Red Raspberry Seed Oil: Nature’s Sunscreen?

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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.

Related: The Best Face Oils By Skin Type

Related: Why Coconut Oil Does NOT Belong On Your Face + Which Oils to Use Instead

red raspberry seed oil: nature's sunscreen?

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.

red raspberry seed oil


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.

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  1. Good question – has the scent changed? Have you had it for awhile? Do you think any moisture has gotten into it?

  2. I am interested in trying out the oil but the code no longer works. Is there another we could use?
    Thanks!

  3. just a quick note, sometimes i alternate my face naturals toners, depending on my mood. i am using the superfruit facial toner now in am, smells divine and wakes you up.!!!

  4. hi, i too am into oils, my routine is simple..i use all Face Natural products. this company is as pure as it gets!! AM their cranberry facial toner then apply a half pump of their rosehip seed oil (cold pressed) and immediatley after their red raspberryseed oil (cold pressed) AM ROUTINE DONE! PM their superfruit facial toner (the toners come in spray bottles) and then the same with the rose hip seed oil followed by red raspberry seed oil. PM ROUTINE DONE. IT;S THAT SIMPLE AND THE RESULTS amazing!! I am so glad to have found this certified organic, truly all natural company. not one product has a bad, nasty toxic ingredient. Also, their lotions are delicious, smell amazing and all truley natural, no artificial stuff in their products. Face Naturals can’t be beat, lowest scoring co. on ewg for everything. Great customer service and quick to receive orders. check them out!!!

  5. I really want to buy the raspberry oil for its SPF but just came across an article saying there is no way to know the SPF! Do you have any evidence it does? Also how good does it smell? Thanks so much!

  6. Hi nadia! I’ve been reading your posts on natural sunscreens. Because I’m looking for one. I live in Thailand and sun is always a concern. Why do you not recommend this for a full day of sun exposure? And how does this hold up against acne prone skin?

  7. So it’s been a little while since this post. What oils and oil combination are you using now and are you happy with it? I’m currently using a pre-made oil mix with essential oils, and I’m finding it to be a little irritating to my sensitive rosacea skin. It also has coconut oil in it which makes me nervous about clogging pores. I’ve only been using it for 8 weeks and I have been purging/detoxing from my skin the entire time. Scared to change and risk going thru that again, but nervous about continuing too. Sigh. Right now I’m looking at Jojoba (the first oil listed in the one I’m currently using) and Rosehip and now possibly this Red Raspberry. Any suggestions? My skin is aging (late 40s), normal to dry, sensitive with rosacea but also prone to breakouts this year for lots of possible reasons which I’ll spare you. 😉 What I’m currently using also has Seabuckthorn and Tamanu which both have great benefits but either oil isn’t for me or the essential oils added are bothering me….not sure. Face just doesn’t feel great. Thanks for any advice.

  8. Great question! I don’t accept free samples or write reviews for most companies that contact me. Rather, I actively reach out to those companies I want to work with, companies I already use and trust, which is exactly what I did with Berry Beautiful. I liked their product and really wanted to give readers a discount. It’s a partnership, and one that I really enjoy and have fun doing, particularly with small businesses that have a product I really believe in since I feel like I’m helping them grow. I’d never write about any products I don’t actually use myself – that would just be silly.

  9. Hi Nadia, I just love your website, and I generally enjoy this sort of DIY because I research a lot before I buy a product too. Yet I realized pretty soon companies have already recognized this emerging online community of organic DIY. And it troubles me that their marketers are already making full use of it especially on youtube. SO, I was just wondering where you stand on ‘sponsored’ reviews and such (aka being sent free products for trail and review)? I don’t want to question your intentions, they seem really good and I think a lot of the information on here is really useful. But I still feel skeptical when I see a discount link. It just seems people are often easily drawn into these corporate machines with dubious intentions because it lets them make money or get free products in exchange for recommendations and such.

  10. Sue, I thought about this for awhile since I usually buy all of my oils organic. But since I had such a hard time finding a red raspberry seed oil and want all of the oil’s properties, I am fine with this for now particularly since it is otherwise a 100% natural product (and one that helps neutralize free radicals). I will continue my search for an organic option while enjoying this one!

  11. Thanks for the info and for the other non toxic sunscreen suggestions in your newsletter. I actually just started using Ava Anderson Non Toxic’s sunscreen and I love it!! No nasties, it smells good and it rubs in well. Fingers crossed that people become more educated about the toxins in regular sunscreen (as well as other beauty products). Thanks for helping to raise awareness!!