What is betaine?
Betaine is a zwitterion (also known as inner salts), an example of which is amino acids.
What is it used for?
Betaine is used:
- as a conditioner and softener (e.g. for skin or hair);
- as a humectant (helps to keep the product moist – stops it drying out);
- as an antistatic;
- to control viscosity (ensures that the product is not too thick, but not too watery)
Is betaine safe?
EWG Skin Deep rating: 1 (low hazard)
potential health concerns if exposed to a large volume
Also known as:
TRIMETHYLGLYCINE; ABROMINE; ALPHA-EARLEINE; GLYCINE BETAINE; GLYCOCOLL BETAINE; GLYCYLBETAINE; GLYKOKOLLBETAIN (GERMAN) ; JORTAINE; LORAMINE AMB 13; LYCINE; OXYNEURINE
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