This Unlikely Ingredient May Be Just What Your Skin Is Missing


Contributor: Primally Pure
Photographer: Primally Pure

For the last several decades, we’ve been told that fats (on our plates and in our skincare products in the form of oils) are bad.

Thankfully, that myth is well on its way out.

Healthy fats are actually beneficial AND essential when it comes to our overall health, starting at a cellular level.

One fat in particular, tallow (specifically from grass fed cows), is a game changer. Not only is beef tallow a healthy cooking fat, but it also acts as a topical superfood for the skin!

Tallow is an incredibly nourishing, vitamin-rich form of pure, rendered animal fat that’s quickly making a big comeback in skincare. Before the influx of man-made chemicals and unnatural substances in skincare, tallow was a prominent part of skincare products developed and used by our ancestors.

Our ancestors also ascribed to a nose-to-tail philosophy when it came to consuming animal products. Every part of the animal had a purpose, and nothing was wasted. 

Additionally, tallow contains high concentrations of fat soluble Vitamins A, D, and K (in a balanced combination with their activators) which have a profound impact on skin + overall health. Grass-fed tallow also contains Vitamin E (four times as much as grain-fed cows!), conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is anti-inflammatory as well as palmitoleic acid which has natural antimicrobial properties.

  • Vitamin A – Encourages the production of collagen, elastin and healthy skin cells + strengthens tissue to keep skin firm, smooth and youthful while helping to heal skin issues from acne to aging.

  • Vitamin D – Contributes to skin cell development, repair, metabolism and immune function + protects and rejuvenates skin by protecting against free radicals that cause premature aging.

  • Vitamin K – Plays an important role in skin tone, texture and overall health + soothes skin inflammation and irritations while helping to speed up the healing process.

  • Vitamin E – Powerful antioxidant that repairs and reverses free radical damage + deeply hydrates and promotes healing in skin’s appearance.