Gluten-free Beauty Products
Trying to find gluten-free beauty products? Want to know if people with celiac disease need to even use gluten-free beauty products? This post is for you! In this post, I will discuss everything from whether or not you should use gluten-free beauty products, how to identify gluten in beauty products, to my top gluten-free beauty product brands.
Do you need to use gluten-free beauty products?
First things first, do people with celiac disease even need to use gluten-free beauty products? Let’s figure this out before I potentially waste your time on the rest of this information. Basically, when it comes to people with celiac disease, using gluten-free beauty products is a personal choice as gluten can not be absorbed through the skin.
However, if you are including dental products under the beauty product category, please make a special note that you need these products to be gluten-free. Meaning that you need to check to make sure your toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and anything else going into your mouth is gluten-free.
Why do some people choose to use Gluten-Free Beauty Products?
Even though gluten can not be absorbed through the skin, many people with celiac disease, including myself, choose to use gluten-free beauty products. People choose to use gluten-free beauty products for a variety of reasons. Reasons like:
- Not wanting to take the chance of beauty products getting in their mouth. This is especially true for me because I have the bad habit of touching my face way too much.
- Experiencing a skin reaction to gluten touching the skin. I also react to skin exposure – which is likely because I have sensitive skin, not because I have celiac disease.
- Having kids with celiac disease who put everything in their mouth. I had a mom tell me she uses only gluten-free products because no matter how hard she tries, her little one always ends up getting a gulp of mouth water.
If you’re having trouble deciding what is the right choice for you, talk to your celiac specialized dietitian or doctor. They can help you figure out what is best for you.
How to Identify Gluten in Beauty Products
So you’ve learned how to identify gluten on food labels but what about identifying it in ingredient lists for beauty products? It gets to be a little bit more difficult to identify gluten in beauty products than it is on food labels. It involves reading potentially even longer and more complicated ingredient lists that are often printed in unbearably small text.
Below is a list of ingredients to check for in beauty products:
|Wheat (Triticum Vulgare)||– Wheat Starch|
– Wheat gluten
– Wheat protein
– Hydrolyzed wheat protein
– Steardimonium hydroxypropyl
– Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl
– Wheat germ oil
– Dextrin palmitate (may be gluten-based)
|Rye (Secale Cereale)||Avoid ingredients with “rye” or “secale cereale” in the name.|
|Barley (Hordeum Vulgare)|| – Beta-glucan (can be from barley/oats) |
– Malt extract
– Barley extract
– Hordeum vulgare extract
|Oats (Avena Sativa)|| – Beta-glucan (can be from barley/oats)|
– Avena sativa extract
– Sodium lauroyl oat amino acid
Please note the above list is not to be used as an all in-inclusive list but as a starting point. If you’re unsure about an ingredient, research it.
My favorite gluten-free brands/products:
I have an amazon list featuring all of my specific favorite products, if you want to check it out, click here. But my all-time favorite brands are:
- Tom’s of Maine (I like them for their deodorant sticks and sometimes toothpaste)
- Sun Bum (I like them for their sunscreen and chapstick)
- EO products (I like them for their spray deodorant, essential oils, and hand sanitizer)
- Zuzu Luxe (I like them for their eyeliner – but it does come off easily)
My beauty routine is pretty minimal so I don’t use a lot of beauty products. Unfortunately, that means my list of products not as long as some other people but that’s just me.
Special oral health note, Crest and Colgate toothpaste should be gluten-free.
More gluten-free beauty product information and resources:
- Jamie from Vibrantly Gluten-Free has a blog post up about gluten-free shampoo and conditioners. This post also features a complete guide + tips for visiting salons. Definitely check it out!
- This web page also discusses this topic briefly and was referenced for the ingredient list table.
- This forum discussion on the National Celiac Association’s website is a great informative read on this topic.
Hopefully, this post was helpful in helping you more easily understand the beauty world and where gluten stands in it. Of course, make sure to check all allergen labels and brand protocols to make sure it meets your needs before buying.
What are your go-to gluten-free beauty products (if you use them).
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