Beef Tallow for Mature Skin: Uncovering Myths and Truths

May 22, 2024

mature woman applying beef tallow on her skin


Let me give it to you straight…


Can tallow be beneficial for mature skin?

Emphatically YES!


Is it going to eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, and crepe skin?



Nothing will.


Nothing will make a 60-year-old look like a 20-year-old. (…As she scoffs at the stupid wrinkle cream commercials peddling false claims 😠)

Aging skin (like wisdom) is a part of the privilege of growing older. Wrinkles are a badge of honor and should be worn proudly.

WITH THAT SAID... using the RIGHT moisturizer (hint…a beef tallow moisturizer) can help your age remain a mystery. *wink* 😉


Nefertem beef tallow moisturizers


Using Beef Tallow for Wrinkles?

Beef tallow is key in enhancing skin cell regeneration, helping to reduce fine lines, improving skin tone, and addressing UV damage through skin nourishment (I'll explain how shortly).

Despite being replaced by seed oils and synthetic ingredients since around the 1970's, beef tallow has always been a critical component of skin care practices since...well...forever.

It has been prized for its protective and regenerative properties across cultures since the beginning of recorded history and continues to be a staple in the cosmetic industry (under lesser known names of course...apparently people don't like knowing they're using cow fat on their skin 🤷🏼‍♀️ 🙄)

In fact, it's considered the very first skincare ingredient (and one of Cleopatra's secret beauty weapons). 😲


woman applying tallow to face



How Does Tallow Improve Mature Skin?

Grass-fed beef tallow is abundant in naturally occurring vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, and essential fatty acids that flood your skin with moisture and nutrients (think...retinol creams...retinol is vitamin A...beef tallow has NATURAL vitamin A).

Just like eating healthy and taking multivitamins, when we give our body what it needs, it tends to repair itself naturally, thus improving how we look and feel.

Tallow works the same way. 🐄

Tallow feeds the skin what it needs to replenish the building blocks of our skin that diminish with age and sun exposure like collagen, elasticity, and skin tone.

Beef tallow also contains roughly 40% oleic acid, a type of monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, known for its effectiveness on dry and aging skin.

And lastly, tallow contains the same lipids (fats) found in our human skin oil (sebum) in similar concentrations.

This close resemblance allows the tallow to absorb deep within the layers of the skin, whereas other non-compatible oils tend to sit on the surface of the skin, leaving you feeling both greasy (atop the skin) and dry (under the skin) at the same time. 


tallow absorbing deep into the layers of the skin


Tallow Hydrates Aging Skin the Best

Personally (and I've done A LOT of research on the topic) I believe tallow hydrates the skin arguably better than any other ingredient on earth. 

I believe that every…single…person…can benefit from using grass-fed tallow on their skin, whether they have extremely dry, dull, sensitive, ultra-sensitive, oily, irritated, or mature skin.

Babies, the elderly, chemo-patients, mechanics, nurses, those with eczema or psoriasis, acne-prone, EVERYONE can benefit from using tallow on their skin!

Tallow works its magic to transform dull, dry, lifeless-looking skin into that youthful, healthy glow we’re all after.

And it does this without exposing the body to harmful, synthetic chemicals or ingredients that are not compatible with our skin.

Lastly, tallow literally translates to sebum in Latin...I mean...I trust our ancient ancestors knew the link. 

In short, beef tallow is AMAZING for mature skin.


beef tallow in bowl on table


Should I Ditch My Wrinkle Creams?

Emphatically YES.

Ditch the anti-aging false promises by big pharma-skincare companies. 🚮

Say NO to the wrinkle creams peddling "instant results" with their chemically-laden propaganda.

And say YES to feeding your mature skin the nutrients it needs to make you look your best with an all natural, grass-fed, tallow moisturizer (by Nefertem of course! 😜)

...Shameful plug, I know...😎 sorry... 


Transform Tallow Moisturizer



Why Beef Tallow Works so Well for Mature Skin

1. Closeness to Skin's Natural Sebum

Beef tallow is remarkably similar to the sebum naturally produced by our skin, making it highly bioavailable and effective for skin care.

This similarity allows tallow to integrate seamlessly with our skin's natural oils, enhancing its ability to hydrate and repair without clogging pores.

The fatty acid profile of tallow, particularly its rich content of palmitic, stearic, and oleic acids, mirrors that of human skin, which is why it can profoundly influence skin health by reinforcing the skin's natural barrier and potentially accelerating the repair of damaged skin [7][8].


mature skin with tallow application


2. Rich in Essential Vitamins and Nutrients

Tallow is a powerhouse of vitamins A, D, E, and K, all of which are crucial for skin health.

✅ Vitamin A, a natural retinol, promotes skin cell regeneration and combats signs of aging.

✅ Vitamin D aids in overall skin health and regeneration.

✅ Vitamin E, an antioxidant, protects the skin from environmental stressors and UV damage.

✅ Vitamin K plays a critical role in reducing the appearance of scars.

These nutrients are more bioavailable in tallow compared to synthetic versions found in many other skincare products, making them more effective in nourishing and protecting the skin [1][2][3] [25].


diagram of tallow soaking into skin


3. Promotes Skin Elasticity

One of the most notable benefits of beef tallow for mature skin is its ability to help improve skin elasticity.

