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The #1 Nutrient Your Skin Craves (And Why Most Creams Fail You)


beautiful woman hands with cream As much as you may accept the fact that you’re growing older, it can be troubling to notice new wrinkles, dark spots or other visible signs that your skin is aging — especially when you feel great on the inside.

Who wants to look older than you feel?

This may explain why Americans spent nearly $100 billion last year on gimmicky “anti-aging” beauty creams, lotions, potions and potentially dangerous procedures.[1]

But what most people — even many of the so-called experts — don’t realize is that there are two primary underlying causes of skin aging. And if you don’t address them both, you’ll be hard pressed to maintain a healthy, youthful complexion into your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.

What’s worse, most beauty products contain harsh chemicals that may improve the look of your skin temporarily, but in doing so, actually cause more damage in the long run!

Please keep reading, because I’m going to tell you the secret to maintaining truly healthy skin safely and naturally. I’ll also tell you how to avoid wasting your money on dangerous or ineffective skin creams.

What Causes Wrinkles, Sagging Skin and Dry Spots?

There are two simple underlying causes of skin aging: lack of nutrients and dehydration.

As you age, your skin loses the ability to produce the nutrients that protect it from the damaging effects of things like the sun’s UV rays, pollution and free radicals. It also loses the ability to hold water in its cells. As a result, the skin begins to lose its firmness and elasticity, leading to wrinkles, sagging and dryness.

In order to keep your skin looking young and healthy, you need an effective means to 1) provide your skin with the nutrients it needs for protection and 2) keep water in your skin cells — without the toxic chemicals found in most beauty creams that can actually accelerate aging in the long run.

And by the way, caring for your skin is not just a matter of vanity. Your skin is a complex organ that serves as a protective barrier, and its aging not only affects how old you look, but can also expose you to significant health risks from infection and exposure to environmental chemicals and UV radiation.

The Shocking Truth About Beauty Creams

There’s no shortage of “anti-aging” skin care products on the market. But the fact is, most beauty creams — even the expensive ones — fail to address the two primary underlying causes of skin aging I mentioned above.

If you’ve ever used one, you might have experienced some noticeable effects at first, but generally, these products mysteriously stop working before long. That’s because they rely on harsh skin-tightening chemicals, and if you apply these chemicals often enough, the repeated lifting action can eventually cause your skin to sag even more!

Another way these creams trick you is by making the surface of your skin look smoother temporarily with low-grade acids. Over time, these acids actually thin your skin, making it even more prone to dryness and wrinkles. In fact, using these products can double UV-related skin damage, according to FDA studies.[2]

You Don’t Want These Toxins Anywhere Near Your Skin

What’s more, most of these products contain a cocktail of toxic chemicals that not only accelerate skin aging, but are also absorbed into the bloodstream where they can affect organs inside your body.

For example, parabens, which are estrogen-mimicking chemicals used widely in cosmetics as preservatives, have been linked to hormone disruption and cancers of the endocrine and reproductive systems.[3,4] Phthalates, which are often hidden in products under ingredients names such as “fragrance,” are another class of hormone-disrupting chemicals.[5] Formaldehyde, another preservative, has been linked to skin irritation and cancer.[6]

The bottom line is, just because a skin care product is available for sale at your local drugstore, beauty counter or even at your doctor’s office, don’t assume it’s safe to use on a long-term basis.

The good news is that recent advances in nutritional research are showing that it really is possible to protect your skin and even make it look younger — without harsh chemicals, Botox or surgery — by providing it with the nourishment and hydration your skin so desperately needs.

The #1 Nutrient Your Skin Needs to Stay Young

When you’re young, your skin naturally produces antioxidant nutrients that protect it from damage. As it turns out, one of the most important of these is a powerful antioxidant known as CoQ10, which is found in virtually every cell of your body and is extremely important for maintaining healthy skin.

