With all the different ingredients showing up in skincare products these days, it's hard to know what's safe and what isn't. Some words sound like scary, dangerous chemicals — and they are. Others may sound like scary, dangerous chemicals when in fact they may simply be natural compounds, perhaps even a form of a vitamin. That's why it's so important to educate yourself on your products, what's in them, and what those ingredients do. It's also important to be able to trust the manufacturers of your products when the ingredient lists start to feel overwhelming.
I hope you feel that trust about Système 41, but I don't want you to feel that it's blind trust. I want you to be educated about what's in your products and why we choose to include each ingredient. One of these ingredients is panthenol, which is found in our Eye Serum.
Panthenol is one of those ingredients that could sound like a scary, dangerous chemical. But it isn't! It's completely natural and very closely related to vitamin B5, pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid is a remarkable nutrient in that it is functional inside and outside of our bodies.
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And rather than being dangerous, it's actually a healing agent. Panthenol has a number of benefits, including hydrating the skin. The moisture absorption ability of pantothenol actually has the effect of plumping up the area to which it is applied, naturally adding a bit of buoyancy, erasing fine lines around the eyes — and the mouth (yes you can use the eye cream around your mouth), and reduce the severityof fine lines and wrinkles. Pantothenol also helps to reduce inflammation to improve skin texture. It can even help wounds and burns to heal and fade the appearance of scars, likely because it contributes to the healthy growth of skin cells.
Panthenol hydrates skin not only by attracting water, but also by protecting skin from harsh cleansers. These effects become more pronounced over time, as panthenol slowly builds up a protective barrier for the skin as the skin's health improves.
Of course, you know that inflammation and dehydration play a major role in making our skin appear old, so panthenol is a great weapon in your anti-aging arsenal. Panthenol has been proven to increase fibroblasts in the dermis, which is the layer of skin where wrinkles form. And fibroblasts are associated with an increase in collagen and elastin — and a subsequent decrease in wrinkles.
The more you know about what's in your products, the more confident you can feel about how they're helping you. I hope Système 41's Eye Serum will build your confidence in our products as it keeps the area around your eyes healthy and hydrated.
To your health, naturally,