#1: What you need to know
When it comes to having a gluten-free diet, many would think of A-listers and celebs such as Kourtney Kardashian (although reports say that she has recently introduced gluten back into her diet), Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow who have made the switch for supposed health reasons. But besides ingesting it, there has been a whole new trend of gluten-free makeup. And if you have no clue about it, we break it down for you.
First and foremost, yes, makeup does contain gluten. In fact, it plays a key role as it helps 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: Should you use gluten-free makeup?
Now, if gluten is equipped with such benefits for the skin, why are some people opting out of it and why is gluten-free beauty becoming a huge trend?
One of the main reasons 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 huge, 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 contains gluten. These makeup products are easily ingestible and may affect one’s health.