You’re probably panicking. Please don’t. I’m sure you thinking I’m totally crazy – telling you to put beef fat (aka Tallow) on your face AND telling you that it will actually improve your skin!
I’m not the only one sharing the news that tallow is amazing for your skin, fellow bloggers like Cave Girl Eats, Mommypotatmus & Frisky Lemon using tallow on their skin too!
What is TALLOW…
It’s probably best that we start from the beginning – for those of you who are still new to real foods & healthy fats.
Tallow is rendered Suet.
Suet is the hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of (beef) cattle… you melt the fat (aka Render) in to a liquid and strain to remove the solids… when the strained liquid fat solidifies it is tallow. For a more details, check out my post on How to Render Suet into Tallow or if you’d rather just buy already rendered tallow click HERE to buy it online.
Why should you use TALLOW on your SKIN…
“The Fatty Acid profile of grass-fed, pasture-raised tallow (yes-tallow!) is incredibly close to that of the human skin cell. Tallow has been used as a nourishing moisturizer for centuries…”
“Healthy, ‘toned’ skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin. Interestingly, tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology.”
From Traditional Nourishing and Healing Skin Care by Andrew J. Gardner
“Another strong indication of tallow’s compatibility with our skin biology is its similarity to sebum, the oily, waxy matter that lubricates and waterproofs our skin. Indeed, the word “sebum” actually means “tallow” in Latin and began to be used in this biological sense around the year 1700….”
“In regard to this compatibility of tallow with the biology of our skin, we should note that we are animals rather than plants, so the modern taboo against animal products in skin care products would seem unfounded and even illogical. In addition to containing very little saturated fats, plant products do not have the same levels of other nutrients needed for healthy skin. Tallow contains the abundant natural fat-soluble activators, vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which are found only in animal fats and which are all necessary for general health and for skin health.”
How I got Started using Tallow to Cleanse my Face
For nearly 2 years I’ve used my Whipped Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser and I was overall very happy with my skin. Then we were blessed to receive FREE beef organs and suet from a friend (he helps butcher beeves, the organs/fat were not wanted by the customer and would have been thrown away -Lucky For Us!!) With a surplus of beautiful, rendered tallow, I started researching other ways to use it.
I created a Whipped Tallow Body Butter and I was completely impressed with the moisturizing capabilities of tallow on my skin. My hands and feet were never softer. Since it worked so great on my body, of course I started using it on my face and although I was happy with my skin – my skin literally started GLOWING after I used the tallow as a facial moisturizer!
What is Oil Cleansing and How does it work?
Acne.org explains the benefits of oil cleansing: “Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
Creating Your Optimal Recipe for Flawless Skin…
Each of our bodies is unique and we all know that there isn’t one facial cleanser that will work best for everyone. My Whipped Tallow Facial Cleanser isn’t any different! But don’t worry, it’s not complicated to figure out your own unique blend that works perfectly for your skin!
Step 1: Tallow – everyone will start out with 1/2 cup of tallow as a base for their Facial Cleanser. Put it into a bowl and WHIP it with your stand or hand mixer – trust me it will get all whipped up and beautiful. (most of us have whipped cream cheese, shortening, butter, or even egg whites – that’s the same idea)
Step 2: Add Castor Oil – The amount of organic castor oil you add in your whipped tallow (step 1) is determined by your skin. Although Castor Oil is an Oil it is very cleansing and is the component that can dry out your skin if you use too much. Here is a general guideline to use:
- Dry Skin – 1 teaspoon Castor Oil
- Balanced Skin – 2 teaspoons Castor Oil
- Oily or Acne Prone Skin – 1+ tablespoon Castor Oil
I always recommend starting out with LESS than you think you’ll need – you can always whip your cleanser up with additional castor oil later if you find the cleanser too drying. Before using an Oil Cleanser my skin was oils & acne prone, however as time went by my acne went away completely and my skin’s oil production regulated itself and my skin is now perfectly balanced!
Step 3: Essential oils – The addition of a few drops of essential oils not only further enhances your skin, they also provide scent to your cleanser – I encourage you to choose essential oils that you enjoy smelling … and let’s be honest tallow doesn’t have a luxurious aroma by itself! Here’s some suggestions for Essential oils based on skin type:
- Acne – Melaleuca, lavender, bergamot, cedarwood, sandalwood, helichrysum
- Oily – Melaleuca, helichrysum, lavender, clary sage, bergamot, geranium
- Sensitive/Soothing – roman chamomile, helichrysum,
- Dry/Anti-Aging – geranium, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood, roman chamomile
I use about 10 drops of lavender in my whipped tallow facial cleanser. Feel free to experiment with oils keeping in mind that less is more 🙂
How to Use Whipped Tallow Facial Cleaner to clean your face:
Ok now that you’ve whipped up your facial cleanser, you probably wondering how on earth to use it to cleanse your face right???
- With your fingers scoop out some of your whipped tallow facial cleanser and gently rub/melt it onto your face. Cover your entire face with a light layer, massaging lightly. (NOTE: if you have stubborn eye make up on, use straight coconut oil as a makeup remover prior to cleansing your face – just massage a little coconut oils over your makeup to dissolve it and use a tissue to wipe it away)
- While the oils are on you skin, saturate a wash cloth with warm water, ring gently. Press the warm/wet washcloth on your face – allowing the oils to be steamed into your pores until the washcloth has cooled. Repeat several times rinsing/reheating the wash cloth. (you can also do this step in the shower or at the sink)
- After you have steamed the oils into your pores several times, rinse/reheat your washcloth one final time and use it to gently wipe off your face. Do not scrub! Pat your face to dry with a towel. You face is not cleansed and moisturized.
How often should you use your Whipped Tallow Facial Cleanser?
I only use my whipped tallow facial cleanser to cleanse my face. I do not use any other cleansing products on my face. I cleanse my face once a day, at night right before bed. In the morning I simply splash my face with water to freshen it up and/or spray lightly with my Homemade Facial Toner (recipe coming soon!)
If you need to wash your face more often than once a day because you’ve gotten dirty (i.e. after working out or in the garden) I recommend using either warm water only on a wash cloth or just straight tallow (can be whipped w/essential oils) following the same process outlined above.
What to do if your skin is too Dry or Oily after cleansing?
I suggest you use your Whipped Tallow Facial Cleanser for at least a week BEFORE adjusting your blend. It will take a little time for your skin to adjust.
- DRYNESS: If after cleansing your face you notice that you skin is too dry or you have dry patches, tallow or coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer on the dry patches. The dryness is caused by too much castor oil in your oil blend, you’ll want to add additional tallow and re-whip if the dryness is occurring on your entire face.
- OILINESS: If you skin is overly oily after you’ll want add MORE castor oil and re-whip.
Now that you understand the amazing properties and the process, aren’t you excited to get started using my Whipped Tallow Facial Cleanser???