I've been a longtime believer in natural skincare. Our skin is our second largest mouth, why on earth would we put chemicals on it?!? Over the last couple of years I've completely transitioned to only all simple oils as face and body moisturizers and have loved the results. I usually use one at a time depending on the season and how my skin is feeling, and my go-to favorite is rosehip seed oil (can we say immediate natural glow?!). However, this winter I've been playing around with grassfed beef tallow as a nighttime face and body treatment and can't get enough of it! I decided to throw all of the oils together into tallow to have one product I can use from head-to-toe while reaping all of the benefits. So what are those benefits?:
Tallow: Start with the basics...tallow is rendered Suet (the hard fat on the kidneys and loins of beef). The fatty acid profile of grassfed tallow is 50-55% saturated fat which is extremely close to the composition of the human skin cell. Deeply nourishing and has been used for ages as a moisturizer.
Jojoba Oil: A very hydrating oil that helps make the tallow easier to apply. It is a near match to our skin's sebum making it easily absorbed. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Evening Primrose Oil: Contains GLA, an essential fatty acid that nourishes the skin and protects healthy skin cells. Has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling, redness, and itching. Said to treat acne, eczema, and lighten dark spots.
Vitamin E Oil: One of my favorites for all my nasty chef cuts and burns! It's a miracle worker when it comes to fading scars. It blocks free radicals which is critical to the anti-aging process.
Rosehip Seed Oil: This oils is high in essential fatty acids that are great for dehydrated skin. It's has been said to work wonders on wrinkles and age spots and is a rich source of vitamin C which is chockfull of antioxidants which fight free radicals (read: cause of wrinkles). It's been said to firm skin, is easily absorbed, and provides an immediate natural glow. One of my all-time faves I've been using for years!
Lavender Essential Oil: An antioxidant booster which fights free radicals. Heals skin conditions, burns, cuts, and diminishes age spots. Also, smells yummy!
Frankincense Essential Oil: Said to reduce the appearance of age spots and sunspots and even out skin tone. Also has astringent properties and is used to help acne, reduce appearance of large pores, scars, stretch marks and wrinkles .
Yield: 1 cup
8 ounces grassfed beef tallow
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
2 tablepoons evening primrose oil
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
2 teaspoons rosehip seed oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil (optional for scent)
JENNIFER SWEENIE, NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Chef