Did you know that food is not the only place that one needs to look for gluten…you can even find it in your beauty products! If you are celiac or highly sensitive to gluten, it is a good idea to go through your shampoos, lotions and cosmetics to make sure that you are not exposing yourself to gluten and not even aware of it. Products that we put on our skin can inside our bodies and cause an allergic reaction similar to if you were to ingest a piece of bread. I am including an extensive list of ingredients to be on the lookout for in your bathroom:
Amino peptide complex
Amp-isostearoyl hydrolyzed wheat protein
Avena sativa flour
Barley extract disodium wheatgermamido PEG-2 sulfosuccinate
Hordeum vulgare extract
Hydrolyzed wheat gluten, wheat protein or wheat starch
Hydrolyzed wheat protein PG-propyl silanetriol
Hydroxpropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein
Oat extract, derived or flour
Oat beta glucan
Sodium lauroyl oat amino acids
Triticum vulgare flour lipids, germ extract or germ oil
Wheat bran extract
Wheat amino acids
Wheat bran extract
Wheat germ extracts, glycerides or oil
Wheat germamidopropyldimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein
If you are unsure about any of the products you use, go to the web! CeliacNet is a great site that has a list of gluten free personal care products. Just like when you are going out to a restaurant, going to the beauty salon can mean a little research and extra care to be sure to stay free and safe from gluten. You can bring your own products to the hair salon, such as shampoos, hair spray and gels. Even when you go get your nails done, they could be using a lotion on your hands that may contain gluten derivatives. Also, when you are traveling, be sure to pack your OWN gluten free products in travel containers, so you are not stuck wondering what the heck is in that small little bar of hotel soap.
I leave you now with TEN PRODUCTS that are Gluten Free that you might consider switching to. Remember to always, always check the labels before use, as formulas are always changing in manufacturing.
MY TOP TEN FAVORITE BEAUTY CARE PRODUCTS: This list is not all inclusive. Please do your research and find products that fit with your lifestyle AND budget.
1. Herbology Beauty
2. Keys Soap
3. Gluten-Free Savonnerie
4. Pangea Organics
5. Burt’s Bees
6. Dr. Bronner’s
8. Kiss My Face
9. Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value
10. Tom’s of Maine
Just being aware that the products you use on your skin and hair, maybe affecting your health is a step in the right direction. Whether you are celiac or just sensitive to gluten, you may want to consider turning your bathroom gluten free just like your kitchen!