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Panthenol

Panthenol is a provitamin of pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5. As a provitamin, it’s converted to vitamin B5 once it enters the body. Vitamin B5 is required in small quantities by all cells in the human body for normal cellular metabolism. It’s involved in numerous biochemical reactions in the body. Despite its importance, a deficiency of this vitamin is uncommon since it’s found in a wide variety of foods. Panthenol differs slightly in structure from vitamin B5 and is classified as an alcohol. It’s made from a natural ingredient called d-pantolactone found in honey but can also come from animal sources or be made synthetically.

According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, a modified form of panthenol called dexpanthenol is beneficial for treating some skin disorders and wounds. In the treatment of wounds, panthenol stimulates the activity of cells called fibroblasts that are important for wound repair and establishment of new tissue. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity, which is important for wound healing. Wounds treated with dexpanthenol, a modified form of panthenol, showed less redness and fewer signs of inflammation.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, panthenol may be useful for treating other minor skin problems like sunburn, bug bites and contact dermatitis. It’s sometimes mixed with another ingredient called allantoin to treat minor skin problems. It’s also been suggested as a possible acne treatment due to its anti-bacterial properties and ability to block inflammation.

Panthenol is also a good skin conditioner and moisturizer. As a moisturizer, it acts as both a humectant and an emollient. Humectants draw water from the environment to the surface of the skin, while emollients create a protective barrier over skin to prevent water loss. Because of its ability to moisturize, soften and protect skin, it’s an ingredient often found in cosmetic and skin care products including facial moisturizers, eye creams, anti-aging products and make-up products such as lipstick, eye shadow and mascara.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, panthenol may be useful for treating other minor skin problems like sunburn, bug bites and contact dermatitis.

Panthenol is also an ingredient in hair care products such as shampoo, hair conditioners, hair coloring treatments and hair styling products. Some research suggests that panthenol strengthens and thickens hair while preventing breakage, but these studies were carried out using larger amounts of panthenol than are found in hair care products. Whether or not panthenol actually strengthens and thickens hair is unproven, but it does coat the hair shaft and give hair more body and shine. Using panthenol-based products can improve the appearance of hair, especially hair that’s prone to dryness. Just as panthenol helps skin hold onto moisture, it also coats the hair shaft to prevent moisture loss. Because it holds onto water from the environment, panthenol “plumps up” the hair shaft, which gives it a thicker appearance. When using panthenol-based hair products, it’s a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo occasionally to remove any build-up of the product.

Panthenol is an effective skin moisturizer that has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Since it is a provitamin of pantothenic acid, panthenol isn’t harmful since pantothenic acid is found naturally in the body where it’s required in numerous chemical reactions necessary for good health. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database labels panthenol as a low-risk cosmetic ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies it as “generally recognized as safe” and allows it to be used in food products as well as cosmetic and personal care products. It can be irritating to the skin but usually only at concentrations higher than those found in skin and personal care products. In the amounts in skin creams and cosmetics, panthenol is not a skin irritant, and allergic reactions to it are uncommon.

All in all, panthenol is an effective skin moisturizer that has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits that could make it useful for treating acne and minor skin wounds and irritation. It’s also an effective hair conditioning agent that coats the hair and makes it look and feel softer, shinier and thicker. In addition, it appears to be safe and non-irritating to skin with a low probability of causing allergic reactions. It’s common to find it as an ingredient in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products formulated to improve the appearance of skin and hair.

