Only four ingredients in this tallow-based DIY face cream for eczema. This easy DIY recipe is simple to make, soothing and helps heal dry or inflamed skin.
For some people, making your own face cream for eczema can be a last resort. Eczema is something I’ve never struggled with personally but many close friends have. And I know all too well how much it hurts a mama when their babe is covered with painful red blisters (read about one mama's story healing eczema naturally here).
My experience with this face cream for eczema actually stemmed from falling in love with an all-natural face cream and noticing that the first ingredient was tallow!
I had known for a while about the amazing link between tallow and eczema so it only pushed me harder to find the best possible blend and ratios to make face cream for eczema.
And nine DIY trials later, this beauty was born.
Don’t want to read? JUMP to the recipe!
Beef Tallow For Eczema
Tallow is at its very base, animal fat. Beef fat to be exact (sorry vegans!). It can be used for cooking (as a butter replacement), soaps, lotions and a variety of other treatments.
Since tallow comes directly from the animal, to get the best healing properties from it you want to make sure that the animal was raised as healthy as possible (grass-fed).
Tallow is obviously loaded with fat-soluble vitamins and it is these vitamins that really help:
- Reduce inflammation and irritation
- Nourish super inflamed and dry skin
- Alleviate redness
It sounds super gross to be rubbing beef fat on your face but once you get over the initial thought of it and feel the texture of this DIY face lotion eczema everything falls into place.
Now, you don’t just grab fats of beef and expect to make face cream. The beef fat needs to be “rendered” which is what results in tallow.
Obviously, you can buy tallow but funny story…
I live in Canada and as it turns out, I could not buy tallow. Anywhere. Not online. Not in a market. Nowhere.
Which left me to learn how to render beef fat into tallow.
This took me almost all weekend and it was insane. And after the work, I realized I still needed to deodorize the tallow so that my face wouldn’t smell like beef all day long. It took about four cycles to get it but finally, I had some damn tallow.
Now, by all means, you can rock the homesteading route and render your own tallow. But I stand by the fact that it’s probably easier and faster just to buy beef tallow.
How to Reduce Eczema
From everything I’ve read, this face cream for eczema is amazing.. but it’s not a cure-all. So much of eczema stems from the gut that the best practice is to take a variety of approaches:
- An elimination diet (read about the experiences of my friend)
- Boosting probiotics
- Boosting omega three
- Using cream and lotion to relieve the external aspect
Obviously, the beef tallow is going to be the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to relieving the external inflammation of eczema.
Cacao Butter is another ingredient in this DIY face cream. It’s loaded with healthy fats that help hydrate and nourish and it’s been said to help heal rashes. I believe the reason for this is that there’s actually Vitamin E within the cacao butter.
The essential oils I used in this DIY face cream are completely optional. My first choice was to use Blue Tansy. The more I read on this essential oil the more I’ve fallen in love with it. However, the bottle of oil is around $240 which was just not happening.
Instead, I went with a few drops of copaiba which has been shown to help psoriasis and eczema. Plus, I like the smell ? let’s all remember though that I am not an herbalist or botanist. So, double-check the stats on this essential oil before using it.
I also think that lavender and helichrysum would be wonderful too.
Not Into DIY?
If DIY isn’t your thing, I get it. However, we all need a wicked awesome face lotion and my go-to store-bought one is from Primally Pure.
Primally Pure is a non-toxic, all-natural skincare company that uses ingredients I can both pronounce and purchase. Their blue tansy face cream is what made me want to make my own!
So snag some for yourself (and possibly some charcoal deodorant, can you cue obsession) and use code mamabear10 to save some money.
Ingredients In The DIY Face Cream For Eczema
- 2 tbs beef tallow(can buy from Etsy also)
- 2 tbs cacao butter
- ½ teaspoon emu oil
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 5 drops copaiba essential oil
- 5 drops any essential oil you like
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Nourishing DIY Face Cream
- Double boiler or mason jar
- Mini Whisk
- Mini Mason Jar
- In a small glass jar or double boiler, add the tallow, butter and emu oil.
- Heat over a rolling boil until completely melted
- Let sit for five minutes and then whisk in any essential oils you're using.
- Pour into a storage jar and let sit overnight on the counter to firm up.
- The next day it's ready to use. Use a small amount and massage into face.
An easy DIY recipe to help nourish your skin. This all-natural face cream for eczema is healing and soothing. Great for dry, sensitive skin in general.