Panthenol Benefits for Skincare, Panthenol Cream for Dry Skin


Everyone’s so big on hydrating and moisturizing these days (thankfully), and we go on and on about our favourite moisturizing ingredients and no one ever mentions Panthenol; an unsung hero, the Sia of skincare.

Panthenol (AKA pro vitamin B5) is the alcohol form of pantothenic acid (when applied topically to the skin it converts to pantothenic acid).

Panthenol Benefits for Skincare, Panthenol Cream for dry skin
Panthenol Benefits for Skincare, Panthenol Cream soothes dry skin

Panthenol plays an important role in keeping the skin in good condition thanks to its moisturizing abilities.

About moisturizing abilities, this babe is both a humectant and an emollient (double for the price of one, I guess?).

Maybe I can explain the terms so you realize how amazing this ingredient is and become a co-stan.

Humectants hydrate the skin by attracting and binding water to the skin (glycerin, hyaluronic acid)while Emollients soothe and soften the skin (oils, lipids, fatty acids)

Panthenol falls into both categories.

If you’ve been observant, you might have noticed it in the ingredient list of a couple of skin care products.

Check your moisturisers/hydrating products and let me know if it’s in there.

I’ll save you from long talk and get right into what it does:

1. Panthenol prevents/reduces trans-epidermal water loss:

What’s that?

Trans-epidermal water loss(TEWL) occurs when water passes from the dermis through the epidermis and evaporates from the skin’s surface. TEWL can be impacted by injury, low humidity and topically applied products that dry out the skin (like those actives in your routine).

Remember panthenol has humectant properties that attracts water to the skin?

By reducing trans-epidermal water loss, panthenol protects the skin barrier function.

So if you’re always somehow OVER-EXFOLIATING and damaging your skin barrier, now you know who to call.


2. Panthenol also helps with wound healing: The same cells which boost skin barrier function are important for wound healing.

Pro-tip: if you get a new tattoo, get a product with panthenol as the main ingredient and apply daily. Thank me later.

3. Panthenol reduces inflammation/redness/ irritation: This ingredient is great for sun induced redness, irritation.

4. Dry/flaky skin and there’s no panthenol somewhere in your routine, wyd???? This ingredient increases skin moisture a great deal.

Dry skin?
Flaky skin?
Dehydrated skin?
Over-exfoliated skin?
Irritated skin?
Sunburnt skin?

Please get on the Panthenol train.

Skin Pieces’ picks

-Laroche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
-Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream
-Simple hydrating light moisturizer
-Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid booster
-The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid + B6
– Etude House Soonjung Cicabalm
-Laroche Posay Hyalu B5

Is there a product with panthenol in your routine? Let us know.

Source: Skin Pieces


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