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 all the coQ10 skin benefits and how we can make a SUPER SIMPLE DIY face oil!!
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.
More DIY coQ10 Recipes:
coQ10 Skin Benefits:
- 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.
According to a 2015 study, topical Q10 treatment improves antioxidant properties of stressed skin.
According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, topical coQ10 is a topical energizer of aged skin.
DIY coQ10 Face Oil
- 1/4 tsp. Q MAX (coQ10) (find it HERE)
- 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- 1 drop Carrot Seed Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- Fill the rest of a 1 ounce glass dropper bottle with Rosehip Seed Oil (find it HERE)
DIY coQ10 Face Oil
Learn how to make a serum that will not only rejuvenate moisture in your skin, it will also improve cellular health and give your skin a smoother, younger appearance.
- 1/4 tsp. Q MAX (coQ10)
- 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 drop Carrot Seed Essential Oil
- Fill the rest of a 1 ounce glass dropper bottle with Rosehip Seed Oil
- Add all ingredients to a 1 ounce glass dropper bottle.
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 DIY face 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.
This post has been a long time coming-I just assumed that coQ10 skin benefits 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 DIY face 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!
I hope you’ll give my DIY coQ10 face oil a try. coQ10 is quiet the anti aging tool.
I have taken coQ10 as a supplement off and on over the years. I am not currently taking it. I did notice it improved my overall energy levels. I can’t say for sure if it had an effect on my skin since I did it at the same time I was changing other parts of my routine. An integrative MD that I respect a lot recommended it as a supplement that everyone could benefit from as they age, along with Resveratrol. Reading this has me inspired to start taking it again!
Thank you for sharing and teaching.
You mentioned the benefit of the coQ10 facial oil. You also listed in your website The Fountain of Youth (in a bottle). Which one you recommend for 50+ skin with deep furrow and marionette lines.
lz-I recommend the coQ10 serum-it’s more aimed for aging skin and a higher quality oil. BUT-I do love the fountain of youth oil and have had many readers and buyers tell me they see great results from it. It’s really so much about what your skin responds to.
Can you tell us the specific amounts of seabuckthorn, rosehip seed oil, sweet almond oil, non-GMO vitamin E oil and the blend of lavender, patchouli, frankincense and geranium essential oils that you used in your product on Etsy? I have all of these ingredients and would like to make for myself 😉
Hi Lisa! I’m actually working on this exact recipe for a post that will be up probably tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Hi Jenni, can I use this and the other coq10 oil with seabuckthorn wo adding any of the essential oils to it or does it work better or require the essential oils? Thanks so much!
Nicole-You can. The essential oils add anti aging benefits but the true stars of this oil are the sea buckthorn and coQ10.
Thanks for breaking down the coq10 and carrier oil amounts.
I use olive oil at night and avocado oil during the day.
What I have noticed when I add the coq10 is that it does not stay blended? every time I use it I have to shake it together. Is this normal?
Lynda-I haven’t noticed that but I believe I have only made this serum in dark bottles and I’m in the habit of shaking my serums before I open them.
I would like to make this as a body oil. Would you use the same ratio?
Sherri-Great idea-yes use the same proportions!
Hi! I’m thinking about trying this. How long will it last before the mixture goes bad?
Isabela-It stays good for 6 mos.!
This is just FYI for all on the use of the fantastic CoQ10.
I had never heard of C.Q10 until I almost died from walking barefoot thru a puddle of what was later determined to be diazinon poison the city used to spray for mosquitos.
I was air vaced to a major hospital. Once i was home, my doctor told me that he was putting me a the most important med I could ever take, no prescription, and I was to take it daily. He gave me 3 years to live, I had 70% of my heart left, and he said this might buy me some extra time. It was CoQ-10. I was 47 years and they called my kids in from the east coast. That was a nightmare to me, but I decided I didn’t have time to be ill because I had to much to do.
