It’s that time of year, the sun is warm, and our thoughts drift to shorts, trips to the park, swimsuits, beaches, and of course Sunscreen. But wait…what’s in that sunscreen? Gluten! How did that get in there? For those of us sensitive to Gluten there is nothing worse than breaking out from a sunscreen that we have slathered all over our bodies. I’ve tried many sunscreens over the years, and suffered my share of rashes. I spent years trying to figure out what ingredient was causing these rashes, and when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease it all started to come together. For years I carefully covered my body with gluten before heading outside in the sun…Oops! Last year the family had great success using Virgin Coconut Oil, no sunburns, and no skin rashes, but probably not the best protection from the suns UVA/UVB/UVC rays. This year we will be trying an Organic Sunscreen, that has been formulated for Children and Sensitive skin.
The following is a list of Gluten Free Sunscreens, as always, it is recommend that you contact the company directly if you have questions or concerns…Especially since companies change their ingredients frequently. Please note that the companies with Organic Products are denoted by a “*”.
* Rocky Mountain Sunscreen
*Keys Solar Rx Moisturizing Cosmetic Sunblock, SPF 30+
Blue Lizzard Australian Sunscreens
Coppertone (all products)
Banana Boat (Sunscreens Only)
Bare Minerals Tinted Sunscreen for Faces
*Desert Essence SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen (Note: Does contain Xanthan Gum)
*Coolibar Products (website allows you to choose by active ingredient)
*Natures Gate Organics Mineral Sunblock: Sun Screens and Tanning Lotions
Dermatone Sunblock Creme with Zinc
*Jason Natural Products
Topix Replenix: CF Advanced Anti-Photoaging Complex SPF 45
Alba Sunscreens (please check label or call company, not all products are GF)
Obagi – Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35
Please Note: I have heard that several Neutrogena Sun Care products are gluten free, however, at the time of this posting my calls had not been returned by a representative from the company. I will post an update if and when a representative from Neutrogena e-mails or calls me with the information.
Enjoy you time in the sun!