I know you are probably saying "I stopped eating gluten and grains, but come on does that really apply to my lotions and cosmetics?" The answer is YES! Believe it or not 60% of the beauty products you put on your body will absorb through your skin and go into your blood stream.
There have been numerous times throughout my life where I have had bizarre skin reactions and couldn't figure out what was causing them. Now that I know I'm non-celiac gluten sensitive, I'm sure my skin irritations were a result from the gluten and grains in my beauty products. For example, a few years ago I had a really bad reaction to eye makeup and I'd wake up every morning with itchy swollen eyes. I couldn't figure out what was causing the reaction. I didn't know why my makeup one day started to bother me when I had been using it for years. The various brands you find at drugstores or make-up stores would cause my skin to get excessively oily, too dry, or itchy.
If you think reading the labels on your food products is bad, wait until you have to go through the process with your cosmetics. Unfortunately, today there are no rules and regulations protecting our health from the products we put on our skin. There are a lot of bad chemicals and synthetics in common makeup and lotions including parabens, lead, sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, etc.
Word of advice, save your time and don't bother calling or emailing the manufactures if you bought your makeup from a drugstore or Sephora. Bridget and I already went through the process and there was nothing we could keep.
Being a woman isn't easy and I understand you don't want to give up all your makeup. Good news, we found some great brands for you to try. When buying make up I don't worry if it is processed or packaged in the same facility as other gluten and grains; otherwise it would be next to impossible to buy makeup!
Check out these brands and let us know what you think: