how to apply beef tallow to face

Gently spread a tiny amount the size of a pea of Tallow balm by using your hands or a special skin sponge or beauty blender by dabbing, patting, or stippling. Make sure to cover all the surface you want and carefully rub it into the surface of your skin in order to help it get absorbed easier.

Tallow…yes, as in rendered beef fat I had been seeing people talk about it on social media and how they use it on their faces. I was surely intrigued, but also suuuuper skeptical. My first reaction was “um that’s gross” and then my second thought was “wouldn’t that be SO greasy and make you break out?!” But after hearing so many people singing its praises for skincare use…I just knew I had to give it a try myself!

Cons of Using Tallow for Skincare

And just to play devil’s advocate! I think a lot of people tout tallow as some miraculous cure-all solution. As always, take it with a grain of salt! While I’ve mostly heard positive outcomes from other tallow users, I’ve also heard from a select few that they did not respond well to tallow (ie. it aggravated their acne). Again, we all have bio-individual skin and might react differently!

My friend Sara from Healthy Skin Glows is a knowledgeable source about all things skincare. Here is her take on tallow and why it might not work for everyone!

Two other “cons” when it comes to tallow:

  • If you are trying to avoid animal products, tallow is obviously not for you since it is not plant-based!
  • It can stink! The “beefy” smell is going to vary depending on where you get it from and how it’s processed. Generally, the tallows rendered specifically for skincare use will have a less noticeable smell than the straight-up stuff from the store for cooking.

My Thoughts About Using Tallow on My Skin

As far as the actual experience while applying tallow, here are some things I noticed:

  • A little goes a long way! If you use too much it can feel sort of heavy. But with just the right amount (you’ll figure out how much you need! usually a pea-sized amount) it DOES moisturize my skin well and is surprisingly not greasy or oily looking.
  • It can take longer to soak in and more effort to blend compared to most lotions or facial oils. I typically use facial oils which are very emollient and silky. Tallow leans more balm-like and since I live in a colder climate, it needs some warming up in my fingers before applying in the winter months. I feel like it takes a few minutes to fully absorb before I put on makeup.
  • I prefer to apply tallow to slightly damp skin or even spritz a drop or two of toner because that makes it way easier to glide onto skin and blend in.
  • You do need to make sure you’re using some sort of exfoliation in your routine (weekly is good) since tallow naturally boosts the skin’s cell turnover rate which can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells

This might look different for you depending on what specific brand or formula you use, though!

Overall, my skin has felt supple and happy while using tallow! It really is moisturizing and feels like it pairs well with my skin’s natural chemistry. I have not had any reactions, extreme redness, or flushing.

I did not notice any drastic changes but did see subtle improvements! My fine lines didn’t magically disappear or anything. But the redness on my cheeks/rosacea did calm down a bit and my skin tone is much more even! This could also be due to the fact that my regimen in general has been much simpler and I’ve been avoiding any harsh actives or exfoliants.

I did notice a tiny bit of congestion/minor breakouts on my forehead from time to time. However, that’s pretty common for me and it’s also the holiday season so I’ve been indulging in a lot more sweets than usual. So I can’t say for sure if it’s from tallow or diet! (…but it’s probably the sugar )

In summary, my skin seems to respond well to tallow and it’s a gentle yet effective moisturizer!

My Personal Experience Using Tallow for 60+ Days

Alright, I was equal parts nervous and excited to give tallow a shot! Since I have struggled with acne in the past, I was worried that it would make me break out. But I committed to using it exclusively as my moisturizer for 30 days and didn’t introduce any other new products. I ended up going for 60+ days to really see how it worked for me longer-term!

Gently spread a tiny amount the size of a pea of Tallow balm by using your hands or a special skin sponge or beauty blender by dabbing, patting, or stippling. Make sure to cover all the surface you want and carefully rub it into the surface of your skin in order to help it get absorbed easier.

FAQ

Can you use straight beef tallow on your face?

“Tallow, because it’s high in oleic acid just like olive oil is, it’s been shown to disrupt the skin barrier and actually cause more irritation versus plant oils that are high in linoleic acid,” Shah said, explaining why it’s “not really the best moisturizer.”

Will beef tallow clog pores?

Tallow has a comedogenic rating that ranges from 2 to 3 on a scale of 0 to 5, with 5 being highly comedogenic. This suggests that while tallow may have the potential to clog pores for some people, it might not be a major concern for most individuals.

Can you put raw beef tallow on your skin?

It might also help with dry skin. Beef tallow contains antioxidants, like omega-3 fatty acids, which can fight free radicals, and offers anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits, Dr. Jaimie DeRosa, a Boston-based board-certified facial plastic surgeon, told HuffPost.

Is tallow good for your face wrinkles?

Fatty Acids: Tallow contains various fatty acids that can support skin elasticity and firmness. These fatty acids contribute to maintaining the skin’s structure, potentially minimising the formation of wrinkles.

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