Panthenol is an alcohol form of pantothenic acid, a vitamin B complex that is often referred to as vitamin B5 or pro-vitamin B5. Commonly used in hair and skin care products, its humectant character allows this ingredient to hold and attract water from the environment, resulting in a moisturizing effect. Panthenol also contains emollient properties to soften the skin.
How It Works
Panthenol has a hydrophilic chemical structure; this means it draws water from the atmosphere to help skin and hair cells retain moisture.
When used in hair care products, this structure is especially beneficial for those with dry or frizzy hair. By attracting moisture from the air and binding it to the hair shaft, a moisture barrier is created that not only provides lasting hydration for your hair, and gives it a great shine, but also provides protection against humidity, dry air, and other damaging factors.
Another benefit of Panthenol is its volumizing abilities; when left on hair for an extended period of time, it swells the hair shaft, which helps to give your hair more body. This is why we recommend washing your hair first and leaving our conditioner on through the duration of your shower, in order to get the biggest impact.
When used in ointments and other skin care products, Panthenol penetrates deep into the lower level of the epidermis, converting to Pantothenic Acid, an effective humectant. Studies have suggested that when used over an extended period of time (4+ weeks), Panthenol has an anti-inflammatory impact, helping to relieve itchy, irritated skin.
As part of a cosmetic formula, Panthenol is considered safe, non-toxic, and a non-irritant.
Binomial Name: Panthenol
Common Name: Panthenol, Pro-vitamin B5
Source: Alcohol form of pantothenic acid
EWG Score: 1
Proven and Possible Benefits
Hair care Skin Hydration Brittle nails
Itchy skin Inflammation
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