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Red raspberry seed oil is pretty much nature's sunscreen!

by , 16 September 2015

Move it on over, chia and hemp... There's a new seed on the block: Red raspberry seed! I'll admit that I used to think of these little seeds as a real nuisance (they're so hard to get out of your teeth!), but I've now discovered a new-found appreciation. And it's all in the oil, baby.

Red raspberry seed oil is loaded with skin-loving goodies, including natural sun protection factor (SPF). I don't really need to remind you again that I'm obsessed with natural oils, do I? But I will anyway because it's one of my favourite topics of discussion. I'm 100% convinced that oils are the perfect all-natural, single-ingredient face and body moisturisers.

Wait, what? Oil on your face? That's right! Not only was I finally (and I mean fin-a-lly) able to soothe my mild rosacea with red raspberry seed oil, it also helped even out my skin tone. All without adding to my body burden! Let me tell you more.

The skin-loving properties of red raspberry seed oil

This liquid gold is filled with the following:
 
Essential fatty acids
The oil contains 83% essential fatty acids (EFAs). According to Naturopathica, EFAs are essential for healthy skin function. 
 
Increasing levels of EFAs can:
  • Increase membrane fluidity 
  • Enhance barrier function and repair
  • Decrease trans-epidermal water loss
  • Improve moisture levels
  • Improve cell signalling
  • Combat inflammation

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For these incredible reasons, EFAs greatly soothe and remedy skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.
 
Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and a potent antioxidant. It can help protect cells from free radical damage. Free radicals affect skin cells by causing a loss of elasticity, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E therefore protects skin from these common signs of ageing.
 
Polyphenols
Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants. You might’ve heard of these before since red wine, green tea and olives are also rich in polyphenols – one of the main reasons they’re oh-so-healthy! Studies have shown that when applied to the skin, polyphenols offer ultraviolet radiation protection and enhance skin cell regeneration, improving elasticity and tone.
 
Natural SPF properties
A study conducted in the year 2000 found that the UVA and UVB protection afforded by red raspberry seed oil is reportedly similar to titanium dioxide with an SPF protection factor against UVA rays of around 8, and an SPF protection factor against UVB rays of 28 to 50.
 

Why you should try out red raspberry seed oil as a natural sunscreen

I’m happy to report that I’ve been using red raspberry seed oil daily for the past eight weeks, and have achieved some fantastic results. The oil leaves my skin super smooth and hydrated, and doesn’t clog my pores at all. It’s quickly absorbed, too, which I love. 
 
I’d say red raspberry seed oil falls in between a dry oil like tamanu or rose hip and a slightly heavier oil like jojoba, which is perfect since I personally blend the two, and advise my readers to do the same to get the perfect consistency that your face and body will just adore.

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As far as sun protection goes, I’ve been using the oil daily on my face. It definitely suits my day-to-day sun protection needs (I run in the early morning and am outdoors during my lunch break at work, but am otherwise in the office). I’ll most definitely continue to use red raspberry seed oil as a natural sunscreen on my face. I recommend you try it out, too! I don’t, however, suggest using this oil as a full-body sunscreen – it probably won’t offer sufficient protection and could feel a bit sticky or oily. 
 

Where to buy red raspberry seed oil

I searched high and low for a quality red raspberry seed oil before finding one by Botanical Beauty on Amazon.com (go here to buy your own bottle online now). 
 
The stuff was like a rainbow unicorn: I’d heard of its amazingness for so long, but just couldn’t seem to find a product with good reviews. And then I stumbled across Botanical Beauty’s red raspberry seed oil on Amazon while looking for something totally unrelated. Don’t you just love it when life throws you a little treat like that?
 
If you lack the patience required to buy something online, have a look for red raspberry seed oil at your local pharmacy or health store.
 

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