Tallow Benefits

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING TALLOW ON YOUR SKIN?


     What is tallow? It is an incredibly nourishing, vitamin-rich form of pure, rendered animal fat that’s quickly making a big comeback in skincare. Before the influx of man-made chemicals and unnatural substances in skincare, tallow was a prominent part of skincare products developed and used and revered by our ancestors. As an occlusive material, tallow mimics the natural barrier of the skin, providing protection from environmental and elemental wear and tear and helping to retain essential moisture. Tallow is also shelf-stable and can be stored for years without the addition of stabilizers or preservatives, making it an invaluable ingredient for clean skin care. 

     Tallow fell out of the mainstream spotlight as people migrated towards a “fat-free” lifestyle. Additionally, it became cheaper and easier for commercial skincare companies to add petroleum- and water-based fillers to products rather than packing products full of healthy fats such as tallow.

      Why do we need fat-soluble vitamins? They’re a powerhouse for skin health, contributing to collagen and elastin production, skin cell development, free radical protection, and helping the skin heal among other things.


TALLOW IS UNPARALLELED IN ITS ABILITY TO NOURISH SKIN BECAUSE:


  • Vitamins A, D, E, K, & B12 - this combo is found naturally ONLY in animals grazing on       grass in pure sunlight
  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has anti-cancer (WOW, right?!) and anti-inflammatory properties 
  • Palmitoleic acid which has antimicrobial properties (fights imbalances- think acne!)
  • Omega 3 & 6 & 7& 9 which plump the skin
  • Stearic fatty acid that penetrates and lubricates and supports a healthy immune response topically
  • Tallow Helps Soothe:
  • Inflammation- eczema (infant to adult), dermatitis, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, rosacea, rashes, poison oak/ivy, acne
  • Chicken skin (e.g. back of arms)
  • Stretch marks, cellulite, loose skin
  • Dry, chapped, calloused, cracked, flaky, sun-damaged skin, and wrinkled skin
  • Diaper rash, cradle cap, baby acne
  • Nail/cuticle trouble, calloused feet
  • Sunburns
  • Scars  

 

Sources:

  1. Enzymatically Modified Beef Tallow as a Substitute for Cocoa Butter

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2002.tb08762.x

  1. Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/

  1. A Topical Anti-inflammatory Healing Regimen Utilizing Conjugated Linolenic Acid for Use Post-ablative Laser Resurfacing of the Face: A Randomized

Controlled Trial

  1. Contribution of Palmitic Acid to Epidermal Morphogenesis and Lipid Barrier Formation in Human Skin Equivalents

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC6928966/

  1. Topical anti-inflammatory activity of palmitoleic acid improves wound healing

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC6181353/

  1. Linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid lightens ultraviolet-induced hyperpigmentation of the skin

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9749992/

  1. What is vitamin A and why do we need it?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC3936685/

  1. Vitamin D and the skin: Focus on a complex relationship: A review

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4642156/

  1. Wound healing effects of topical Vitamin K: A randomized controlled trial

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC6533928/

  1. Vitamin E in dermatology

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4976416/

  1. The vitamin D–antimicrobial peptide pathway and its role in protection against infection

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC2821804/

  1. Dietary conjugated linoleic acid modulation of phorbol ester skin tumor promotion

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8875552/