
A word from Lotion Crafter on Q MAX–
Topically applied, Q-Max™ can penetrate the cell layers of the skin and may attenuate the depth of wrinkles due to photo aging, as well as epithelial cell turnover. Kerotinocyte cells make up the majority of human skin cells and CoQ10 has been shown to protect these skin cells from oxidative DNA damage induced by ultraviolet light. CoQ10 supports the body’s natural defense mechanism against the damaging effects of free radicals, particularly the lipid per oxidation in skin.
You can use this facial oil morning and night. For oilier skin types, I suggest using it only at night. Use only 4-7 drops. Anymore then that will leave your skin very oily. Also, be sure to shake your oil each time before use.
If you are not interested in doing this DIY-I have introduced a new product in my Etsy shop. It is a coQ10 facial oil with seabuckthorn (a powerhouse of an oil we’ll discuss more later), rosehip seed oil, sweet almond oil, non-GMO vitamin E oil and a blend of lavender, patchouli, frankincense and geranium essential oils. All ingredients are organic. This is the mother of all facial oils and since I’ve been using it, I’ve seen great improvement on my moisture levels as well as smoothness of my skin. Find it HERE.
This post has been a long time coming-I just assumed that coQ10 was out of reach for the skin care DIYer but it actually is one of the easiest YET effective DIYs I’ve created! Adding coQ10 to a facial oil is as simple as adding an essential oil!
Has or does anyone take a coQ10 supplement? I know taking a supplement serves many more purposes then just boosting skin health but I would love to know the effect an oral supplement has on the skin!