Top 5 Gluten Free Skin Care Products

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If you’re like me – everything in life is gluten free. It’s not just what I put in my mouth but also what I put on my skin. I noticed a few years back that my skin started to react to products with wheat, gluten or oats in it. Great. Now what? Well I’ve been testing these products out for a while now and I’m so excited to share them with you! Here are my top five gluten free skin care products!

1: Hempz Herbal Body Wash (any kind)

Seriously we rotate through the different scents constantly in our house but the original is our go to. Hempz is AH-MAZE-ING! Their products are enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil leaving skin feeling and looking healthier! It’s paraben-free, GLUTEN FREE, vegan, and THC-free (for those worried about the word hemp). Shea butter and ginseng help calm and soothe your skin while vitamins A, C and E help protect skin from natural and environmentally triggered oxidants. The result – skin is dramatically conditioned, hydrated and nourished!

Cost: Approx $20 CAD for 250ml available at Chatters

2: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Trio

Okay… so my second favourite is actually a trifecta of awesomeness. Yes – AWESOMENESS! I can’t live without these products now! First the deluxe deep dive cleansing gel cleanses to brighten your face and easily removes waterproof makeup. Follow this with a slathering of drink of H2O hydrating boost moisturizer! This refreshing gel moisturizer will infuse hydration and electrolytes back into thirsty skin. Finish everything with the deluxe Rainforest of the Sea 4in-1 setting mist. This will minimize pores, prime, hydrate and refresh your skin. Can i get a HECK YES? These products are seriously the bomb dot com!!! They blend algae and marine flower extracts that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and softening skin. If you’re nervous about purchasing full size bottles of each of these products – don’t you fret my pet! You can order a starter set right from Tarte and try it for yourself! I promise you will LOVE it!

Cost: $12 CAD

3: Tarte frxxxtion stick 3-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

Okay, you’ve guessed it. I have a love affair with Tarte. I wish I could say I’m sorry – but I’m not. The frxxxtion stick is my holy grail! Do you ever wash your face and feel like it’s not clean? Like there’s still stuff left over from the day? And sometimes you just want to scrub it all away??? I got you! I literally cut and paste this next section from the description on the tarte website because I could never describe it this well! Get your quick frxxxtion fix with this 3-in-1 exfoliator, cleanser and face mask all in one portable, solid-to-suds stick. With a clarifying cleansing gel powered by the Rainforest of the Sea (there’s the trifecta again!) complex and suspended diatomaceous earth microexfoliants (it’s basically a crumbled rock), the vegan friendly formula draws out surface oil and reduces shine, while purifying pores for the deepest clean possible. The hypoallergenic gel stick gently sloughs away dead surface cells and polishes skin as it cleanses to fight dullness and pump up the radiance. Great for all skin types, it can be used on a regular basis without stripping skin’s moisture or left on as a treatment mask to absorb toxins and reveal smooth, sexy, glowing skin. Ideal for someone on-the-go, this travel friendly cleanser features a targeted, straight-to-skin applicator that can be massaged directly onto the face so you can get dirty and then sparkle clean all in one frxxxtion fix.

Cost: $29 CAD available directly from Tarte or at Sephora

4: Kopari Face the Day & Night Kit

For those of us that crave the smells of the Caribbean – say hello to Kopari! This stuff smells like you’re sitting beach side sippin’ right from a coconut! Again – I know it can be a gamble to spend a ton of money on a new skin care regime. So pick up this sample kit to give it a whirl. Each kit contains:

2 oz COCONUT CLEANSING OIL – Powered by coconut, this cleansing oil gently removes makeup and dirty impurities without stripping your skin.

2 oz COCONUT ROSE TONER – Give it a quick spritz after cleansing and call yourself coconut hydrated.

1 oz COCONUT FACE CREAM – Lightweight and rich, we’ve got your dream face cream right here.

0.3 oz COCONUT LIP LOVE – This coconut gloss is a quick fix to hydrate your lips with just the right amount of shine. This stuff has shine – without the stickiness.

Cost: This kit is a $50 value but you can get it for $40 directly from Kopari.

Face the Day & Night Kit

5: SunBum Original Sunscreen Lotion

Rounding out the top five is the ever important sun protection. Believe it or not it was actually sunscreen that finally made me realize my body was reacting to products with wheat, gluten, oats. It’s hard to believe that stuff is in almost everything! So I’ve been on the hunt for the bees knees of sunscreens. I’ve finally found the ONLY one I’ll use. “Trust the Bum” (as they say) because this sunscreen gives you UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It’s also gluten free, paraben free, oil Free, PABA free, cruelty free AND 100% vegan. I think I got that all… yep – check! I always go for the SPF 50 because you can’t be too careful with my ginger skin. SunBum is definitely more expensive than the other department store brands but when I find something I can rely on – it’s worth the extra pennies. Wait – we don’t have pennies anymore… it’s worth my five cents…. see what I did there? LOL

Cost: $18.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart

Well there you have it. A few of my favourite (Gluten Free) things. If you’ve found any gluten free skin care products you can’t live without make sure you share them!! We’ll try them out here at GFYYC and give them an honest review. If you want to see a gluten free cosmetic blog let us know! We’ve been living this way for a hot minute and can share what we’ve learned.

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Is there any word more poignant and memory-laden for a celiac than “breaded”?  Most folks who talk to me about what they first cried about once they got their diagnosis was that they’d never be able to eat bread, or anything breaded again… That’s where we’re going today – making breaded pork chops, to eat with fresh corn on the cob and some sweet glazed carrots.  And for a touch of the exotic, we’ve added some pomegranate-chili jam to lend a deeply flavorful and spicy kick to this summer meal.

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It will come as no surprise to you, readers, when I tell you how pleased I am that the sun is out in full force. The peeling burn on my back is screaming with delight.
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Even if we can’t find all the special ingredients around here, I think we can all be forgiven for wanting to replicate a good paella – even if it means having to replace some of the key ingredients with something else in our pantries. The fact that it can be effortlessly made gluten-free is also a huge bonus, not to mention the fact that there’s only one pan to clean up after dinner.

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I have to admit, while I have eaten tofu a number of times, I have never attempted to cook with it, or prepare it at home. In my mind I guess I sort of reserved tofu recipes for vegan, and being celiac, didn’t really think it was something I would add into my diet, however, after tasting it so many ways in restaurants, and expanding my palette with GF recipes, I decided to give it a whirl.

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As you all know, we love letting you know about all the best places and opportunities to eat truly amazing gluten-free food in Calgary. You may have read Markus’ review of the amazing food and atmosphere available at Cibo Calgary, and thought to yourself “when can I get me some of that?” Good news! Cibo is hosting a gluten-free dinner in honour of Celiac Awareness Month (May) on May 2!

Tickets are now available for purchase here at the low, low price of $49 – and for what you’ll get, this is an incredible steal. (Wine pairing is available for an additional $29).

Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions. We look forward to seeing all of you there as we celebrate living the gluten-free life in high style!

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Special guest post by Cinde Little! 
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