{"id":607018189106,"title":"Beef Tallow Moisturizer: TikTok Scam or Naturally Hydrating?","created_at":"2024-01-29T13:48:53-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Beef Tallow Moisturizer: TikTok Scam or Naturally Hydrating?\",\n \"keywords\": \"beef tallow moisturizer, beef tallow for skin, beef tallow skin\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/beef-tallow-moisturizer\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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Some users proclaim that it's a cheap and effective moisturizer that is free of the unhealthy additives in some commercial moisturizers.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBut has beef tallow been shown in clinical studies to improve skin quality? Are there any risks to using beef tallow on the face or body? How do real beef tallow moisturizer users rate and describe its effects? And which brand makes the best beef tallow moisturizer?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze clinical studies on beef tallow in skincare to give our take on whether or not it's likely to have a moisturizing effect.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe'll discuss potential risks and side effects, and feature unsponsored user reviews.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDoes Beef Tallow Moisturize Skin?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMost of the arguments for beef tallow in skincare relate to the component qualities of beef tallow, such as fatty acids, triglycerides, vitamin E and cholesterol.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEssential fatty acids\u003c\/strong\u003e were shown to improve skin hydration and skin elasticity in individuals with a poor diet, in a 1997 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/9233238\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eVitamin E\u003c\/strong\u003e is clinically shown to protect the skin from sun damage, as we documented in our \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/fiera-cosmetics-review\"\u003eFiera Cosmetics review\u003c\/a\u003e article.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eVitamin E was also shown to have a skin-hydrating effect in a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/9706379\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e published in a German journal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCholesterol\u003c\/strong\u003e was shown to maintain skin hydration when applied topically, in a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24224519\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eExperimental Dermatology\u003c\/em\u003e journal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile some of the component nutrients in beef tallow are clinically shown to be hydrating and to improve skin quality, we can't find studies showing beef tallow in isolation to have a hydrating effect.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2017 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29624253\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e found that tallow combined with walnut oil had skin-moisturizing properties, but this doesn't necessarily prove that tallow in isolation does.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverall, we consider beef tallow likely effective for moisturizing the skin given the research backing for some of its component nutrients.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe didn't come across any evidence of safety risks in regard to topical beef tallow use in our review of existing clinical studies.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDermatologist on Beef Tallow\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA dermatologist and YouTube creator named \"Dr Dray\" has a video that explores the trend of beef tallow for skincare:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/KZD3Wt4oR8w?si=Gbjh6IjpSJlGZtgp\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhat Type of Tallow to Select\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor consumers planning to purchase a beef tallow, skincare product, we recommend choosing one with its tallow derived from pastured animals.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eGrass-fed beef is more nutrient-dense than grain-fed beef according to a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC2846864\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eNutrition Journal\u003c\/em\u003e. It logically follows that beef tallow sourced from grass-fed animals should be more nutrient-dense as well.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis is especially important in regard to skincare products, because as we outlined in the initial section of this article, it's the individual nutrients which have more research backing for moisturizing effect than beef tallow as a whole product.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen choosing a beef tallow brand, look for the wording \"grass-fed\" or \"pastured.\" Both are regulated terms indicating that the animal has access to pasture which is its natural environment.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf a cosmetics brand fails to indicate whether or not their animal products are derived from pastured or conventionally-raised animals, we generally assume the latter.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReal People Try Tallow on Skin\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA YouTube creator named \"Wild Mother\" claims to have experienced cosmetic benefits from using skincare with tallow:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/EaVpKHTRgU0?si=uLQUXt3dXhoRkPGr\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA TikTok creator named Meagan claims that beef tallow improved her skin quality, and includes before-and-after images:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@selfcareessential\/video\/7117429383190678830\" data-video-id=\"7117429383190678830\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca title=\"@selfcareessential\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@selfcareessential?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@selfcareessential\u003c\/a\u003e i will use beef tallow on my face until i die \u003ca title=\"skintransformation\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/skintransformation?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#skintransformation\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"acneproneskincare\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/acneproneskincare?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#acneproneskincare\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"beeftallow\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/beeftallow?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#beeftallow\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"beeftallowskincare\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/beeftallowskincare?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#beeftallowskincare\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"allnaturalskincare\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/allnaturalskincare?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#allnaturalskincare\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"clearskin\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/clearskin?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#clearskin\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"glassskin\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/glassskin?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#glassskin\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"♬ Only You X Playdate - ded4$$\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/Only-You-X-Playdate-7062664040799144730?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ Only You X Playdate - ded4$$\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\" async=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Tallow Skincare Pick\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Beef_Tallow_Skincare_Image.png?v=1706570122\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=625\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=8126\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eKushi Whipped Tallow Cream\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e is our top tallow skincare pick.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe main ingredient in this moisturizer is beef tallow sourced from grass-fed and grass-finished cows.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOrganic lavender essential oil is the only other ingredient, and was shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin in a 2020 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32623016\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Kushi Whipped Tallow Cream \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=625\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=8126\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eUsing tallow in skincare is a TikTok trend that has some research backing.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTallow is rich in fatty acids that are clinically shown to have a moisturizing and healing effect on skin.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile we can't identify any clinical trials showing tallow in isolation to have a moisturizing effect, we believe it's likely to because of the research backing for its component compounds.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe hope that in the future, more research emerges directly testing the effects of tallow on skin hydration in humans.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe recommend choosing beef tallow sourced from pastured animals, as it should be more nutrient-dense than that sourced from conventionally-raised animals.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2024-01-29T18:44:34-05:00","updated_at":"2024-01-29T18:45:40-05:00","summary_html":"We analyze clinical studies on tallow in cosmetics to give our take on whether or not it's likely to moisturize the skin. 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Beef Tallow Moisturizer: TikTok Scam or Naturally Hydrating?

