Tallow is a powerful moisturizer loaded with a wealth of nutrients, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. While some may cringe at the sound of rubbing cow fat on their face, the ones who've tried it can't do without it. Tallow is luxurious, creamy and nourishing.
Without further adieu, here are just 5 of the reasons why you should use beef tallow on your face (and body)...
#1 - Healthy Fats Lead to Healthy Skin
Tallow contains the same fats or lipids found in healthy, supple human skin. Lipids are found in abundance in the membrane of every cell in our bodies. They are responsible for the free flowing of materials in and out of our cells.
They are beneficial because they create a protective, yet permeable barrier that prevents infection, maintains moisture, flexibility and structure of the cell.
Tallow, therefore, is able to absorb deep within the layers of the skin, preventing dryness at the cellular level without suffocating the skin's barrier as does petroleum-based lotions.
#2 - Prevents Aged-Looking Skin
Beef tallow, rendered from grass-fed cattle, is loaded with vitamins A, D & K and antioxidants, one of which is vitamin E. Vitamin E promotes youthful skin by fighting free radicals that cause wrinkles and system damage. It also helps prevent the degradation of collagen. "The intake of natural vitamin E products helps against collagen cross linking and lipid peroxidation, which are both linked to aging of the skin." (source)
The ability of the skin to produce vitamin D decreases as we get older. Tallow, a rich source of vitamin D, helps to replenish the skin of this essential vitamin. In addition, Vitamin D "induces the expression of antimicrobial peptide genes in human skin and plays a significant role in preventing opportunistic infections." ( source)
#3 - Compatible To Our Skin
Tallow and our skin's sebum are very similar in cell structure; both are composed of 50-55% saturated fat making tallow an ideal moisturizer. This similarity also allows the wealth of nutrients found naturally in tallow to be absorbed deep into the layers of the skin. In most cases, the skin will absorb the tallow within 5 minutes of application and will not settle on the top layer of the skin.
#4 - Contains Known Cancer Fighter
Cattle allowed to graze naturally on grass in the sunshine develop large amounts of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) within their fat. "Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a naturally occurring compound found in ruminants products, has been shown to possess anticancer properties in vivo and in vitro." (source) Another positive attribute of CLA is that is actually helps convert fat into lean muscle tissue naturally. Bonus!
#5 - Intense Moisturizer
Tallow has been employed for THOUSANDS of years for one reason...IT WORKS! Better than arguably any ingredient on the market today, this natural golden oil can provide the kind of intense moisture we need to keep our skin looking plump, smooth and hydrated. It does not clog the pores, it doesn't leave a greasy feeling and it only needs to be applied once a day to produce positive results.
Even in the dead of winter, even in extremely dry climates, tallow has been proven to moisturize the skin with moisture that lasts all day.
Ever wonder why your great grandmother's skin looked so great? It's probably because she used tallow from the FAMILY COW!
Never tried beef tallow skincare? You're missing out!