Avoiding gluten? Then you should probably check that the lotion you are putting on your body or the shampoo you are using does not contain gluten. Sadly most cosmetics do (not to mention chemical additives and the like). Even trace amounts of gluten can be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause problems for celiacs and those sensitive to gluten. It has been my experience that beauty products that do not contain gluten often are much more natural because they are made from pure, organic ingredients.
These are ingredients in cosmetics that could contain gluten and are best avoided:
fermented grain extract
hyrolyzed malt extract
hydrolyzed wheat protein
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
oat (avena sativa)
samino peptide complex
Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Protein Sulfonate
It has taken me almost a year to pick my favorite gluten-free beauty brands. While I don’t use all of these brands, I like them all because of the natural ingredients they are derived from. While many cosmetics can be made at home, I thought the list below would be helpful for those of us that don’t always have time to make our own beauty products. I hope this list helps you the next time you are shopping online or at the grocery store:
Gluten-Free Beauty Brands:
Many of these beauty products can be found on iHerb as well as at Sunflower Markets, Whole Foods and other national grocery and health food stores.
What are your favorite gluten-free beauty products? Are there other companies you love and recommend?