March 12, 2014
NOW Foods’ CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum
The body naturally produces the enzyme referred to as CoQ10. It has been proven to reduce “crow’s feet,” or the wrinkles that appear at the corners of the eyes. This serum is part of a NOW Food’s skin care line utilizing CoQ10’s antioxidant properties to increase elasticity in the skin and reduce wrinkles. It is meant to be applied after the cleanser and toner, and before the moisturizer. It is a more concentrated product, applied directly to the trouble areas that are most prone to wrinkles and fine lines, like the eye area, the mouth area, or the forehead.
De-ionized Water, Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Leaf Gel*, Vegetable Glycerine, Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, CoQ10 (Co-enzyme Q10, natural all-trans form), Wheat Germ Oil, GABA, Avocado Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sweet Almond Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), L-Carnosine, Cedar Bark Extract and Green Tea Extract. *Certified Organic
Benefits of CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum
This serum’s active ingredient – CoQ10 – has been proven to help the skin. It is also relatively inexpensive for a serum, costing about $12 for one fluid ounce.
Possible Side Effects for CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum
CoQ10 has been linked to skin irritation in certain concentrations. This serum also does not contain any other active ingredients, so it if the CoQ10 is ineffective, it is a total waste of money.
We are unsure whether or not to recommend this product, simply because it is unclear how much of the CoQ10 is needed for the product to be effective. This product contains 1%. While it is proven to be effective at increasing elasticity and reduce wrinkles, we don’t know if 1% of the enzyme would provide those results. Because it’s relatively inexpensive, it may be worth a try, but we cannot guarantee results.