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Gluten Free Beauty Brands and Products

What are gluten-free beauty products and what does gluten-free mean?

Gluten is a protein that can be found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains. Gluten free producs are free of this protein. People with a very sensitive allergy to gluten need to be careful with lip products that could be ingested.

Gluten-free beauty products and cosmetics are high in antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties. Gluten-free products can be beneficial to people with eczema, rosacea, psoriasis.

Why is gluten used in cosmetics and beauty products?

Gluten acts as a stabilizer and emulsifier and this is why most cosmetic compaines use it in their beauty products. Many beauty products are made from oils and extracts that contain wheat, barley and rye, and there is a high chance that they contain gluten.

What are some ingredients you might see on beauty product labels that would contain gluten?

For consumers, it is often difficult to recognize the names of ingredients that contain gluten because may of them have complicated and uncommon names. For example triticum is  latin for wheat and horedeum vulgare is latin for barley. Here are examples of beauty ingredients that contain gluten:

  • Cyclodextrin
  • Dextrin Dextrin Palmitate
  • Hydrolyzed Malt Extract
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
  • Dydralized Vegetable Protein
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (HWP)
  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
  • AMP - Isostearoyl hydralyzed wheat protein
  • Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour
  • Triticum Lipids
  • Tritidcum Vulgare (Wheat Germ Extract)
  • Triticum Vulgare
  • Triticum Wheat Amino Acids
  • Wheat Germ Glycerides
  • Wheat Germanidopropalkonium Chloride
  • Wheat Protein
  • WheatgermamidopropylI Ethydimonium Ethosulfate
  • Yeast Extract

Can Gluten be absorbed through scalp or skin?

No, gluten cannot be absorbed through your skin or scalp and it must be ingested to affect individuals allergic to it, such as people suffering from Celiac disease. Products suh as lipstick, lipgloss should be avoided because they can be ingested and can cause an allergic reaction.

What types of products most often contain gluten?

Gluten is found in most items that are oil and wax based. These beauty items include:

  • lipsticks
  • balms and moisturizers
  • shampoos and conditioners
  • creams
  • sunscreens
  • lotions.

You might be surprised to learn that several types of sunscreen contain ingredients that come from wheat such as vitamin E, which is derived from wheat germ oil. Vitamin E is often used in beauty products because it is an important neutrient for skin health. It supports the scalp and it is good for  your hair by giving it a strong base to grow. It reduces oxidative stress and preserves the protective lapid layer.

What beauty brands make gluten-free products and cosmetics?

At Beautyologie we feature some of the best certified gluten-free beauty, make up and cosmetics brands. All our brands support fair trade and sustainability.

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