Gluten-Free Beauty: Should You Be Concerned with What's in Your Products?
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Have you cut gluten out of your diet? If so, you're part of a growing trend; sales of gluten-free products totaled about $2.6 billion in 2010. Now some beauty companies are also touting products free of the hot-button protein (found in grains like wheat and rye). The question is: If you can't stomach gluten—either because you have celiac disease or a less severe intolerance—do you really need to avoid it in your moisturizer and shampoo? Not at all, says Sheila Crowe, MD, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the University of California in San Diego. "There's absolutely no evidence that using a topical product that contains gluten will cause a problem." One caveat, though: If you're a lip licker, you could ingest some gluten from a lipstick, gloss, or balm that isn't gluten-free. So if you have celiac disease, look for lip products without ingredients that include oats, rye, barley, or wheat (such as moisturizing wheat germ oil). We like Mychelle Lip Plumping Gloss ($27; mychelle.com)
. Otherwise, feel free to use any beauty products you like—just don't eat them.Keep Reading
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