Dewy, glowing, and supple skin.
If you’re to believe the commercials, your complexion should be on a constant quest for the plushest adjectives.
Well, what if we let you into a little beauty secret and tell you there really is one skincare elixir that will help you achieve just that.
And that is, the little known raspberry seed oil. Can we have a drum roll, please?
Raspberry oil is nutrient-dense and packed to the rafters with lots of healthy stuff.
Both calming and reparative, a couple of drops of this light orange-coloured oil work wonders; reducing the look of scars, sun damage, and fine lines.
It really is the holy grail skincare oil that will restore your skin to a healthy glow.
What is raspberry seed oil?
Small but mighty, cold-pressed raspberry seeds produce an oil that’s packed with a veritable laundry list of skin health nutrients.
Including — but not limited to — vitamins A, C, and E; antioxidants; essential fatty acids like linoleic, alpha-linolenic, and oleic acids and phytosterols.
Now, whilst all this sounds impressive, what does it all really mean?
Red raspberry seed oil belongs to the lovely Rose family, and it is jam-packed with linoleic, oleic acid, essential fatty acids, and vitamins.
What’s more, although we can’t claim that it protects from the sun, it has a higher natural SPF than any other oil. Check out the awesome SPF protecting properties of these lovely oils.
This oil is tough to extract simply because the seeds are so tiny, so it is expensive oil.
The beautifying benefits of rosehip seed oil
It’s being touted as one of the most active botanical oils for your skin, causing quite a stir in the personal care industry, and for a good reason:
Understandably it is quickly becoming the go-to oil of choice, especially for those suffering from sensitive, dry, and mature skin.
Raspberries were the subject of a study published by D.Oomah, (see below). It was found that their potent anti-inflammatory properties have dramatic results on atopic skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis.
A vitamin-rich oil that helps to keep your barrier function healthy
- bursting with vitamins, tocopherols – Vit. E, and carotenoids – Vit. A, which play n important role in skin repair
- these vitamins are barrier repairing and have potent skin-rejuvenating properties
- helps to reduce scars, micro-tears, and fine lines – making it a great inclusion for a scar or acne formulation
Rich in antioxidants, it helps with premature ageing
- raspberries contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants
- the red raspberry seed oil also contains polyphenols and phospholipids, which behave like antioxidants on your skin; helping to ward off the free radicals that cause premature ageing
Rich in ellagacic acid, it helps to protect collagen and elastin
- studies have found that this compound reduces the destruction of collagen. It also protects against ultraviolet damage from the sun
- ellagitannins are super soothing to skin lesions, rashes, rosacea, and eczema.
Rich in fatty acids it is extremely soothing and healing
- red raspberry seed oil is rich in fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3; in fact, the oil contains as much as 80% omega 3
- rich in linoleic acid, which is anti-inflammatory to help with skin cell regeneration, it plays a vital role in skin health by reducing oxidative stress in the cells
- linolenic acid can help to alleviate symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and psoriasis helping to reinforce the skin’s lipid barrier; it is ideal if your skin falls on the side of sensitive
Raspberry oil as a UV protector
- a study carried out on raspberry seed oil, found that it naturally absorbs UVB and UVC radiation. This suggests that it may be useful as a natural UV protector
- some people misinterpret this as raspberry oil being an effective sunscreen; that is not the case as this claim has not been tested. Using botanical oil on your skin in isolation is not recommended; sunscreens are very complex formulas; they require several active ingredients to make them effective for blocking out potentially carcinogenic UV rays
The antidote to dry skin
- dry skin is when your skin doesn’t produce enough oil, a skin that lacks oil will also let your skin’s natural moisture evaporate more quickly. With dry skin, you’re more likely to notice flakiness, irritation, and visible fine lines. Dry skin loves raspberry oil with all of its fatty acids, which supplement its protective barrier and lubricate areas where signs of premature ageing are starting to form
- the phytosterols in raspberry seed oil can also reduce transepidermal water loss. This also helps your skin retain hydration and moisture
Balancing oil is ideal for oily and combination skin
- linolenic acid, in tandem with alpha-linolenic and oleic acids, regulates your skin’s natural oils. Raspberry seed oil acts as an adaptogen, bringing all skin types into balance; so oily/combo skin types can really benefit from a dose of this potent skincare ingredient
- ellagitannins — sometimes called ellagic acids — make this a great choice for those who suffer from acne. Ellagitannins, in particular sangulin, exhibit antibacterial activity