Gluten free & Organic makeup, what it means…

There are a lot of buzz words in the makeup industry at the moment, which comes with the increase of people being more wise and careful about what they put in and on their bodies.  I’ve seen a lot of women by makeup counters getting the glasses on and having a real look at the ingredients stated on those tiny bottles and tubes, to make sure what they are using is friendly to both themselves and to their environment.  So with a world flooded with these terms I thought I would break down a couple…

Gluten Free Makeup

There is currently a lot of confusion about whether people need to use Gluten free makeup or not.  Medical experts advise that gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin and is only a problem once digested.  Yet many sufferers with celiac disease in particular, have noticed a remarkable improvement once they start using specialise Gluten free products – and symptoms such as swollen, heavy and watery eyes are finally cleared.  Gluten is used in makeup as a binder to help ingredients stick together, and to add moisture through gluten-derived oils.

A lot of celiac sufferers just avoid using lipstick and lipgloss to prevent flare-ups or they opt for a gluten free substitute.  Experts are split over whether sufferers should avoid cosmetics that contain gluten. Some are adamant that gluten-free cosmetics prevent flare-ups, while others suspect that the amount of gluten in makeup is too small to trigger real problems. There’s no standard protocol yet—and the question will remain murky until more research exists.

Organic Makeup

‘Organic’ or ‘natural’ buzz terms are very typical to see these days on products, but you might be surprised to learn that there is no industry standard or regulations for these terms – and there are plenty of natural and organic ingredients that are not good for your skin.  Nevertheless, many consumers are still easily seduced by this deep-rooted marketing trend.  The fact is that a product that might contain a couple of organic ingredients with a whole load of synthetics is still classed as ‘organic’ – and there are plenty of organic ingredients that are largely skin irritants so it is vital that you read labels.