Gluten-free has been a common buzzword in the health and wellness community for the past few years, with some degree of controversy. Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Because of its ability to help food maintain its shape, gluten is found in many processed foods and personal care products, even those that you wouldn’t expect.
Makeup has gluten? Frequently, the answer is yes. Gluten is a very effective binder for many beauty products, especially foundations, lipsticks, eye makeup, and a number of lotions. Those who suffer from Celiac Disease are gluten intolerant, and it’s often recommended to avoid gluten in cosmetic and personal care products as well. But what about those of us who are gluten sensitive or just prefer to exclude it—is gluten-free makeup the right choice? Here are a few reasons why we choose an entirely gluten-free beauty and makeup routine.
What you put on your skin, may be absorbed
Our rule of thumb is that we don’t put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t want absorbed into our body. This includes potentially harmful chemicals, GMO ingredients, and for us, gluten.
While the Mayo Clinic says topical gluten isn’t usually a problem unless it is consumed, many Celiacs have reported rashes, hives, burning, itching, or swelling, all related to gluten in cosmetics. Not to mention, all lip products are almost certain to be consumed, and thus should remain gluten-free for those who are prone to a reaction. Skincare is not one-size-fits all, so it's normal for reactions to vary. We err on the side of caution and choose to exclude it from all of our makeup and hygiene products.
Gluten may be the root of a host of skin problems
As is the issue with many gluten-related topics, expert opinions vary on this topic. However, cardiologist and author of the Wheat Belly books, Dr. William Davis, says that gluten-related skin issues are more prevalent than we think. Dr. Davis estimates that more than 80 percent of the populations has problems with some component of wheat or gluten.
“It’s hard to quantify, but people look better [wheat-free],” says Dr. Davis. “For example, I have a patient who has a flushed, red face with big, puffy bags under eyes. She goes wheat-free and within one to two weeks that flushed redness has receded, the puffiness has disappeared and the bags have improved dramatically. There’s no study on this but I’ve seen it happen over and over and over again.”
It’s important to note that Dr. Davis is addressing the cons of ingesting gluten opposed to topical application. But back to our mantra, we prefer not to put anything on our face that we don’t want absorbed into our body.
Gluten-Free cosmetic alternatives are widely available, and affordable
Knowing that there's the potential for a negative link between gluten and skin health, we prefer to choose the cleanest option—gluten-free makeup. All Cate McNabb Cosmetics are entirely gluten-free, GMO-free, and free of harsh chemicals and preservatives. Not only are all products designed to be long lasting and price-considerate of all budgets, but they’re formulated to feed your skin with only the safest and healthiest ingredients known to skincare.