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

Santaderm Emulsie Cu D-Panthenol 9% Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence Ausceuticals Rehydrate 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 Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Balancing Hypotonic Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Intensive Repair Serum Lumene Valo Glow Reveal Peeling Mask MD Skinical B3 Serum MD Skinical Soothing Hydromax Martial Vivot Conditioner Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Eye Renewal Gel Olivarrier Emollient Extra Comfort Cream Renee Rouleau Skin Drink Concentrate Sebamed Clear Face Deep Cleansing Toner Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes 2Sol Facial Recovery Booster Andalou Naturals Blossom & Leaf Toning Refresher Balea Beauty Effect Tuchmaske Bioderma Sebium Serum Corpa Flora Antidote H(B5) Das gesunde Plus Panthenol Schutz- Und Pflegesalbe Doctor Babor Rebalancing Liquid Doctor Babor Thermal Spray Earth Science Herbal Tonic Mist Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement Hydrating Toner Esho Drench Etude House Soon Jung Sleeping Pack Garden of Wisdom Mandelic Acid 10% Serum Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid Hylamide Booster;Pore Control JMsolution Derma Care Centella Repair Cream Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Soothing B3 Serum LEEGEEHAAM Vita Propolis Ampoule LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule Leejiham Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum Mirai Clinical 3-In-1 Multi-Tasking Face Serum With Astaxanthin Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive Cleansing Milk Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive Micellar Water NuFountain C20+Ferulic Vitamin C Serum Scinic Peptide Ampoule 95 Sidmool Kakadu Amino Cleanser Skinlex 20% L-Ascorbic Acid Serum Stemm Density Stimuli Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser BY WISHTREND Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water