Red Raspberry Seed Oil: Spotlight on the Best Face Oils
Raspberry seed oil is one of our favourites. This detailed review is a part of our article series on choosing the best face oils for each skin type.
What is it and How is it Made?
Skin is the largest organ of our body and deserves to be taken care of. Red raspberry seed oil can be used as a carrier oil and a face oil. Its botanical name is Rubus idaeus. The oil is typically refined and extracted via cold press from the seeds, though there are other means of extraction. The most sustainable seed oil extraction methods are cold-pressing or supercritical fluid extraction (SFE). SFE involves using solvents, such as carbon dioxide, without the need for hazardous solvents.
What Does Raspberry Oil Contain?
Raspberry seed oil contains high levels of ellagic acid. Red raspberry oil is one of the most common sources of ellagic acid sold widely as a dietary supplement. This acid is naturally occurring in high concentrations in raspberries belongs to the family of phytonutrients called “tannins.” Ellagic acid is responsible for the antioxidant activity associated with raspberry seed and other berries of a similar kind.
This oil is rich in tocopherols (antioxidants) with high amounts of vitamin E. Red raspberry seed oil is also high in vitamin A. The colour composition is often dark red and will appear cloudy with a yellow/green hue. The yellow tinge is a sign that it is high in carotenoids (vitamin A).
The high omega 6 supports the skin’s elasticity and structural integrity. Mainly, raspberry seed oil contains among the highest amount of alpha-linolenic acid than any other fruit seed oil. This fatty acid is essential for skin hydration and cell regeneration.
It also contains phytosterols, which reduce water loss from the skin’s outer layer by strengthening the skin's barrier. In addition, its composition acts as an anti-inflammatory, which makes this oil a good choice for soothing the symptoms of dryness and irritation.
What are the Skin Benefits of Raspberry Carrier Oil?
Specifically, red raspberry seed oil is rich in antioxidants and alpha-linolenic acid. This fatty acid can help reduce inflammation. Red raspberry seed oil also contains another natural antioxidant called ellagic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory that can also present early wrinkles from forming. In addition, it can boost your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin. Antioxidants fight against free radicals. And the ellagic acid present in red raspberry seed oil also helps to prevent damage to cell membranes, thereby neutralizing the harmful effects free radicals can cause. Combined together, this is a great oil for glowing skin.
Containing high amounts of vitamin A and E, this oil also promotes cell regeneration and healthy tissue growth, aiding the anti-aging department.
Red raspberry oil contains phytosterols, which aid the body in repairing the skin after sun damage and fight against inflamed skin. This makes it a superhero oil for people who are susceptible to sensitive, dry, or easily irritated skin. Raspberry oil can soothe skin inflammation while reducing dryness and other symptoms of irritable skin conditions - the result is radiant skin.
Does Raspberry Oil Provide SPF Protection?
This oil can be used in tandem with sunscreen to protect from the sun’s harmful UV rays. The raspberry oil will add a protective layer of moisture underneath. While there is some research to suggest that red raspberry seed oil can absorb UVB and UVC rays. However, the amount of protection is limited, mainly because it does not provide protection against UVA rays, which are responsible for increasing the risk of skin cancer, wrinkles, and premature signs of aging. One study found that the oil may have similar protection against sun damage when compared to titanium dioxide, equivalent to SPF 25. However, due to research that shows it does not protect from UVA rays and it is not properly tested as a sunscreen, please do not use it for that reason alone. Always use your SPF.
Will Raspberry Seed Oil Clog Pores? Is it Good for Acne?
Red raspberry seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means that it moisturizes your skin without clogging your pores. It is high in omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, which also help to decrease inflammation and the fight against acne. In addition, the phytosterols in raspberry seed oil helps reduce water loss from your pores to help your skin retain moisture and stay hydrated.
The high level of linoleic acid is a natural defense against acne, since it won't cause clogged pores or congested skin. It also helps to rebalance the skin’s natural oils and prevent acne altogether. Ellagic acid is also a good choice for people with acne. It has antibacterial qualities and can help reduce scarring.
What Is the Environmental Impact of Raspberry Seed Oil Farming and Production? Is it Sustainable?
Raspberries have been grown widely in North America and in Europe. The largest commercial producers are Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and the United States. Since raspberry production is in abundance worldwide, raspberry seed oil can be derived from by-products of the food industry, thereby contributing to a zero-waste economy. It can be considered an eco-friendly fruit oil, one of the benefits of using oils derived from fruit seeds.
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