Last week, I started hearing a lot of buzz about gluten-free this and gluten-free that. So I just wanted to write a post about what is “gluten-free”. From a marketing standpoint, gluten-free is used to target a specific segment (those with celiac disease). Without going into a lot of details, celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and maybe oats, etc. There are a lot of substitutes and gluten-free grains out there (see here for a list).
That being said, were you also under the assumption that gluten-free products only make sense if these products are INGESTED? As in: they have to be consumed through your digestive tract in order for it to be an issue! Why, then, do I see so many cosmetics and personal care products being branded as “gluten-free”? Does that really matter? Unless I’m eating my makeup and lotions (okay, so maybe some lipsticks/lipbalms make their way to your stomach…the amount should be insignificant anyway), how is normal absorption through the skin suppose to give you celiac disease symptoms? Are people just too cautious? Maybe I’m just not getting it because I’m not a sufferer. But I’m here to help, so here are three skin products that are gluten-free:
- AminoGenesis Simply One 10 in 1 Skin Perfecting Treatment (although I’m not sure if their Vitamin E and Glucosamine come from plants/algae source, at least they’re GF!)
- KaplanMD Clinical Skin Therapy
- Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula & Blood Orange Facial Cleanser
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I have a really fun review for you all today. With New Years quickly approaching, many of you will choose to use glitter to adorn your eyes to ring in 2013. Today I wanted to share with you some new glitters that I have been using and I absolutely love. These are very inexpensive and can be found at your local drugstores as well as some Ulta’s and the Makeup Geek Store. You get 2 grams of product in every container which will last quite a while. Each one comes with a sifter which I remove to easily access the glitter. I like that each of these are very finely milled which makes them easy to apply. They come in 18 vibrant shades to choose from and at only $8.99 they are half the price of MAC glitters.
I highly recommend these not only because of the great price, but the quality as well. They are very highly pigmented and come in a great color range. These are easy to find at most local drugstores and in the Makeup Geek store as well.