Collagen plays an important role in keeping our skin firm and smooth. However, we naturally start to produce less as we turn 30. This is partly because the production of coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, an antioxidant that helps with collagen production, slows down. . To help boost skin’s natural collagen production, you can apply Coq10 topically with the Exponent Beauty Filter CoQ10 System ($166).
Exponential is known for providing powerful operations, and this formula is no different. The brand’s key ingredients come in powder form, allowing you to mix a fresh batch of serums before each use. The Exponent system is based on a device with a refillable base (containing hyaluronic acid) and a refillable powder dispenser (containing active ingredients in powder form). Simply place the powder dispenser on the base and turn it counterclockwise until you hear a few clicks and then a thud. This sound means you have released the correct amount of powdered Coq10 into the correct amount of HA. Then, use your fingers to mix well for about 5 seconds and then apply this new mixture to your face and neck.
“As CoQ10 is becoming a buzzing ingredient in supplements these days, it’s less commonly found in American skin care though,” said Liz Whitman, founder and CEO of Exponent Beauty. though more popular in Japanese skin care.
A 2022 study of cultured human skin fibroblasts (cells in the middle layer of the skin responsible for making connective tissue), found that treatment with CoQ10 increased mRNA expression ( aka the generation) of the three types of collagen and elastin. This supports the idea that CoQ10 in skin care products results in firmer, tighter skin with fewer lines and wrinkles.
To further demonstrate the benefits of CoQ10, Exponent conducted its own research on this ingredient. The brand had 30 women use the serum for four weeks and tracked changes in fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, skin tone and firmness with Visia Image Analysis Pro Cutometer, which uses live imaging to record progress over time. 100% of subjects reduced wrinkles and 83% showed an improvement in skin discoloration. Across all subjects, skin firmness increased by an average of 36%.
Exponent’s CoQ10 system provides 0.05% of a powerful antioxidant dose and can be used morning or evening. However, Whitman recommends applying it at night because “it has a softer feel” and can feel too heavy to use during the day. If this is your first Exponent Beauty serum, you’ll need a complete system to get started, providing dispensing and mixing equipment that allows you to get fresh and accurate dosages every time. Once you have that, just buy the Firming Filter CoQ10 Refill ($88) and Hydrator Refill ($68)
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