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Also-called-like-this: Pro-Vitamin B5
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An easy-to-formulate, commonly used, nice to have ingredient that’s also called pro-vitamin B5. As you might guess from the “pro” part, it’s a precursor to vitamin B5 (whose fancy name is pantothenic acid). 

Its main job in skincare products is to moisturise the skin. It’s a humectant meaning that it can help the skin to attract water and then hold onto it. There is also research showing that panthenol can help our skin to produce more lovely lipids that are important for a strong and healthy skin barrier. 

Another great thing about panthenol is that it has anti-inflammatory and skin protecting abilities. A study shows that it can reduce the irritation caused by less-nice other ingredients (e.g. fragrance, preservatives or chemical sunscreens) in the product.

Research also shows that it might be useful for wound healing as it promotes fibroblast (nice type of cells in our skin that produce skin-firming collagen) proliferation. 

If that wasn’t enough panthenol is also useful in nail and hair care products. A study shows that a nail treatment liquide with 2% panthenol could effectively get into the nail and significantly increase the hydration of it.

As for the hair the hydration effect is also true there. Panthenol might make your hair softer, more elastic and helps to comb your hair more easily. 

Show me some proof

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, Volume 29 (4) – Aug 1, 2007, In vitro human nail penetration and kinetics of panthenol
  • Journal of cosmetic science., 2011 Jul-Aug;62(4):361-70., Skin moisturizing effects of panthenol-based formulations.
  • Clinics in Dermatology, Volume 27 (5) – Sep 1, 2009, Common cosmeceuticals

Products with Panthenol

2Sol Cica Youth Toner A'pieu pH Balancing 18 Moisture Cream Ausceuticals Retinol Serum Brickell Men's Products Daily Strengthening Shampoo For Men COSRX B5 D-Panthenol Ampoule COSRX Balancium B5 D-Panthenol Cream DR. SCHRAMMEK Herbal Care Lotion Dr. Jart+ V7 Toner Dr.magic Panthenol Intensive Hydrating Serum Euroderm Máscara Bioderm Caballo D’Oro ISDIN Cicapost Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder Santaderm Emulsie Cu D-Panthenol 9% Sidmool Skinsource D Panthenol Ampoule TonyMoly Vital Vita 12 Synergy Skin Your Best Face (YBF-Skincare) Hydrate B Concentrate Hyaluronic Acid Serum 111SKIN Meso Infusion Leave On Overnight Mask ANSALIGY Amber Eye Lift Patches With Amber Pellets Aspect Extreme C 20 Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence Ausceuticals 20% Vitamin C Serum (Reformulated) Ausceuticals Rehydrate Aveeno Dermexa Moisturising Cream Aveeno Eczema Therapy Hand And Face Cream Babe Lash Essential Serum Derma E Firming Dmae Toner Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Dr. Barbara Stürm Cleanser Etude House Soon Jung Moist Relief All In One Gel Etude House Soonjung 5-Panthensoside Cica Balm Eucerin Antiredness Soothing Care Eucerin Dermopurifyer Adjunctive Soothing Cream Eucerin Redness Relief Night Creme Eucerin pH5 Cream Floslek Aloe Vera Gel Free & Clear Hair Styling Gel Goodal Young Barley Sparkling Gel Cream Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Balancing Hypotonic Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Intensive Repair Serum La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Spf50 Lirikos Marine Energy V5 Facial Serum Lumene Valo Glow Reveal Peeling Mask MD Skinical B3 Serum MD Skinical Soothing Hydromax Maelove Hydrator B5 Gel Martial Vivot Conditioner Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense Miss Lary Fixador Bruma Natura Estonica Bio Ginseng & Acai Face Tonic Natura Estonica Bio Sophora Japonica Hydrating Boost Face Tonic