Gluten Free Health and Beauty Products Every Celiac Should Know
Now, according to Beyond Celiac, research has shown that celiacs don't need to use gluten-free cosmetics or shampoos, besides lipstick or hand lotion that could accidentally be ingested. In fact, it seems that the only way gluten can enter the skin through a topically-applied product is if the celiac has a deep cut. At the same time, if you do use gluten-containing products, you need to wash your hands thoroughly before eating or prepping food.
|Posing with my fave Cleure lipstick!|
I discovered this company a few years ago and have been buying 90% of my hygiene products from them ever since! What makes Cleure so great? First of all, not only are all of their products free of gluten, but they are also free of "fragrance, salicylates, formaldehyde, and other harsh ingredients" (according to their "About" page). As someone with extremely sensitive skin, it's been amazing to find a brand with such a "clean" and "pure" (hence the name) ingredients.
|A peak inside my shower...|
What exactly do I buy from Cleure? My typical order includes: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, lip balm and lipstick. (Fun fact: not to brag, but people can't believe how soft my hair is. Who says you need complex ingredients for a good shampoo and conditioner?)
I actually discovered Cetaphil when I visited my dermatologist about an eczema flare. He prescribed Cetaphil face wash and I haven't used anything since. Be aware: only the Gentle Skin Cleanser is guaranteed gluten free. Other products contain ingredients that are derived from grains and could contain gluten. If you have sensitive skin like I do, though, you'll appreciate that the Gentle Skin Cleanser is just that: mild, non-irritating and based on a formula that is soap-free in order to not strip your skin of its natural oils.
|Different name, same product!|
Another dermatologist-referred product, Vanicream's Moisturizing Skin Cream is about as hydrating as you can get. This moisturizer - which can be found on Amazon, Target, Walmart and most big outlets - is "free of dyes, lanolin, masking fragrance, fragrance, parabens, and formaldehyde" according to its label. The same company behind Vanicream promotes an article about "Celiac Disease, Gluten and the Skin" on their website, which helped seal the deal for me...besides the fact that the dry patches on my arms and legs are finally disappearing!
Red Apple Lipstick
If you're a fan of Celiac and the Beast, you've probably heard of Red Apple Lipstick before. Just like with Cleure, all products from Red Lipstick are made in the United States (Texas to be specific) and are free from gluten, petroleum, dairy, corn, harsh chemicals, GMOs and "animal bits." According to their website, they also pack their lip products with a Vitamin E to help fight chapped lips and their mineral eye shadow is designed to satisfy even the most sensitive eyes.
|Their GF status is impossible to miss!|
I know that when it comes to gluten, I will never cease to be surprised. While I'm hopeful that living as a celiac will become easier (for me and others) as the years pass, I'm always grateful for the gluten free products I know and have come to love.
Because, as cliche as it sounds, life is a little easier handle when rockin' some enviably soft hair and a bright shade of lipstick.
*Also found at Wow Me Wednesday and RunningwithSpoons!*
Do you worry about using gluten free health or beauty products? Have you ever tried any of these brands? Comment below!