The grocery stores aisles are filled up with gluten-free products these days to appeal to the health food junkies, but just the way not everyone needs gluten-free food, not everyone needs gluten-free cosmetics, and does it really matter what you put onto your skin? Well, in case of the lipstick maybe, if someone has Celiac disease or gluten intolerance they might think of having a gluten-free lip stick just to be on the safe side. But if you haven’t been diagnosed with either of these conditions, or wheat allergy, you don’t have to invest in gluten-fee makeup.
There are products that might go into your eye, for example if you put eye liner in your waterline, mascara and eye makeup remover tend to go inside the eye. Unfortunately, for someone suffering with celiac disease, there is no sure shot cure, the only cure is completely eliminating gluten from food. Gluten disease is characterized by an autoimmune disorder that damages the intestines and prevent proper nutrient absorption from food. Eating foods with gluten can cause bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, anemia, fatigue, headaches and more.
While eliminating all sources of gluten is the only way to go, we wonder if using gluten-free cosmetics necessary, too? If you have Celiac disease and any of regular makeup gives you allergic reaction, such as a rash, swelling or watery eyes, may be it is time to check the label for presence of gluten, and substitute your makeup stash with gluten-free cosmetics. You might be thinking what is wheat protein doing in cosmetics, gluten is often used as a binding agent and gluten-based oils are used to add moisture, gluten-based ingredients can be a part of your makeup; lip gloss, lipstick and even mouth washes and tooth pastes.
It also depends on the level of sensitivity towards gluten, although gluten particles are large enough that these can’t pass through the skin barrier when applied topically, but products like lip balms, lip stick, gloss can make you ingest gluten. At the end of the day it is a personal decision whether you would want to invest in gluten-free cosmetics or not, if you do develop a skin reaction due to any cosmetic, it is important to contact your dermatologist, immediately. Again gluten-free products are worth it if you are suffering from Celiac disease and you deem it necessary to avoid gluten in any form.
Usually, vitamin E containing cosmetics have vitamin E sourced from wheat, so if you are looking for gluten-free makeup, you can easily find it at Sephora by Bare minerals and by many other brands like after glow.