You’ve recently received a diagnosis that’s completely turned your world upside-down. To say that you and gluten don’t get along is an understatement. On one hand, you’re happy to finally know what’s been plaguing you for all of these years. On the other hand, you’re completely overwhelmed with the prognosis.
It turns out that gluten is in everything– even makeup. This begs the questions: To truly adopt a gluten-free life, can you still wear gluten-laden makeup, or do you need to go completely bare faced? Is gluten-free makeup the answer to beautifying without toxifying?
In this post, we’ll explore the importance of gluten-free makeup and address the most common objections against using it. If you’re still exploring the idea of gluten-free makeup, this post will help you make up your mind.
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Here’s Why Gluten-Free Makeup is Important
Whether you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, one thing’s for certain: gluten is toxic for you. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of gluten-free makeup and why you should consider using it.
Gluten Isn’t Limited to What You Eat
When most people think of adopting a gluten-free lifestyle, they only consider what they eat. You recognize that gluten derived from wheat, barley, oat, hydrolyzed wheat protein and even non-gluten products that were cross-contaminated with wheat can spell disaster for your gut. However, gluten isn’t just in what you eat, it’s also in what you wear and use, too.
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From shampoo to lotions to certain types of medication, gluten is quite literally everywhere. But one of the most unsuspecting places for gluten to hide is in your cosmetics bags. Everyday, thousands of gluten sensitive women apply toxins to their bodies unwittingly, only to suffer the results of rashy skin, breakouts and stomach troubles. It’s scary because even if you eat a strictly gluten-free diet, you can still be affected by other everyday contaminates.
Gluten Can Be Absorbed Through the Skin
There are two schools of thought: Some believe that gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin unless you have the dermatological manifestation. Others, including us at Red Apple Lipstick, believe that gluten can in fact be absorbed through the skin. Skin is porous! This is the reason why nicotine and estrogen patches absorb through the skin so effectively. In fact, skin is a very absorbent organ.
But the absorbance issues aside, consider this: Lipstick is often and easily ingested. You already know that lipstick can be transferred to your food, but have you considered the fact that you may be ingesting gluten-laden lipstick?
Then, there’s the pesky issue of actually breathing in gluten. Face powders, eyeshadows and blushes that contain trace elements of gluten can become airborne. As you apply your makeup, you’re also inhaling a constant stream of gluten.
Everyone Deserves Access to Safe Makeup
No one should be forced to choose between using toxic makeup or going without. Even though you’ve cut gluten out of your diet, it doesn’t mean that you’re limited to those choices. You can still wear cosmetics that enhance your natural beauty without compromising your health. Gluten-free makeup is the perfect answer for those who do not want to ingest or absorb any form of gluten toxins.
Gluten Sensitivity Often Leads to Dryness
You need a makeup that understands the unique challenges of gluten sensitivity. Two of the most common skin complaints that accompany gluten sensitivity are dry lips and dry skin in general. If you wear cosmetics that include gluten, you could be making the problem worse without even knowing it.
Instead of robbing the skin of its moisture, gluten-free makeup will use ingredients that nurture the skin. Here at Red Apple Lipstick, all of our products are moisturizing. Our ingredients heal and don’t harm the skin while keeping it nourished.
In addition to dryness, gluten also leads to other skin troubles, like itchiness, acne, psoriasis, eczema and hyperpigmentation.
Common Objections to Gluten-Free Makeup
Still have questions about the necessity for gluten-free makeup? Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions about gluten-free living in general and makeup in particular.
Gluten-free living is a fad.
Unfortunately, there are some who still think that going gluten free is an optional lifestyle choice. You probably know some of these people (hello, Aunt Edna). However, for some of us, gluten is a proven toxin.
Living a gluten-free lifestyle isn’t about losing weight or feeling great (although both of those things can happen). It’s about restoring your health. It follows that to adopt a gluten-free lifestyle, you should also eliminate any gluten that may be present in your beauty routine (i.e. shampoos and cosmetics).
Does makeup actually have gluten?
Gluten in makeup? It sounds weird, right?
Unfortunately, gluten is often used as a binder in cosmetic products to keep ingredients from separating. Also, certain products use oil (that’s derived from gluten) to add moisture to their products. For a look at the most common gluten containing ingredients that may be lurking in your cosmetics, check out the end of this section.
Nobody needs gluten-free makeup.
If you’re gluten sensitive, you need the option to wear makeup that’s not harmful to your skin or gut. While makeup itself is a luxury, access to a gluten-free product is not a luxury but a basic need. There is a huge need for gluten-free makeup. If you’re frustrated with the lack of toxic-free choices currently on the market, you’ll appreciate the wholesome ingredients of gluten-free makeup.
Gluten-free makeup is just a scam.
There used to be a time when a gluten sensitivity meant that you were shut out from the life you once knew. Not anymore! After experiencing flare ups, rashes and other skin irritations from so called “regular” makeup, many of our customers appreciate the calm, nourishing experience of gluten-free makeup.
Gluten-free makeup is exactly that: Gluten free. It’s the legitimate solution that reduces your exposure to toxins.
A Look at the Most Common Gluten-Containing Ingredients in Cosmetics
Once you know all of the places where gluten can hide, you can make informed decisions about your health. Here’s a list of ingredients found in beauty products that often contain gluten:
- Avena sativa kernel flour
- Cyclodextrin dextrin
- Dextrin palmitate
- Hydrolyzed malt extract
- Hydrolyzed oat flour
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- Hydrolyzed wheat flour
- Hydrolyzed wheat gluten
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein/PVP crosspolymer
- Hydrolyzed wheat starch
- Secale cereale seed flour
- Triticum vulgare germ extract
- Triticum vulgare germ oil
- Triticum vulgare gluten
- Triticum vulgare starch
- Wheat amino acids
- Wheat germ glycerides
- Wheat germamidopropalkonium chloride
- Wheat protein
- Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium ethosulfate
- Vitamin E
- Yeast extract
Being gluten free doesn’t mean that you’re limited in any way. You’re just tasked with looking a little closer (okay, a lot closer) at the products that you consume. If you’d like to explore gluten-free makeup, click here.
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