Those of you struggling from a soy, gluten or glycerine allergy know just how difficult it is to find suitable skincare products which won’t cause hypersensitivity. I was struggling with skin rashes, breakouts and irritation for quite some time. I tried so many products and splurged on the most “high end” brands which got me nowhere. It had never occurred to me that I had intolerance to soy and gluten until my doctor advised me to get allergy testing done. As soon as I got the news, I completely cut out soy and gluten from my diet and skincare, yet I was still getting adverse reactions to products I was using. It wasn’t until I decided to do in-depth research on chemical ingredient names of soy and gluten that I realized many of the products that I was using still did contain hidden soy and gluten derivatives. Tocopherol, otherwise known as vitamin E is a very important ingredient to take note of while searching for suitable products. Often time’s vitamin E is derived from soy or gluten. Another key ingredient is glycerine, which is in almost everything! Although sometimes both tocopherol and glycerine can come from other sources, soy and gluten are often among these derivatives. Staying away from these two ingredients was key for me because I found them to be the most common hidden allergens within the beauty products I was using. It is shocking to me that so many cosmetics companies require using these ingredients in their products. Unfortunately an abundance of individuals struggle with soy, gluten and glycerine allergies and they are stuck unintentionally using products which triggers unsafe reactions. I have complied a list of soy, gluten and glycerine free products which keeps my incredibly intolerant skin satisfied. I’m hoping some of these products may also help those of you who are struggling to find an appropriate skin regimen.
Hugo Naturals is an excellent all natural company which has several soy and gluten free products. Their “all over lotion” is great because it can be used on the face and body. I like using the unscented lotion because I find that it is best for sensitive skin, however, it comes in several other alternative fragrances. Some additional products that I’ve tried and recommend include the shower gels and body butters. These products do contain glycerine, but are free of soy and gluten. Hugo Naturals is available at whole foods.
Dessert Essence is another exceptional brand which is primarily gluten free, however they have many soy free products as well! The glycerine and cetyl alcohol used in these products are derived from palm and coconut. The potassium sorbate is derived from fruit. Some of my favourite products from the line include the thoroughly clean face wash and pure tea tree oil. Another favourite of mine is the Castile liquid soap which is free of glycerine, soy and gluten. This product is meant for the body, however the lady at whole foods did say that stronger skin types can use it on their face if they have glycerine allergies. It is great for oily, acne-prone skin types as it contains tea tree which is an anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-parasitic treatment that assists in killing bacteria and helps with cystic acne. I do believe that the Castile liquid soap would irritate the eyes so be careful of that. I personally prefer the thoroughly clean cleanser as a face wash and the Castile soap as a body wash but for individuals with glycerine allergies this is an exceptional alternative.
For those of you with more sensitive skin or normal skin I have found the dessert essence organics baby foaming wash to be a very good body wash. This product does not overly dry out the skin and it is also free of soy, gluten and glycerine. I find this foaming cleanser gives my body a squeaky clean feeling which I love. Since it is formulated for babies it is great for mothers looking for products without the harsh chemicals and glycols for their little ones. Dessert Essence is available at whole foods and other health food stores!
For individuals gearing towards a more dry, mature skin type I have found the Dove cold cream to be a great cleanser and make-up remover. You have the option of wiping off your face with a wash cloth or removing the cold cream with water. The ponds cold cream leaves the skin feeling very hydrated once removed which is great because glycerine free moisturisers can be very difficult to find. It is also very easily accessible as this product is generally available at most drug stores and walmart. Although the company could not confirm whether this product was soy or gluten free I did not find any derivatives to be concerned with. The ingredients list does not show any glycerine in this product.
Alaffia is another amazing skincare brand which is available at whole foods. Their products carry high quality 100% unrefined, fair trade shea butter which I find to be an amazing body moisturiser. A little goes a long way with this product, I take a small amount into the tips of my hands, warm it up and apply it to any dry areas I have. It does a good job of moisturising and keeping skin hydrated. I like that this product is solely one ingredient because I feel more comfortable knowing that I am not adding any unwanted ingredients onto my skin. Alaffia also has an antioxidant facial skincare line and I have gotten confirmed that they are soy and gluten free. I believe most of Alaffia’s products are soy and gluten free and I do recommend trying out their skin care line. The pure unscented shea butter is soy, gluten and glycerine free.
Some more pricey splurges which I have really been enjoying lately includes the Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment bar. This product is 100% umbrian clay and although it is expensive the bar lasts forever! The Umbrian clay treatment bar can be used as both a mask and a facial. It really helps prevents breakouts and keeps oily skin at bay. This product is available at Sephora. The Avene thermale water spray is my second splurge and this contains pure natural spring water. I find that the minerals in this spray really does help to calm down any skin irritations I am experiencing. It is clinically proven to help sooth and heal allergic skin, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and acne.
The Body Shop Vitamin C – Cleansing Polish and Vitamin C spray- Soy and gluten free. Confirmed with company. This line is excellent for brightening the skin and targetting any issues with hyperpigmentation. I find these products to be more hydrating, so it will be suitable for normal to dry skin types. This line does contain glycerine.
For those individuals who are really okay with paying a high price and splurging, Aesop has some great soy and gluten free products including their B Triple C facial balancing gel, Parsley Seed Antioxidant Hydrator, Bitter Orange astringent toner, Chamomile Concentrate Anti-blemish Mask and Amazing Face Cleanser.-Soy and gluten free ( I believe these products are also free of nuts). Confirmed with company. This line does contain glycerine.
Lastly, I am very happy to inform you that I got some products confirmed by the company Avene as being soy and gluten free! I have used these products for quite some time now and I always seem to come back to it as being my personal favourite! Avene’s tolerance extreme cream and tolerance extreme cleansing lotion is for individuals who suffer from very allergy prone skin! They stay away from using any allergens and harsh ingredients which really soothes the skin and keeps it’s PH balanced. Some additional products which I got confirmed include the Avene Cleansing Foam, Micellar Cleansing Water and the Soothing Hydrating Serum. I have used these products for quite a long time and every time I try something new I find myself coming back to Avene. This is my holy grail line and I recommend you try out these products if you have sensitive skin.
Some additional Products include:
Glamglow masks – gluten and soy free. Confirmed by company.
Suki Skincare- Claims to be soy and gluten free but their tocopherol is derived from soy so I would be careful with this brand if you have a soy allergy. Confirmed with company.
Lush’s Tea Tree Toner, Eau Roma Water Toner and Breath of Fresh Air Toner- Soy, gluten and glycerine free. However the glycerine in their products is derived from soy, so please be sure to look at the ingredients before purchasing. The glycerine is in their cleansers and moisturisers. Confirmed with company.
Nude Skincare- Gluten free, Confirmed with company.
Please note CeraVe products now DO contain soy! Those of you with soy allergies please avoid this brand it is no longer soy free!
Some hidden gluten ingredients include:
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil
Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran
Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hordeum Vulgare Extract
Hydrolyzed Malt Extract
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Hydrolyzed Oat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour
Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Protein Sulfonate
Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acid
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch
Wheat Amino Acids
Wheat Germ Glycerides
Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride
Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate
Some Hidden Soy Chemical Names Include:
Textured Vegetable Protein
Tip: Be sure to check with the company about products you are interested in before purchasing them in order to confirm whether their ingredients are soy or gluten derived.
I really hope this post was helpful for you, I will definitely be posting more about some other great soy, gluten and glycerine free products so be sure to check back. Also try keeping your skincare routine as minimal as possible. For allergic skin types its always safe to use products with less ingredients! Thank you for reading! Please share your favourite products and feel free to comment below!