Tallow is GREAT for your skin!
- Tallow is uniquely compatible with the biology of our cells. About 50% of the structure of our cell membrane comes from saturated fats, with remaining amounts consisting of monounsaturated and to a lesser degree polyunsaturated fats. The saturated fats that give cell membranes the “necessary stiffness and integrity” necessary for proper function. The saturated fat ratio of tallow is 50-55% saturated fat, making it uniquely compatible with our skin. It also contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which support cell membrane structure and therefore help skin hold in moisture.
Tallow is much easier to use than lard – Because its composition is so similar to our own it absorbs very easily, leaving skin soft and supple. In contrast, lard has less saturated fat (what gives cells “stiffness and integrity”) and more polyunsaturated fats (which our diets tend to have in overabundance).
Tallow contains skin nourishing ingredients that plant-based oils do not – Tallow contains an abundance of naturally occurring fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, K, and E), Omega 3 fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).