Benefits of Trimethylglycine (Betaine) in Personal Care Formulations

May 6, 2003 | Contact Author | By: L Rigano, G Dell'Acqua and R Leporatti, Rigano Laboratories
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Keywords: trimethylglycine | water coordination | moisturization | pH | buffer | lenitive effect | cosmetic formulation

Abstract: Commonly found in nature, trimethylglycine lends itself to many useful applications in personal-care products from foam boosting to skin moisturization.

Trimethylglycine (betaine) is a very common molecule in nature. It can be found in shellfish (6-14g/kg) and in sugar beets and is a by-product of sugar beet processing, where it reaches a content of 8% molasses. The pure form, obtained through separation from molasses by industrial chromatography, has been employed in diet supplements in the United States, in animal feed (0.2 to 15g/kg) ans such industrial applications as anti-corrosive heat exchange liquids. In-depth studies have been carried out in order to understand its unusual behavior in water.