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Ingredient Breakdown: Coenzyme Q-10

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By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don't really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We're making it easy! This week, we're exploring the anti-aging must-try Coenzyme Q-10.

The ingredient: Coenzyme Q-10

Also known as: CoQ10, Q10, ubiquinone, vitamin Q

Quick take: A fat-soluble substance naturally occurring in the body—in our mitochondria to be exact!

Claims to fame: In several studies, CoQ10 has been linked to slowing down visible signs of UV damage by reducing free radical damage. As most of us beauty junkies know, free radicals are byproducts of UV rays. These free radicals then oxidize your skin cells and lead to photo-aging a.k.a. skin discoloration and brown spots. When ingested, CoQ10 also has been linked to improved heart health, decreased migraines, easing the suffering from cancer treatments, and lowering blood pressure.

Where to find it: 

Estée Lauder NightWear Plus Anti-Oxidant Night Detox Creme ($56)

Estée Lauder NightWear Plus Anti-Oxidant Night Detox Creme

This rich mixture offers skin the relief it needs from the day's activity and antioxidant protection. It works to reduce the appearance of pores and prevent premature aging thanks to a blend of free radical fighters: alpha-lipoic acid, kinetin, vitamins C and E, idebenone, and you guessed it—coenzyme q10.

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme ($9.99)

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme

This drugstore buy is a great option for anyone looking to give coQ10 a shot. Used alone or under makeup, and this non-irritating (read, ideal for sensitive skin) cream boasts reduced fine lines and wrinkles. 

Avalon Organics Wrinkle Therapy Cleansing Oil ($12.99)

Avalon Organics Wrinkle Therapy Cleansing Oil

Natural and budget beauty lovers will enjoy the cleansing and anti-aging benefits of Avalon's Wrinkle Therapy oil. Complete with skin booster coQ10, antioxidant powerhouse rose hip oil, and plumping ingredient hyaluronic acid, this is a good option for a natural enthusiast.

Have you tried coenzyme Q-10? Which products do you use that contains the stellar ingredient? Let us know below!

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