Beef Tallow Moisturizer: TikTok Scam or Naturally Hydrating?


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Beef tallow has been going viral on TikTok as a moisturizing ingredient for cosmetics. Some users proclaim that it's a cheap and effective moisturizer that is free of the unhealthy additives in some commercial moisturizers.

But has beef tallow been shown in clinical studies to improve skin quality? Are there any risks to using beef tallow on the face or body? How do real beef tallow moisturizer users rate and describe its effects? And which brand makes the best beef tallow moisturizer?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze clinical studies on beef tallow in skincare to give our take on whether or not it's likely to have a moisturizing effect.

We'll discuss potential risks and side effects, and feature unsponsored user reviews.

Does Beef Tallow Moisturize Skin?

Most of the arguments for beef tallow in skincare relate to the component qualities of beef tallow, such as fatty acids, triglycerides, vitamin E and cholesterol.

Essential fatty acids were shown to improve skin hydration and skin elasticity in individuals with a poor diet, in a 1997 clinical trial.

Vitamin E is clinically shown to protect the skin from sun damage, as we documented in our Fiera Cosmetics review article.

Vitamin E was also shown to have a skin-hydrating effect in a clinical trial published in a German journal.

Cholesterol was shown to maintain skin hydration when applied topically, in a clinical trial published in the Experimental Dermatology journal.

While some of the component nutrients in beef tallow are clinically shown to be hydrating and to improve skin quality, we can't find studies showing beef tallow in isolation to have a hydrating effect.

A 2017 clinical trial found that tallow combined with walnut oil had skin-moisturizing properties, but this doesn't necessarily prove that tallow in isolation does.

Overall, we consider beef tallow likely effective for moisturizing the skin given the research backing for some of its component nutrients.

We didn't come across any evidence of safety risks in regard to topical beef tallow use in our review of existing clinical studies.

Dermatologist on Beef Tallow

A dermatologist and YouTube creator named "Dr Dray" has a video that explores the trend of beef tallow for skincare:

What Type of Tallow to Select

For consumers planning to purchase a beef tallow, skincare product, we recommend choosing one with its tallow derived from pastured animals.

Grass-fed beef is more nutrient-dense than grain-fed beef according to a medical review published in the Nutrition Journal. It logically follows that beef tallow sourced from grass-fed animals should be more nutrient-dense as well.

This is especially important in regard to skincare products, because as we outlined in the initial section of this article, it's the individual nutrients which have more research backing for moisturizing effect than beef tallow as a whole product.

When choosing a beef tallow brand, look for the wording "grass-fed" or "pastured." Both are regulated terms indicating that the animal has access to pasture which is its natural environment.

If a cosmetics brand fails to indicate whether or not their animal products are derived from pastured or conventionally-raised animals, we generally assume the latter.

Real People Try Tallow on Skin

A YouTube creator named "Wild Mother" claims to have experienced cosmetic benefits from using skincare with tallow:

A TikTok creator named Meagan claims that beef tallow improved her skin quality, and includes before-and-after images:

@selfcareessential i will use beef tallow on my face until i die #skintransformation #acneproneskincare #beeftallow #beeftallowskincare #allnaturalskincare #clearskin #glassskin ♬ Only You X Playdate - ded4$$

Our Clean Tallow Skincare Pick

Kushi Whipped Tallow Cream is our top tallow skincare pick.

The main ingredient in this moisturizer is beef tallow sourced from grass-fed and grass-finished cows.

Organic lavender essential oil is the only other ingredient, and was shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin in a 2020 clinical trial.

Interested consumers can check out Kushi Whipped Tallow Cream at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

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Conclusion

Using tallow in skincare is a TikTok trend that has some research backing.

Tallow is rich in fatty acids that are clinically shown to have a moisturizing and healing effect on skin.

While we can't identify any clinical trials showing tallow in isolation to have a moisturizing effect, we believe it's likely to because of the research backing for its component compounds.

We hope that in the future, more research emerges directly testing the effects of tallow on skin hydration in humans.

We recommend choosing beef tallow sourced from pastured animals, as it should be more nutrient-dense than that sourced from conventionally-raised animals.