WTF Is Gluten-Free Makeup And Do You Need It?
Cutting out gluten from your diet could be good for your health, especially if you have a gluten intolerance. But what about when it comes to makeup? How does gluten affect your skin and body when found in makeup? Scroll through the gallery to find out.
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1. What you need to know about gluten-free make-up
Yes, makeup does contain gluten. In fact, it plays a key role in helping bind the ingredients of a product (from foundations, lipsticks to eyeshadows) together. Gluten-derived ingredients include wheat and oat extracts, which are commonly known to soothe and calm irritated complexions. Additionally, vitamin E – a superior ingredient that hydrates and protects your skin from harmful environmental aggressors – is usually derived from wheat and contains gluten.
2. To use or not to use?
One of the main reasons people are opting for gluten-free makeup is because some people might actually have celiac disease or are intolerable to gluten. The former is a disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, making it difficult for one to digest food properly while the latter simply means that they are allergic or unable to accept gluten into their bodies. However, since gluten molecules are generally known to be large, they are not able to pass through the skin barrier when applied as makeup. So technically, applying skincare or makeup with gluten should not affect anyone who is allergic to it.
The only time it may affect someone who has celiac disease is when they apply lipsticks, lip glosses or lip balms that contain gluten. These makeup products are easily ingestible and may affect one’s health.
3. Have a go at these products
If you’re looking to try gluten-free makeup, Afterglow is one of the brands that offers exactly that.
The brand was started because the founder’s mother and sister, who both had celiac disease, found it hard to find natural and gluten-free cosmetics that they could use. The products are said to be 100 per cent gluten-free and only use vitamin E derived from organic olive oil and cotton seed oil.
Hourglass Cosmetics also has a whole range of gluten-free products, including eyeliners, primers, blushers, mascara and lipstick among others, although they may not all be available in Singapore.
Other brands to try are Pai Skincare which also claims that its products are gluten-free (all except for the Stretch-Mark System set), but they are all skincare products such as moisturisers, serums and cleansers. Others to try include Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner (approx. US$155-189), Kjaer Weis Lip Gloss (approx. US$30) and Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow (approx. US$25), all from Net-a-Porter Beauty and specifically stated gluten-free.