“Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall… Who’s the Fairest One of All?”
~ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…
~ Gluten Free Beauty ~
I think that one of the most amazing things to me is that fact that in my new Gluten-free life, I have found out that there is Gluten in Make-up!!
According to National Geographic, skin is the largest organ of your body! They also state that it was some 8 lbs! Amazing!
So when considering how much skin you have, & how it is an important line of self-defense during cold and flu season, while traveling and taking care of sick family members… must we consider keeping that skin safe, and moisturized with gluten free lotions and other beauty products?
For years, I have made my own coconut oil lotion and added a various mixture of Essential Oils to ward off illness, add to the skin’s elasticity, or to relax me.
Thankfully, according to the Mayo clinic, Gluten cannot be simply absorbed through the skin (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/expert-answers/celiac-disease/faq-20057879), but imagine that your lipstick contains gluten… you would be injesting it all day long! Every time you drank, licked your lips, ate something, or kissed someone, you would be exposed. Then constantly applying and reapplying, all the while unaware that you are setting yourself up for catastrophe, or a least a bad reaction in the not to distant future.
So, for a brief list of gluten free cosmetics companies, you can look at these, contact them directly and verify. Please keep in mind that I’ve not personally tried these yet!!
Here is another great list of gluten free cosmetics! http://www.alysarushton.com/gluten-free-self-care It is very detailed and easy to follow!
The List of Hidden Gluten items are as follows and can be found here:http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/34-gluten-free-lipstick/ and I have posted the ingredients listed below. Must give credit where credit is due!
“BARLEY DERIVED INGREDIENTS
AMINO PEPTIDE COMPLEX, BARLEY EXTRACT, HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) EXTRACT, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE EXTRACT
WHEAT DERIVED INGREDIENTS
AMP-ISOSTEAROYL HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, DISODIUM WHEATGERMAMIDO PEG-2 SULFOSUCCINATE, HYDROLYZED WHEAT GLUTEN
HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN PG-PROPYL SILANETRIOL, HYDROLYZED WHEAT STARCH, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, STEARYLDIMONIUMHYDROXYPROPYL, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, WHEAT AMINO ACIDS, WHEAT BRAN EXTRACT, WHEAT GERM EXTRACT, WHEAT GERM GLYCERIDES
WHEAT GERM OIL, WHEAT GERMAMIDOPROPYLDIMONIUM HYDROXYPROPYL, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, WHEAT PROTEIN
WHEAT (TRITICUM VULGARE) BRAN EXTRACT, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) FLOUR LIPIDS, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM EXTRACT, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL
SOY DERIVED INGREDIENTS
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) EXTRACT, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) FLOUR, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) PROTEIN, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, HYDROGENATED SOY GLYCERIDE, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN, LECITHIN, MIXED SOY PHOSPHOLIPIDS, PEG-5 SOYA STEROL, PEG-10 SOYA STEROL, PEG-16 SOYA STEROL, PEG-25 SOYA STEROL, SOY PHOSPHOLIPIDS, SOY STEROL, SOYBEAN EXTRACT, SOYBEAN OIL, SOYBEAN PHOSPHOLIPIDS, SOYBEAN STEROL, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
When considering the effects of gluten on the body, one must now also consider the effects of GMOs! Many times, Soy beans are from GMO crops! According to this article, 93% of all soy is GMO! SCARY!! Especially if you are Celiac or Autoimmune! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margie-kelly/genetically-modified-food_b_2039455.html
Others things to consider were found here and are as follows: http://glutenfreern.com/gluten-free-cosmetics/
“Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Cyclodextrin, Dextrin, Dextrin Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Malt Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Wheat Amino Acids, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride, Wheat Protein, Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate and Yeast Extract.”
Consider looking through your bag of cosmetics (everyone has their favorite), and contact the company to get it “straight from the horses mouth” that their products are safe.
You may also want to consider making your own! I’ve done so for years with various products and love the savings on high quality beauty and health care as well as knowing where and how my products came into being… My next post will include some helpful recipes of homemade beauty products. 🙂
I will leave you with one last thing to consider, Emily Dickinson said “Beauty is not caused. It is.”
Beauty itself does not just come from the external, but from within. “A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.” Jacqueline Bissett
(All chosen quotes today were from brainyquote.com)
Until next time,
Happy Reading and Eating!
~ Christa ~