So I’m turning 30 this month. I’ve been buying anti-aging potions for a long time, but it’s taken on a new sense of urgency now! I feel like I’ve been aging very visibly for a few years now and I really don’t like it. I don’t mind getting older, but I don’t want to look even older than I am. So, I’m always open to trying new anti-aging products, despite my ever-skeptical view on the vast majority of these items. At the very least, even if something isn’t a miracle cream, at least it’s moisturizing your skin and that doesn’t hurt, right?
But if a product makes very strong claims and boasts a hefty price tag, I think it really needs to prove its worth. The latest of these anti-aging creams to cross my desk is MitoQ, a moisturizing serum whose mechanism of action is meant to be delivering CoQ antioxidants to the skin. The lotion comes beautifully packaged in a very attractive bottle, and comes with a cool $185 price tag. So, how does it work? Good question.
To its credit, MitoQ.com does provide some background and research references here. The cream takes its name from the molecule which was designed by Drs. Murphy and Smith, who also created this topical cream. You can read the Wikipedia page here and the June 2012 Trends in Pharmacology report on this topic here. There are many methods of delivery & potential benefits to MitoQ, and I couldn’t see anything specifically relating to the topical application of this cream in there, although it’s entirely possible that I missed it since the report is written by and for doctors and thus is a little over my head until I have more time to research some of the pharmacology behind this.
Since the doctors who developed MitoQ are also the creators of this product, the trend report does disclose this as a conflict of interest. According to the Antipodean Pharmaceuticals website, 30 people tried the topical Mitoquinol cream and was supposed to have resulted in less wrinkles for 28 of the 30; I’d love to see the clinical trial report on this to get more information on the tests they ran.
In the meantime, here’s some more anecdotal reporting from me: I’ve tried MitoQ on and off over the last 2 weeks or so – I say “On and off” because of all the travel we’ve been doing! I have not seen any difference in wrinkles or appearance in my skin, but as just a straight-up moisturizer, I love it. It has a lovely, creamy texture that provides just the right amount of moisture for me without being too heavy. So far, I really like it, and I’d really like to look into MitoQ further so I can get a better handle on the research that’s gone into it and how that relates back to the skin and topical application.