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Coenzyme Q10

Commonly known as: Coenzyme Q10, Ubidecarenone, CoQ10, Q10.
I.N.C.I. list name: Ubiquinone.
Extraction process: Bacterial fermentation (Rhodobacter sphaeroides) from corn seed starch, drying, followed by extraction, separation by chromatography on silica gel, crystallization and purification.
Source: Vegetable.
Botanical name: Zea mays L. (corn).
Family: Poaceae.
Part of the plant extracted: Seeds.
Provenance, origin: China.
Chemical characteristics: Benzoquinone linked to a long isoprenoid chain ; Density : 0,5 g/cm3 ; Insoluble in water ; Soluble in alcohol between 30 and 60°C ; Molecular weight : 863,34 g/mol.
Characteristics: Emulsion, colloidal solution, true aqueous solution.
Dosage required in cosmetic products: Minimum 0.01%; Maximum dosage not regulated.
Function: Antioxidant, skin care agent.
Properties: protective, antioxidant, regenerating, smoothing, energizing, brightening, moisturizing.
Benefits: All skin types to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.



Face care (serums, creams, cleansing gels, masks, eye care, sun creams); Body care (body milks, foot and hand creams, cleansing gels, sun products); Hair care (hair balms, hair coloring); Make-up (foundation).


Coenzyme Q10 should be stored in a dry and dark place, at temperatures between 10°C and 25°C. Avoid prolonged exposure to UV light.

Contra-Indications and Precautions

Non-irritating, Q10 does not present particular contra-indications. This active ingredient can be used on all types of skins. Keep out of reach of children. Do not swallow. Avoid contact with the eyes.

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Q10 is a coenzyme naturally present in the body, where the letter "Q" refers to the quinone group (C6H4O2) and 10 to the number of isoprenic units in its side chain. Discovered in 1957 by the researcher F. CRANE, it is involved in the mitochondrial respiratory chain as an electron transfer agent in aerobic cell respiration. With age, exposure to the sun, as well as other factors (excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco, stress, extreme physical activity, taking certain medications, etc.), its content decreases in the skin. In cosmetics, coenzyme Q10 is appreciated for its powerful antioxidant properties by inhibiting the peroxidation of membrane lipids, the oxidation of lipids and proteins in skin cells, as well as by protecting the DNA of keratinocytes from free radicals, known to contribute to the process of chronological aging and photoaging of the skin. It also reduces the production of metalloproteinases responsible for the degradation of collagen and elastin in dermal fibroblasts. In addition, this molecule has lightening and anti-inflammatory properties.