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Gluten-free Cosmetics, How to ID & Where to Find Them


A couple of weeks ago I issued a gluten-free challenge here on FGS. Did any of you take it? If you tried it out we’d love to know how it worked for you.

My own experimentation with a gluten-free diet didn’t last very long. Only about (but just short of, really) three days, rather than the week I’d planned on. Lame, I know. I eat a healthy diet, but oatmeal is a staple and good bread is one of my treats. Thus the lack of time spent on gluten-free eating.

Oatmeal? What does oatmeal have to do with gluten-free? Didn’t you think it was all about the wheat?

Me too! But gluten intolerance can be triggered by more than just wheat. Oats, rye, and barley (like wheat) contain the protein gliadin which causes the symptoms of gluten intolerance. Avoiding foods that contain these ingredients help those who suffer from gluten-intolerance, Celiac disease, and wheat allergy to manage their symptoms.

Did you also know it is a good idea for those dealing with these health issues to use gluten-free cosmetics? Did you know there was such a thing as gluten-free cosmetics?

You betcha there is and they are definitely worth a look for those with a gluten issue. As you know, our skin absorbs around 60% of what we apply to it. This means that products containing gluten introduce the protein to the body. Products used on lips and face are of greatest concern for those looking to avoid contact with gluten.

To avoid gluten in cosmetics, look for products labeled “Gluten-free” and familiarize yourself with the most common gluten-containing cosmetic ingredients. This list from Naturally Dahling includes the main gluten-containing ingredients to watch for in cosmetics.

There are many natural brands that make gluten-free products. Check out those from Lavera, Dr. Hauschka, Pangea Organics (with exception of Oatmeal Bergamot Bar soap), Badger (balms, oils, Anti-Bug Shake & Spray and Anti-Bug Stick are gluten-free),True Natural, and Benecos.

Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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