Ingredient Spotlight - Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) March 20 2014, 0 Comments
Panthenol - I am sure many have heard of this ingredient referred to as either Panthenol or Pro-Vitamin B5 when it comes to hair care, but did you know it offers many benefits to skin too. What is panthenol?
Panthenol is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and is thus a provitamin of B5. You will see it referred to as Panthenol, Pro-Vitamin B5 or Vitamin B5.
Panthenol is a humectant (keeps things moist by attracting and retaining moisture from the air), emollient and moisturizer (keeps layers soft and more pliable by increasing hydration due to reducing evaporation or loss of water). Panthenol offers us these wonderful benefits without creating oiliness or greasiness on the skin or hair. It is an excellent addition to hair and skin care products.
In hair care, panthenol binds the hair follicles and coats and seals in moisture which is great for dry hair or to prevent dry hair and scalp. If builds a very thin layer of moisture along the surface of the hair to add shine, softness and pliability without added oils or greasiness. Some studies have also shown that it swells the hair shaft giving more volume to your hair. This benefit is best seen when products are left on the hair for at least several minutes making it a great addition to hair conditioners. You will get some benefit from panthenol in shampoos, but as they are wash off products designed to remove substances from the hair it is not as enhanced. You get the most benefit from panthenol in hair conditioners as those products are designed to deposit ingredients onto the hair.
In skin care, panthenol offers similar benefits of moisturizing and sealing in that moisture by adding hydration to the skin and then sealing in that hydration without oils or creating greasiness. It it easily absorbed by the skin and converted to Vitamin B5. It penetrates the epidermis instead of sitting on top of the surface of your skin making it an excellent moisturizer. Studies (Topical Use of Dexpanthenol in Skin Disorders) have also shown panthenol to:
- Reduct redness and inflammation
- Increase wound healing
- Sooth itching and minor skin irritations
You will find panthenol in our hair care products (shampoos and conditioners), body lotions and even some of my liquid body washes. There are no negatives to panthenol and we use it where it gives the most benefit to your skin and hair.