Gluten-Free Moisturizers, Creams, and Lotions

There are countless options for moisturizer products on the market to keep the skin on your face and body well-hydrated. But only a small fraction of them are considered gluten-free. The nine brands listed here make gluten-free moisturizers.

What to Look For

Gluten can't be absorbed through the skin. And products containing gluten ingredients have not been shown to have detectable amounts of gluten in tests. The best way to determine whether gluten-containing ingredients were used to make a product is to read the label, which will carry a "gluten-free" designation if the product has been tested and found to be gluten-free.

There's a chance you could ingest traces of gluten from a gluten-containing lotion if you use it on skin near your mouth, or accidentally touch your mouth after moisturizing your hands with a gluten-containing lotion.

All skin products labeled "gluten-free" avoid certain ingredients such as wheat germ oil and hydrolyzed wheat protein which are derived from gluten grains. Your options include gluten-free face moisturizers (for use around your lips, where you're at risk of ingesting some) and gluten-free moisturizers with SPF protection (important when you're exercising outdoors).

As with other products, such as makeup and lip balm, many of the larger cosmetics companies are less likely to offer gluten-free moisturizers. In general, smaller companies as well as natural and organic brands will more commonly cater to the gluten-free community.

Gluten-Free Moisturizers and Skin Creams

Here's a comprehensive list of manufacturers that offer gluten-free moisturizers, lotions and face cream products.

Dakota Free "Baby Your Skin" Baby Balm

Made by In the Potter's Hand, a family-owned farm business, Dakota Free "Baby Your Skin" Baby Balm is all-natural and fragrance-free. The "Baby Your Skin" baby balm is gluten-free, latex-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, dye-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, corn-free, shellfish-free, and fish-free. It's vegetarian but not vegan (it contains beeswax), and contains a small amount of soy.

According to the company's website: "Dakota Free Products...offer allergen tracking and full disclosure of all ingredients used in the manufacturing process. You may use these products confidently knowing that they were developed to help families stay healthy and offer comfort to people with allergies, autism, celiac disease, chemical sensitivities or skin problems."

Ingredients include expeller pressed safflower oil, North Dakota beeswax, organic jojoba oil, mixed tocopherols (natural non-GMO vitamin E oil), organic grapefruit seed extract, and natural lavender oil. You also can order it without lavender oil directly from the company's website.

Ecco Bella

In addition to making gluten-free makeup, Ecco Bella produces a line of gluten-free skin care products, including skin cream, eye cream, serum, and body lotion. Moisturizing products include Natural Eye Nutrients Cream and Organic Water-Free Vanilla Herbal Body Lotion.

Ingredients in the body lotion include aloe vera leaf, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, safflower oil, sesame oil, vegetable derived emulsifiers, carnauba wax, xanthan gum, vegetable glycerin, babassu oil, vitamin E, sodium phytate, calendula extract, chamomile, vanilla fragrance and extract, and potassium sorbate.

According to the company's website: "There is no gluten or wheat protein in any Ecco Bella product. All our products are safe for customers." Products are available at Ecco Bella's website and Amazon as well as select spas and natural food and beauty stores nationwide.

Eos

All products made by Eos (which stands for Evolution of Smooth) are gluten-free, including its products made with oats. Eos makes hand lotions in five scents: coconut, lavender, pink citrus, eucalyptus, and pomegranate raspberry.

Eos also makes shaving creams in four scents: vanilla, pomegranate raspberry, lavender, and pink citrus. The company also offers shave creams especially for dry skin and sensitive skin. Look for Eos in most nationwide big box stores and online.

Essential Skin Solutions

This California-based company makes one face moisturizing product: gluten-free hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule naturally present in your skin that helps to retain moisture. I

n addition to being gluten-free, Essential Skin Solutions Hyaluronic Acid Serum is vegan, paraben-free, dye-free, sulfate-free, dairy-free, cruelty-free, and non-GMO. Find the product online at the company's website and on Amazon.

Gluten-Free Savonnerie

If you need skin cream and moisturizer that's free from more than just gluten, you may want to consider Gluten-Free Savonnerie. The company who makes it is owned by the same company that makes Dakota Free Baby Balm.

All products are gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, casein-free, peanut-free, latex-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free. The company's products are produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility. The moisturizer does contain cetearyl alcohol, which is derived from coconut or palm oil and will not dry out your skin, according to the company.

