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Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin B5

Updated: Mar 31, 2019

Our intelligent anti-aging beauty formulas include correct levels of vitamin Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid. B5 is a vitamin that is essential for normal skin function. Its main chemical purpose in skincare is its necessity for the body to produce coenzyme-A, which encourages both the creation and degradation of fatty acids. Vitamin B5 also produces what are called “acyl carrier proteins”, which are only responsible for fatty acid creation. Together, they work to ensure that your skin has a healthy level of sebum and a solid protective layer to keep moisture in.

While this vitamin is common in food and easily absorbed by the intestines into the bloodstream, its topical benefits are just starting to be understood. In a study reported by JW Miller in Present Knowledge in Nutrition, pantothenic acid “accelerate[d] the closure of skin wounds and increase[d] the strength of scar tissue in animals”. This is thought to be because vitamin B5 seems to increase cell proliferation, and deficiencies of this vitamin can cause deficiencies of keratinocytes (cells in the outermost layer of skin that produce keratin.)

A study that came out last month in the journal Wounds International studied in-depth the effects of the topical application of pantothenic acid on people with fresh tattoos. The study found that a topical application pantothenic acid completely restored the barriers necessary for the skin to retain moisture and heal itself. A 2002 study published by the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology showed that by reducing water loss, pantothenic acid significantly improved skin healing, as well as roughness, dryness, and the associated irritations.

It's because of this versatility that we are proud to use it in our products. Check out our Time Traveler Jet Set to give it a go for yourself.

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