All you need to know about Pantothenic Acid

Pronounciation: pan·​te·​the·n​ic acid

Also known as Vitamin B5, it is one of the most important vitamins for human life as they are necessary in making blood cells beside s converting the food that we eat into energy.

Vitamin B5 is needed for quite a number of things such as providing healthy skin, hair and eyes, a proper functioning of the nervous system, a healthy digestive tract and more.

Pantothenic Acid in Skincare

However today, we’ll talk more about what are the benefits of Pantothenic in skincare. 

First of all let’s understand the difference between Panthenol and Panthothenic Acid. Panthenol is a provitamin which when applied topically, it then quickly converts into Pantothenic Acid or vitamin B5.

Pantothenic Acid (or B5 for short) is known for its moisturising qualities  besides having different skin functions. B5 could work as a humectant which attracts water and hold it in the skin, and also emollient, which works as a skin smoothener and softener.

It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is involved in initiating the generation of cells that are important for wound healing and restoring the function of the skin barrier. Best part is, it works well with humectants such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides (we’ve covered this 2 before).

Suits Who?

Vitamin B5 suits all skin type especially those with dry or flaky skin. It is also used in makeup for its moisturising and emollient traits. If Panthenol is not on the ingredient label, search for Provitamin B5, Butanamide and D-Pantothenyl Alcohol.

Products to try

Products containing this ingredient are Glowing Goddess mask by PEAU, Ceramic Essence by Nature’s Palette and Summertime Ceramide Liquid Moisturiser by DOM!

Let us know what are you favourite products with Vitamin B5?

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