Gluten-Free Moisturizers: Creams and Lotions

12 Brands With Gluten-Free Moisturizer Options

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of 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.

Twelve brands make gluten-free moisturizers. All gluten-free-labeled skin products avoid 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).

Easy-to-Find Products

  • CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion and Moisturizing Cream
  • Dove DermaSeries lotions and moisturizers
  • Eos lotions
  • Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream and Lite Lotion

As with other products, such as makeup and lip balm, the larger cosmetics companies unfortunately are less likely to offer gluten-free moisturizers. Smaller companies—especially natural and organic brands—are more likely to cater to the gluten-free community. The exception to this rule is Dove, which makes DermaSeries body lotions and face moisturizers that are gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Moisturizers and Skin Creams

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

CeraVe

This widely-available brand makes about two dozen moisturizing products, including many aimed at people with specific chronic conditions, such as diabetes and psoriasis.

According to the company, four of its products are confirmed to be gluten-free, including:

  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
  • CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion

A customer representative says that CeraVe BabyWash & Shampoo and CeraVe Diaper Rash Cream also are gluten-free. Skin care products aimed at people with specific medical conditions were not included on the gluten-free list.

Look for CeraVe products in most larger grocery stores and pharmacy chains.

Dakota Free Baby Balm

Made by the Potter's Hand, Inc., a small family-owned farm business based in North Dakota, Dakota Free "Baby Your Skin" Baby Balm is designed to be all-natural and fragrance-free. The baby balm is gluten-free, fragrance-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 it does contain a small amount of soy.

Ingredients include 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.

Find Dakota Free Baby Balm at Amazon and at the Dakota Free website.

Dove DermaSeries

Dove, well-known for gluten-free shampoos and soaps, also makes gluten-free lotions and face moisturizers under its DermaSeries line. Body lotion products include:

  • Replenishing Body Lotion
  • Eczema Relief Body Lotion
  • Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion
  • Cream Oil Shea Butter Body Lotion.
  • For your face, Dove offers DermaSeries Replenishing Face Cream

Dove products are widely available in stores and online.

EccoBella

In addition to making reliably gluten-free makeup, EccoBella produces a line of skin care products, including skin cream, eye cream, serum, and body lotion. Moisturizing products include:

  • Natural Age Antidote Day Skin Cream
  • Natural Night Rebuilder Cream
  • Natural Eye Nutrients Cream
  • Mist On Toner Vitamin Spray
  • Revitalize Organic Facial Treatment Serum
  • Organic Water-Free Vanilla Herbal Body Lotion

Ingredients include jojoba oil, sandalwood, coconut oil and shea butter.

Products are available at EccoBella's website and at selected spas and health food stores nationwide.

Eos

All products made by Eos (which stands for Evolution of Smooth) are gluten-free. Eos makes hand lotions in four scents: Berry Blossom, Cucumber, Vanilla Orchard, and Delicate Petals. The small, flat containers are designed to fit easily in your bag.

Eos also makes body lotions in three scents: Berry Blossom, Delicate Petals, and Vanilla Orchard Extra Dry.

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. In 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, which is owned by the same company that makes Dakota Free Baby Balm.

Gluten-Free Savonnerie offers shea butter, moisturizing lotion, massage and body oil, and jojoba oil in a variety of sizes (you can purchase moisturizing lotion and massage and body oil in half-gallon and gallon containers with a pump). All are gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, casein-free, peanut-free, latex-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free.

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.

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 pure butters, all gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, soy-free, and cruelty-free.

Choose from:

  • Amazing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream
  • Amazing Aloe Vera Eczema & Psoriasis Cream with Manuka Honey (manuka honey is said to have healing properties)
  • Amazing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream for Men (designed to soothe irritation from shaving)
  • 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 Natural Skincare & Beauty

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 cucumber juice, shea butter, and avocado fruit oil)
  • Luminos Facial Moisturizer (made with carrot seed oil, black seed oil, blood orange, and clary sage)
  • Solar Rx Moisturizer with SPF 30 (which uses zinc oxide to block ultraviolet rays)

Other products include:

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

Finally, Keys Naturals makes a line of natural personal lubricants under the PurPlay brand that also are gluten-free.

Find Keys Natural products online at the company's website or at many smaller natural foods stores.