As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, but the saturated fats in tallow support the skin’s structural integrity, helping to maintain its elasticity and firmness [16].

This is complemented by tallow's rich nutrient profile, including vitamins A, D, E, and K, which not only nourish the skin but also thought to stimulate collagen production, essential for youthful and resilient skin [18].


Addressing Common Concerns and Misconceptions about Beef Tallow


grass-fed cattle on field


Overcoming the 'Greasy' Stereotype

Beef tallow has often been misjudged as a 'greasy' skincare ingredient, which could deter some from enjoying its benefits.

However, high-quality tallow is non-comedogenic and does not clog pores, contrary to common belief [78].

It is important to recognize that tallow acts as a natural sebum that locks in moisture without leaving a heavy residue [76].

This makes it particularly effective for all skin types, ensuring deep hydration without a greasy feel [77].


mature woman applying tallow lotion to face in mirror


Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing

One significant concern about using beef tallow in skincare is the ethical and environmental implications of sourcing animal-derived products.

However, grass-fed tallow production addresses these concerns by utilizing byproducts from sustainable farming, thus reducing waste and promoting a more responsible use of resources (more on this below). 

Ethically-sourced tallow comes from regenerative farms that prioritize animal welfare and environmental health, making it a more sustainable choice in the beauty industry [73].


woman farmer holding dirt


Suitability for Different Skin Types

Contrary to some beliefs, tallow is versatile and suitable for a range of skin types, including those with oily or acne-prone skin.

Its fatty acid profile so closely resembles that of human skin oil, which allows it to integrate seamlessly without disrupting the natural skin oil balance [77].

For individuals with sensitive skin, tallow provides a gentle, soothing effect, potentially reducing the risk of irritation [80].

Moreover, its emollient properties make it an excellent option for dry, flaky or mature skin, offering necessary hydration and nourishment [78].


applying tallow lotion to eczema skin


Not all Tallow is Created Equally: Seek Grass-Fed

Grass-fed tallow is superior over it's factory-farmed counterparts, due to its enhanced nutrient profile, humane cattle living conditions, and it's support of regenerative farming practices.


Enhanced Nutrient Profile

Grass-fed, Grass-finished beef tallow contains a higher concentration of vitamins and CLA, and a more balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.

The presence of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and other beneficial fatty acids in grass-fed tallow may help in reducing inflammation, supporting skin elasticity, and promoting a robust skin barrier function.

Additionally, the rich content of Vitamin E in grass-fed tallow is about four times more than in grain-fed varieties, possibly offering better skin repair and protection against free radical damage [7][8].

Plus, this narrative is supported by modern science, echoing what ancient healers knew about tallow's ability to soothe, nurture, and protect, making it an indispensable asset in today's skincare regimen for those looking to address signs of aging [1][2].


tallow moisturizer in jar on table


Humane Cattle Living Conditions

Grass-fed, grass-finished cattle are allowed to live like nature intended: on open pastures, in the sunshine, with fresh air, and a diet of grass all year long. 😎

Baby calves grow up alongside their mothers, the animals congregate freely, and their poop helps fertilize the large land area they get to roam on. 

When taken in to be butchered, they are humanely slaughtered by a local, family butcher like they did back in the day.

They ARE NOT raised in overcrowded, indoor slums while being fed GMO grains, and pumped with steroids, antibiotics, and artificial growth hormones until they're shipped to a meat packing plant to be processed with zero regard. Ugh...just the thought of CAFOs boils my blood. 😡


grass fed cattle grazing on pasture


Regenerative Farming Practices

Regenerative farming prioritizes soil health, the environment and the animal's welfare by practicing things such as rotational grazing, crop rotation, composting, maintaining living roots (not tilling), not using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and more.

These practices can also benefit social and economic aspects of farming, leading to better living conditions and financial security for local family farms.

Regenerative farming not only helps to restore the age-old "let nature do what it does" type of farming, but it also helps to address the climate crisis, by reducing carbon emissions.


happy farmer family on grass fed ranch


    It's Time to Try Beef Tallow for Mature Skin

    It's evident that this time-honored ingredient offers a multitude of benefits.

    As we embrace the revival of traditional skincare remedies enhanced by modern science, incorporating beef tallow into your regimen emerges as a wise choice for those seeking to combat the signs of aging effectively.


    What's the Best Choice for Mature Skin?

    Our Transform Tallow Moisturizer

    It's great for the face AND body, contains herbs and essential oils known for soothing the skin and boosting healthy skin cell regeneration, and has a gentle scent of lavender, orange, and chamomile.

    In short, it has helped thousands of people regain their glowing, radiant skin ALL NATURALLY and I'm confident it can do the same for YOU! 

    To show you how seriously I believe in our tallow moisturizers for mature skin, here's a coupon code: TALLOW15 to save you 15% off your first purchase with us.

    PLUS, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee!

    If you're not 100% satisfied with your purchase, we'll refund you with no questions asked. 

    And if you're ready to try the whole tallow package, try Nefertem's Tallow Skincare Bundle, that contains one of each of our best-selling tallow products all in one. Our Transform Moisturizer, Conscentual Soap, Repair Tallow Slave and Spearmint Lime Lip Balm. Click the image below to shop now.


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