D-panthenol (Provitamin B5)
|Description||Provitamin B5 is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Adding D-Panthenol to formulation will improve moisturizing qualities. This product penetrates easily into skin and hair while promoting shine.|
|Appearance||Clear viscous liquid|
1–5% in skin care, with the higher end of the range for more therapeutic applications.
0.75–1% for shampoos and conditioners, 0.5–0.75% for hair styling products. 1% for nail care.
|Application||Creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, makeup|
|Solubility||Soluble in water & alcohol, not in oils|
|Why do we use it in formulations?||
Panthenol acts as a moisturizer by drawing water from deeper layers of the skin into the upper layers of the skin. It helps with softness and elasticity, and is anti-inflammatory. It stimulates skin re-generation and boosts healing.
In hair care it is a small enough molecule to penetrate the hair and moisturize it, helping increase elasticity/reduce breakage. It makes hair softer and shinier, and reduces static.
|Strengths||Panthenol is an insanely versatile skin and hair care ingredient with a proven track record of awesomeness.|
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks||The “Pro-V” in Pantene is panthenol! V = 5 in Roman numerals.|