Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Against The Grain

Discovering how gluten- free treatments and products can help plant the seeds of change for accommodating the increasing number of spa-goers with this sensitivity.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, 1 in 133 Americans suffer from celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation and damage to the lining  of the small intestine and interfere with the absorption of nutrients from food, causing fatigue, bloating, and other digestive issues. In addition, 18 million Americans have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which is six times the number of Americans who have celiac disease. Symptoms typically appear after ingesting foods containing gluten, which is a protein found in wheat and grains like barely and rye.

Wheat is a common additive in beauty products including body and facial scrubs, shampoos, and cosmetics such as lipsticks. It is commonly used as a hydrating agent and color source in lipsticks. Because skincare products are no supposed to be inhaled or ingested, allergy warnings are not typically visible, which make lipsticks, glosses and balms particularly dangerous for those with a gluten allergy. According to Shannon McLinden, founder and president of FarmHouse Fresh, moisturizers  are also a big concern for gluten-free buyers, because they stay on the skin for longer periods of time than other products. Therefore, clients and estheticians catering to clients with a sensitivity should be diligent in identifying the ingredients on each product's label to ensure that it is completely free of gluten. In addition to wheat, barley and rye it's important to recognize other forms of these ingredients that can be found on labels, including wheatgerm oil, wheat starch, wheat bran, wheat amino acids, and hydrolyzed what protein.

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