A few months ago I splurged and bought a lovely bottle of Origins “Checks and Balances” face wash that cost an arm and a leg, but smelled amazing and was really highly rated. Oh how I loved it so. Every time I washed my face it was like a little moment of luxury. Then I started reading about gluten free beauty products and started getting paranoid about if any of my shampoos, moisturizers, etc. contained gluten.
Of course, one of the ingredients in my prized face wash was actual “Wheat Protein” (say what?!). I didn’t really see anything happening to my face since using it, but I figured to be safe I should stop using it. And when I moved I gave it a tiny funeral in my head as I threw it in the trash can.
I stumbled upon the Washington Area Celiac Sprue Support Group Newsletter published in May. And apparently the Mayo Clinic just discovered that the whole “gluten free beauty” trend is a complete sham! Unless you actually ingest the product, it won’t do anything to you.
I feel so gypped!
The only thing that you have to look out for are products that go on or in your mouth, like toothpaste and lip balm.
Can someone please refund me $18.50 plus tax? : /
*Note: I have heard of people having skin reactions to gluten in skincare products. It might be a coincidence, or a DH reaction that manifests at the same time (a rash/blistering of the skin that is caused by eating gluten), but some may say “why take a chance?” and choose to avoid gluten in products. More power to you! I think that going forward I’m going to try to avoid anything that screams “contains wheat protein or wheat germ”, but I’m just not going to be as anal about checking and Googling every ingredient in my shampoo.