There’s Wheat In My Beauty, Dear Liza

I should really create a category on here, and just call it the Lindsey Chronicles. Much as I love my friend, she asks too many questions.

Cosmetics

(Photo credit: My Sight, as You See.)

Well… I am more than happy to answer them of course, but today she has asked me; “What does wheat do to the skin?”<< What sort of fifth dimensional question is that? It’s so esotheric that a simply Beauty Blogger (who’s obsessed might I add) cannot completely know.

Here are some facts:
Wheat germ contains vitamins D and E and contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Wheat germ oil can be directly massaged into your skin or added to other skin care products, such as lotions and creams.

Wheat Germ Oil Can Minimize Sun Damage

Wheat germ oil may minimize damage caused by sun exposure, including sunburns and dryness.

  • Excessive tanning, sunburns and unprotected sun exposure cause your skin to have a leathery appearance, and moisturizer such as wheat germ oil may temporarily improve your skin’s condition.
  • There are plenty of other reasons why you would also use Wheat Germ Oil;
  • Dry skin often forms painful cracks, especially in the winter when indoor air is drier. Wheat germ oil can provide more moisture to your skin and relieve cracks.Using wheat germ oil to moisturize skin may also act as a preventative measure to avoid future cracked skin.
  • Although nothing can prevent stretch marks, the formation of stretch marks can be really painful. Massaging wheat germ oil into your skin will add more moisture to your skin and help prevent some pain from the development of stretch marks.
  • Used as a moisturizer, wheat germ oil massaged into your skin can help soften rough patches. The antioxidants in the wheat germ oil are absorbed by the skin, making it softer and more supple, giving it a more youthful appearance.

Ha, Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Rarely Uses Wheat!

That’s true. That’s probably another reason why I really love Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics.
If you have heard of Celiac Disease, then you must probably be aware that the people who suffer from this disease are required to permanently cut wheat out of their lives. This is not some cool Gluten Free diet for them, they are medically required to make some seriously dietary changes!

Does that mean that Celiac Disease sufferers can’t wear make up with wheat?

Whether Celiac and gluten-sensitive people need to avoid gluten in their cosmetics, including makeup, lotion, and hair products is still highly debatable.
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that leads to symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, chronic diarrhea, and anemia, and can damage the small intestine, preventing proper nutrient absorption, therefore, consuming gluten would exacerbate the situation.
Everyone seems to be in agreement that gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin. Gluten-containing shampoo would be considered safe, as would any other cosmetic or beauty or hygiene product that is not being eaten, but do you really want to be “considered safe” or rest assured knowing that regardless of what happens, nothing that you are allergic to will be going near your face?
Other people, like myself seem to believe that gluten on the skin, or anywhere on the body, can aggravate Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity, especially if someone has any associated skin conditions.
The American College of Gastroenterology had it’s 76th Annual Scientific meeting, and there doctors presented a case of a 28-year old woman who experienced worsening of her celiac symptoms, including gastrointestinal complications and a recurring skin rash after using a body lotion advertised as “natural.”
When she stopped using the lotion, her symptoms resolved.

How common is it to react to gluten in skin products?

It’s hard to say, as most of the information is anecdotal, and few studies have been conducted, but I know from the people I have contact with in the gluten-free community that it is a problem for many.
Afton Jones, a Texas 20-something who has Celiac Disease, and the founder of glutenfreemakeupgal.com, which reviews gluten-free products, says that every time she would wear eye makeup, her eyes would become swollen, heavy, and watery. 
One night, she sported a more natural look—and had no complaints.
“Turns out, my mascara had gluten in it! After that, it all fell into place and I went on a massive hunt for gluten-free cosmetics,” she says. “A rash I’d had on my face went away, and my eyes didn’t feel weighed down and exhausted anymore.”

There’s no cure for Celiac Disease—it’s typically managed by eliminating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, as well as many common food additives. But sufferers, like Jones, are discovering there may be more to a gluten-free lifestyle than making dietary changes. Gluten can also be found in the makeup and toiletries you count as daily staples, so it’s what we call; ”Too legit to quit!”
It’s used as a binder to help ingredients stick together, and to add moisture to products through gluten-derived oils, i.e. The above mentioned Wheat Germ Oil
Lipstick, lip-gloss, mouthwash, toothpaste—they can all trigger a reaction in people with celiac disease. If you’re sensitive to gluten, you should be using gluten-free cosmetics and toiletries. Even if you don’t experience any symptoms, you could be doing damage on the inside.

Experts Are Split On The Matter

So how on earth could little ol’ me have the answer, Lindsey? Some experts are adamant that gluten-free cosmetics prevent flare-ups, while others say that the amount of gluten commonly found in makeup is just too small to trigger real problems. No one has the answer, but guess what? Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics is on the safe side, and leading the curve on research, and development of conscious skin-care, so there!

Just How Much Gluten Do Cosmetics Have, Exactly?

Little is known about exactly how much gluten popular cosmetic products contain, and how much it takes to cause harmful side effects. Some people are so sensitive that they might experience symptoms after swallowing a bit of gluten-tainted lipstick, while others might not. Even more interesting when you consider the fact that the average woman is said to ingest 4 lbs of lipstick in her lifetime.
Experts believe that gluten can’t be absorbed directly through the skin. But if a gluten-containing product, such as lotion or sunscreen, touches the mouth or lips, it can be ingested that way, and some people develop skin reactions to makeup because they also have an allergy to wheat or other grains.
Many experts agree that gluten-free cosmetics won’t hurt—and they may help keep symptoms at bay.

Gluten Free Cosmetics… Are They Necessary?

Whether or not they’re necessary remains a question, and likely varies from person to person.
Jones, for example, has discovered that for her, complete avoidance is essential. 
”Gluten on my skin has an almost instant reaction,” she says, adding that she also stopped using her gluten-containing shampoo, after deeming it responsible for the painful boils she developed on her scalp. “I can’t even help clean up meals, because if I touch something that contains gluten, my hands break out into hives or a horrible, itchy rash. Gluten-free cosmetics have allowed my skin and body to behave normally again.”
So yeah… Not everyone is going to almost die, or break out in hives when they touch cosmetics that have wheat germ oil, but don’t you feel just a teeny-weeny better knowing that there’s at least one less product out there that contributes to the problem?

Look out for my next post where I will probably be closing off the Beauty Basics To Healthy Skin series.
After that, who knows what I’ll feel like writing about.
If you have any questions, let me know at: thatbeautyword(at)gmail(dot)com and maybe the answer to your question will serve as inspiration for my next post!

Bye for now.

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