The Gluten-Free Trend is Hitting the Beauty World

(Source: Jason, Afterglow, Aubrey, Osea, Avalon Organics; Art: Tanya Leigh Washington)There's gluten-free cookies, pizza and beer, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. For those with celiac disease, removing gluten from the diet is essential to stave off inflammation of the small intestine, which causes pain and serious digestive problems. But many without celiac are opting for gluten-free eating in order to lose weight and feel better, along with a whole other slew of health reasons. But the gluten-free trend isn't just stopping with what goes on our plates—it's making its way into what goes into our beauty bags, too. 

These days, gluten-free beauty products are becoming much more prevalent in the cosmetics world. It's not uncommon to find a little badge indicating the absence of gluten in shampoos, sunscreens, facial products and more. The beauty industry, which often turns to compounds derived from wheat or oats for its products' benefits, is now jumping on the gluten trend and offering options sans the inflammatory ingredient.

But is this really necessary? The debate is still going whether or not removing gluten from beauty products is essential. For those with celiac disease, any possible way of ingesting gluten can be harmful. Whether it be from the suds from shampoos or conditioners, licking the lipstick from lips, or even applying facial creams, there are sneaky ways in which gluten can get into the body, so it's becoming increasingly important for many to check beauty labels

In case you're a celiac sufferer or just one of the many who have opted for a gluten-free lifestyle, here are seven personal-care products to add to your beauty shelf.

Avalon Organics Gluten-Free Cucumber Replenishing Shampoo, $11
(Source: Avalon Organics)You might not even be aware of it, but sometimes shampoo and conditioner can work its way into your body. A gluten-free option such as Avalon Organics's shampoo offers cleansing cucumber, aloe, vitamin E and essential oils without gluten.

H2O+ Aqualibrium Dual-Action Eye Makeup Remover, $18
(Source: H20+)Not only are the eyes a delicate area, but for those with severe gluten allergies, they might be a place you want to keep the pesky ingredient away from. H20+ has an eye makeup remover that does just that.

Aubrey Natural Sun SPF 30 Green Tea Antioxidant, $16
(Source: Aubrey)Sunscreen is a major place gluten can hide. Many brands use ingredients derived from wheat, such as vitamin E from wheat germ oil. But not Aubrey, which has a full-coverage sunscreen without any gluten.

OSEA Blemish Balm, $42
(Source: Osea)Worn alone or under makeup, this calming moisturizer is a natural alternative to harsh retinols and synthetic chemicals. It also fights blemishes and treats oily skin—all without any gluten.

Jasön Gluten Free Facial Cleanser, $10
(Source: Jason)Wash away impurities the gluten-free way with this facial cleanser, featuring a blend of flower and fruit enzymes. 

Afterglow Organic Infused Lip Love Lipstick, $24
(Source: Afterglow)Lipstick is one of the main beauty products consumed, so for gluten-free lovers, this all-natural, organic lip option is a must.

Essence of Beauty Fragrance Body Mists, $7 each
(Source: Essence of Beauty)These summertime-ready fragrances are not only free of gluten but also lack parabens, phthalates and petrolatum. Plus, this season's new scents include scents with fun names such as Modern Floral, Exotic Blooms, Sunset Fling, and In Your Arms.

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