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What is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and why is it in skin care products?

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Your body naturally makes the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to zap free radicals in cells. As you age, you make less. That may make skin cells more vulnerable to damage. That's the reason it’s in skin care products such as toners, gels, and creams. You can use these on their own or with a moisturizer. One study shows that CoQ10 helps reduce crow’s feet, or the wrinkles around the eyes.

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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. , 1999. Biofactors

Blatt, T. , 1999. European Journal of Geriatrics

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. , August 16, 2011. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kaczvinsky, J. , September, 2009. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology

Blatt T. , April 1999. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 04, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. , 1999. Biofactors

Blatt, T. , 1999. European Journal of Geriatrics

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. , August 16, 2011. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kaczvinsky, J. , September, 2009. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology

Blatt T. , April 1999. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 04, 2018

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