Panthenol (Vitamin B5) for Skin: Benefits, How to Use

Panthenol (Vitamin B5) for Skin: Benefits, How to Use

Just as some people are great team players in life, there are some skin care ingredients out there that can fill multiple roles, do what it takes to get the job done, and get along with everyone! Without taking any of the credit, they improve skin quality and work quickly to help other ingredients work more effectively. Panthenol is one of these ingredients. Efficient, versatile, and highly effective, it’s a true powerhouse.


Ingredient Category: Moisturizer

Main Benefit: If you’re looking for ways to add moisture to the skin, look for panthenol in your skin care ingredients. Also known as vitamin B5, panthenol acts as both a moisturizer and a humectant, helping to moisturize skin and lock in moisture.

Look for it in: Moisturizers, hair care products, nail care products, make-up, hair spray, soap, toners, and even bubble bath.

Benefits of Panthenol

Panthenol has a multitude of benefits, but perhaps its most outstanding one is the role it plays as a moisturizer. When panthenol hits the skin, it becomes vitamin B5, which is known for its moisturizing properties. As a humectant, panthenol pulls up moisture from the deeper layers of the skin so it looks more firm and plump (kind of like our old friend, hyaluronic acid, which is why the ingredients are commonly found together). It also acts as an emollient meaning it softens and soothes the skin. And because it also helps your skin retain water, it stays soft and moisturized longer.

As a gentle, moisture-restoring ingredient, panthenol should be a part of every anti-aging skin care routine. Dry, dehydrated skin often looks much older than its years, but panthenol can help infuse skin with some of that moisture, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles It will help to create the appearance of a brighter, smoother complexion and will improve the appearance of skin tone and radiance.

Finally, it works beautifully with all skin types, and ingredients. So there’s no need to worry about if it will work for your skin or if it will affect the efficacy of other ingredients.

How to Use Panthenol

The easiest way to use panthenol is within products. Of course, we highly recommend finding a moisturizer (and hopefully an eye cream), that contains panthenol since hydrating the skin and locking in moisture is truly what panthenol does best, but there are many other sources from which you can reap the benefits of panthenol.

One of the tough parts of finding a cleanser you like, is finding one that cleans the skin without drying it out (actually, we do happen to know one like that, but that’s another story). Look for a cleanser with panthenol to avoid that “I can’t move my face!” feeling after washing. Also, like soap, exfoliants can be drying, especially if you already have dry skin. Look for panthenol in your exfoliant to avoid that horrible parched feeling some exfoliants can cause.

Like, skin, your hair can really dry out, too, especially in the summer weather! There are dozens of great hair care products out there that contain panthenol so pick one up--we bet you’ll find your hair looks much healthier and you’ll find it’s a lot more shiny. Just as it does with skin, Panthenol will form a protective layer on your hair.

Panthenol also happens to be a great ingredient in nail care products, so the next time you’re at the drugstore, see if you can find a nail polish or nail cream with panthenol to keep your hands looking moisturized and great. And remember, the better moisturized your nails are the less likely they are to break!

Of course, you can also take vitamin B5 in a pill form, although that won’t feel as good as moisturizer. You can also get your vitamin B5 from food. Food sources of vitamin B5 are meats (like pork and beef), fish, grains, dairy products, avocados, and vegetables like mushrooms and sweet potatoes (but whatever you do, do not ingest panthenol in non-pill form as it’s thought to cause tummy problems!).

And moms take note: as we mentioned above, panthenol is in a lot of baby products, so look for it when you’re searching for products to keep baby’s skin soft! And while you should always check with your doctor regarding anything you use during pregnancy, panthenol is believed to be safe to use during pregnancy.

So if you haven’t already, find a way to make panthenol a part of your skin care routine, especially if you happen to have dry skin. We promise it’s a player you’ll definitely want on your team!