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Are you helping your CoQ10 levels?

Written by Pia Kynoch | Verve Beauty Therapy on July 7th, 2016.      0 comments

Did you know that after the age of 30 your natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish? By the time you’re 45 this depletion of CoQ10 continues to accelerate…. and by age 70 your natural CoQ10 levels may be more than 50% lower than they were when you were a young adult!

You may know that CoQ10 improves cardiovascular health, boosts energy and stamina, supports healthy vision, hearing and oral health… but did you know you need it to sustain healthy skin?
Statins (which are cholesterol lowering medications) and many other prescription drugs can quickly deplete CoQ10 Levels. Taking a high quality CoQ10 supplement will help to replenish internal levels, but you need to support your external skin levels too. Using a high quality, carefully formulated fragrance/colour/paraben/amine/mineral oil free CoQ10 serum will positively influence your age affected cells, and help reduce skin ageing, fine lines and wrinkles. Envejecimiento-prematuro-989

This fabulous active works hard to enhance cellular metabolism. But what does "enhance cellular metabolism" even mean?? Well, in simple terms, cells are constantly requiring energy for their own growth, repair and communication abilities. As we age our cellular metabolism naturally slows, and is also seriously affected by our modern diet and lifestyle. So, the presence of CoQ10 will assist a cell in obtaining chemical energy - without this process, a cell will eventually die as it lacks the energy it needs to carry out biological reactions.

Studies have shown that topical application of CoQ10 enhances production of epidermal basement membrane components. Sure, I hear you say - sounds good, but what is that?

This all important supportive membrane is the critical interface between your epidermis and dermis – it is vital for continual cell communication, nutrient exchange, and also for a smooth textured skin!
CoQ10 will also protect your skin cells from free radicals and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is greater than the body's ability to stabilise them with anti-oxidants. Think of ROS as being a wild, destructive little group of reactive byproducts, kept in control only with an army of vitamins and anti-oxidants (hence why a healthy food and skin diet is so important!). An ROS/antioxidant imbalance leads immediately to oxidative damage that negatively effects or destroys proteins, lipids, and DNA – not good! coq10-1-222

Certain external factors can trigger excessive production of these damaging ROS. These factors include:

• Exposure to UV 
• Pollution
• Smoking (first or second hand)
• Eating an unhealthy diet - too much, too little, or the wrong things
• Excessive exercise or too little exercise
• Particular medications and/or treatments

It is antioxidants that neutralise free radicals and ROS, and even with a great diet, enough sleep and adequate exercise our skin still needs a bit of extra help - or a lot, if you aren't performing so well in all those categories! Our amazing skin is the constant buffer against all the external free radical and ROS triggers. Therefore, a constant supply of external sources of antioxidants should be a part of your daily ‘skin food’ diet, in order to reduce oxidative stress and drastically minimise the related damage.

So, thank you CoQ10 for all your help - what a little dynamo!




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