Grass-Fed tallow is unparalleled in it's power to heal the skin!
So, what IS Tallow? Tallow is the rendered fat of cows. That’s right, beef fat! Why would we slather our bodies with beef fat, you ask? First and foremost, because it is not good to put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat. After all, 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. Pastured beef fat is nourishing to eat but also nourishing to the skin.
Let's talk science for a sec...for us nerds who get into that sort of thing. :) It's important to understand why tallow is so good for you. Tallow is more compatible with the molecular structure of our skin cells than plants. It is 50-55% saturated fat, the same percentage that makes up our cell membranes. Additionally, tallow is very similar to the protective sebum naturally produced by our skin. It contains the abundant natural fat-soluble activators, vitamins A, D, K and E, as well as Omega 3's, which are found only in animal fats and which are all necessary for general health and for skin health.
Prior to use, the fat is purified, washed clean and filtered to remove fine impurities. Once heated, this golden wonder liquefies into a beautiful oil when other ingredients are added. It then becomes a very solid yet creamy balm at room temperature and can be kept for extended periods without the need for refrigeration.
“But doesn’t it smell?” Not at all! After adding the sweet fragrances from the pure essential oils, you will be pleasantly surprised about how great it smells! You will never want to apply toxic products to your body ever again!
Why Grass-Fed Trumps Grain-Fed
You've heard the saying, you are what you eat... Tallow rendered from grass fed cattle has a wealth of benefits not shared by its cousin, the grain-fed, factory-farmed cow. Unfortunately, conventionally-farmed cows are fed an unnatural diet of GMO corn and held in over-crowded, confined housing with little or no access to the sun.
Tallow from grass fed cows is much different.
The grass, fresh air and sunshine a pasture-raised cow is exposed to when allowed to graze naturally provides the building blocks for the production of vital nutrients inside the animal's body. Just as the human body stores nutrients in the fat for later use, so does the cow, thus a wealth of benefits hidden inside its fat or tallow.
Benefits of Beef Tallow Applied to Skin:
Rich in anti-aging anti-oxidants.
Rich in vitamins A, D, and K and Omega 3's that nourish the skin directly.
Easily absorb-able as beef tallow closely resembles the human skin cell structure.
Tightens and maintains integrity of skin cells.
Promotes skin cell regeneration.
Seals in moisture.
Modern Skin Product Concerns
Modern, popular skin care lines often contain a number of toxic ingredients including petrolatum, mineral oil, parabens, BHT, titanium dioxide, triethanolanmine [TEA], DMDM-hydantoin, methylisothaiazolinone, sodium hydroxide, polysorbate 80, polysorbate 80, Ceteareth-20, EDTA, phenoxyethanol, diazolidinyl urea, propylene glycol, and butylene glycol.
In his book Toxic Beauty, Samuel Epstein highlights the fact that many chemicals are found even in some popular “natural” brands found in health food stores. There is also undisclosed “fragrances”, almost certainly synthetic, and such fragrances have been documented to be carcinogenic and toxic in other ways, causing headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, coughing, vomiting, and skin irritation as well as nervous system and behavioral effects. There were also chemical preservatives such as sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. Sodium benzoate has many toxic effects on the body as outlined in its Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), and when combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), it forms benzene, a known carcinogen. Potassium sorbate is fundamentally non-toxic but can cause skin irritation per its MSDS. In any case, it seems that synthetic preservatives that inhibit the growth of micro-organisms would also generally not be beneficial to other living organisms such as humans.
As Sally Fallon Morell explains in the Oiling of America, “natural” products also contain certain vegetable oils that could be harmful: polyunsaturated oils like safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, corn, soy, and canola. High heat is generally used in the production of these oils. Polyunsaturated oils are unstable, fragile, and susceptible to rancidity when subjected to heat, which causes the production of free radicals, associated with cell damage, aging, and disease. Certainly, we do not want to be applying products high in free radicals to our skin, causing the very types of problems we are trying to relieve or prevent. And polyunsaturates would not seem to be conducive to skin health, extrapolating from the fact that the modern excess consumption of these types of oils leads to a host of health problems.