Living with sensitive skin is tough enough, but if you're also a diagnosed celiac or have an allergy to gluten, then you're fighting a whole new war when it comes to skincare.
So many of the sensitive beauty and skincare products we use have ingredients like wheat germ or oatmeal, both of which will irritate those allergic to gluten.
Since what you put on your skin is absorbed by your body, it's important for those with a gluten sensitivity or allergy to choose their next product wisely. For us celiacs who additionally have sensitive skin, this can be quite a challenge, which is why it’s often safer to make your own.
The following are a collection of my personal favorite beauty and skincare DIY’s that not only nourish and treat sensitive skin, but are also celiac-friendly!
Simply mix all of the ingredients together and store in a jar with a tight lid. It's best to keep the finished product in a cool, dark place.
Both the coconut and grapeseed oil are great for removing makeup and dirt, while maintaining a healthy moisture balance in your skin. Kind enough for sensitive skin, the baking soda will gently exfoliate your skin to keep it looking fresh and radiant. Of course, aloe vera soothes and moisturizes, which is perfect for us with sensitive skin.
This recipe can also be used as a body wash; just double the recipe.
I love using a gentle toner, especially when I’m on the go and don’t have time to properly wash my face. This next recipe is perfect and gentle on the celiac's sensitive skin.
Grind your mint leaves into your other liquids to release their natural scent and oil. Pour contents into a spray bottle and mist your face whenever you need a boost. This spray will clear and tighten your pores, kill acne-causing bacteria and give you a healthy glow.
You’d be shocked by how many body lotions feature gluten-based ingredients. Some of the most common include, but are not limited to fermented grain extract, wheat amino acids, wheat protein, vitamin e derived from wheat germ extracts, oat flour/bran, amino peptide complex, barley lipids and many more. Scary, right?
To avoid all of these and still get healthy, hydrated and non-irritated skin I rely on these two ingredients:
aloe vera gel
100% cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil
I make a 50-50 mixture containing the two ingredients and rub it all over my skin. It feels silky smooth going on and soaks in nicely.
I wouldn't recommend using this on your face, though. Coconut oil is highly comedogenic which means it can clog your pores. If you’re already living with sensitive skin, the last thing you want to do is break out and have to worry about that too.
Adjusting to a gluten-free lifestyle can be challenging, but with these recipes, it doesn't have to be too difficult. Soothe and care for your sensitive celiac skin — or if you'd just like a few gluten-free beauty options — with my recipes and you’ll have one less thing to worry about!