I rub beef fat on my face. Every day. Yep. You read that right. Beef fat. Let me back up and tell you about my skin type. I suffer from cystic acne. Which is one of the reasons my stubborn DIY heart has created so many creams, face washes, toners, and even makeup. I am constantly trying new things to help my own skin! The holy grail of everything I have tried though y’all, is yep, you guessed it! Tallow balm. But how will rubbing beef fat all over your face not clog your pores and make acne worse? Well, that is because the fatty acids in pure grass fed tallow are similar in molecular structure and composition to those found in the protective outer layer of human skin and in naturally produced skin oils (sebum). This means, my skin can stop over producing oils which then gets stuck in my pores and cause those deep, red and swollen pimples and breakouts. Grass fed beef tallow is highly skin comparable which means it is able to absorb into the skin with ease. Therefore, it will provide a protective barrier function on your face, prevent moisture loss, and regenerate the appearance of healthy, youthful, looking skin. Grass fed tallow also contains an abundance of vitamins like A, D, E, and K with a large amount of conjugated linoleum acid (CLA). CLA is an essential fatty acid that is known for its skin nourishing abilities!
Y’all know that I LOVE PLANTS and they have their benefits without a doubt – I could go on and on all day about their powerful plant magic, but since tallow is derived from animals instead of plants, its closer to composition to our human skin. There has been lots of modern day research that confirms the traditional wisdom of our ancestors and how they used tallow for their own skincare regimens. It was once one of the most popular ingredients for skincare remedies before synthetic products hit the market in the twentieth century.
For my tallow balm recipe, I decided to use my favorite facial oils, hemp and grapeseed, but feel free to swap these out for any other oils you like or have on hand like olive oil, sweet almond, avocado, etc….. Make sure you do your research to find the best one for your skin type. I chose organic hemp seed oil because it can work with the tallow to to balance out oily skin. Hemp oil can also prevent dry skin without clogging pores. This helps reduce acne that’s caused by excess oil. Grapeseed oil is another favorite oil that does not clog pores and goes on light. It is also anti-inflammatory, contains high levels of linoleic acid, and is great for those of us with acne prone and sensitive skin types.
This balm isn’t just for your face! Feel free to slather on any skin irritations, sun burn, wind chapped skin, cracked heels, rough elbows, dry hands, and your baby, your pets!
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt down the tallow.
Once melted, transfer tallow to a large bowl and add hemp and grape seed oils and essential oils if using any. Gently stir to mix the oils together, and let sit for about one hour.
Once the tallow is cooled, add in the a slow drizzle of vitamin e – just a tad – and whip with a hand mixer on low until it reaches the consistency of frosting or soft butter.
Transfer to a container – this whips into around 6 ounces of cream. Use as a skin moisturizer after cleanser and toner, or as needed for sunburns or skin irritation. Since there isn’t any water in this then there is no need for a broad spectrum preservative.
NOTES: Please make sure all bowls and stirring utensils are sterile before use. You dont want to introduce any kind of bacteria into your balm! If using essential oils then 27 drops would be ideal for a face application for this recipe.
Dont want to make it? You can find it at already made on Etsy at Wild Nettle Apothecary!