Wirkstoffe im Spotlight: Provitamin B5

Active ingredients in the spotlight: provitamin B5

You may have noticed the active ingredient provitamin B5 several times, for example when you took a closer look at the packaging of your shampoo or skin care products. Sometimes it also appears under the name Dexpanthenol or just Panthenol.

What exactly is a provitamin?

The special thing about provitamins is that they are just precursors of a vitamin. This means that they only become a vitamin in the body. Provitamin B5 only converts into vitamin B5 after it is applied to the skin. It is found in plant and animal cells, but is usually manufactured artificially for use in skin care products.

What it does and where it is used

Provitamin B5 helps to strengthen the natural skin barrier and supports the skin's metabolism. In addition, it can relieve irritation and itching and has a wound-healing effect. It also binds moisture, inhibits inflammation, regenerates and preserves the elasticity of the skin. It is a very well-tolerated active ingredient and is therefore often used in baby care products such as wound creams. The provitamin is also a helpful ingredient for injuries or sunburn. In hair care products, provitamin B5 has a smoothing and moisturizing effect.

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