DIY Remedy for Severely Dry Skin

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Does your skin suffer from seasonal change during the year? Be prepared for annual changes with a jar of DIY Remedy for Severely Dry Skin.

Tallow based ointment deeply moisturizes the epidermis and can provide relief for dry skin.

This time tested DIY remedy for severely dry skin recipe is generously shared by Paige of Elder N Honey. Her online Etsy store has been selling quality tallow based skin care products for years. She is a master of making tallow balms!

Tallow For Skin Health

Don’t fear the fat! The solid, white, creamy fat known as tallow has been a staple in my home for years. I featured it heavily in The Carnivore Cookbook as a healthy (and super affordable) fat source. It can be made from any ruminant animal and an excellent introduction in to nose to tail eating.

I usually render tallow at home but you can also purchase grass-fed beef tallow US Wellness.

Fat soluble vitamins A, D, E & K, natural fatty acids and lipids are found abundantly in tallow. Beef tallow is highly compatible to our skin and may be one of the very best ingredients for skin care.

“Our ancestors overwhelmingly used tallow for skin care. For example, a book of ‘recipes’ for all facets of life, written by Dr. A.W. Chase, MD in 1866, lists ten formulations of salve, eight of which contain tallow, in addition to other natural ingredients.

The healthy traditions of our ancestors were not haphazard but had a purpose that seems to have been rooted in their very being… We might even say that the ancestral wisdom on nutrition and health is more reliable than modern scientific studies, which are subject to manipulations and misinterpretations and can only look at one small piece of the puzzle at a time.”

From Traditional Nourishing and Healing Skin Care by Andrew J. Gardner, Weston A. Price Foundation

Tallow is excellent for sensitive skin. It is known as a non-reactive, non-allergenic ingredient in DIY skin care for all types of skin. Elder N Honey has NEVER had a reported reaction to plain tallow in the 8+ years of selling their balms.

I also use tallow on my lips. It’s an essential ingredient in DIY Tallow Lip Balm.

You can also use coupon code PRIMALGLOW in the Elder N Honey etsy shop for 15% off any tallow lotion or creams!

Easy to Make Tallow Based Skin Care Recipes

As an ingredient, tallow interests me the most because it is an affordable, resourceful, and nutritious option.

As a skin remedy, tallow interests me the most because I clearly see positive results from my own use.

My normally tight, smooth, and otherwise healthy skin becomes white and flaky once a year during our windy season. We live on the face of a mountain and the wind whips mercilessly East to West all day and night for a few weeks a year. This year, I was prepared and put this recipe to the test!

After one application of this lotion on my hands, I could already tell the difference. Seriously. I continued moisturizing in the mornings and evenings for a week or so and my skin quickly returned to normal.

I’ve encouraged many of our clients to use tallow based lotions and they all, almost universally, relay their own surprise that tallow actually works for them! It never irritates sensitive skin and soothes eczema and psoriasis.

More Skincare Recipes with Tallow

Try all of my other easy tallow skin care recipes too!

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DIY Remedy for Severly Dry Skin

Dry, cracked, and flaky skin is no fun. Soothe chapped areas with a DIY Remedy for Severely Dry Skin that will renew and regenerate healthy skin cells with all natural, organic ingredients.
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Jessica Haggard
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Course: DIY Personal Care
Keyword: DIY, DIY lotion, DIY skin care, dry skin remedy, moisturizer, tallow
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup




  • Place desired amount of tallow in a large mixing bowl.
    1 cup beef tallow
  • Mix the olive oil, zinc oxide, and essential oils together in a small, separate bowl. Pour over tallow.
    2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon zinc oxide, 7-10 drops essential oils
  • Mix with an electric mixer until ingredients are fluffy.
  • Store just like any other lotion in a clean air-tight vessel with cap.


Soft oils are liquid at room temperature. Olive oil, sweet almond oil, and macadamia nut oil are examples of cosmetic soft oils.
Lavender, frankincense, thyme and carrot seed are recommended essential oils for severe skin conditions.
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8 thoughts on “DIY Remedy for Severely Dry Skin”

  1. I love to make my own products. I have never heard of using beef tallow in skincare products before. Interesting. I have used many plant based fats. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I still use mango butter but I’m very excited to try tallow. Since switching to carnivore my skin is not as dry as it used to be.

  3. Sounds like a plan! I’ve never tried tallow on skin. Have tried coconut oil. Currently have an elbow that is looking for some love & repair. I’m going to given this a go……

  4. I am excited to try this!! It will be something new, but something I’ve been reading about for a while now. I’m 37 and feel like my face looks much older :'( it bothers me because I’ve been eating well for a while and now carnivore. I’m praying this will all work together for the better of my skin.


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