The skincare market continues to evolve rapidly, and with this, so too does the complexity of active ingredients. If you’re a skincare connoisseur, you may have noticed recently that skincare essentials are about much more than just vitamins A B & C.
The focus has now expanded into various vitamin derivatives, amino acids, peptides, phytonutrients and ceramides, just to name a few.
We are committed to the ongoing skincare education of our customers, so that you may sift through the confusion and equip yourself with the tools and knowledge needed to care for your skin at home. Here we’re delving into vitamin B5, a lesser-known B vitamin that is fast gaining popularity among all skin types – particularly sensitive.
What is vitamin B5?
Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin, found in many food sources and essential for several physiological functions. Our bodies require B5 for the synthesis and metabolism of fatty acids as part of our metabolic functions. In other words, it plays an essential role in our energy processes. In skincare, the ingredient used is pro-vitamin B5; also known as panthenol. When applied to the skin, panthenol is absorbed and converted by the body into pantothenic acid.
How does B5 benefit the skin?
When the skin receives essential nutrients required by the body, its health and function is optimised, slowing premature ageing, decreasing the risk of skin disorders, and facilitating youthful glow, texture and clarity. As B5 plays a role in energy production and metabolism, the same can be said for its role in the skin, assisting with healthy cell turnover. It’s also a humectant, like hyaluronic acid or glycerin, meaning it attracts water. This is important for maintaining the skin’s hydration levels and also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Can I use B5 with my other skincare products?
Not only is B5 suitable for all skin types, it also mixes well with other skincare ingredients. Panthenol is hydrating, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and great for sensitive, dull, or problematic skins. It can be used alongside other hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and lactic acid, as well as actives and exfoliants such as glycolic, salicylic, retinol or other vitamin As – essentially all other ingredients.
How should I add B5 to my routine?
You can incorporate vitamin B5 to your skincare routine at any stage. There is no risk of overwhelming the skin as there is with vitamin A for example, so you do not need to start slowly – in fact, daily application is beneficial.
Since panthenol is a water-soluble vitamin, it is recommended applying it as one of your first steps in your home skin routine. This is to ensure optimal absorption. By applying oil-soluble products first, you may inhibit your water-soluble products from being absorbed into the skin.