Gluten-Free Beauty

  • by Maria Denardo
  • posted at 12:00 pm
  • November 1, 2010

Gluten-Free Cosmetics by Afterglow

Calling all celiacs, health nuts, and allergy-fighting beauties. In the past, maintaining a gluten-free lifestyle was time-consuming and stressful. Not anymore! Grocery stores are dedicating entire isles to food and beverages that eliminate wheat, and there’s a good chance the local bakery caters to dietary needs with tasty alternatives. But, living a gluten-free life isn’t just about what’s on the dinner table.

Driven by the increasing number of celiac and autism diagnosis, cosmetic and skincare companies are formulating gluten-free products for their allergy sensitive customers. From shampoo and conditioners to lipsticks and blush, the beauty industry has got all your bases covered. A couple brands to keep an eye out for are MonavĂ©, which offers an entire line free of paraben preservatives, gluten, dyes, and bismuth oxychloride, and Afterglow, which bans the use of parabens, talc, gluten, mercury, bismuth, cornstarch, and soy. Burt’s Bees, Arbonne, and Morrocco Method offer a variety of gluten-free options for bath and body as well.

We’re no longer talking about a trend–we’re talking about our health. Who here actually reads the ingredients of their purchases? Now, confess if you skip this process and indulge willy nilly? (Guilty.) Let’s take an oath together. “With or without gluten allergies, I swear to read the ingredients of my next beauty purchase. If I am unable to pronounce or understand most of the words listed, I will google them on my iPhone.” Ah, we feel better already.

Maria Denardo

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