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The million dollar question I always get from readers on my blog is: “Do I have to use topical gluten free beauty products?” I get asked this question a ton. And it’s a good one! Ladies are curious, “should I worry about makeup, lotions, sunscreen, and bug sprays?” And the answer is (drumroll please)… it’s totally up to you. I know, I know, that’s not the cut and dry answer you were hoping for, maybe even a little frustrating. But hang with me as I explain.
Here’s the DL: most experts in the gluten free medical field don’t feel topical gluten free products are necessary (although some do claim that using GF lip products could be a wise move due to how easily you can ingest lip products) . They’ve concluded, based on current research, that the protein in gluten is too large to be absorbed through the skin and thus, does not cause intestinal damage to individuals with celiac disease. This includes individuals living with dermatitis herpetiformis. On one hand, that’s pretty comforting, right? If gluten accidentally touches your skin, there’s no reason to freak out. That’s good news!! Soooo… why am I writing this article if that’s the case? And why should you consider using topical gluten free products? Here we go!
1) Topical products, especially those that you spray, can be easily ingested. This includes hair spray, bug spray, tanners or sunscreens. Each of these can end up in our mouths, like sand on a windy day at the beach. Also, shampoos and conditioners are often swallowed on accident, largely by our little cuties during bath time.
2) If a topical product touches your hands, it can touch your lips. How often do you put lotion on your body or put gel in your hair, get distracted, and then touch your mouth or your breakfast with your hands? Monitoring these instances and constantly washing our hands can make a person feel a little batty. Who needs more “crazy” in their lives?!
3) Skin conditions that haven’t cleared up. If you suffer from eczema or other skin conditions, consider switching to topical gluten free topical products. I had a case of icky psoriasis before I went gluten free. Once I switched to all GF skin products -BAM, my skin started looking goooood! Your skin, a living organ, may also be irritated or reacting to ingredients in your beauty products.
It comes down to this for me: the fact that gluten is pure poison to my body means I don’t want to open the door for it to attack me anymore. Has the medical community stated that topical gluten shouldn’t be an issue? Yes. And I totally respect that…I’m actually really grateful for that information. Yet, I feel, every single day we step into a world where we are dodging the potential dangers of gluten (does anyone else feel like they’ve turned into a suspicious chick version of Sherlock Holmes?!). Thus, I choose to keep my home, my kitchen and my beauty products a safe haven. My home is a sanctuary where I can spray my wild hair into submission, bite my lip, or eat and put on my makeup at the same time without a care in the world. It’s about prevention and “peace of mind” for me, continuing daily to set myself up for success when it comes to my health. I truly hope this gives you some information to make the decision that’s best for you, and no matter what you decide, everyone here at Glutino supports you. This is about you living YOUR best gluten free life!
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About the author: Lauren Lucille Vasser is the Beauty Guru for The Glutino Gluten Free Gurus, a team of lifestyle experts in gluten-free living. To see more tips from Lauren, visit her blog The Celiac Diva.
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