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Lard: Your Great-Grandmother’s Secret To Better Skin, Naturally

Lard: Your Great-Grandmother’s Secret To Better Skin, Naturally

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Before the birth of the industrial cosmetic industry, people found other ways to improve their skin. Perhaps they realized that after continually handling meat in the kitchen, the skin on their hands was softer and smoother. Or perhaps they were just feeling adventurous with the leftover biscuit grease.

Either way, people for centuries – especially women — have been using lard as a facial cream. Lard is pork fat that has been rendered down to a liquid. Not only does it act as an exceptional barrier for locking in moisture, but it is also high in the vitamins that help keep skin healthy.

While the idea of rubbing pork fat on your cheeks might seem off-putting, think about this: Nearly all commercial skincare products are already made with some sort of animal fat. And massaging lard into your skin isn’t the same as rubbing bacon on your face. In fact, lard is incredibly gentle on skin, since it is so close to human skin in its chemical makeup.

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So before you call that 1-800 number to purchase a $50 bottle of Anti-Aging, Acne-Erasing Wonder Cream, give lard a chance. This humble pork product has been proven to:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Tone and firm for a more youthful look.
  • Even out color and reduce redness associated with rosacea.
  • Reduce dryness associated with conditions like eczema (or winter weather).
  • Even out texture for a smoother, softer feel.
  • Improve acne and reduce pores.

If you are truly looking for a healthy and sustainable fix for your skincare woes, lard has the power to do everything that bank-breaking bottle of Lancôme does, and for the same price you could buy about 20 gallons of it!

Here’s Why it Works

When it comes to cellular makeup, pig lard is incredibly close to human skin. It has a similar pH and is made up of saturated and monounsaturated fats. One fact that skincare experts know: Oil dissolves oil. Since lard is so similar to our own skin oils, it’s a match made in heaven. As a cleanser, lard is a gentle and natural way to rid your face of that nasty sebum buildup and the daily dirt in your pores.

Pigs are extremely efficient at processing sunlight and storing it as Vitamin D in their fat. Fortunately for us, we get to enjoy our four-footed friends’ hard work when we rub that fat on our faces. Vitamin D helps to minimize dark spots and lines, reduce acne, and promote collagen production. This D-rich lard comes from pastured hogs that have been exposed to sunlight, so be sure to keep this in mind if you purchase your lard. Lard is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and Vitamin A.

There’s only one ingredient in lard: lard. Think about that next time your read your lotion label. If you can’t pronounce the words on the label, then you probably shouldn’t be putting it on or in your body.

Though convenient, most store-bought lard is hydrogenated and may contain preservatives. If you are going for a completely natural lard fix and you can’t render your own lard, then the best place to go is to your local butcher or farmer’s market. And for about $1 you can enjoy healthy, radiant skin for months. I haven’t seen a deal that good on any late-night infomercials.

How to Use it

Night is the time for our bodies to rest and restore. After your nightly washing routine, towel dry your face and dab a tiny bit of lard onto your cheeks and forehead. Massage it in well all over your face and neck. In the morning, wipe it away with a warm cloth.

Though some notice an instant improvement in their skin’s look and feel, for many this isn’t a simple overnight fix. My advice to you: Be patient! Going to bed smelling just a bit like a sausage may be discouraging (unless you really love sausage), but the end result will be well worth it. Those who have taken on the lard challenge have noticed a reduction in the signs of aging, improvement in skin elasticity, more even skin texture and color, fewer occurrences of acne, and softer skin.

If you’re tired of spending an arm and a leg on expensive chemical night creams or if you’ve simply tried everything without positive results, then I encourage you to give this age-old all-natural porcine remedy a try.

Have you ever used lard as a lotion or skin-softener? Share your tips in the section below:  

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  1. Neat article. When I was a kid I used to visit my elderly neighbor lady. She told me that after cooking you take the grease and rub it on your nails and cuticles and it would keep your nails and skin healthy. Sweet old Mrs Henry was right. I miss our visits.

    • Not sure I would really want to go around having a face that smelled like animal fat. even if it was unwrinkled…eeewww.

      • There is no smell with properly rendered pork lard. But yeah, I see your point. I’m more of a coconut and Shea Butter kind of gal 😉

      • You don’t “go around having a face that smelled like animal fat”. This regimen is done at night and is washed off in the morning.

  2. The reason lard is recommended is because a pig’s cellular make-up is so similar to a human’s. That’s why we get our thyroid replacement meds from pigs, and why we take pig heart valves to replace failed human heart valves. We’re far more like a pig than a coconut, so it stands to reason why it would work even better than coconut oil.

  3. Lard probably is a better skin care solution. It’s funny how we will slather unknown chemical concoctions onto our skin in hopes of delaying or reversing aging but can be so turned off at using all natural lard, and Lard is probably safer and more effective. I guess we’re just culturally programmed that way. Next time I render Lard I need to try it on my skin. Who knows? I may love it!

  4. i have made lard cream and it does work great.

    i got the idea from 100x washed ghee and since ghee and lard are very similar i thought i would try it with lard.

    i took about a cup of very clean white fresh lard and added a cup of filtered spring water and whipped it with my hand mixer for a few minutes.

    then i pour out the water and add a new cup and do it again.

    keep doing this until the cream has a very soft cool feeling and you can use Rose water instead or orange flower water or add essential oils to the oil or water.

    when you are finished whipping and the cream smells good pour all the water out and leave bowl at an angle so any left over water can come out and leave it at least overnight.

    putting it in the fridge helps. in the morning pour out any water and add more essential oil if you like.

    remember you can do this with ghee as well. also you can do the same with a big enough jar to shake the Iard clump around.

  5. Real lard will smell a bit porky for a minute or so, then it goes away. Been using it on my skin for about a year now. Last time I changed it up and added coconut oil to the lard. Will switch back to just lard. Coconut oil is drying to my skin.

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