At this point, everyone is familiar with the term ‘gluten free’. Once gluten was determined as a potential villain in our diets, it seemed that virtually everyone jumped on board. As if avoiding it was a miracle cure all for all your problems.
Ironically, very few people actually even understand what gluten is, nor do they really know what to look for.
Gluten is a mixture of proteins that are found in wheat, grains, and other cereals. Gluten is responsible for the elastic texture that you find in bread, pasta and other commonly gluten based products. It’s that texture that helps make them delicious.
People who are celiac are severely allergic to this protein combination. While the percentage of people who are truly celiac isn’t that high, there is a range of gluten sensitivity, and most people would do best to mostly avoid it.
What does this have to do with skincare?
Gluten may be found in some cosmetics. Hydrolyzed gluten is used to make both emulsifiers and stabilizers, and some cosmetics are produced with oils, extracts, and flours derived from wheat, barley, and rye. These ingredients sneak their way into anything from lotion to lipstick.
While there is no definitive evidence that even people with celiac disease should avoid gluten free beauty products, we believe in using products that are pure and don’t contain derivatives that could irritate your system. If you’re doing your best to avoid that delicious pizza or pasta, why would you want to ingest the gluten in your lipstick? It doesn’t make sense. Hidden ingredients, are hidden ingredients, and we believe in keeping it as pure as possible.
Gluten free cosmetics are not difficult to make so why not be transparent, and accessible to most sensitivities.
Why make gluten free body products?
My personal skincare journey began with hacking virtually everything in my life to try and figure out what was causing my eczema. While I started experimenting on the outside using different plant based oil and butter combinations, I quickly began to realize that something else was triggering these reactions. It was coming from the inside out. Gluten was one of the culprits I identified as causing flare ups, and so I started to avoid it. I immediately noticed a difference on both my skin and scalp. When I started doing a little research, I realized that many of the mainstream lotion brands contained gluten derivatives. So I set out to make the best gluten free lotion or gluten free body cream I could. I’d like to think I did that when I developed The Balm! We get reviews all the time that claim we are the best gluten free lotion for dry skin, and it makes us so happy!
What lotions are gluten free?
As the list of gluten free skin care brands on the market continues to grow, it’s becoming less and less hard to find a gluten free skin lotion. The ingredients that you want to look out for are hydrolyzed wheat protein (HWP), hydrolyzed wheat gluten, tritium lipids, tritium vulgare, and any wheat bran or wheat germ extracts. Once you know what to look for, you won’t have a hard time reading labels, and figuring out for yourself what body lotions are gluten free.
What are the best gluten free face products?
As we like to point out about the multi-purpose aspect of our products, much of what goes on the body, can also go on the face. We’d like to challenge the idea that you need a gluten free wrinkle cream or some such overly specific product. Especially if you are using mild, clean products full of active botanicals.
For ingredients, what applies to a gluten free skin cream would also be applicable to the face. Avoid the words wheat, tritium, and any of these derivatives.
One specific question when it comes to the face is - what is the best gluten free rosacea skin care?
Because gluten sensitivity has been heavily linked to rosacea, this is a point of concern for many people. I would say to anyone with rosacea to avoid gluten in both the diet, and in skincare. There is no reason to be consuming, or using gluten in any form. There are plenty of amazing gluten free anti aging skin care products out there that focus on healing botanicals and extracts that can help reduce inflammation rather than cause it.
The Balm is great to use on sensitive skin types and works great as a face product as well.
What is the best gluten free moisturizer?
The answer to this needs to take into consideration that everyone’s skin type is different. We all live in different climates and have different needs when it comes to moisturizing. For us, the foundation of a quality moisturizer should be plant based butters and oils. These ingredients combined make for some of the most holistic and healing products on the market.
Many conventional lotions are full of water, preservatives, fillers, emulsifiers, and actually contain very little active ingredients. Seek products that are full of the real deal. The trick to applying moisturizer is to (always) apply when your skin is damp! This will help create maximum absorption.
Don’t overthink it. Look for quality brands, making quality products, using quality ingredients.
Why do we need to go out and buy a specific gluten free face scrub when you can simply create your own using simple and clean ingredients?
Why can’t the best gluten free hand cream also be used on face, body, hair, and more?
At Nucifera, we are striving to be one of the best gluten free cosmetic brands. We stand behind simple ingredients inside simple plant based skin care products.
We wouldn't be anywhere without the amazing support and feedback we get from our community. Here’s a few words from one of our most recent fans. Thank you! We appreciate and love you all!
“If you are looking for a one stop does it all, leaves you glowing, and actually heals your skin from the inside out, this is your one-stop shop. I use it on my body from head to toe, and even as a pomade for perfect beachy wave hair. Works even better than neosporin and eucerin without all the harmful chemicals. This is always a go-to. Family run, and ethical biz also!”
- Lauren P