NatureFace

NatureFace bills its products as organic, gluten-free, paraben- and GMO-free, and does not test products on animals. Products include:

  • Herbal Skin Moisturizer with vitamin C, vitamin B5 and vitamin E
  • Mushroom Power Anti-Acne Skin Repair Cream, with reishi mushrooms, witch hazel, willow bark, and retinol (vitamin A)

Look for the products on the NatureFace website or at Amazon.

OM Botanical

Based on aloe vera, shea butter, jojoba, safflower, lavender, and jasmine oils, plant glycerin, cucumber, and micro algae, OM Botanical's Skin Soft Moisturizer includes natural UV protection (in the form of zinc oxide) and is considered gluten-free.

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 (produced by Pharmaceutical Specialties, Inc.), makes two gluten-free skin moisturizing products:

  • Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream
  • Vanicream Lite Lotion

In addition to being gluten-free, Vanicream products are free of dyes, fragrance, masking fragrance, lanolin, parabens, and formaldehyde.

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

Non-Recommended Moisturizer Brands

The following brands of moisturizers and skin creams are widely distributed but are not well-suited to someone who needs a gluten-free product, either because the company doesn't test for gluten or because the company makes products that contain gluten.

Alba Botanica

May contain gluten.

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 any of its products are gluten-free: "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

May contain gluten.

This popular brand advertises ingredients "carefully selected from nature." Unfortunately for those who are gluten-free, the ingredients Aveeno uses include wheat. Aveeno also uses oats in its product formulations, and oats often are cross-contaminated with wheat.

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

May contain gluten.

AmLactin, a division of the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, makes a huge variety of skin care products that are distributed widely. Most moisturizers do not contain obvious gluten grain-based ingredients, but AmLactin does not have a list of gluten-free products.

Burt's Bees

No gluten ingredients.

Burt's Bees, which is owned by The Clorox Company, makes numerous face and body moisturizing products. Most contain no gluten ingredients.

However, according to a company representative: "Our products may have been manufactured on a shared line with products containing gluten, or raw materials used in our products may have been processed in a facility that also processes products containing gluten."

Therefore, you should steer clear of Burt's Bees products, especially if you're particularly sensitive to trace gluten.

Jason Naturals

No gluten ingredients.

Jason, a subsidiary of Hain Celestial, used to offer a line of certified gluten-free products, including skin moisturizers. However, those certified gluten-free products no longer are available in the United States, and a company service representative says 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.

In addition, the representative said, "If gluten is a major ingredient, it will be specified in the ingredient list." Because of this, you should avoid Jason products unless you find one that's marked "gluten-free."

Neutrogena

May contain gluten.

A subsidiary of pharmacy giant 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.

St. Ives

May contain gluten.

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

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

Olay

May contain gluten.

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.

Vaseline

May contain gluten.

Lots of people swear by Vaseline Intensive Care and Vaseline Clinical Care skin lotion products, and Vaseline offers solutions for very dry skin, cracked heels, dark spot rescue, and eczema. Like St. Ives, 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 the product, even if no specific gluten ingredients are present.

Do You Need a Gluten-Free Moisturizer?

When you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, you need to make sure everything you put in your mouth is safely gluten-free. All your food must be gluten-free, of course, which is why you learn to read food labels. In addition, gluten-free lip balm and lipstick is necessary since you inevitably ingest some of what you put on your lips.

Gluten-free moisturizer, on the other hand, isn't strictly necessary—experts note that you don't eat moisturizer, and it won't cause a gluten reaction just from being on your skin.

However, many people use moisturizer on their hands, and then use those same hands to eat finger food without washing them. In addition, lots of people slather moisturizer on their faces, getting it near enough to their mouths so that they accidentally could taste a bit of it. It's possible to ingest a tiny amount of moisturizer this way... and it only takes a tiny amount of gluten to make you sick.

Therefore, if you prefer to err on the side of caution, you may want to choose a gluten-free moisturizer (and especially a gluten-free face moisturizer). Fortunately, there are 12 brands from which to choose.

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 like the feel of creams on their skin.

Generally speaking, lotions tend to contain more water while creams and ointments contain more oil, which may protect your skin better. Therefore, if you don't feel as if your lotion is doing the job, you may want to switch to a thicker product.

Regardless, listen to your body anytime you try a new product. If your skin reacts to a new moisturizer with redness and peeling, you should discontinue using it and try something else.

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