What is Tallow?

What is Tallow?

Tallow is rendered beef fat (or it can come from other animals, but more commonly beef, and what I use). Rendering is a process that uses heat to separate water and protein (blood, connective tissue, meat) from the animal fat leaving you with a clean, stable, white fat that can be used for cooking and/or repurposed for various uses. Tallow has been used for centuries for cooking AND skin care! It may seem strange and weird to use beef fat on your skin, but the benefits are undeniable!

The best, most beneficial tallow is rendered from the fat of grass-fed and finished, pasture-raised cows. If a cow is grass-fed, but has had some grain, that is still ok, but not as nutrient dense. Skin care products made with this quality tallow have the following benefits:

  • Deeply nourishing with vitamins A, D, K, E, and B12
  • Deeply moisturizing because it contains palmitic acid which helps improve the protective barrier of the skin and prevents moisture loss.
  • Natural anti-inflammatory because it also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  • All of the nutrients are only found together in animal products.
  • Contains oleic acid (omega 9) that aids all the nutrients in penetrating deeply into the skin
  • It is antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial
  • Contains stearic acid which helps repair damaged skin, improves skin flexibility, and promotes regeneration of the skin for a healthier glow and more youthful appearance.
  • Rich in minerals
  • Contains palmitoleic acid (omega 7) which is a building block of skin
  • Tallow is similar in composition to the natural oils found in skin so it acts as a natural sebum, helping to maintain the skin’s structural integrity and support collagen production.

Skincare products made with tallow—100% grass-fed/finished and pasture-raised—contain  many more skin beneficial ingredients than products made with plant-based oils. These products are extremely healing for dry skin, eczema, acne, diaper rash and sunburn. It is also amazing as an anti-aging face cream!


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