Vitamins are essential nutrients for your body and one important group are the B vitamins. Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 has many functions including production of red blood cells, stress related hormones, as well as keeping your hair and skin looking beautiful!
Pantheon or panthenol is a vitamin B5 precursor also known as pro-vitamin B5. Mainly used in skincare products, when applied it is absorbed into the skin and converted to pantothenic acid. Vitamin B5 acts as a humectant, attracting water from the atmosphere and helping to retain moisture. Not only does it hydrate but it keeps skin soft and supple. It is especially beneficial for dry and frizzy hair as it provides a moisture barrier, protecting your hair against dry air. Pro-vitamin B5 may not be the best idea if you plan to go on holiday to a humid country as it will suck the moisture out of the air and you run the risk of looking like Monica Geller from Friends with hair ten times its normal volume! Since nails have a similar structure to hair, panthenol is just as effective in penetrating your nail bed and cuticles leaving them moisturised and healthy, ready for your next manicure!
Since vitamin B is water soluble, we are unable to store it within our body and therefore it needs to be replenished. Skincare products containing panthenol are an excellent way to get extra pro-vitamin B5 (besides food) and make it easy to target areas that need an extra boost in moisture.