Small fragments of non-animal protein, known as phytopeptides, that are derived from wheat and contain gluten. It may also be referred to as Wheat Starch. It comes as a white, yellowish to brown powder or liquid. Skincare and Cosmetics containing hydrolyzed wheat proteins may result in rare allergic reactions in people with food related wheat sensitivities.
It is often used as a surfactant, foaming and hydrating agent, antistatic and softener. It is included in cream and lotion formulations to add hydration, improve moisture in the skin and to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In ancient times, wheat, the main source of this hydrolyzed protein was actually a food staple for most cultures around the world and wheat flour was sometimes used to help treat skin inflammation, rashes and itching.