Is Tallow good for your Skin?

Is Tallow good for your Skin?

The short answer, YES!
While that answer may be enough for some, we are betting YOU want to know WHY it is so good for your skin... we are so glad you asked. 
Read ON for the to learn more


What is Tallow? 
(including a brief history...)

Tallow; noun : the white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep used chiefly in soap, candles, and lubricants. - Merriam Webster

There was a time when people used all the parts of an animal to not only sustain their family nutritionally, but also to light up their world, heal their bodies and even dress themselves or their dwellings. Soaps and salves were made to clean their bodies, their homes and even heal skin ailments. With its ability to provide deep hydration that helps skin look younger and its natural antibacterial qualities to heal, why would you not slather it all over your body? 

As with so many other things in life, the need for new and shiny things took Tallow out of the spotlight and into the shadows. In the late 19th to early 20th century, skincare took a turn. Chemists started to concoct new skincare options in state of the art bottles and containers that captured the world's attention. Chemistry and innovation unseated Tallow from the prime choice for skincare. Recently, Tallow has made a resurgence in skincare as people are discovering more and more allergies to ingredients and are embracing a back to basics, natural approach. 



Why We Chose Tallow for Our Skincare Products.

Sue Swederski, our founder, was having a tough time finding anything that would not irritate her skin, AND WORKED. When she would find something that worked, it would end up being changed (products added that irritated her skin) or discontinued, leaving her in the same spot she started in. She decided enough was enough and started to make her own skincare products. With a lot of research and trial and error, Sue finally landed on Tallow. 

Tallow is most like our natural sebum (oil) in our skin. In fact, Tallow in Latin means SEBUM! How cool is that?! It is like God literally told us what to use to heal our skin! Because tallow is most like our natural sebum, our bodies recognize tallow as SELF. Why is this important? Well, tallow absorbs quickly and deeply. Our bodies do not have to sit and try to figure out what the heck this is. It says, OH! This is our skin's natural oil. We know what to do with this! And it gets to WORK! 
Aren't our bodies amazing?! 


So what is in Tallow that makes it SO AMAZING? 
Let's break it down 👇👇👇

Vitamin A: This powerful vitamin fights fine lines and wrinkles with it's antioxidant properties. This means it attacks free radicals, these are the things that contribute to signs of aging. Who wants to see less wrinkles, fine lines and have firmer skin?! If you said ME, this vitamin is for you! It also helps regulate our sebum production. That is a win win! Vitamin A helps to unclog pores, wrestles with acne and puts it into submission and encourages skin cell turnover. 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️
YES please!!!! I will take some new skin cells every day of the week, how about you? 

Vitamin D: Got inflammation and redness? Then you need some more Vitamin D! Yes, you can get vitamin D from the sun but it also is naturally occurring in tallow. This amazing vitamin calms and soothes skin and reduces irritation. Bye bye red, puffy faces! 

Vitamin E: Got that dry, alligator skin? Say hello to the vitamin that harnesses powerful antioxidant power to protect your natural moisture barrier. This means Vitamin E will help keep that skin hydrated and hydrated skin is YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN! Hallelujah SIGN ME UP! Not only that, but Vitamin E also helps to prevent premature aging by neutralizing free radicals! AMEN! 

Vitamin K: Another antioxidant, Vitamin K helps to protect your skin and speed up the recovery time for any skin ailments. It helps to reduce the appearance of bruises, scars and other skin discoloration. From small cuts, to older scars that have become unsightly over the years, vitamin K is an excellent ingredient to help speed the healing. 

Fatty acids: Steric, Oleic, Palmitic, CLA... and more. What can these fatty acids do for you? To start, Oleic acid helps to protect those antioxidants so they can do their work effectively. It is a multi tasker and hydrates deeply without clogging pores. It also forms a protective layer on the skin to keep the moisture in. It does this easily and effortlessly. And finally Oleic acid is naturally occurring in skin. 

Steric acid is key in helping itching and flaking which makes it perfect for conditions such as psoriasis. Steric acid helps to protect our skin barrier. Naturally occurring in skin.

