Gluten-free cosmetics typically contain ingredients such as vegetable oils, fruit extracts, beeswax, vegetable glycerin and tamarind extract. They also contain other ingredients designed to moisturize the skin and stimulate new tissue growth.
Afterglow Cosmetics carries products made with gluten-free ingredients in gluten-free facilities. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization has certified this company. The vitamin E in the cosmetics is derived from cottonseed oil and olives. Another ingredient commonly used in gluten-free cosmetics is lavender flower oil, which is believed to kill bacteria and help the skin absorb other oils.
Some products contain grapefruit extract, which acts as a natural preservative and improves the skin’s tone. Grapeseed extract is also a natural preservative used in many gluten-free cosmetics. Pomegranate seed extract fights free radical damage and promotes the regeneration of new skin cells.
Another ingredient that gluten-free cosmetics often contain is beeswax, which serves as a thickening agent and has skin softening and antibacterial properties. Many cosmetics that lack gluten contain aloe vera to hydrate the skin.
Vegetable glycerin is derived from coconut or palm and is known to soften skin and help retain moisture. Tamarind tree extract contains antioxidants that help keep skin looking young and healthy.
Other cosmetic companies, including Bare Minerals, Cover Girl, Ecco Bella, E.L.F. and IT Cosmetics also make gluten-free products, as of 2015.