One of the founding principles for Aphorism skin is that we use ingredients (cold-pressed and bioactive) that are good for skin inside and out. We don't want to pick favourites but…! Cold-pressed raspberry seed oil is one of the star ingredients! With summer approaching, we wanted to share with you the lowdown on just how good cold-pressed raspberry seed oil is for all things skincare.
A little bit of history. When I started my journey into the world of skincare, I was unable to find anything that met my criteria for fabulous skincare (but it's not all bad! It's the reason I came up with the Aphorism line). This criteria was quite simple (or so I thought):
So, for a couple of years, till our line was fully developed, I stuck it out with just cold-pressed raspberry seed oil as my one and only personal skincare ingredient. Here is why:
Ellagic Acid: Raspberry seed oil contains one of the highest concentrations of the powerhouse antioxidant ellagic acid, which scientific research shows[i], reduces sun damage and significantly limits inflammatory response. In of themselves, sun damage and inflammatory response are two of the major causes of skin ageing and wrinkles. Wow!
Vitamin E: Raspberry seed oil is very high in natural vitamin E, which is another powerful antioxidant. The role vitamin E plays, is that it helps maintain skin elasticity and suppleness. Vitamin E of itself is often used for preventing stretch marks from weight gain and pregnancy.
Phytosterols: Cold-pressed raspberry seed oil contains these unique plant “good fats” that have a two-fold benefit. Phytosterols prevent transepidermal (skin) water loss thus keeping skin more hydrated. The other more powerful benefit is that they have (scientifically) been show to limit the breakdown of collagen that occurs from sun exposure.[ii] Collagen is a structural protein of the human body that is critical to smoothness, elasticity and resilience of skin tissue. No surprise that collagen is also one of the most buzzy supplements these days!
UV-B and UV-C Protection: This is to some degree, a corollary from the above, but in the natural world, some choose to use raspberry seed oil as a sunscreen. I would not necessarily recommend it for prolonged sun exposure. But cold-pressed raspberry seed oil is a great ingredient to have in one’s everyday skincare. NOTE: Please use a good non-nano mineral sunscreen if you are going to be out and about in the sun. Based on your skin color, judge what the right cut off time is for you individually. Darker skin has more melanin which means it needs more sunshine to get the same amount of Vitamin D but also means it will burn less easily.
Till next time, Urvashi xoxox
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