The new savior of your makeup cabinet? Suet! Animal fat products are becoming popular among “natural” skincare enthusiasts
- Suet, also known as tallow, may soon find a place in your beauty cabinet
- The product has become popular on social media “natural” skincare accounts
- Animal fats were once used in skin care, most commonly in lanolin
It has long been a store staple, used to make dumplings, pie crusts and Christmas puddings. But tallow — also known as tallow — may soon find a place in your beauty cabinet.
Moisturizers made from rendered beef fat, mixed with olive oil and essential oils, have been used for millennia, with an example found preserved in a Roman ruin in London dating back 2,000 years.
But this ancient product has become increasingly popular on social media accounts dedicated to “natural” skincare.
Michelle Miha sells several fat-based products, including a tallow moisturizing balm and a lard-based night cream, through her company Remnant Beauty.
Moisturizers made from rendered beef fat, mixed with olive oil and essential oils, have been used for millennia
The 47-year-old turned to suet after synthetic skincare products failed to treat her dry skin.
She told the Mail on Sunday: ‘I was just shocked. I’m no stranger to expensive, medical-grade skincare, but this just destroyed everything I knew. I was amazed at how good it felt and how quickly my skin reacted when I used it.
Ryan Porter, 29, also launched a skincare brand made with tallow after using the substance to treat his eczema. The Northumberland-based founder of Fat Cow said: “What I love is that it has everything you need in a skin cream and it only has two ingredients, all two naturals. It is packed with nutrients that your skin is able to absorb.
Tallow balms are created from rendered beef fat, or tallow, which is a waste product of the cattle farming industry. After being ripened, they are then whipped with oil to create a smooth and creamy texture. While unscented balms are popular, many are flavored with essential oils to cover up the smell of tallow, which has been described by some as being like roast dinner.
Animal fats have been used in skin care before, the most commonly used being lanolin. But cosmetic formulator Dr Colette Haydon said: “Lanolin is a fat from the skin of sheep that has a lipid – or fat – profile very similar to that of human skin. But when we talk about the animal body, it’s a completely different thing.
That’s not to say it can’t have a positive impact on the skin. All moisturizers are made up of humectant ingredients that draw water to the skin and occlusive ingredients that keep water from escaping from the skin, and almost any form of fat can act as an occlusive. But it can also, like many fats, clog pores. “A few years ago there was a fad for using butter in facial care and this led to many people getting acne,” Dr Haydon added.