Palmitic Acid helps improve skin's texture. Want soft, smooth skin? Palmitic Acid has got you. This naturally occurs in skin also. 

CLA helps reduce inflammation and heal external skin damage. Who can say no to that?! 


Benefits of Tallow in a NUTSHELL...

Tallow has been shown to help with these skin conditions:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine Lines
  • Dark spots
  • Acne
  • Scarring
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Brown Spots
  • Redness
  • Cuts
  • Rashes

And so much more!!!



How to Use Tallow Skincare Products.

When it comes to tallow, LESS IS MORE. We are used to using large dollops of lotion and products, but with tallow a PEA SIZED amount goes A LONG WAY. Our rule here is start with a tiny amount and then add more if needed. Whether it is your face, hands, legs... this natural super moisturizer SOAKS IN RAPIDLY and deeply. When you first start using it you may think you need a lot to tackle the dray, alligator looking hands BUT we assure you that is not the case. In fact, as you use these products regularly you may find you use less and less as your skin stays hydrated and improves so quickly. The key is CONSISTENCY! 

Whether it is one of our masks for your face, body butters for your body HEAD TO TOE or Night Cream to allow your skin to heal while you SLEEP, a PEA SIZED amount will do ya! You will be tempted to use more, but don't! Products like these that work WITH OUR BODY'S NATURAL CHEMISTRY will actually save you money in the long run as they will last longer and actually accomplish on their own what you needed multiple products to do in the past. 

What Should I Look for When Choosing Tallow Skincare Products?

As with so many other things in life, QUALITY MATTERS. When looking for your tallow products we suggest you look for:

1. Tallow as the #1 ingredient.

2. The second thing you want to look for is GRASS FED and GRASS FINISHED tallow. Why do we care about GRASS FED vs GRAIN FED? Grass Fed is simply more nutrient dense than grain fed. Grass fed, for example, has FOUR TIMES the amount of VITAMIN E than grain fed tallow. The fatty acid profiles are extremely different as well. The ration of Omega-6 fatty acids to Omega-3 fatty acids in Grass Fed Tallow is 1.4 while the grain fed is over 16. What goes on your body goes IN your body in 26 seconds. We have to be mindful about our skincare to keep our overall health in check also.

3. Lastly, BEEF tallow is what we recommend. There is Mutton tallow but it is harder to find which means the price will be steeper. There are similar benefits but we prefer the grass fed, grass finished beef tallow for the ultimate skin care benefits



Frequently Asked Questions & Myths About Tallow.

I have heard Tallow clogs pores. Is that true?

False, with its low comedogenic score Tallow is highly unlikely to clog pores. It is most like our natural sebum and provides a protective barrier allowing nothing into the pores after we apply it. This makes it a PERFECT primer before makeup application as well. 



Where do I start with Tallow? 

Our favorite place to start for Tallow is a simple Night Cream. Just a PEA SIZED amount applied before bed (I keep it on my bedside table to apply as I am sinking into bed exhausted from the day!) and I wake up with soft, hydrated skin. It actually was the only thing that got rid of my cystic acne after trying every skin product you could imagine for 6 months! All I needed was 30 days with this Night Cream. Peri Menopausal CYSTIC ACNE beard BE GONE! Hallelujah! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻


If a cream is a little above where you would like to start and you want the very BEGINNING may we suggest our Tallow Soap or Tallow Facial Cleanser. You really cannot go wrong. Just find a product you will use regularly and REAP THE BENEFITS!  

Want to save and get the cleanser and a Day and Night Cream PLUS a gift?! 
Our starter bundle is perfect for you. We will include a guide to skincare and what order to apply your products in. 

If you would like to try some of our Tallow products and see what they can do for you, please browse our Tallow, Tallow and More Tallow collection here

DON'T FORGET: First time buyers get 15% off with CODE: firsttimebuyer. Local to Surprise, AZ? Order and pick up at the store to save! Also, free shipping is available for orders over $100! 



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