Gluten can be a sneaky ingredient in many of your favourite skin care products. For those of us with allergies, the consequences can be painful and more importantly, dangerous.
For those who don’t know much about gluten and Celiacs disease, let me give you the 411.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and most oats. All of these items are commonly found in your favourite foods, drinks and even beauty products.
If you are diagnosed with Celiacs disease or have a severe intolerance, it means that your body is rejecting the protein. Gluten rejection causes your body to attack the villi in your small intestines.
Nutrient absorption is stunted when this happens, so basically when a Celiac has gluten they are hurting the very thing that is meant to nourish them. Removing gluten from your life repairs villi damage over time.
Gluten removal involves more than just eliminating it from your diet. It means removing it from your skin care products too.
One of the best ways to ensure g-free products is to make them yourselves, so here are my favourite recipes.
How to Make Gluten Free Moisturizer
This DIY gluten free moisturizer recipe is pretty easy to make and all of the ingredients can be found in your local health food store or online via iherb.com or even amazon.
You will need the following items:
– 1 cup Shea Butter
– ½ cup 100% Virgin Coconut Oil
– ½ cup Almond Oil
– 1 ½ tablespoons Beeswax
– 1 tablespoon Zinc Oxide
– 1 tablespoon Glycerin
– 10 drops of your favourite Essential Oil
Melt your butter, oils and beeswax in a pot over low heat. Once it’s all melted, remove from the heat and let cool.
Add zinc oxide and glycerin in a blender then one spoonful at a time add your cooled mixture. Blend on high for a few minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.
This moisturizer is rich and creamy and even protects your skin from UVA rays.
Spoon your moisturizer into a clean glass jar. Replace every 3-4 weeks.
DIY Gluten Free Facial Cleanser
Shockingly, many facial cleansers contain oats, wheat products and other glutenous ingredients. If you are looking for an effective gluten free facial cleanser then this simple DIY is for you.
– 1 cup Coconut Oil
– ¼ cup Grapeseed Oil
– 1 cup Raw Sugar
Blend your oils together then slowly add in your sugar and stir it all together.
The sugar is a great natural exfoliant and the oils help rid your skin of dirt and makeup. If you double the recipe it makes for a great body scrub as well!
Gluten Free Toner
I love a good facial toner to tighten my pores, minimize breakouts and leave my face feeling fresh. Here is an easy to make gluten free toner that you can apply with a cotton pad or use as a facial spray when you’re on the go.
Simple to make, all you will need is:
– ¼ cup Witch Hazel
– ¼ cup Aloe Juice
– 2 tablespoons Chamomile Essential Oil
– 2 tablespoons Distilled Water
– 5-6 Fresh Mint Leaves
Mix all of your ingredients together then use a muddler to crush the natural oils from the mint. Pour into a spray bottle and mist when necessary.
Chamomile and aloe are soothing for dry, inflamed skin, but also hydrate. Mint is stimulating for your senses and acts as an antipruritic. It’s a great g-free facial product for on the go.
Did we mention we also have a few gluten free makeup DIY’s up our sleeves too? Check out this bad ass g-free lipstick.
Now, if DIY’ing ain’t your thing then there are many brands on the market that are going g-free. In terms of acne treatment and anti aging creams, we love Zenmed.
Zenmed carries many different products that are gluten free and amazing. Check out our favourite Zenmed products here!