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by caroline

Remember when I told you a bit ago that I had a film crew in my house for a news segment about gluten-free beauty? Well, the first of several segments has popped up at CBS Miami. Click above to see my television debut! Man … why is it that listening to my voice makes me want to run and hide? Something about seeing yourself on camera … it’s just kind of … weird. I tried not to be overly self-critical, but it is definitely new territory for me!

I am so honored to be featured in this segment with experts like Alice Bast, founder of The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. She’s a totally awesome gal!

Curious about some of the beauty products I used in the segment? Click the image below for a free download of some of my favorites, including everyday (i.e. beauty on the cheap) options, in addition to suggestions for moments you are looking to step up your gluten-free game.

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Another aspect I appreciated about the segment was the points the experts made about gluten-free products for kids, including lotions and play items, like Play-Doh. If you spend enough time with kids, then you will quickly be able to identify one of the things they love to do the most: Put their hands in their mouths.

It might sound gross, but it’s just the truth. Kids touch dirty hand railings and sticky God-knows-what under tables just before eating or sucking on their thumbs. For a gluten-free kid, that means special precautions must be taken when choosing play items or personal care products for your little ones.

A few suggestions:

Play Time:

  • Wonder Dough: A non-toxic gluten-free clay that also does not contain wheat, shellfish, eggs, nuts or dairy.
  • Eco Finger Paint: Gluten-free
  • DIY Gluten-Free Recipe for Clay: Make this easy version of Play-Doh at home and let kids get creative!
  • Colorations Glitter Glue: The company’s washable classic markers, glue sticks, jumbo stamp pads, large crayons, fabric markers and many other products are also all gluten-free. Many are also free from latex, casein, peanuts, dairy and tree nuts, but be sure to check individual labels.
  • Elmer’s Glues and Glue Sticks: All are gluten-free, in addition to being free of dairy and casein
  • Crayola: All crayons, markers and colored pencils are free from gluten, latex, egg, dairy, casein, tree nuts and peanuts.

Lotion:

Toothpaste:

Shampoo and Body Wash

Whether you are buying for yourself or the kids, it is important to properly read labels and watch out for gluten-filled ingredients that hide behind complicated names, such as: Hydrolyzed wheat protein, hordeum vulgare (barley), wheat germ/wheat germ oil, triticum vulgare (wheat), avena sativa (oats), laurdimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein), malt extract (often barley), secale cereale (rye), vitamin E (often derived from wheat) and vegetable protein (may contain wheat, barley, rye and/or oats).

Oh, and remember those oatmeal baths when you had chicken pox as a kid? They were made from collodial oatmeal –– not a good idea for gluten-free little ones.

What about you? What’s your take on gluten-free beauty products? Do you poo-poo the idea, or would you rather play it safe than sorry? Any product suggestions?