I had a 30 day supply from the hospital, and called the pharmacy to make sure they had it. They didn’t so they had to order it. To date, I have never missed more than 3 days without the Q-10. If I do, I feel it, my heart will throw a fit and tell me to get to the drugstore, NOW! lol
Well, I also decided to use the Kombucha tea also. but I am healthy, living a nice life, and I will be 70 my next birthday in four months.
Was it the Q-10? Who knows, but I am still at 70% heart function, when I go to a hospital that doesn’t know me, they throw me in a wheelchair and rush me to icu Rofl, until i get out of the chair and tell them.
So thank you for the info about the CoQ-10. That might be why everyone thinks I am 50 ROFL
Meeo-Thank you for sharing!! You’re so welcome!
I take CoQ10 100mg daily for migraine prevention. Sadly I haven’t noticed any difference in my skin…
Heather-I wondered if taking it internally could help the skin. Some people report it does but we’re all so different. Have you tried it topically?
Can you add Coq10 to any essential oil blend? Will multiple oils ‘cancel’ out any benefits of any of the ingredients? Can you use it like a carrier or is it more to be thought of like an Essential oil…ie just a small amount? Thank you 🙂
Aly-You can use this particular coQ10 with any oil based ingredients. It is like an essential oil, you can only use a small amount per ounce. Multiple oils won’t hurt the coQ10 as long as you keep the write percentages. Hope this helps!
I found your blog last night and ended up spending hours reading page after page. I’m so intrigued! But also overwhelmed because there are so many options I’m not sure where to start! I am 30 and have relatively oily skin and large pores that are prone to clogging. I was thinking of doing the jojoba oil cleanser, the vitamin C mask once a week and then maybe the hyaluronic serum – the high molecule in the morning and low at night. What do you think? Can you make any recommendations? Which toner shouLd I use? I currently have Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera, but I like the idea of making my own once it runs out. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
Lindsay! Thank you so much! I like all your ideas. I think since you’re more on the oily side, oil cleansing and the HA serums will probably be enough moisture. As for toners, they are the least important in your regime. I use Thayers in a lot of my toners so I would use what you have and enhance it with extra aloe, a hydrosol and/or essential oils. I would get creative with your toner-you really can’t go wrong! Good luck on everything!!
Oh, also, what about retinol?
Lindsay-I’ve not worked with retinol so I can’t say much about it. From what I know, it can be harsh and possibly not natural enough. I would have to do more research before I could say for sure.
Love your Blog….so simple to understand, and I see a caring in your answers…so awesome. I have serious skin issues due to “Sensory Neuropathy”. A trentinoin presciption 0.1% has saved my skin. BUT it can use a boost – sooo I find the Q10 as maybe a winner !!??!! I need to keep things uncomplicated – which you are very good at…BIG HUG and thanks………I do use also a glycolic acid 10% toner (dermatologist approves 10% and less would not be as effective per Doctor ) I found in skin care for men, a much lower price than the women focused products LOL !
??? I found a great HA product “Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion” and love it….
With all that in mind what carrier oil would you suggest I use that would complement this regimen?? Something light that the CoQ10 would like……THANK YOU SO MUCH,
Victoria! Hi! Thank you for your kind words! I like jojoba oil-it’s a dry oil and doesn’t leave you greasy. I LOVE rosehip seed oil as well. It’s great for anti aging and also a dry and deeply penetrating oil. I’ve been known to use it on it’s own. I mix coQ10 with it for the facial oil I sale so I can vouch they’re a great combo! Have you thought about squalane? It’s different-it’s made from olives and has a cool texture. It’s light. Hope this helps!!
PS…I have ordered the CoQ10 ( – ;
I like idea of using CoQ 10 for serum , I have been using orally on and off for a while. How about I open capsules of coQ 10 to add in serum?
Nutan-I’m not sure that would work because the molecule of a capsule might be too big. I would encourage you to get the Q-Max since it is meant for the skin.