CoQ10 is consistently one of the highest performing ingredients in skincare, and it's no wonder when you consider all that it does in our bodies. This miracle antioxidant plays such an important role behind the scenes, keeping us healthy and youthful, we just couldn't wait to tell you all about it!
What is CoQ10, and why is it important?
You've likely heard of CoQ10 at some point, as it relates to almost anything associated with good health. Commonly called CoQ10, you might also find it under the names Coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone. This antioxidant is used by literally every cell in our bodies for energy production, which is why it is so prevalent in the health world. While we peak in CoQ10 production in our 20s, natural production starts to decrease in our 30s. By the time we hit our 50s, supplementation is usually encouraged.
So how do we get our hands (or more appropriately our mouths) on CoQ10? As an oil-soluble vitamin-like ingredient, it is most commonly found in fatty foods such as fish. It can also be obtained from certain whole grains, and in the case of topical applications, fermented yeast. Oral supplementation is another way to get high quality CoQ10 in your diet as well, though it is important to vet your sources to ensure high quality. One good indicator is its coloring, which should be bright yellow to orange.
Oral and Topical Uses of CoQ10:
When it comes to the benefits of CoQ10 in our bodies, it's hard to fit it into a tidy list, as it is so prevalent. As we mentioned before, it is found in every single cell of the body, so you can imagine it is beneficial to every function of the body.
Orally, this supplement is used to help reduce blood pressure, support nervous system and respiratory health, mental health anomalies, candidiasis, diabetes, and obesity, just to name a few things! But when it comes to topical use of CoQ10 serums, this ingredient is nothing short of amazing.
The reason the beauty industry has been abuzz about CoQ10 for so long is not only because consumers have seen great results, but there have also been scientific studies around the actions of topical application of CoQ10, and they are quite impressive! These studies have shown that CoQ10 absorbs into the upper layer of skin where it helps to prevent and reduce the depth of wrinkles when used at 0.3%. (Birch Sisters CoQ10 Serum includes 1% CoQ10!) Other attributes of CoQ10 include the ability to even skin tone, plump the skin, increase moisture retention, boost collagen production, and enhance other ingredients. As an antioxidant, CoQ10 can also prevent future damage to the skin, which is so important for healthy, youthful skin. One final bonus is that it enhances other ingredients that it is paired with, and works synergistically with other antioxidants, so it can safely be used with other antioxidant lotions and serums.
Why Birch Sisters CoQ10 Night Oil Serum?
Here at Birch Sisters, we are especially proud of our CoQ10 Night Oil Serum. This serum is packed full of highly nutritious oils that are fast absorbing and get to work while you sleep for healthy, glowing skin every morning. In addition to the CoQ10 that you just read all about, we've included the incredible Sea Buckthorn Berry, hemp seed, grapeseed, and red raspberry seed oils, as well as an essential oil blend that not only smells delightful but adds a powerful punch to the serum. Let's dive into some of these!
CoQ10 - A popular antioxidant that is known to stimulate cellular energy, improve barrier repair and cellular oxygenation, and support collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin. With free radical fighting properties, it is said to slow the visible signs of skin aging. A great ingredient for skin suffering from inflammation, damage and dryness.
Sea Buckthorn Berry - High in vitamins A, C, E & K, and has Carotenoids! Like retinoids, carotenoids are derived from Vitamin A, giving you an alternative to synthetic or animal-derived retinol. Known to have antioxidant and nourishing properties, this oil is also said to help with cellular regeneration, toning and inflammation.
Hemp Seed Oil - Penetrates deep into the skin, carrying a vast array of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, meant to help with sagging and leave your skin smooth and toned.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil - Rich in omegas 3 & 6, as well as vitamin E and Carotenoids! This oil is known to lock in moisture and increase elasticity and flexibility, helping with fine lines and wrinkles all while leaving your skin soft and supple.
Essential Oil Blend - Neroli and geranium essential oils were chosen for their specific properties that promote skin tightening, toning and balancing, enhance skin cell regeneration, and encourage a glowing complexion.
CoQ10 Night Oil Serum is easy to use, and a little goes a long way! We recommend using only 3-10 drops of serum applied to the neck and face 1-2 times daily for best results. With a high fat content, great results are often achieved using on a clean, dry face at the end of the day, though it can be used morning and night for those with dry skin.
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