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Energize your skin from within

January 10, 2018 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments

The more sophisticated – and effective – our knowledge of skincare becomes, the more we seem to focus on the cell. From the reading that I have been doing, it seems that cellular energy is key to tackling skin aging. Here, I’ll share a little of the science and implications for the ingredients you should be looking out for.

The main energy source in cells is called Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). We use ATP like a battery – storing and using energy when needed. Mitochondria plays a key role in synthesizing ATP and when it comes to skin, mitochondria power everything from collagen production to fighting off dullness-causing free radicals. So its important to keep those batteries charged.

Here are a few things that can re-energize ATP and mitochondria and where you can find them to give your tired skin a wake up call.


Red LED light is responsible for inducing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis, the fuel of the cell and indeed the entire metabolism  (source) For more information see the Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop)


Ubiquinone, the active antioxidant in Coenzyme Q10. It is accumulated selectively and extensively by mitochondria, in contrast to other antioxidants, which distribute evenly throughout the cell. So look out for ubiquinone in skincare. I am particularly impressed with mitoquinone mesylate, a highly targeted version of this antioxidant. A wonderful serum to use this is the aptly named MitoQ Cellular Radiance Protection Serum ($150 in the shop). CoQ10 can be found in Sciote Peptide+Defense Firming Youth Crème ($95 in the shop)


By speeding the delivery of fatty acids into mitochondria, ergothioneine ramps up ATP production, making the fuel molecule more available to all parts of the cell. Find it in Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop)


By increasing capacity for oxygen uptake, we can create a perfect environment for ATP synthesis. Perfluorodecalin is a perfluorocarbon that mimics the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to the skin cells. It is used in wound healing therapies and for treating acne. For more information see Truth Vitality Treatment Gel

 Superoxide Dismutase

Superoxide Dismutase overpowers the damaging reactions of superoxide, and protect the cell from superoxide (the most common free radical in the body) toxicity; it has the fastest turnover number of any known enzyme. Find it in Deciem NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate ($68 in the shop)

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