Why do I love to put beef fat on my face? Because there are so many reasons why skin loves grass fed tallow!
Although it is beginning to gain more popularity, it still might seem a bit odd to use something like beef fat for a skin moisturizer. But, as it turns out, beef tallow is a traditional moisturizer that has been loved and used for centuries. Let’s explore some of the reasons why grass fed tallow is the perfect moisturizer for face and body.
Grass is best
Before we jump into all the reasons why skin loves grass fed tallow, I wanted to point out something important. Tallow from cattle fed and finished on only grass, and never fed grain, contains the highest amount of beneficial nutrients. Cattle were designed to eat grass, not large amounts of corn, for example. So it makes sense that they are healthiest when they are allowed to eat what they were made to eat: grass.
What does tallow do for skin?
Grass fed beef tallow is deeply moisturizing. It also helps to prevent the skin’s loss of moisture. Tallow is uniquely biocompatible with the way our skin cells are made. You can tell when you put tallow on your skin. It absorbs right in, and it’s almost like your skin is drinking it right in. It doesn’t sit on the surface and stay oily, like a plant based oil or butter does. Rather, it is assimilated right into the skin, where it can do its wonderful work of moisturizing, soothing, and healing.
Grass fed tallow contains the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, and B12. It’s really interesting to note that this particular combination of vitamins is found in animal products only. No plant product contains this same combination of vitamins. These vitamins are extremely beneficial for skin.
Step aside, coconut oil
Believe it or not, grass fed tallow has its very own antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This is great for anyone dealing with skin conditions, such as acne. It’s also wonderful when tallow is used as a base in different salves and skin healing products.
I like to make an herb infused tallow salve that works perfectly as an all natural first aid ointment. I love the fact that the tallow acts not only as a base for the herbs to infuse into, but that it lends its own infection fighting properties, as well as powerful wound healing nutrients when used in these types of salves.
Minerals and Acids
Grass fed tallow is rich in minerals, which is wonderful for skin health. Grass fed tallow also contains something called conjugated linoleic acid, often abbreviated CLA, which is very important for its anti-inflammatory properties. This is one of those nutrients that is specifically found in 100% grass fed beef tallow.
Omega 9 fatty acid, also known as oleic acid, is also found in grass fed tallow. This helps the other nutrients penetrate deeply into the skin, so that the skin can use and benefit from all of the nutrients.
Grass fed tallow contains palmitic acid, which improves the barrier function of the skin. It also contains stearic acid, which helps to repair damaged skin. Stearic acid also helps to improve skin’s flexibility and suppleness.
Omega 7 fatty acids are also in grass fed tallow. These fatty acids are some of our skin’s basic building blocks, and they also help in making skin appear more youthful and healthy. I don’t know about you, but looking more youthful and healthy sounds good to me!
Reasons why skin loves grass fed tallow video
What about you?
As you can see, there is a pretty long list of reasons why skin loves grass fed tallow. Have you tried tallow on your skin yet? Does reading about it make you want to try it? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Tallow DIY Projects
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