Some of the most common skin concerns are dryness, ageing, fine lines, dullness, marks, etc. While we wish that we could treat it all in one go, it’s nearly impossible. Skincare needs time and patience. But then we found out about a plant-derived component which is winning the internet and also us for the right reasons. Let’s dive right in to know all about Pentavitin- a plant-derived carbohydrate that provides long-lasting hydration!
What is Pentavitin?
Pentavitin is a plant-derived carbohydrate called saccharide isomerate. It is used in skincare because its structure is very similar to the carbohydrate found in the human’s uppermost skin layer. It can help increase the amount of natural hyaluronic acid found in the skin. So it definitely ups your moisture game but goes a step further to ensure that your skin is moisturised for a longer duration. It locks in moisture for 72 hours by creating a solid barrier and also penetrating deep within to keep your skin moisturised.
Now that you have learnt about the function of Pentavitin, let’s understand what are the benefits it provides!
What are the benefits of Pentavitin?
Pentavitin is the new-in as we can clearly see and it is because it provides the following benefits:
1. Anti ageing
One of the key reasons why your skin starts sagging and wrinkling is because it loses its natural ability to preserve and moisturise the skin. So as you age, one of the game-changing skincare routines is to include lots of hydration. Pentavitin is sugar in its form which penetrates the skin to retain the natural hyaluronic acid levels and retain moisture which is exactly what your skin needs right now to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Say hi to youthful and dewy skin now!
2. Intense hydration
Unlike the traditional humectants which capture moisture from the surroundings to plump your skin, Pentavitin works on the natural Hyaluronic acid production. Our skin has Hyaluronic acid on the topmost layer of the skin and is synthesised deep within the skin. Pentavitin penetrates deep within to boost Hyaluronic acid production. It also creates a barrier to prevent water loss and keeps the skin moisturised for 72 hours.
3. Soothe sunburnt skin
Sunburnt skin means dryness and inflammation. Is there a way to kill two birds with one stone? Yes. Moisturisation. To eliminate sunburn, you must first soothe the skin which will stop the inflammatory signals in your skin. You must also hydrate your skin since UV rays damage cell functions. Some gels and creams can work too but sunburnt skin needs long-lasting hydration to recover and Pentavitin fits just right in.
How to use Pentavitin?
Pentavitin can be used on dry or damp skin. In fact, it can be used during the day and night both. It’s the skincare version of yoga pants which fits all skin types and conditions.
Yes, all skin conditions too. Some of the biggest pain points like xerosis (extremely dry skin, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis can also be used at Pentavitin. It is ideal to be used within 1 to 5% concentration.
Those with sensitive skin should first patch test it. You can easily find Pentavitin in toners, serums, lotions, face wash, body wash, etc.
Does Pentavitin have any side effects?
Pentavitin does not have any side effects. It’s safe to use for all skin types. Having said that, every skin is unique and so what works for us may not work for you. The best way to know if it will work for you is by patch-testing it on your jawline.
Learn how to patch test here!
Which ingredients can you combine Pentavitin with?
Pentavitin can be combined with almost all the actives but we have some opinions about which ingredient could be the best paired with Pentavitin:
1. Pentavitin with Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a popular humectant and it may not work for those in the hilly regions or those who stay in air-conditioned environments all the time, it works well when paired with Pentavitin. It’s one of the best moisture monsters for your skin since Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture and Pentavitin reserves the moisture for 72 hours. Those with very dry skin types can find it handy.
Sublime recommends Bio:Cule Aqua Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Toner. This refreshing toner pairs Pentavitin with Hyaluronic acid and Glycerin which are good humectants!
2. Pentavitin with Niacinamide
Niacinamide, aka. Vitamin B3 is a highly anti-inflammatory ingredient which helps boost skin moisture levels and maintain the oil-water balance in the skin. It also helps brighten and improve skin texture. Pairing these benefits with a long-lasting moisture provider- Pentavitin sounds like a legit way to moisturise and brighten the skin.
Sublime recommends Chemist At Play Hydrating Body Wash. It has 3% Pentavitin and 1% Niacinamide. It becomes the perfect choice of body wash, especially during the winter season!
3. Pentavitin with AHA
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) as we know, is a chemical exfoliant and also partially humectant. AHAs like Glycolic acid can effectively exfoliate the skin layer and also attract hydration to your skin. If you’re of dry skin type and also looking for exfoliation then this pair is the exact answer to your concern.
Sublime recommends True Kind Aha Brightening Exfoliant Toner. Pentavitin with Glycolic acid and a lot more like Centella Asiatica, Licorice extract, etc. On your pick-me-up days, this toner suits the best.
Pair Pentavitin with an exfoliator even for your scalp if you have dandruff. We love Bare Anatomy Expert Anti-Dandruff Hair Tonic. It is paired with Salicylic acid in this tonic. This exfoliates and hydrates the scalp.
Pentavitin with Hemp oil: Hemp oil is derived from a plant called Cannabis Sativa. This oil contains a compound called cannabidiol which helps to moisturise the skin without clogging the pores. It is highly anti-inflammatory and a powerful source of Antioxidants. It is also one of the oils which can be applied on the face given that it is rated 0 on the scale of comedogenicity. Pair this oil with Pentavitin to sustain wrinkle-free skin. You can also pair it with butter on your body to create a strong barrier.
Sublime recommends Chemist At Play Body Lotion. Perfect for very dry skin. The mixture of Shea butter and Sunflower oil with 3% Pentavitin helps soothe very dry skin for a longer duration.
Pentavitin is a refreshing change for dry to very dry skin types who are constantly looking for solutions to quench their skin needs. With the right pairing, this ingredient is set to offer us more than what most humectants can offer. With this elaborate guide, you’re all set to go ahead and try your hands on this ingredient if you haven’t already!
- Divya Salvi