gluten-free beauty.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.
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:
- 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.
- Kiss My Face Kids™ Natural Sunblock: Gluten-free, biodegradable and SPF 30.
- Aubrey Organics Natural Baby & Kids Lotion: Gluten-free and all-natural ingredients.
- Monkey Sea Monkey Do Cherry Lotion: Free of gluten, oats, soy and dairy, plus it’s great for sensitive skin and has a fun scent kids love.
- Orajel® Training Toothpaste: Thomas the Rain and My Little Pony are just a few of the characters the company uses to make its gluten-free toothpaste appeal to kiddos.
- Aquafresh Kids’ Toothpastes: The company maintains it does not use gluten in any of its products.
Shampoo and Body Wash
- Seventh Generation Wee Generation Shampoo: Gluten-free and hypoallergenic
- California Baby Shampoo and Body Wash: Gluten-, soy-, oat- and dairy-free. Also vegan.
- Suave 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner for Kids: Suave and Dove are both Unilever brands and they maintain that if gluten is present in a products (wheat, barley, rye or oats), then it will be listed on the label.
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?