Updated: Nov 17
I’ll admit — I have skin issues. Always have. And if you’re reading this, odds are you do, too.
The problem is, finding the right skincare product for my skin issues has been challenging, to say the very least.
With so many brands, products, and promises being made, I never knew – really knew – who to trust or what to believe. I know, I know — you’re probably thinking, Just Google it, man. Google knows everything about everything.
But does it — does it really? Because If you ask me, searching Google and the zillion dot-coms for facts and reliable information is akin to dumpster diving for food. Yeah sure, there may be a fresh loaf of bread in there, but do you really want to dig through garbage for an hour to find it?
Of course you don’t.
So armed with passwords and access to the world’s top peer-reviewed academic and medical journals, I did the digging for you — all in an attempt to find the elusive truth about skincare, the products, and their ingredients. In doing this, I had three main goals:
1) find an ingredient that’s scientifically proven to work 2) find a brand that is trustworthy 3) find a product from that brand with clinically-proven results.
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Since there are hundreds of products and thousands of ingredients, I decided to focus on one ingredient. So after searching the ingredients list for various products, I chose to research Coenzyme Q10 — also known as CoQ10.
So what is CoQ10?
Simply put, CoQ10 is a nutrient, vitamin-like substance used to make cellular energy in the body, protecting and repairing energy producing cells. You can think of CoQ10 as an antioxidant with a supercharger. It maintains and ensures proper cellular function in the body.
However, there are many factors that can cause our bodies to stop producing CoQ10 at the levels needed, leading to oxidative stress at the cellular level.
Basically what happens is, during this oxidative stress, the cells can’t properly rid themselves of free radicals. No, not the hippy down the street with the vegetable garden in her front yard. Free radicals are unstable atoms or molecules that damage cells. They call them free radicals because they aren’t paired with another electron (I know, stay with me) and are free to bounce around the cell and cause damage.
Now normally with sufficient levels of CoQ10, our cells are very good at eliminating these free radicals before any damage is done.
But like I mentioned before, there are many things — from age to medications to various diseases — that can cause CoQ10 levels in our body to drop, giving these free radicals the opportunity to cause significant damage to our cells.
This is bad news bears for our skin. This means more wrinkles, more fine lines, more acne, and more dry, flaky patches on our skin.
So now we know what CoQ10 is and why it’s important, but does it work as a supplement or an ingredient in skincare products? I'll be honest, it took some real digging to hit pay dirt and find the truth — the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
There are plenty of blogs and dot-coms touting CoQ10 as a miracle ingredient, promising the world, if not the fountain of youth; but I steered clear of those and just focused on peer-reviewed studies from medical and academic journals — information I knew I could trust.
Look — I’m a skeptical person to say the least. As far as I'm concerned, we’re not living in the The Age of Information; we’re living in The Age of Misinformation. So I avoid social media and dot-coms like the plague, because I usually trust them to lie to me. In that regard, they’re very trustworthy.
So sticking with the peer-reviewed journals, I read study after study after study. And at the end of the day, what I learned actually shocked me. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) works. There are actual double-blind, placebo-controlled studies that show CoQ10 to be extremely effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as acne and its scarring. One article from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology said, CoQ10 improved the antioxidant state in skin and showed “a significant reduction of facial wrinkles and fine lines on CoQ10 treated skin sites, thought to be a result of enhanced synthesis of hyaluronate.”
Now I knew CoQ10 was clinically proven to work on wrinkles, fine lines, and acne — all skin problems I have — so the next step was to find an honest, ethical skincare company and a couple of products for me to try. And I’ll you — that wasn’t any easier than finding reliable information about CoQ10.
You have to do your research, especially in the age of social media. There are a gazillion brands out there with ads all promising you the moon. It’s next to impossible to find one that’s not only ethical but also scientifically sound.
I knew I wanted to find a company that was vegan and cruelty free, so I started with that and worked backward. You wouldn’t believe how many brands out there still test on animals. Basically if they don’t say they don’t — they do. Absolutely insane.
But finally a friend turned me on to Neférte Skincare, so I checked them out and liked what I learned. Not only is Neférte Skincare vegan, cruelty free, and paraben free — but part of their profits are donated to animal rescues. ✅
Both products contain CoQ10 — which we all know works for wrinkles, fine lines, and acne — and both products have a ton of glowing testimonials, showing real results from real people. Not only that, but the price was well within my budget, with both products listed for just $30.
In the beginning, I was super leery and wasn’t at all sure how things would turn out, but I think my mission was super successful. I discovered a skincare ingredient (Coenzyme Q10) that actually works, I found a brand that’s ethical, scientific, and shares my values (with great prices), and I found two products containing CoQ10 from that brand that are made specifically for my skin issues — one for my Acne and the other for my many, many wrinkles. I hope you found this information helpful. If you did, please check back soon, as I’ll be updating this blog with more skincare solutions.
Until then, friend, keep that skin clear and wrinkle free.