Panthenol and skincare

INCI: Panthenol in skincare explained
When starting with one's first skincare routine, deciding which ingredients are best for the own skin type can often be overwhelming.
That's why in this blog series, Kluuf presents well-known and lesser-known ingredients (INCIs) in an uncomplicated way.
One ingredient that has gained popularity in recent years is panthenol (INCI: Panthenol), also known as pantothenic acid or vitamin B5. This powerful ingredient is famous its numerous benefits for the skin and is therefore extremely popular among skincare enthusiasts. This article takes a closer look at panthenol and explains the benefits it has for the skin as well as what to look for when including a product with panthenol it in your skincare routine.

What is panthenol?

Panthenol is a water-soluble vitamin derived from pantothenic acid. It is a natural humectant, meaning it helps to hydrate the skin by absorbing moisture. This makes it an effective ingredient in a vast array of skin care products, including Kluuf's face cream and body lotion. Panthenol is known to be a versatile ingredient and can be used as a stand-alone or in combination with other ingredients to increase its effectiveness. The following properties are particularly noteworthy for us from Kluuf:

Hydration: as a natural humectant, panthenol helps to hydrate the skin by absorbing nearby moisture. This can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as give the skin a fresher perceived appearance.

Anti-inflammatory: Panthenol is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce redness and irritation of the skin. This makes it an excellent ingredient for people with sensitive (or delicate) skin.

Skin barrier function: Panthenol helps to improve the skin barrier function, which in turn can help maintain moisture in the skin and even protect it from environmental stressors. This can keep the skin healthy and strong.

Regeneration: Panthenol has a wound-healing effect that can help to heal minor skin damage more quickly as well as support the skin's regeneration process. It can also help reduce redness and irritation after shaving.
It is important to highlight here that - especially in the concentration commonly used in skin care products - panthenol is not a medicinal product and a medical opinion should always be sought for treatment and before using skin care in the case of injuries such as sores or cuts.

What should I pay attention to when using the product?

Panthenol is generally considered to be a well-tolerated ingredient even for sensitive skin, but it is always important to pay close attention to how your own skin reacts to all active ingredients. Rarely, people are sensitive to panthenol and may experience irritation or redness when using products containing panthenol.
Generally, we advise always trying a skincare product on a small area first (e.g. the calf or forearm) to see how it reacts with the skin, before applying the product to the whole face. This helps to avoid unpleasant redness on the face.
It should also be noted that not all products containing panthenol are the same. Some products use panthenol as the exclusive active ingredient, while others choose a combination of other active ingredients. Also, the concentration differs from product to product. Both are factors that can influence the individual reaction to panthenol.

In summary, panthenol is a powerful and versatile ingredient that can provide a multitude of benefits for your skin in an uncomplicated manner.
It is a natural humectant that helps to hydrate the skin, soothe redness and inflammation, and improve skin barrier function. It is an excellent ingredient for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin. However, it is important to pay attention to how the skin reacts and to choose products with the right concentration & composition.

Panthenol is a high-quality part of any skincare routine, not just Kluuf products. However, for those who value simple skincare that is not only effective & sustainable, but also does good with every application, Panthenol can be found in the following Kluuf products:

Kluuf's face cream - buy here.

Kluuf's body lotion - buy here

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