gluten

Let’s talk about GLUTEN!

When I saw labels announcing GLUTEN FREE regarding makeup, my first thought was, “Why would there be gluten in cosmetics?”  I would assume that wheat has no place in makeup. That seems kind of weird, right? But lipsticks, glosses and other beauty products may contain wheat-based oils and proteins which for those who suffer from Celiac Disease, these ingredients pose a concern. If you have this disease, ingesting even teeny bits of gluten may cause some troubles.  You may be asking what’s Celiac Disease? I found this on the Huffington Post:

“An estimated 2 million people in the United States have celiac disease. When these people consume gluten, their immune system attacks structures (known as villi) that line the small intestine and are crucial for absorbing nutrients from food. Symptoms can include diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, fatigue, and joint pain. The only way to treat celiac disease is to avoid eating gluten.”

And what exactly is gluten anyway? Here is the official definition: Gluten  is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture. Gluten may also be found in some cosmetics, hair products, and other dermatological preparations. Remember is this way: gluten = glue which holds things together.

You can’t take in gluten through the skin, however if you are sensitive to gluten, you  can accidentally ingest a little bit if you have it on your hands then touch your mouth. Those who are very sensitive to gluten may experience skin rashes or  watery swollen eyes from mascara containing gluten!

“Lipstick, lip-gloss, mouthwash, toothpaste—they can all trigger a reaction in people with celiac disease,” says Alice Bast, founder and president of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). “If you’re sensitive to gluten, you should be using gluten-free cosmetics and toiletries. Even if you don’t experience any symptoms, you could be doing damage on the inside.” {source}

I didnt realize how many products contained some form of wheat- usually acting as a binding ingredient. Recently, I grew very tired of always being bloated and feeling sick after eating breads, cereals etc. I wondered if the culprit could be gluten. It seems like such a trendy thing to announce, “I’m gluten free!” but gluten really does pose a concern.

From what I’ve read, wheat has been so modified over the years that it’s not as pure as it once was. This new version of wheat has brought allergies and sensitivities in people who were previously fine with wheat.   You can research farming wheat and changes in soil etc. because we can go a lot deeper in understanding all of these sudden gluten isues. I’m good with the basic understanding right now and being gluten free has really helped my bloated stomach.

Anyway….Gluten free cosmetics may not be necessary for the mainstream but for the percentage of consumers who have a sensitivity or serious allergy, looking for gluten-free makeup and personal care products is a good idea.

So what do you look for since many brands of makeup won’t announce THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS GLUTEN. Its up to you to figure it all out.  Look for these ingredients:

BARLEY DERIVED INGREDIENTS: SAMINO PEPTIDE COMPLEX / BARLEY EXTRACT / HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) EXTRACT / PHYTOSPHINGOSINE EXTRACT / BARLEY LIPIDS

WHEAT DERIVED INGREDIENTS: AMP-ISOSTEAROYL HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN/ DISODIUM WHEATGERMAMIDO PEG-2 SULFOSUCCINATE / HYDROLYZED WHEAT GLUTEN/ HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN / HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN PG-PROPYL SILANETRIOL / HYDROLYZED WHEAT STARCH / HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN STEARYLDIMONIUMHYDROXYPROPYL / HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN / WHEAT AMINO ACIDS/ WHEAT BRAN EXTRACT
WHEAT GERM EXTRACT / WHEAT GERM GLYCERIDES / WHEAT GERM OIL /WHEAT GERMAMIDOPROPYLDIMONIUM HYDROXYPROPYL / WHEAT (TRITICUM VULGARE) BRAN EXTRACT / TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) FLOUR LIPIDS/
TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM EXTRACT / TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL / VITAMIN E DERIVED FROM WHEAT GERM OIL

OAT DERIVED INGREDIENTS: SAVENA SATIVA (OAT) FLOUR/ AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL PROTEIN / OAT (AVENA SATIVA) EXTRACT / OAT BETA GLUCANOAT EXTRACT/ OAT FLOURSODIUM LAUROYL / OAT AMINO ACIDS
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Here’s a small  list of beauty companies that are gluten free:

Afterglow Cosmetics / Arbonne / Red Apple Lipstick / Pangea / 100% Pure / Acure Organics / Desert Essence / DeVita / MyChelle /Hugo Naturals / Juice Beauty / JASON

Feel free to add additional brands in the comment section. Remember, just because a company announces their products are Gluten Free, this doesn’t mean they are without other chemicals or toxins. Will you be looking for Gluten Free makeup?