Who loves a good good facial oil ?
Let’s start from the very beginning. First things first, raspberry seed oil for the face & hair is different from the raspberry oil used for aromatherapy. We don’t want you guys rubbing your aromatherapy oil all over your skin – that’s the wrong oil babes. The one for your skin is totally all natural; it’s made from the seed of a plant, not from concentrated extracts like the ones used for aromatherapy.
Raspberry seed oil for the skin is sourced from 100% natural red raspberries (rubus idaeus) and is cold-pressed out of the berry for use in tons of different makeup products. The fact that it’s cold-pressed means it’s never been heated. This way, it still has ALL its vitamins.
This natural oil takes on a gold-orangish color when processed and is known for its many skin benefits. We know that berries are literally a superfood when it comes to actual health. So, it only makes sense that oil made from berries would be good for the skin as well. But – why?
Well, raspberry seed oil contains linoleic acid, alpha linolenic acid, oleic acid, alpha and gamma tocopherols, and carotenoides. I know – what do these words even mean?!?!? Let’s break them down together.
Raspberry Seed Oil Skin Benefits
Linoleic acid & alpha linolenic acids are basically essential fatty acids. Think omega-3s & omega-6s. According to research, “these fatty acids are showing promise as safe adjunctive treatments for many skin disorders, including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne vulgaris, systemic lupus erythematosus, nonmelanoma skin cancer, and melanoma.” YES, PLEASE.
Oleic acid is known for its anti-inflammatory effects & its ability to assist in wound healing & repair of the skin barrier. We don’t know anyone who is a fan of facial inflammation so this is a big one. It’s important to note, though, that using large amounts of oleic acid over long periods of time can damage the skin. But – don’t worry. The amount in raspberry seed oil is totally fine!
Knowing what’s in the products you’re using is essential. But, we can go a little deeper still. Let’s talk about the benefits of incorporating raspberry seed oil into your skincare routine & why you should start using this product as soon as possible (like yesterday).
♡ Protects against environmental stressors.
Each & every day, our skin is exposed to many environmental factors that can lower our skin-quality. These include tobacco smoke, air pollution, perfumes, air fresheners, and so on. Raspberry seed oil is like a layer of protection on your face. When applied, it helps prevent the absorption of these stressors.
♡ Absorbs UV rays.
Similarly to how this oil protects against environmental stressors, it also protects the skin from UV rays and thus, UV damage. Raspberry seed oil naturally absorbs UV-A and UV-B rays, making it a great first layer of protection against sun damage. This is especially important on those days when we forget our sunscreen. But also, NEVER FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN. Lauryn is loving Bliss’s Blockstar lately & is a forever fan of Replenix caffeinated SPF.
♡ Boosts hydration levels.
Raspberry seed oil is known to greatly increase hydration levels because it’s full of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an amazing moisturizer that always leaves skin feeling smooth, soft, and hydrated. Anytime we think of skin health – we think Vitamin E.
♡ Increases the skin’s integrity & barrier function.
Raspberry seed oil also has properties that directly support increased barrier function & the integrity of the skin. This is because this oil is both a humectant and emollient. So, this means it’s both drawing water into the skin and trapping it there – at the same time. Talk about some serious hydration.
♡ Assists in healing skin issues like eczema & psoriasis.
Like we mentioned earlier, the fatty acids in this oil are known to heal (or at least assist in the healing) of a multitude of skin issues. These include eczema, psoriasis, chronic dry skin, & even some types of skin cancer. If you’re one of those people that gets really dry skin in the winter, you might want to seriously consider picking up some raspberry seed oil before the cold winter days roll back around.
♡ Contains antioxidants to fight free radicals.
Back to Vitamin E. Not only is Vitamin E a great moisturizer, but it’s also a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants are super important for the skin because they fight free radicals & help to prevent oxidative damage. Free radicals and oxidative damage, if left unchecked, can lead to skin damage & even skin cancer.
♡ Fights acne & skin blemishes.
The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in raspberry seed oil are known to greatly reduce acne, dermatitis, and other skin blemishes. These fatty acids are also known to reduce inflammation so that when you do have acne, it is much less red & angry looking.
♡ Protects against age spots & premature aging.
Another antioxidant found in raspberry seed oil is ellagic acid. Rather than for moisturization, this antioxidant is famous for its anti-aging effects. It boosts both collagen & elastin production which helps to prevent fine lines & wrinkles.
♡ Controls oil production (for the hair, too).
When your face is routinely moisturized with a high-quality product, your oil production will begin to even out. So, instead of your face producing a ton of oil to try to make up for lack of moisturization, it will begin to produce oil as needed. This will benefit your skin by reducing acne, making your skin less shiny, & increasing the elasticity of your pores. Struggling with dry or overly oily hair? Use raspberry seed oil! Like it controls oil production on the face, it can do the same for your hair.
♡ Eliminates bacteria & germs.
Raspberry seed oil has some antimicrobial properties. This means it’s effective at cleaning away some seriously gross bacteria & germs. While we don’t recommend using red raspberry seed oil as a cleanser by itself, we totally recommend finding a gentle cleanser that includes raspberry seed oil. You can also feel free to simply add a few drops of this oil to your favorite cleanser to reap this benefit.
So go snatch up some raspberry seed oil.
Like it’s amazing. Plus, it’s super affordable. So, there’s no reason your skin shouldn’t be on point this Spring & Summer.
Also, if you didn’t already know, THE ICE QUEEN FACE OIL contains raspberry seed oil as well as blueberry seed & pomegranate seed oil. Just so many antioxidants & vitamins.
Want your skin to feel even more amazing? After you apply your raspberry facial oil, follow up with THE HOT MESS ICE ROLLER. Oh, and since we’re talking about raspberries, you HAVE to try this raspberry pear sparkling mocktail.They are both literally – *chefs kiss* – to die for.
And that’s all for today guys. Until next time, enjoy your fabulous skin & feel free to drop us some comments below. We wanna know what products you’re using, if any of them have raspberry seed oil, if you’ve tried any new beauty hacks lately – literally anything. Always wanna know what you guys are up to.
x, The Skinny Confidential team
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