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This is the secret skincare ingredient that Japanese women swear by

by Joanna Vorona • 26 Mar 2018

A recipe for flawless skin.

Japanese skincare gets a lot of love, and rightly so.

If you're yet to hear of CoQ10 - an ingredient that's everywhere in Tokyo - here's everything you need to know before you include it in your routine.

Coenzyme Q10 is also known as CoQ10, Q10, ubiquinone or vitamin Q. It's an enzyme which is naturally produced by the body but diminishes as we get older.

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Tipped as a miracle skincare ingredient, it's said to have firming, protective and anti-ageing properties.

"CoQ10 is a fat-soluble substance synthesised naturally within the body and also consumed in the diet," says nutritionist and skin specialist, Milena Kaler.

"As we get older, its levels decline gradually, starting at about 20 years. Coenzyme Q10 is an essential part of energy production in the mitochondria, the energy factories of the cells, so it energises your skin and makes it look younger."

When used in your skincare, it has a multitude of benefits. "It works to re-energise cells, 'recharging' their regenerative potential to make them stronger and function more efficiently," says Dylan Griffiths, Medical Manager for Eucerin.

"It also has potent antioxidant qualities, which give it the ability to help neutralise cell-damaging free-radicals caused by the external environmental factors, like UV and pollution."

"It helps with circulation, increases tissue oxygenation, and has fantastic anti-ageing properties," adds Milena.

"It can slow down ageing process due to its antioxidant function, protecting from free radicals that contribute to ageing. It helps to neutralise the harmful free radicals, reducing their concentrations and minimising their effect on collagen and elastin in the skin.

"That means, for example, premature ageing due to overexposing your skin to the sun."

Anyone else dashing to the pharmacy to stock up?

   



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