It seems ludicrous that gluten could have an effect on beauty and love, but the forbidden protein works in mysterious ways. Valued for its binding and strength-enhancing qualities, gluten is often used in cosmetics. Because lipstick is applied directly to the mouth it can be ingested via kissing, eating, and licking your lips. Therefore, lipstick must be on your radar too. Although transferred in relatively trace amounts and more so if several applications a day are the norm, the gluten found in your (or your wife or girlfriend’s) lipstick may be just enough to be “poisonous.”
If you wear lipstick, lip gloss, lip balms, or lip liner, it will behoove you to do your research on the brands you favor. Begin with the ingredient listing on the package to find any component that is wheat or gluten related. Wheat protein is a common ingredient in lip products. If you can’t find any words on the list that suggest wheat, it’s recommended that you still get in touch with the manufacturer to confirm. And keep in mind that if you confirm your favorite brand and shade is gluten-free, don’t take it for granted. Manufacturers are known to change ingredients without notice. Look for alternative gluten-free brands and shades that could be suitable backups should your current gluten-free lipstick change ingredients, be out of stock, or get discontinued.
And what about kissing? Again, while trace amounts will only be ingested, it can be enough to cause concern. Who would have dreamt that kissing could be an area of concern on the gluten-free living radar?