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Raspberry seed oil

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

Read to know the incredible benefits of raspberries in skincare

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Raspberries are a powerhouse of phenolic compounds, vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids which are vital to maintaining the skin barrier.

Plant phenolic compounds can act as antioxidants, structural polymers (lignin), attractants (flavonoids and carotenoids), UV screens (flavonoids), signal compounds (salicylic acid and flavonoids) and defense response chemicals (tannins and phytoalexins). From a human physiological standpoint, phenolic compounds are vital in defense responses, such as anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-proliferative activities.

Raspberry seed oil offers remarkable anti-ageing, hydration and photo-protection benefits. Raspberries are abundant in essential fatty acids like omega 3, omega 6, oleic and linoleic acids which help lock moisture and prevent transepidermal water loss.

Raspberries are a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins that fight and prevent oxidative stress and stimulate collagen production which keeps skin tight and firm and prevents wrinkles, fine lines and sagging.

According to one study,

Raspberry seed oil showed absorbance in the UV-B and UV-C ranges with potential for use as a broad spectrum UV protectant.

Another study has shown that raspberries offer photoprotection with minimal side effects of synthetic sunscreens.

The study formulated sunscreen with raspberry seed oil and concluded that

...the formulations are safer and exhibit broad spectrum photoprotection effectiveness, which makes them viable competitors for conventional market sunscreens.


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