Gubba Homestead Tallow
In the quest for flawless, radiant skin, individuals often explore various skincare products and ingredients. One such ingredient that has gained popularity in recent years is tallow. Tallow, which is rendered animal fat, has been used for centuries for its remarkable benefits on the skin. This blog will delve into the numerous advantages of incorporating tallow into your skincare routine.
I get direct messages on my socials asking what my skin care routine is. I am embarrassed to admit that my skincare routine used to consist of around ten different products that I would meticulously go through thinking it was benefiting my skin. I had the most bougie skincare products from places like Drunk Elephant.
My skin did seem to clear up, but at what risk?
When you look at the ingredients of common skincare products, do we really want to be putting lab-made chemicals on our skin, especially sensitive areas like our faces? I don’t.
I went cold-turkey from my toxic skincare regime and switched to making tallow lotion and balms for my skincare. Yes, tallow lotion made from beef fat is the only thing I use for my skincare! Let’s dive into it.
What is Tallow?
Tallow is a form of rendered animal fat, typically derived from cows or sheep. It has been used for centuries for various purposes, including cooking and skincare. The system has effectively brainwashed the masses into believing that cooking with tallow or using tallow for skincare is dangerous!
Can you believe that? Using a natural animal product is dangerous but lab-made chemicals are not! Literally, vegetable oils used in cooking are one of the most toxic-sludge you can ingest but “scientists” will say to cook with vegetable oil over tallow.
As the popularity of tallow has increased, I have been seeing dermatologists make social media posts warning against its use. Are they insane? Last time I went to a dermatologist, they prescribed me antibiotics for my acne and other pharmaceuticals. Yes, they masked the problem, but at what risk?
Now, I use tallow for skincare, don’t see a dermatologist, and my skin is flawless.
How do “scientists” explain that?
Historical Use of Tallow in Skincare
Historically, tallow was prized for its nourishing and moisturizing properties. Ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians and Greeks, recognized its value in achieving healthy, radiant skin. They used it in their skincare routines to protect against harsh environmental conditions. I prize it in my life every day! What a forgotten treasure that I am hoping to restore.
The Nutrient-Rich Composition of Tallow
Tallow boasts a nutrient-rich profile that makes it exceptionally beneficial for the skin. It contains a blend of fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants that work together to enhance skin health. The more you use tallow, the more it benefits your skin and absorbs into it.
Benefits of Tallow on Skin
Moisturizes and Hydrates
Tallow's rich fatty acid content makes it an excellent natural moisturizer. It helps lock in moisture, preventing dryness and flakiness, leaving your skin soft and supple. One of my favorite experiences with tallow is having a family member who struggled with eczema. They were on harsh topical steroids, and I said “let me send you some tallow!”
They agreed, and I sent them a container of my tallow to try. After a month’s use they reported back that the tallow had cleared their eczema and they drastically cut back on their steroids because the tallow did the same thing. They were elated because steroid use has major health adverse effects and withdrawals.
Balances Skin's Oil Production
Contrary to common belief, tallow can help balance your skin's oil production. It regulates sebum secretion, reducing the risk of clogged pores and acne breakouts.
Truly, I used to struggle with severe painful acne on my chin. No more. With a balanced nutrient-dense diet mixed with a tallow skincare regimen, my acne has cleared up. No pharmaceuticals needed!
Soothes Irritated Skin
Tallow's soothing properties make it ideal for those with sensitive or irritated skin. It helps calm redness, itching, and inflammation, providing relief from skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. I am grateful that I have been able to help those I love with their skin conditions.
Topical steroid use is dangerous and only masks the problem. Once you withdraw from its use, the eczema can come back ten-fold on top of other nasty adverse health effects.
The antioxidants in tallow combat free radicals, which can accelerate the aging process. Regular use of tallow can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I have personally seen this on my face as my face radiates and almost glows.
Promotes Skin Healing
Tallow contains nutrients that promote the healing of wounds and minor skin injuries. It accelerates the skin's natural repair process.
Natural Sun Protection
Tallow provides some natural protection against UV radiation due to its inherent properties.
Personally, I don’t use sunscreen nor will I ever put that chemical goop on my skin again. I have a seed-oil free nutrient dense diet along with just tallow skincare and I never struggled with sunburns over the summer. I was out all day during the most intense parts of the day and never once did I get a sunburn.
Obviously, you will need to adjust for your skin and diet but tallow has been an ancient medicine and remedy for a reason.
Reduces the Appearance of Scars
Tallow's vitamin E content aids in reducing the appearance of scars and blemishes, giving your skin a smoother, more even tone.
Suitable for Sensitive Skin
Its gentle, natural composition makes tallow suitable for those with sensitive skin, often alleviating sensitivity issues.
How to Use Tallow for Skincare
I use tallow on my skin after every shower when my skin is dry. I also apply in the mornings and the evenings. It is easy and maintenance free as compared to a complex routine that is common these days.
Selecting High-Quality Tallow Products
When choosing tallow products, it's essential to opt for high-quality options. It is important that the tallow is sourced from a pasture-raised animal. This means that the animal has been in a natural environment and not kept in a small pen in an unnatural environment.
I source local from farms where the cows graze daily on graze and enjoy a natural diet. This means that their fat will be filled with key nutrients that then filter down into my tallow lotion and balms.
Precautions and Potential Allergies
Try a spot test to ensure that your skin is okay with tallow use. Slowly work up to applying it daily. Like I said, I went cold-turkey from my complex skincare regimen, but that may not be optimal for you as some products you can suffer a withdrawal from. If this is the case, incorporate tallow slowly while dwindling down on your other product use.
Tallow vs. Synthetic Skincare Products
Comparing tallow to synthetic skincare products reveals the unique advantages and sustainability of this natural ingredient. You are supporting farmers who have ethical practice and want to make the world a better place.
Real User Experiences
Hearing from real individuals who have experienced the benefits of tallow on their skin can provide valuable insights and motivation for trying it yourself. It has changed my life and my family’s life, and that is why I would recommend it to anyone.
Incorporating tallow into your skincare routine can be a game-changer. Its rich nutrient profile, coupled with its numerous benefits, makes it a valuable addition to your quest for healthy, radiant skin.
Is tallow suitable for all skin types?
Tallow is generally suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin. However, it's essential to conduct a patch test to rule out any potential allergies.
Can tallow be used as a standalone moisturizer?
Yes, tallow can be used as a standalone moisturizer, thanks to its rich fatty acid content.
Are there any environmental concerns associated with tallow production?
Sustainable and ethical tallow production methods are available, which can help address environmental concerns.
Can tallow help with acne-prone skin?
Tallow's ability to balance skin oil production may help reduce the risk of acne breakouts.
How often should I use tallow-based products for noticeable results?
Consistency is key. Using tallow-based products regularly is recommended for optimal results.