No matter what age, we all want healthy and radiant skin. I'm a bit of a product junkie and it feels like every time I walk into the drug store, Ulta, or shop online, I'm trying out the beauty realm's latest and greatest. Not only am I looking for something that will turn back the clock, but I'm reading labels to scope out which lotions are gluten-free.
There's been quite an ongoing controversy within the gluten-free community about gluten in food versus gluten in personal care such as lotion, hair products and cosmetics. Many argue that those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance don't need to worry about what we put on our bodies. After using personal care products that contained hydrolyzed wheat protein, my daughter and I both wholeheartedly disagree (our skin did too!).
Think of the range of trans-dermal patches used to administer medication (like the nicotine patch and treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression). The medication is absorbed through the skin. It's a proven fact. So it's important to keep that in mind when you're choosing not only body lotions, but other personal care products as well. Read on for potential symptoms, my personal story, and details on several body lotions that are gluten-free.
Gluten in Lotion
While lotions are meant to hydrate and create a moisture barrier to protect skin, if there are gluten ingredients in lotion, our skin can react adversely.
Symptoms can include:
Red, inflamed rashes
Dry or flaking skin
Burning or itching skin
Bumps or hives
Gluten-Free Lotion List (in no particular order)
Jason Gluten Free Hand & Body Lotion
JÄSŌN’s Gluten-Free line offers a range of body & hair care products certified as gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Fragrance free. 100% vegetarian ingredients. Cruelty-free.
Brand Website: jason-personalcare.com
Puracy Organic Hand & Body Lotion
Free from Gluten, Silicones, Parabens, Dyes, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, PEG, Petrochemicals, Nut-Based Ingredients & Animal By-Products. Cruelty-Free. Vegan.
Brand Website: puracy.com
Read about my personal reaction to gluten on my skin here. For more information on hidden gluten in skin care and the FDA's role, check out this post here.
Keep reading those labels (yes, I know I sound like a broken record). At the time of this article, the above body lotions are gluten-free. However, formulas and ingredients can change, so always check before you apply. Your skin will thank you.
Sharing is caring! Have you had a reaction to gluten in body lotions or other cosmetics? What happened? What's the best gluten-free lotion you've used? Share the good, the bad and the not so lovely with the Hold the Gluten community in the comments below. Cheers to smooth skin!