Vitamin B5 is a humectant, meaning it can draw water molecules to it, hydrating and plumping the area it has been applied to. It also supports the natural lipid barrier of the skin, by encouraging the production of a precursor to fatty acids & sphingolipids, both of which are essential parts of the skin barrier. This mechanism helps to moisturise the skin by reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), therefore retaining more moisture within the skin. This also helps to reduce inflammation in dry or broken skin, as an intact skin barrier will prevent potential irritants from getting into the epidermis. Vitamin B5 is a family of ingredients also known as calcium pantothenate, calcium pantothenate (vitamin b5), d-panthenol, pantothenic acid, panthenol, and panthenyl triacetate.
Vitamin B5, also known as panthenol, is a water-soluble vitamin that belongs to the B-complex family. In skincare, it is used for its potential hydrating, soothing, and skin-repairing properties.
Vitamin B5 offers benefits such as: - Acts as an effective humectant, attracting and retaining moisture in the skin, helping to keep it well-hydrated and plump. - Can improve skin barrier function, supporting a healthier and stronger skin barrier that helps protect against external aggressors. - Assists in soothing and calming irritated or inflamed skin, making it beneficial for individuals with sensitive or reactive skin. - Promotes skin repair and regeneration, contributing to a more revitalized and rejuvenated complexion.
If any of the following apply Vitamin B5 might be a good option for you:
Dry and dehydrated skin
Impaired skin barrier
If any of the following apply it might be best to avoid Vitamin B5:
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