Have you heard that red raspberry seed oil can naturally protect the skin from UV damage? That it’s an all-natural, single-ingredient sunscreen? Let’s take a closer look at this antioxidant-packed oil and whether or not the rumors are true…
Move it on over, hemp and chia. There’s a new seed on the block: red raspberry seed.
I admit that I used to think of these little buggers as a real nuisance — they’re so darn hard to get out of your teeth!
But that was then and this is now.
I’ve recently discovered a new-found appreciation for red raspberry seeds and it’s all in the oil, baby.
Red raspberry seed oil is jam-packed with skin-loving goodies.
I really don’t need to remind you again that I’m obsessed with face oils… but I will because, hey, it’s one of my favorite topics of discussion.
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I’m convinced that oils are the perfect, single-ingredient, all-natural moisturizers for your face.
Oil on your face!? HECK YES!
Not only was I finally (FIN-AL-Y!) able to beat my adult acne with face oils, but they’ve also helped fade my acne scars and even my skin tone… all without adding to my body burden.
What are the benefits of red raspberry seed oil when applied to the skin?
Red raspberry seed oil is rich in antioxidants, like vitamin E and polyphenols.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage. Since free radical damage causes wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and age spots, vitamin E protects the skin from these common signs of aging.
Polyphenols are another type of antioxidant. You may have heard of them before since green tea, red wine, and olives are also rich in polyphenols — one of the main reasons they’re all so healthy!
Studies have shown that when applied to the skin, polyphenols protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation and enhance skin cell regeneration, improving skin tone and elasticity.
This golden oil is also rich in essential fatty acids.
Red raspberry seed oil contains 83% essential fatty acids (EFAs). According to Naturopathica,
“EFAs are necessary for proper skin function… Increasing the levels of key EFAs increases call membrane fluidity, enhances barrier function and repair, decreases trans-epidermal water loss, improves moisturization, cell signaling, cell immunity, and anti-inflammatory activity.”
For these reasons, EFAs greatly soothe and remedy skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Red raspberry seed oil also has a low comedogenic rating of 0-1, meaning it’s not likely to clog pores.
Not all face oils are created equally! Some are more comedogenic or pore-clogging than others.
Luckily, red raspberry seed oil isn’t likely to clog pores.
Now you may have heard that red raspberry seed oil protects skin from UV rays.
In other words, that it acts like a single-ingredient, natural sunscreen.
This is all thanks to a 2000 study that concluded that raspberry seed oil provides UVA and UVB protection similar to titanium dioxide with an SPF protection factor against UVB rays of 28-50, and an SPF protection factor against UVA rays of around 8.
Well that’s pretty impressive, huh?
This natural sun protection is very likely due to the oil’s high antioxidant content — the vitamin E and polyphenols — which, again, neutralize free radicals.
But before you toss your sunscreen lotion in the trash, I do think it’s important to know that this is the one and only study that’s ever been conducted on the SPF properties of red raspberry seed oil.
And I personally think it needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
After all, while sun exposure is totally necessary for vitamin D synthesis, there’s no doubt about the fact that excess UV exposure will cause premature damage and potentially skin cancer. So it’s nothing we want to mess around with, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun, are very fair, or have a family history of skin cancer.
“So will red raspberry seed oil protect my skin from the sun or what?”
Thanks to its high antioxidant content, red raspberry seed oil can help to neutralize and prevent the free radical damage caused by UV rays.
But does it “block” or “screen” sun? No, it does not.
Red raspberry seed oil may be all you need to protect your skin from everyday, minimal sun exposure. But for extended sun exposure I recommend a natural mineral sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Check out these 6 Safe Sunscreen Options + Why They’re Better for my recommendations and to learn more about why mineral sunscreens and zinc oxide in particular are the best choice!
But that doesn’t mean red raspberry oil won’t make a great addition to your skincare routine!
Because it’s so rich in antioxidants, it would be an especially great addition to anti-aging skincare routines.
My personal experience with this oil: it does not clog my pores whatsoever and leaves my skin super smooth. It’s also very quickly absorbed — I’d say it falls in between a dry oil like rosehip and a more moisturizing oil like jojoba, which is perfect since I personally blend the two to get the best balance!
I recommend this particular red raspberry seed oil. It’s certified organic and I actually know the family that produces the oil — they’re absolutely lovely people who are so incredibly passionate about what they do! They use only the highest quality seeds to produce an extremely high-quality, certified organic red raspberry seed oil.