Beginning around the age of 30, your body’s ability to produce CoQ10 declines rapidly.[7] By age 50, your CoQ10 levels may be too low to support optimal cell function, and by age 70, your levels can become so low they can actually start to accelerate the aging process.[8]

However, studies are showing that applying CoQ10 to your skin can help restore youthful CoQ10 levels inside skin cells and protect them against future damage. In a breakthrough study, researchers found that CoQ10 actually makes older cells function like younger cells, which means younger looking skin.[9]

CoQ10 also has an amazing ability to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. One study showed that CoQ10 decreases the depth of wrinkles, making them considerably less noticeable.[10] Other studies have found that CoQ10 protects skin cells from oxidative stress and may help to promote healthy cell growth and division.[11,12]

But in order to get the benefits of CoQ10, you need to make sure that it’s getting into your skin cells where it can work its magic.

Keeping Your Skin Hydrated Is Crucial

As you age, your skin cells lose the ability to hold water and literally begin to shrink and stiffen. This causes collagen (the primary support structure of the skin) to dry, crack and bond to itself, making it harder for nutrients to travel into skin cells where they are needed.

So even if you’re drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses of water daily, if your cells are not absorbing and utilizing that water the way they’re supposed to, your skin may appear dry, wrinkled, saggy or blemished. In other words, you look OLD.

In order to keep your skin soft, supple and hydrated, you need something that can penetrate skin cells and deliver BOTH moisture and nutrients, like CoQ10, where you need them most. The best ways to do this is with the juice of the leaves of the aloe vera plant. It has the unique ability to move water into skin cells, while soothing and healing dry and irritated skin.[13-15]

Unfortunately, most beauty creams contain very little or no CoQ10 or aloe vera. And, they only make matters worse by drying the skin out with harsh chemicals and dangerous toxins.

How to Find a Skin Cream That Really Works

While you can find skin cream containing CoQ10 virtually everywhere, almost none actually contain the therapeutic levels of CoQ10 shown in the research to yield maximum benefits. Here’s a simple way to tell. Pure CoQ10 is naturally an orange-gold color, so if you’re using a CoQ10 cream that is white or off-white, it’s unlikely that it contains enough of CoQ10 for true antioxidant benefits, and chances are you’re wasting your money. Any CoQ10 cream worth its salt will be a golden or light orange hue.

Additionally, it’s important to realize that not all CoQ10 is the same. All of the research supporting the benefits of CoQ10 has been conducted with natural CoQ10. But most products are made with synthetic CoQ10. Even worse, this inferior form is usually synthesized from a tobacco byproduct, and there is absolutely no good data out there proving its effectiveness or safety.

What you want to look for is the word “trans-form” on the label. Trans-form CoQ10 is identical to the CoQ10 produced naturally within the body, and the form of CoQ10 used in all the studies. Also check to see if the CoQ10 is made using yeast fermentation, which yields by far the most effective form.

The Skin Care Cream That I Personally Recommend

I encourage you to shop around and do your research, but the skin care cream that I personally recommend is called MAX-Q10™ Natural Antioxidant Cream.

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream for as low as $29.95 per bottle + free shipping! Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

In addition to my work with Live in the Now, I run Stop Aging Now, a company that has been making CoQ10 supplements and other premium grade natural health products for over 20 years.

I worked with the company’s Scientific Advisory Board to develop this breakthrough skin care cream as a way of fighting back against all the low quality, ineffective and chemical-laden products on the market.

This is not like the other CoQ10 creams out there. It’s scientifically formulated to provide the skin health benefits of CoQ10 seen in the clinical studies. My goal in creating this formula was to offer a pure, natural and truly effective skin care product of superior quality at an affordable price.

I use MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream every day, and I love what it does for my skin. Here’s why I think you should consider doing the same:

  • MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream is formulated with trans-form, yeast-fermented CoQ10, and is made under the strictest quality control measures in a state-of-the-art FDA-inspected facility.
  • This formula contains higher levels of CoQ10 than what is found in almost any other CoQ10 cream on the market. For maximum benefits, it provides scientifically researched, beneficial levels of CoQ10, as evidenced by its golden hue.
  • MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream also contains aloe vera leaf juice, which has the unique ability to penetrate skin cells and deliver moisture and nutrients deep within skin cells to help hydrate, soothe and heal.
  • It’s enhanced with potent extracts of green tea, grape seed and acai berry for synergistic antioxidant benefits. Each of these ingredients has clinical research backing its ability to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and nourish skin cells.[16-18]
  • Unlike most anti-aging creams, which are loaded with chemicals and harsh ingredients, MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream contains only pure, natural ingredients — no artificial fragrances, parabens, phthalates or other toxic chemicals.
  • Guess what? MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream costs as low as $29.95 per bottle, which is the same or even less than many discount, low quality products. Plus it ships to you for free and is tax-free.
  • MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream comes with an “any reason” 365-day guarantee. That’s right, try it for up to one year, and return it for a full refund if you don’t like it.

Whether you’re concerned about protecting your skin, aging well or simply feeling more youthful, MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream is a smart investment. I hope you decide to give it a try!

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get MAX-Q10 Natural Antioxidant Cream for as low as $29.95 per bottle + free shipping!

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

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3. Darbre PD, Harvey PW. Paraben esters: review of recent studies of endocrine toxicity, absorption, esterase and human exposure, and discussion of potential human health risks. J App Toxicol. 2008. 28(5): 561-578.
4. Darbre PD. Environmental oestrogens, cosmetics and breast cancer. Best Pract Res Clin En. 2006. 20(1)):121-143.
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6. Blair A, et al. Epidemiologic evidence on the relationship between formaldehyde exposure and cancer. Scand J Work Env Hea. 1990: 381-393.
7. Littarru GP, et al. Deficiency of Coenzyme Q10 in human heart disease. Part I and II. Internat J Vit Nutr Res. 1972. 42(2): 291:42, n. 3:413.
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9. Prahl S, et al. Importance of CoQ10 for Anti-Aging Skin Care. Biofactors. 2008;32(1-4):245:55
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13. Shelton RM. Aloe vera. Int J Derm. 1991. 30(10):679-683.
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Josh Corn Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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10 responses to “The #1 Nutrient Your Skin Craves (And Why Most Creams Fail You)”

  1. Verlin says:

    I received a coupon saying “25% off any product” and yet your website says no coupons can be applied to the Mac-Q10 product. Which is it? This will hinder me from trying this product!

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  3. Gerri Lockhart says:

    My question is that I purchased a product that I found on fb – It is called Firmativ – I really love this product, and have used it for about a month. I love this product. It has tightened my skin, and I actually look younger. After reading your article I am concerned. You stated that some products are damaging and start out by making skin look better, but later they become more damaging. This product even lightens brown spots. To reiterate, I am really concerned because I don’t want to further damage my skin. I have signed up to receive this product every 3 months because that is all I can afford. What is yoour expert opinion on this. Thanks, Gerri

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      Hi Gerri,

      Thank you for commenting. As a Registered Dietitian, I am not an expert on the Max-Q10 Cream. If you are concerned about the ingredients in your current cream, I recommend researching each of the ingredients.

  4. Patricia Dokas says:

    I read your newsletter about plastics and wondered about the material the containers are made of that Stop Aging Now come in. Also, I have purchased the Co Q10 cream and like it very much but could not get the last 1/3 out of the jar. I enjoy your newsletters, they are quite informative.
    Patricia Dokas

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      Thank you for commenting. I wanted to let you know that the packaging of our Max-Q10 Cream has changed thanks to customer feedback. It now comes in a tube, which eliminates the previous pump bottle issues.

  5. Ann says:

    Why aren’t the comments/questions being answered or am I missing something?
    Thank you

  6. Mary says:

    I also would like to see our questions answered. I am having some doubts about the credibility of this website because of this issue.

  7. kathleen says:

    This article is superficial.

    Great skin happens the way nature intended with,
    Fish Oil,
    and Hydrochloric acid (stomach acid that you lose when you get too stressed).

  8. tom warner says:

    I have been using a lotion containing Neem for years and swear by it. I have spent my life in the sun and of course have been damaged by it. While I have not tried what you recommend, I have found that Neem has kept my skin in excellent shape even though I am now 81 yrs. old. I highly recommend it!