If we haven't yet sold you on the idea of using tallow on your skin, take a look at our top 5 reasons tallow is essential to use on your skin!
#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 liquids (aka moisture) in and out of our cells.
Lipids are beneficial because they create a protective, yet permeable barrier that prevents infection, maintains moisture, flexibility and structure of the cell.
Because of the lipids found in tallow, tallow is believed to prevent dryness at the cellular level without suffocating the skin's barrier like petroleum-based lotions do.
#2 - Promotes Youthful-Looking Skin
Beef tallow, rendered from grass-fed cattle, is loaded with vitamins A, D & K and antioxidants.
One of which is vitamin E, known to promote rejuvenation of the skin by fighting free radicals that can cause wrinkles.
Vitamin E has also been shown to prevent the breakdown 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)
Vitamin D has the ability to restore vibrancy in skin.
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 - Harmonious Balance Between Tallow and Sebum
Tallow and sebum (the oil in our skin) share many of the same lipids or fats in similar concentrations.
Some believe that it is this similarity that allows tallow to absorb deep within the layers of the skin.
I (Brittany, the founder of Nefertem) argue that tallow is the single best ingredient to use as a moisturizer!
It's 100% natural, shares many of the same fatty acids as our skin and absorbs very quickly.
Personally, tallow moisturizers and tallow soaps have transformed my skin from blotchy and rough to silky smooth and radiant. (That's me, below on the right, with a happy customer, at a local event.)
#4 - Contains CLA - An Essential Fatty Acid
Cattle allowed to graze naturally on grass in the sunshine (like ours do) develop large amounts of Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA.
This CLA is primarily stored within the fat cells that surround the cows organs, namely the kidneys.
Why do we care? Because "Conjugated linolenic acid, an omega-5 fatty acid, has significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and has been shown to stimulate keratinocyte proliferation and epidermal regeneration." (source)
In addition, "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)
So what does this mean? It means that the single best thing we could put on our skin to assist with a plethora of skin issues, is grass-fed tallow.
#5 - Intense Moisturizer
Tallow packs a powerful moisturizing punch in a very small amount.
Just a pea-sized amount, rubbed between the palms of your hands, can effectively moisturize your entire arm!
Because it's so rich in nutrients, and absorbs so well, tallow offers moisture that lasts all day long!
When you use tallow skincare, you never have to reapply your lotion throughout the day.