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Energize your skin from within

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March 8, 2019 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. Scientists in the UK recently demonstrated that a decrease in mitochondrial activity contributes to decreased bio-energy in aging skin. So its important to keep those batteries charged.

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

LED light

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

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. CoQ10 can be found in Sciote Peptide+Defense Firming Youth Crème ($95 in the shop). A proprietary form of ubiquinone is in MitoQ Cellular Radiance Protecting Serum ($150 in the shop). Dr. Dennis Gross has an energy complex comprised of ubiquinone, superoxide dismutase and niacinamide featured in C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum ($78 in the shop).

PPQ

An exciting new find is pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ). In 2010, researchers found it not only protected mitochondria from oxidative damage—it stimulated the spontaneous generation of new mitochondria within aging cells. You can find this uncommon ingredient in Transderma O Optimal Booster ($175 in the shop).

Perfluorodecalin

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.It is in Truth Vitality Treatment Gel ($49 in the shop) in order to boost the performance of ultrasound on the Truth Vitality Lux Renew. It is also in Scändic Skincare Skön/Beautiful Rejuvenating Moisturizer ($75 in the shop).

Superoxide Dismutase

Superoxide Dismutase overpowers the damaging reactions of superoxide and protects 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 the amped up spray on Deciem NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist SDSM2 ($50 in the shop) and DDG's C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum ($78 in the shop).

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