Gluten-Free Savonnerie offers shea butter, moisturizing lotion, and massage and body oil in a few different sizes. Buy Gluten-Free Savonnerie products at the company's website or on Amazon.

Green Leaf Naturals

Billed as "plant-based beauty," Green Leaf Naturals makes both moisturizers and raw butters, all gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, soy-free, and cruelty-free. Choose from:

  • Amazing Aloe Vera Eczema & Psoriasis Cream with Manuka Honey
  • Amazing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream
  • Amazing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream for Men
  • Amazing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream with Manuka Honey

Butter products include raw organic mango butter, raw organic cocoa butter, and raw organic African shea butter. You can find Green Leaf Naturals products at the company's website, on Amazon, and in natural food stores.

Keys Care

Keys makes numerous body lotions, facial moisturizers, and sunscreen moisturizer products, all of which are gluten-free. You can choose from:

  • Eye Butter Eye Cream (made with organic cucumber juice, vegetable glycerin, avocado oil, black seed oil, ivory shea butter, and aloe vera)
  • Luminos Facial Moisturizer (made with avocado fruit oil, shea butter, carrot seed oil, black seed oil, agave aloe vera, blood orange oil, clary sage oil, and rosemary extract)
  • Solar Rx Moisturizer with Sunscreen (which uses zinc oxide to block ultraviolet rays)

Other products include:

  • KPRO Tinted Moisturizer (available with and without sunscreen)
  • Reflex ProBiome Anti-Aging Serum
  • Tortuga Super Emollient Hand and Body Lotion

Finally, Keys Naturals makes a line of natural personal lubricants under the PurPlay brand that also is gluten-free. Find Keys Natural products online at the company's website, Amazon, or at many smaller natural foods stores.

OM Botanical

OM Botanical's Skin Soft Moisturizer includes natural UV protection (in the form of zinc oxide) and is gluten-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free. The product is based on aloe vera juice, shea butter, safflower oil, jojoba oil, rosemary, jasmine essential oil, plant glycerin, cucumber, vitamin E, and microalgae,

OM Botanical, which is certified vegan and cruelty-free, also makes a gluten-free anti-aging formulation of its moisturizer product. Look for OM Botanical products at the company's website, at natural foods stores, and on Amazon.

Vanicream

Designed for sensitive skin, Vanicream is produced by Pharmaceutical Specialties, Inc. The products are gluten-free and also free of dyes, fragrances, parabens, lanolin, and some surfactants and preservaties. Vanicream's moisturizing products include:

  • Vanicream Moisturizing Cream
  • Vanicream Moisturizing Lotion
  • Vanicream Moisturizing Ointment

You can find Vanicream products at major pharmacy chains and big box stores or can purchase them on Amazon.

Moisturizer Brands That May Contain Gluten

The following brands of moisturizers and skin creams are widely distributed but are not recommended for those who are sensitive to trace amounts of gluten, either because the company doesn't test for gluten or because the company makes products that contain gluten.

Alba Botanica

This Earth-friendly, animal-friendly company makes skin and face products with ingredients such as green tea, aloe, and jasmine. However, it doesn't guarantee that its products are gluten-free.

According to the company's website: "Our plant-based ingredients come from a variety of sources which we don’t currently screen for traces of gluten. If a product is not specifically labeled gluten-free, it hasn’t been tested and cannot be guaranteed as such."

Aveeno

This popular Johnson & Johnson brand advertises "active natural ingredients." Unfortunately for those who are gluten-free, some Aveeno products contain wheat. Aveeno products may contain gluten.

Aveeno also uses oats in its product formulations, which are gluten-free. Aveeno states that its oats are processed on dedicated equipment to lessen the risk of cross contamination with other gluten grains.

According to the company's website: "Although we do everything in our power to ensure the oats remain gluten-free, we cannot say with absolute certainty that cross-contamination did not occur during the manufacturing process. We recommend that consumers speak with their physician if they have specific sensitivity concerns."

If you like Aveeno products and don't mind oat ingredients, you can try Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Lotion or Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15—both products contain oat kernel flour but not wheat. For a facial moisturizer, Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 contains soybean seed extract but no wheat or oat ingredients.

AmLactin

AmLactin, a division of the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, makes a variety of skin care products that are recommended by dermatologists and distributed widely. While the moisturizers do not appear to contain obvious gluten grain-based ingredients, the products may contain gluten. AmLactin does not have a list of gluten-free products.

Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees, which is owned by The Clorox Company, makes numerous face and body moisturizing products. Though many contain no gluten ingredients, Burt's Bees does not provide a gluten-free or allergy list and is unable to state that its products are gluten-free. Some products may contain gluten ingredients.

Some Burt's Bees products are known to contain allergens while others may have been manufactured on a shared line with products containing gluten or produced in a facility that also processes products containing gluten ingredients, according to its website. Therefore, you should steer clear of Burt's Bees products if you're particularly sensitive to trace gluten.

CeraVe

CeraVe, part of the L'Oréal Group, is widely-available and makes about two dozen face and body moisturizers as well as many other skin care products. Developed by dermatologists, the brand includes many products aimed at people with specific chronic health and skin conditions such as diabetes and psoriasis.

According to a customer service representative for the company, CeraVe products may contain trace amounts of gluten. But most ingredients derived from gluten grain sources are highly refined and retain no traces of gluten proteins. The company has also set strict limits on the level of potentially allergenic gluten proteins in its products.

Since many people who have celiac disease or non-celiac sensitivity may experience a reaction to trace amounts of gluten, CeraVe recommends discussing the ingredients on the product label with your medical care provider. If you are particularly sensitive to trace amounts of gluten, talk to your doctor before using CeraVe skin care products or consider another option from this list.

Dove DermaSeries

Dove, a well-established personal care brand, makes lotions and face moisturizers under its DermaSeries line for sensitive skin and chronic skin conditions. Dove does not test its products for the presence of gluten, which means that gluten grains like wheat, oat, rye, and barley may be present in some of the brand's personal care products.

However, according to a customer service representative, Dove follows the guidelines set forth by the International Nomenclature for Cosmetics Ingredients (INCI). Therefore, if a product uses any ingredients derived from gluten grains those will be disclosed on the label. Dove recommends that you consult with your physician about the products before using them.

Jāsön

Jāsön, a subsidiary of Hain Celestial, used to offer a line of certified gluten-free products, including skin moisturizers. However, those certified gluten-free products have been discontinued. A customer service representative says that Jāsön does not test for gluten or screen for other allergens and therefore do not carry a gluten-free label.

Neutrogena

A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Neutrogena makes a huge variety of facial moisturizers and skin creams, along with various other skin care products. However, the company does not have a list of gluten-free products, nor is information about gluten ingredients available on its website. Therefore these products may contain gluten.

St. Ives

St. Ives, which makes a wide range of skin care products, is a subsidiary of Unilever. The company does not test for gluten but does have a policy of calling out ingredients according to the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients guidelines.

Therefore, watch out for gluten ingredients like wheat (triticum), barley (hordeum), and rye (secale) on labels. There could be gluten cross-contamination even in products that don't include those ingredients.

Olay

From cleansers to moisturizers, Olay offers dozens of products. However, the company (which is owned by Procter & Gamble) does not provide a gluten-free list.

According to a customer service representative: "If we add gluten, wheat, or wheat extract directly to a product, it will be listed in the ingredients on the label. Still, we cannot give a 100% guarantee that trace levels of gluten are not present. Many ingredients used in our products are purchased as a raw material, and we don’t have information on the make-up of these raw materials or if they have been in contact with other materials before they arrive at the plant."

Vaseline

Plenty of people swear by Vaseline Intensive Care and Vaseline Clinical Care skin lotion products. Vaseline offers solutions for very dry skin, cracked heels, dark spot rescue, and eczema.

Like St. Ives and Dove, Vaseline is a Unilever company and will call out gluten-containing ingredients on its labels under their scientific names (triticum, hordeum, and secale). Be aware there could be gluten cross-contamination in Vaseline's products, even if no specific gluten ingredients are present.

A Word From Verywell

Choosing a moisturizer (including a gluten-free moisturizer) is really a matter of preference. Some people prefer light lotions that seem to soak into the skin right away, while others enjoy the feel of thicker creams on their skin.

Generally speaking, moisturizers tend to contain more water than creams, which are thicker, whereas serums, gels, and ointments are oil-based. Ultimately it depends on your skin type and what works best for you in terms of protection and hydration. If you don't feel as if your moisturizer is getting the job done, you may want to try a different product.

Regardless, pay attention to how your body responds anytime you try a new product. If your skin reacts to a new moisturizer with irritation, you should discontinue using it immediately and try something else.

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