As your body ages, collagen and elastin fibers that make your skin appear firm begin to break down. As a result, wrinkles can form. Ultraviolet radiation is another contributor to this occurrence and can advance the signs of aging, according to the Mayo Clinic. Wrinkle treatment creams containing active ingredients such as coenzyme have been created to combat signs of aging. Because coenzyme may not be a suitable treatment for every person, it’s important to be aware of its rewards and risks.
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Coenzyme is a naturally occurring compound found in the skin. Coenzymes act as synergists with skin enzymes, meaning they help chemical reactions occur, according to the Brittanica Online Encyclopedia. Because enzymes are required to make proteins, having coenzymes in the body helps the body make proteins such as collagen and elastin and energy molecules.
Coenzyme Q10 functions as an antioxidant and assistant in the production of energy, according to Smart Skincare. As an antioxidant, coenzyme Q10 helps fight off free radicals in the body that can contribute to aging. Over time, the body’s ability to produce coenzyme Q10 begins to diminish due to stress, aging and medications. For this reason, the presence of coenzyme Q10 is one of the ways researchers can tell how old a person is.
Topical coenzyme is often marketed as coenzyme Q10 or Co Q10, according to Smart Skincare. Though coenzyme doesn't work the same on every person, the product is considered effective in theory, according to Smart Skincare. Supposed benefits include reduction in wrinkling around the eyes and protection against sun damage when applied before sun exposure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Coenzyme Q10 applications also may help to stimulate collagen production, making the face appear more firm.
Coenzyme wrinkle creams can be bought over the counter at most drug stores and discount super stores, according to the Mayo Clinic. Carefully read the directions before applying it. Most coenzyme creams should be applied daily in order to be effective. The length of time you have been applying the cream may determine its effectiveness. If you experience harmful side effects, such as redness that does not cease with time and chronic irritation, cease use.
When using any wrinkle cream, including coenzyme cream, establish realistic expectations. According to the Mayo Clinic: “If you’re looking for a face-lift in a bottle, you probably won’t find it in the over-the-counter (nonprescription) wrinkle creams.” However, coenzyme Q10 can improve your skin’s appearance at least somewhat, according to Paula Begoun, author and cosmetics reviewer, on her website The Cosmetics Cop: “It is one of many helpful antioxidants for skin, but it is not the only one or the ‘best.’”