Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a compound that helps generate energy in your cells. Your body produces CoQ10 naturally, but its production tends to decrease with age.

CoQ10 is nothing new. In fact, it's been a hero ingredient in Japanese beauty for years. So what exactly is it?

What is CoQ10?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 for short) is a naturally produced bodily enzyme and one of the most fundamental antioxidants. It's a kind of fat-soluble quinone compound. Coenzyme Q10 is found in every cell of the human body. A coenzyme is a substance that enhances or is necessary for the action of enzymes, generally smaller than the enzymes. CoQ10 is vital in energy production in cells. 

When we're younger, we're able to produce as much CoQ10 as we need for energy. As we got older, aging and stress slow down the CoQ10 creation process, and our supplies diminish. Coenzyme Q10 in humans begins at low levels when we are young, peaks in our late teens, and begins to decline after 20 years of age.

There's legitimate science backing up the claims of CoQ10's antioxidant properties, antioxidants are basically shields you can apply to your skin to combat all the things that contribute to aging skin such as UV radiation, Infrared radiation and ozone pollution. Remember that the majority of the aging of our skin is from environmental sources so if we can block those from occurring, our skin will age less.

Benefits of CoQ10 for Skin

While naturally occurring CoQ10 can be digested for energy, it can do a number of things in skincare products. In terms of skincare, it can go in everything, face wash, toners, moisturizers, and under eye creams, helping to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

1. Energizes cell activity

This energy is needed to repair damage and make sure the skin cells are healthy. Active skin cells get rid of toxins easily and can make better use of nutrients. When your skin ages, all these processes slow down, causing dull and sallow, wrinkled skin. CoQ10 can keep your cells active and energized, helping your cells rid themselves of toxins.  

2. Reduce sun damage

The skin is damaged by exposure to the sun's UV rays, which provides a source of free radicals, which can be damaging to the cells' DNA. 

The potent antioxidant function of CoQ10 helps it to protect the skin at the molecular level from the damaging effects of the sun and from damage by free radicals. It works by decreasing the collagen degradation of skin and interdicting the damage caused by photo-aging.

3. Even out skin tone

CoQ10 works to block tyrosinase, which helps with the production of melanin. This means that CoQ10 can help fade and prevent dark spots.

4. Stimulate collagen and elastin production

CoQ10 supports the bodies ability to produce collagen and elastin.

5. Replenishes skin cells

More energized skin cells means healthier skin cells. Adding CoQ10 to your skincare allows your cells to better utilize other nutrients, leading to healthier skin overall.

6. Helps reduce damage of free radicals

Since CoQ10 aids in cell activity, it also means that your cells are more efficient in flushing out toxins like free radicals and healing the damage they cause.

7. Helps soothe skin

While toxins are being flushed out, your skin is silently thanking you. CoQ10 works to help your cells remove what's irritating cells and your skin.

8. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

This ingredient helps your body produce collagen and elastin, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

The great Japanese beauty products with CoQ10

DHC Q10 Washing Cream-Face Wash-Cleanser

CoQ10 Washing Cream is a creamy cleanser infused with antioxidant-rich coenzyme Q10. Its luxurious, high-volume lather leaves skin feeling soft and free from impurities without stripping. Olive oil and squalane moisturize dry skin and protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier. 

DHC Medicated CoQ10 Soap

Luxurious Q facial soap enriched with coenzyme Q10 lathers up to create a rich foam for powerful cleansing that is gentle and soothing on the skin. Deep cleanses pores and thoroughly removes dead skin and impurities that cause dullness. Q10 activate skin cells and gives skin firmness and elasticity, best for anti aging.

DHC Medicated Q Milk-Face Moisturizer-Bella Tokyo

Antioxidant-fueled facial Q10 milk promotes firmness and helps neutralize free radicals at the surface level. Features olive oil, collagen, and sodium hyaluronate to hydrate and protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

DHC Medicated Q Pack Sheet-Face Mask-Bella Tokyo

Neutralizes free radical damage and addresses elasticity loss with coenzyme Q10. It contains sodium hyaluronate and collagen to help maintain skin's natural moisture barrier, best Q10 face mask for anti-aging. Customizable Japanese design allows for an adjustable fit. 5pcs