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The Ultimate Gluten-Free Sunscreen List

by Elyse the Gluten-Free Foodee

Summer is here and that means hopefully, soaking up some rays. By popular demand, we have put together the ultimate gluten-free sunscreen list to help you, and your family stay safe.

Remember that sunscreen is not just a product you should be wearing during the summer. It is important to protect your skin from the sun year-round.

There have been huge advancements in the availability and selection of gluten-free food products, and it has now extended into beauty brands. In the past, we have shared The Ultimate Gluten-Free Beauty Products Guide, where we delved into the types of gluten in beauty products, the risk factors, and which brands are certified gluten-free. We have also shared our gluten-free shampoo and gluten-free conditioner lists.

Does my sunscreen have to be gluten-free?

No. According to the nationalceliac.org, “it is optional but not required to use gluten-free skincare/cosmetics for those with celiac disease, as gluten cannot penetrate the skin. We recommend skincare products to be gluten-free if there is a potential that they might be ingested, or if you have allergic skin reactions to gluten.”

Since there is a chance that the sunscreen could get in your eyes, or could accidentally get in your mouth- though that risk is quite low; it might be especially important for children to choose a brand that is gluten-free, if you can.

Another reason to consider changing to a gluten-free sunscreen is if you are still suffering from gluten symptoms, after going gluten-free. If your diet is completely gluten-free, exploring your beauty and hair products might help alleviate some of your symptoms.

Also, if your gluten symptoms tend to involve your skin (rashes etc..) then a gluten-free sunscreen might be helpful to you.

What gluten is in Sunscreen?

Beauty products sometimes contain gluten in the form of oils or extracts, derived from wheat, barley, or rye, as emollients. Some of the more common gluten-containing substances that are sometimes used in products are:

  • wheat (Triticum vulgare);
  • barley (Hordeum vulgare);
  • rye (Secale cereal); and,
  • oat (Avena sativa).
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Stearyl dimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
  • Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
  • Palmitoyl hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Malt extract (usually barley)
  • Beta-glucan (frequently derived from wheat)

What are the possible reactions?

The reaction you may have will depend on your level of sensitivity to gluten. Both those with Celiac disease and those living with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity can react to sunscreens containing gluten. This is something that is very much an individualized issue. Common reactions might include, but are not limited to:

  • Rashes, skin irritations, hives, and/or redness.
  • Itchy, watery, red and/or puffy eyes.
  • Runny nose and/or congestion.
  • Headache, and/or dizziness.
  • Basically, any symptoms you feel when you ingest gluten.

How can I minimize my chance of reacting?

Check the ingredients of the products you are using. If you are unsure, contact the seller, or the brand directly, and ask them about the ingredients and/or how their product is manufactured.

Is Gluten-Free Sunscreen More Expensive?

While a lot of gluten-free products are more expensive than their traditional counterparts, we have included a wide range of brands and prices. This is so everyone can find a product that meets their needs and their budget.

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Sunscreen List

Note: Please use The Ultimate Gluten Free Sunscreen List as a guide, as products and their ingredients are subject to change. It can also depend on the country in which it is manufactured, so you should still read the ingredient list.

All Good Sunscreens:

Andalou Naturals:

Australian Gold:  


Aveeno Sunscreen:

Babo Botanicals:

Some of their sunscreens are gluten-free including:

Badger Sunscreen:

Banana Boat:


Blue Lizard Sunscreen:


CETAPHIL Sheer Mineral Sunscreen:


California Baby Sunscreen:

Clé de Peau Beauté:


  • “Most of our products are gluten-free with a few exceptions:
  • Our Hand Creams and Face Creams contain wheat germ oil
  • Our Shampoo and Conditioner contain hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Our baby products and Oatmeal Open Stock Soap contain oatmeal
  • While oatmeal itself doesn’t contain gluten, we can’t guarantee that the oatmeal hasn’t come in contact with wheat before it gets to our facility. Our Vitamin E + Oat Serum contains oat oil but is certified gluten-free.”

Coral Isles Reef Safe Sunscreens:

DERMA-E Sunscreen:



Fenty Skin

First Aid Beauty

Goddess Garden:

Green Beaver:

Josie Maran

Juice Beauty


Keys Soulcare:

Kiss My Face Sunscreen:

Love Sun Body:

Mineral Fusion Brush:


Neutrogena :


Rocky Mountain:



Sonage Protec Plus SPF Sunscreen


Sun Bum Sunscreen:

Sun Dance Sunscreen:



Thinkbaby and Thinksport Sunscreen:



Armed with the ultimate gluten-free sunscreen list you will be prepared for any outdoor activity this summer, as well as all year long.

Are there any other sunscreens we should add to our ultimate gluten-free sunscreen list?

Leave us a comment below and let us know, because by sharing information we are all able to live our best gluten-free lives.

Enjoy your summer, safely!

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