What & Why of Tallow
Tallow is a "throwback" skin care tool. Tallow has a history of use on skin from ancient Egyptians, Native Americans, to the United States Army. Tallow’s fatty acid profile of 70-80% saturated fat6 is similar to that of human skin sebum.7 Sebum is an oily, waxy lipid (fat) that lubricates and waterproofs our skin4 - in fact, the latin word 'sebum' means 'tallow!'2
Tallow is readily absorbed by the skin because it is literally recognized as food.
Commercial skin care ingredients replace your skin's natural oils leaving you with the illusion of moisture replenishment. Tallow does the opposite...
Tallow is unparalleled in its ability to nourish and heal skin:Tallow Nourishes with
- vitamins A, D, E, K, & B12 - this combo is found naturally ONLY in animals grazing on grass1,3,10 in pure sunlight10
- conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)8,9,10 which has anti-cancer8,9 (WOW, right?!) and anti-inflammatory10properties
- palmitoleic acid5,6,10 which has anti-microbial6,10 properties (fights imbalances- think acne!)
- omega 3 & 6 & 7& 9 which plump the skin10
- Stearic fatty acid5,10 penetrates and lubricates10
- 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
1. Weston A. Price Foundation. "Know Your Fats Introduction." (https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/know-your-fats/know-your-fats-introduction/)
2. Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. "Sebum." (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sebum)
3. Traditional Oven. "Amount of Vitamin B-12, also called cobalamin in Meat drippings (lard, beef tallow, mutton tallow)." (http://www.traditionaloven.com/foods/specific-nutrient/fat-oil/meat-drippings-lard-beef-tallow-mutton-tallow/cobalamin-b12-vitamin.html)
4. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. "Sebaceous gland."(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebaceous_gland)
5. Daley, C.A., Abbott, A., Doyle, P.S., et al. A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef. Nutritional Journal 9:10, 2010.
6. Fallon, Sally & Mary G. Enig (2001). Nourishing Traditions. NewTrends Publishing, Inc., Washington: 19.
7. Boughton, B and Wheatley, V.R. The fatty acid composition of the skin surface fat ('sebum') of normal human subjects. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology. January: 49-55, 1959.
8.Shiraishi, R., Iwakiri, R., Fujisi, T., et al. Conjugated linoleic acid suppresses colon carcinogenesis in azoxymethane-pretreated rats with long-term feeding of diet containing beef tallow. J Gastroenterol. Jun;45(6):625-35, 2010.
9. Majumder, D., Whahle, K. W.J., Moir, S., et al. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA's) regulate the expression of key apoptotic genes in human breast cancer cells. FASEB J. September 16:1447-1449, 2002.
10. Supplement Police. "Tallow Skin Care Ingredient – Organic Grass Fed Beef Animal Fat?" (https://supplementpolice.com/tallow-skin-care-ingredient/)