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Today we’re turning the spotlight on a high effectively provitamin that functions as a humectant, emollient and more in skincare.


Find out who it’s ideal for and the best K-Beauty products to try it in with this ingredient spotlight on panthenol.




Panthenol is the provitamin of B5.

Found in all living cells, both plant and animal, panthenol is a normal component of skin and hair. It’s essential for normal metabolism and hormone production.

A deficiency in vitamin B5 can result in some dermatological disorders, which shows the importance of panthenol.

In cosmetics, panthenol occurs in two forms: D-Panthenol, an oil and DL-Panthenol, a creamy white, crystalline powder.



Panthenol functions primarily as a lubricant, emollient and moisturizer. It is absorbed by the skin very quickly as it turns into pantothenic acid when applied to the skin. It also encourages cell growth.

Panthenol has several key qualities that make it an ideal skincare ingredient:

Moisturising: Clinical research has shown that consistent use of panthenol over four weeks has anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin and helps relieve systemic itching and dry skin.

Penetrative: Panthenol converts to pantothenic acid when it is applied to the skin. This acid is readily absorbed by the skin, and actually penetrates into the epidermis (the deep layers of the skin).

Hydrating: Pantothenic acid works as a humectant by infusing water in the cells, which helps the skin to retain moisture.




  • Looking for humectants, emollients and moisturisers;
  • Suffering from transepidermal water loss;
  • With red, sore, rough or irritated skin;
  • With a weak or damaged skin barrier or impaired barrier function.


Panthenol is thankfully a common ingredient in many trending Korean Beauty products. Some of our favourites include:

 Olivarrier Emollient Extra Comfort Cream – this skin-saving moisturising cream balances and comforts sensitive skin, protecting it from the environment and moisture loss. It is toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan and made with 95% natural ingredients. It is even safe enough for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

d’Alba Piedmont White Truffle Intensive Ampoule – Luxury for the skin defined, this intensive skin brightening serum is rich in white truffle extract, reviving fatigued skin while improving the skin’s texture and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Panthenol in the formula offers moisturizing and softening benefits, helping to soothe irritated and blemished skin.

Dr Jart Ceramidin™ Serum – this cult favourite serum delivers hydration from the inside out with patent total ceramide and panthenol. It improves skin’s barrier function and improves issues like dryness, toughness, flakiness, sensitivity and tight skin.

Etude House Soon Jung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream – This is the perfect cream to reach for when your skin is in need of deep moisture, soothing and repair. Free of potential irritants like synthetic fragrance, mineral oil or parabens, it contains Panthenol and Madecassoside (a component derived from Centella asiatica) to repair skin damage.

The Vegan Glow Good Morning Cream – Perfect for vegan K-Beauty lovers, this gentle morning moisturiser will protect your skin throughout the day and enhance the skin’s barrier. Enriched with Cacao Seed Butter and Panthenol, it protects against moisture loss while providing nutrition and hydration.

PACKage Everyday Bouncy Mask – jam-packed with glow inducing ingredients like honey, propolis, galactomyces, panthenol, hyaluronic acid and more your skin will be bouncy and soft after applying this adorable face mask!


Have you tried panthenol before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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