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Maximum anti-aging results - better than any one antioxidant alone.
$163.00
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Award-Winning Essentials duo containing C E Ferulic and Hydrating B5 Gel.
$228.00 $240.00 value
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A mix-to-activate, duo-phase mask to quench your thirsty skin.
$80.00
4 ct | ER056
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Moisture replenisher with vitamin-E and marine extracts.
$62.00
2 oz | SK015
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A natural collagen serum that provides outstanding hydration while reducing fine lines.
$56.00
1 oz | WS003
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This product provides outstanding moisture, increases suppleness and reduces fine lines.
$56.00
1 oz | WS008
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A refreshing blend of natural ingredients.
$35.70
6.7 oz | OB004
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This intensive hydrating serum helps to smooth, plump and replenish skin.
$95.00
1 oz | EO013
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A concentrated, light-as-water liquid treatment designed to supercharge your regimen.
$48.00
0.67 oz | PN043
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The perfect first step in your daily skin care regimen.
$64.50 $68.00 value
12 oz | NSPK01
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Helps protect against damaging UVA/UVB rays and prevents premature signs of aging.
$120.00
1 oz | SK049
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Promotes healthier smoother skin.
$155.00
2 oz | ZB001
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Neutralizes free radicals and defends against environmental damage. Ideal for sensitive skin
$69.00
1 oz | SK051
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A sophisticated exfoliating and hydrating alpha beta home peel that smoothes and brightens skin.
$40.00
1 oz | BK119
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A gently calming and hydrating toner that eliminates dullness.
$55.00
6.8 oz | ER043
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Semi-Matte liquid mineral foundation. Extra coverage formula.
$29.00
0.5 oz | IC008
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Plumps moisture-deprived skin to restore a healthy, youthful appearance.
$54.00
2.5 oz | SK053
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Designed for all skin types to help restore healthy looking skin.
$101.00
1 oz | SK050
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Boosts hydration to visibly plump skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
$45.00
0.67 oz | PN070
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Keep that nail moisture where it needs to be…in your nails.
$21.00
0.3 oz | TR009
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Oil- and soap-free, non-drying cleanser thoroughly cleanses and removes makeup.
$34.00
6 oz | NS007
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Replenishes moisture and provides instant hydration to skin.
$83.60
1 oz | SM083
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Support the growth of the nail.
$21.00
0.3 oz | TR010
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A lightly scented Amazing Grace body spray.
$27.00
8 oz | PY684
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Formulated to help balance the pH of normal to oily skin.
$34.85
6.7 oz | OB099
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Fights dullness for a really deep clean.
$8.99
5 oz | OF066
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Medicated cleanser for the treatment of acne and clogged pores.
$38.00
8.5 oz | PT073
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This lash primer will make your mascara twice as effective.
$19.00
0.3 oz | JI182
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This tear-free cleansing gel for hair and body is specially formulated for newborns and may be used from birth on.
$16.50
16.9 oz | MU005
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This product is formulated to provide long-lasting hydration for all-day moisture protection.
$42.50
1.7 oz | OB071
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Control body breakouts with this purifying anti-acne treatment.
$40.00
4 oz | MR015
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Formulated with body's natural form of Vitamin C combined with antioxidants to help increase skin firmness, tone, brightness, and photo aging protection.
$99.00
1 oz | YD009
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Brighten, smooth, soften and literally 'polish' the complexion to a healthy pink glow.
$68.00
1.06 oz | CL047
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This serum reduces frizz while hydrating and protecting the hair from split ends.
$30.00
1.7 oz | PZ023
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A unique toner rich in anti-aging ingredients hydrates, smoothes wrinkles and strengthens elasticity.
$27.50
4 oz | PE087
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Cleanse sensitive skin with the utmost respect for its fragile nature.
$33.60
6.7 oz | SY002
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A mascara approved for sensitive eyes that thickens and conditions lashes.
$20.00
0.35 oz | JI176
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Gently and thoroughly dissolves eye make-up.
$45.00
3.4oz | KF152
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An oil-free, hydrating, soothing and healing care cream for acne/problematic skin.
$39.50
1.7 oz | PE025
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A water-light toner that restores skin with antioxidants, soothing agents and potent moisture boosting ingredients.
$20.00
4 oz | PN090
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A mascara approved for sensitive eyes that thickens and conditions lashes.
$20.00
0.35 oz | JI177
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Restores vitality and leaves your hair full, silky, and more manageable.
$20.00
8.5 oz | HX019
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A super lightweight hair spray for volume, texture and soft-touch hold.
$34.00
9 oz | PB071
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This no-rinse foam gives body and structure to fine and limp hair.
$28.00
6.6 oz | RR077
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$11.00
1.2 oz | OC044
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Balance the skin’s tolerance threshold and help skin lastingly reduce its sensitivity.
$33.60
6.7 oz | SY006
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Gently conditions, firms and helps eliminate bacteria, while restoring the skin's natural acid balance.
$28.00
7 oz | MC002
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Leaves cuticles soft and transparent.
$10.00
0.5 oz | BA023
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