How do you protect your skin in the summer?
Protecting your skin is a definite when you are out in the sun, especially through the summer. If you live gluten-free, think about choosing a gluten-free sunscreen.
Is this necessary?
Some question if sunscreen really needs to be gluten-free if you have Celiac or gluten-intolerance.
According to celiac gastroenterologist, Dr. Alessio Fasano, “If you have celiac disease, then the application of gluten-containing products to the skin should not be a problem, unless you have skin lesions that allow gluten to be absorbed systemically in great quantities.” And, according to the GI Society, gliadin, a grain protein in gluten, is too large to penetrate the skin.
Everyone is different and some still react
to certain products
When putting on your sunscreen or your child’s, one doesn’t typically wash hands afterward. Everything you then touch can have gluten on it (if not using a gluten-free sunscreen), including the food you pick up and put in your mouth, which creates cross-contamination.
It’s important to watch and care about what we put on our skin and body to keep healthy.
Thankfully, many companies today offer gluten-free personal care products for those who have reactions and want healthier options.
Check These Out
The following is a list of Gluten-Free Sunscreens, checked this year (2019). ALWAYS read the label and watch expiration dates, and replace every year. These brands are considered healthier by using less chemicals and additives harmful to our health.
Badger Sunscreen (not all are listed as GF)
Goddess Garden Sunscreen – They stated, “With the exception of Tinted Face the Day, our sunscreens do not contain gluten or wheat-derived products. The xanthan gum we use in our sunscreens is sometimes fermented from wheat, but our supplier has tested for the allergen in this ingredient and none remains after processing. However, we are not a gluten-free facility and our products have not been tested to be gluten-free.”
Alba Botanical Sunscreen – their website states, “If a product is not specifically labeled gluten-free, it hasn’t been tested and cannot be guaranteed as such.” *In reality, this holds true for EVERY company.
ALWAYS check the label
to be safe before using
Most companies change ingredients often, so check this every time you buy. Read the labels and look for the certification to be gluten-free safe.
You can learn more about healthier sunscreen options at the Environmental Working Group.