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CO-Q10Have no fear, they are all the same.   Coenzyme Q10 or Co-Q10 is an antioxidant naturally produced in the body.  Doctors have patients take Co-Q10 as a supplement as an antioxidant and for heart health.  Again it matches my philosophy, if it is good internally, why not use it topically.

Cosmetically, Co-Q10 may be identified as Ubiquinol, Ubiquinone or Idebenone on the label.  This powerful antioxidant helps to fight free radicals, inflammation and oxidative stress which are major factors in causing the skin to age.  The body’s ability to convert Co-Q10 to Ubiquinol in the skin diminishes quickly after the age of 40.  Age 40 is about the time fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear due to loss of collagen and elastin and for women a decrease in estrogen and progesterone.

When shopping for products with Ubiquinol, Ubiquinone or Idebenone, make sure the product also has Vitamins C & E.  These vitamins help to make the product more effective.


Waldron, C. (January 2016). Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, “Spotlight on ubiquinol”, pp. 16-17.