Gluten-free beauty products are a thing
Gluten-free eating has become pretty normal, with celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson and Victoria Beckham swearing off wheat because of health issues, such as gluten intolerance or coeliac disease. Others skip the bread basket to fit in with their healthy lifestyle and weight loss goals. While people are now paying attention to what they're putting on their bodies, rather than just what they're putting in their bodies, one area gluten-free devotees may be overlooking is their beauty bag.
Surprisingly a lot of the beauty and skincare products women use on a daily basis list gluten among their ingredients, in products ranging from toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner to deodorant. Despite the trend of natural, organic and gluten-free living, those who actually live with coeliac disease have to be much more careful, and have sparked a surge in the market for gluten-free body care products.
Since the skin is one of the largest and most absorbable organs in the body, whatever you put on it will, to some degree, be absorbed into the bloodstream. It is possible to avoid specific ingredients even further, such as gluten, with products now free of certain elements.
However, the jury is still out on whether alternatives, such as gluten-free beauty products, are absolutely essential, even for those with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance. Coeliac UK, a charity for those with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, says the risk of reaction from gluten-containing cosmetics is minimal, so there's no need to panic.
“It is unlikely that you would swallow enough lip balm or lipstick to cause a problem," its website states. However if you are concerned, the charity suggests contacting manufacturers directly about specific products. And if you experience skin irritation when using any cosmetics, visit your GP
Even if you don’t plan to go gluten-free with skincare, simply switching beauty and skincare products to chemical-free alternatives to reduce your overall toxin load will also have a positive effect on skin.
Gluten-free beauty products
For a gentle cleanser, exfoliator and intensive moisturiser in one, Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm takes care of it all. Hardy perennial Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream has long been a flag bearer for natural, organic beauty. A rich and hydrating cream which will leave skin soft and supple, this is the perfect skin care booster, especially for the colder months. Eyes are a flashpoint for those with allergies, so Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Lengthening Mascara, £16 could prove a godsend. RMS Beauty is another brand which offers a gluten-free product, with its Eye Polish in Imagine, a flattering plum cream eyeshadow that gives a chic iridescence to tired eyes.
Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask is a rich conditioning treatment with Omega 9 rich, Ungurahua Oil and gluten-free Quinoa Protein. This deep conditioning treatment is most effective on dry and damaged hair types and strengthens and bolsters hair’s manageability, leaving locks shiny and supremely soft.