Gluten Free Personal Care Products - Not just a fad
by Karley Ziegler Mott
It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans have celiac disease. Another 18 million Americans are sensitive to gluten. More and more personal care products are cropping up with the label "gluten-free." Is this out of necessity or is it another marketing gimmick? Let's take a look.
More than just a fad
I know that for many, “gluten free” is just a trend. Many try going sugar-free, paleo or gluten-free because everyone else seems do be doing it. For so many people, though, avoiding gluten can greatly improve their quality of life.
If you are sensitive to or allergic to gluten, you will want to consider avoiding beauty and skin care products formulated with gluten. If you are allergic to gluten, exposure to even the smallest gluten molecules can trigger a strong reaction.
The greatest cause for concern is with lip products. If you apply lip balm, lipstick or lip gloss with gluten, the offending ingredient can be ingested. Of course, one doesn't eat lip products intentionally, but small amounts can be ingested throughout the day. Does this also carry over to skin care ingredients?
Here is what board certified dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann has to say on the subject:
"Many doctors say that gluten in skincare should not be a concern unless it is swallowed, but many patients report otherwise... Fortunately, many skincare and cosmetic companies are jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon, so you can easily swap out your current products for gluten-free alternatives. As the awareness about gluten grows, companies that offer gluten-free products are proud to label their offerings as such. To mirror all other skincare decisions, start reading your labels and choose accordingly."
Our body care products are gluten-free -- from our hand creams to our lip oils, you can rest assured that (seed) Body Care products are a great choice for those avoiding gluten for health or personal reasons.
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