There are so many different products with so many different ingredients that have some pretty wild claims attached. Serums are an integral part of a good skincare routine, but it can be hard to know which to get and what ingredients work for different problems.

When it comes to topically introducing vitamins to your skin, it is important to know that they are a little different from the ones you take in tablet form as a supplement for your overall health and wellbeing. Topical vitamin serums help with a whole host of skin complaints and are well worth chatting about with your skin specialist if you aren’t getting the results you need with the skincare products you’re already using.

What is vitamin B5?

There are actually eight types of vitamin B - thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate or ‘folic acid’ when included in supplements (B9), cyanocobalamin (B12). The one we are investigating for our skin is Pantothenic Acid which is more commonly known as Vitamin B5.

This vitamin is required for your body to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats which have a huge impact on your skin. It aids in the production of red blood cells and steroid hormones. It carries anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties when used on the skin and helps to enhance the healing process in the skin when damage has occurred.

It’s a natural moisturiser

The amount of water that your skin is able to hold onto is imperative when it comes to it looking and feeling healthy. Stabilising the barrier function of your skin by enhancing its ability to lock in moisture. When you introduce a vitamin B5 serum into your daily skincare routine, it works to secure the water into your skin. This element is especially important if you suffer from rough, dry or sensitive skin.

Helps to smooth fine lines

Vitamin B helps to soften your skin and leave its appearance looking smoother and healthier. It does so by plumping the upper layers of your skin making it look fuller. Similar to when dermal fillers are injected under the skin in sunken areas of the face, when your skin is plump from vitamin B5, the fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, leaving your skin looking youthful and bright. It’s because of this plumping action that vitamin B5 is often an ingredient you find in anti-ageing skincare products.

Enhances healing in your skin

If you’re someone who suffers chronic skin conditions like dryness, inflammation, cystic acne or are prone to intense break outs then vitamin B5 can help. Scarring associated with these skin conditions can be elevated by vitamin B5 products. It has also been known to reduce redness associated with eczema and rosacea.

Does vitamin B5 sound like it might be the thing that is missing from your skincare routine? Or maybe you just need some more general information? Don’t hesitate to get in contact with our knowledgeable skin specialist today. You can book online or come into one of our boutiques to chat in person today.

March 30, 2021 — Ali Moini