Panthenol is actually an alcoholic analog of vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, and therefore it’s a B5 pro-vitamin. It’s commonly found under the name pro-vitamin B5, bepanthen, pantothenol and dexpanthenol, and as such, it’s widely used in the cosmetics industry.


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The pantothenic acid, contained in panthenol, is one of the most important ingredients that animals use to synthesize coenzyme A and metabolize proteins.

Nowadays, we can find pantothenol in almost all types of cosmetic products. It acts as a moisturizer for both, the skin and hair. Due to its favorable characteristics, this ingredient is widely used in shampoos and hair conditioners, hair dyes, and in many skin care products.

Pantothenol can be found in two forms, as D (dexpanthenol) and L. But, we can also find it in a mixed form, as panthenol DL. All forms have moisturizing effects to the human skin and hair.

What’s also important for you to know is that this chemical compound is completely safe for humans and the environment.

Healthy Hair And Panthenol

Dexpanthenol in particular, transforms into pantothenic acid in the human body. As such, it’s very good for the mucous membranes and the skin of the head, strengthening the root of the hair and accelerating the hair growth.

Pantothenol stimulates epidermal cell division and promotes the natural regenerative process of skin. As a solution, it provides optimal moisture to the skin and it helps restore its natural pH value. Ultimately, it acts as an anti-inflammatory and soothing agent to the scalp. Anyone can use this solution, regardless of age and skin type.

When treating damaged hair, this is one of the most effective products. It makes the hair shiny and soft, and at the same time, it helps prevent split ends and further damage. Gently massage your scalp and hair with pantothenol every day before going to bed. The more you keep it on your head, the better for your hair. Hence, you can leave it overnight, or until your next bath. Also, you can use it alone, or in combination with other products. For better results, you can mix it with some essential oil, or with castor oil.

In regards to storage, it’s best to keep it in its original glass bottle. Don’t transfer it in a spray bottle, or any other container. Also, you need to use the entire content in 30 days after opening.

Healthy Facial Skin And Panthenol

As people grow old, they get wrinkles, especially in the area around the eyes and lips. We can even see them in younger people, as fine lines around the eyes, often called wrinkles of happiness (since they appear from laughing). But, we must admit that most people, women especially, are not happy because of their appearance! Thus, we recommend you to try this facial treatment.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Coconut oil
  • Panthenol serum

Don’t mix these two components, as we’ll use them separately. Before you go to bed, remove all makeup and clean your face and neck area thoroughly. Apply coconut oil on the entire surface of your face and neck. Then, apply panthenol serum on the area around your lips and eyes. Leave it overnight. In the morning, continue with your standard hygiene ritual.

It’s important to do this face treatment in the evening, as coconut oil attracts the impurities from the air to the skin. Otherwise, if you go out with coconut oil on your face, you risk of having problems with blackheads and acne.

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