There are plenty of superfoods out there that are good for you from the inside out, and now you can add betaine to that list. It can do wonders for your skin and is found in all sorts of food you probably already eat!
Betaine (also known in the science world as trimethylglycine) is a natural compound found in foods like beetroot, spinach, quinoa and wheat bran. It was discovered back in the 19th century, but has stayed a well-kept secret in the world of beauty – until now.
So, what exactly can betaine do?
1. Hydrate your skin
Betaine is what’s known as a ‘humectant’, which means it attracts water and keeps it locked in. If you apply it directly to your skin, it can take moisture from the air around you and draw it into your skin’s outer layers, giving you a beautiful, hydrated appearance which can also help you look younger.
2. Soothe irritation
Betaine has been found to be anti-inflammatory. It can help calm and soothe your skin if it’s irritated, as well as reduce redness and itchiness
3. Create a protective barrier
Betaine can promote the production of ceramides, which are vital in your skin’s protective layer. By boosting that layer, betaine is helping to prevent moisture loss while shielding you from the environment around you.
4. Brighten and balance
Some studies have shown that betaine can help brighten your skin and balance out any uneven tones. It can help reduce any hyperpigmentation by reducing the production of melanin – that’s the pigment that darkens your skin.
So, now you know the ways betaine can boost your skin, you can tuck into your beetroot and quinoa salad knowing it’s even better for you than you thought. Enjoy!