Does Raspberry Seed Oil Offer Natural SPF?

There has been much discussion and controversy regarding healthy sun protection. Chemical sunscreens have been proven to be carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting and although mineral sunscreens appear to be safer, its unclear how these minerals are being processed or manufactured. We are so afraid of skin cancer and are told to slather ourselves with sunscreen and avoid the sun. It's important to understand that the sun naturally boosts the production of melatonin, serotonin and Vitamin D that are critical to our health. Rather than avoiding the sun, we need to practice responsible sun exposure and sun protection.

Did you know that natural sun protection can be found in plant oils?

According to a 2000 study, raspberry seed oil offers UVA + UVB protection similar to titanium dioxide with a 28-50 SPF protection factor against UVB rays and 8 SPF against UVA rays. 

We do not suggest using red raspberry seed oil as your sun protection for a full day in the sun due to its low UVA coverage. We prefer to recommend wearing a hat and staying out of the sun during peak hours. When choosing a sunscreen, choose one that contains non-nano zinc oxide and be sure to reapply it every 2 hours that you're in the sun. A sunscreen should contain a high UVA rating and an SPF 30 (which indicates levels of UVB protection). Sunscreens with high UVB + low UVA protection offer a false sense of security. Just because you're not burning, it doesn't meant that you aren't creating sun damage. Sunburn is nature’s alarm system, which you turn off with high SPF sunscreens. If you're turning pink it’s time to get out of the sun!

When choosing skin care products with natural sun protection to strengthen the skin, we do recommend seeking out products that contain the following oils:

Raspberry Seed Oil is rich in omega 3 + 6 fatty acids and antioxidants. It offers UVA and UVB sun protection and is similar to titanium dioxide protection, found in most mineral sunscreens. In addition to providing SPF 8 UVA and SPF 28-50 UVB protection, it also helps heal eczema and psoriasis as well as prevents stretch marks. 

Carrot Seed Oil (not to be confused with Carrot Seed essential oil) is a vegetable oil rich in antioxidants, contains antiseptic qualities and offers SPF of 38-40.

Jojoba Oil, rich in Vit A + E effectively treats bruises, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped dry skin. It closely resembles skin's natural sebum, making it an ideal replenishment oil. Jojoba contains anti-inflammatory Myristic acid with SPF 4.

Coconut Oil is one of the most versatile natural oils that can be used for cooking, baking and applying on your hair and skin for SPF 2-8.

Wheatgerm Oil is rich in Vit E and antioxidants to repair cell damage and provides SPF 20. 

Avocado Oil contains mono-saturated fats that form a protective layer over the skin to prevent sun tanning and offer SPF 4-15.

Soy Bean Oil is often used in Chinese cooking, use it for light hydration and SPF 10.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is healthy to consume, provides antioxidants to repair cell damage and an SPF 2-8. 

Macadamia Nut Oil is rich in phosphorus, potassium, Vit E and cinnamic acid that contributes to the oil's SPF 6 protection.

Almond Oil is rich in Vit E, nourishes the skin while offering SPF 5.


At ORESTA, we carry a variety of brands that support healthy skin with ingredients that offer natural sun protection. 

Facial Serum: Sun Damage Repair
Facial Serum: Sun Damage Repair
Laurel Whole Plant Organics products do not contain FDA approved sunscreen ingredients however all of their serums as well as their day and night balm contain organic unrefined oils that have been clinically tested to offer SPF 6-50 protection. They are also rich in antioxidants, clinically studied for their ability to reduce, repair, and prevent sun damage. Laurel products contain red raspberry seed, carrot seed, cranberry seed, jojoba, avocado and coconut oils.
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Facial Lotion
Facial Lotion
KAHINA's newly reformulated Facial Lotion features argan oil, shea butter and sodium hyaluronate to protect and nourish skin with the addition of Raspberry Seed Extract to helps protect the skin against the sun’s rays. Some makeup artists swear by it as a natural skin primer to smooth skin in preparation for makeup application.
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Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc
Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc
LIVING LIBATIONS has an interesting approach to sun protection. In their article about Wise Interaction With The Sun, founder Nadine Artemis believes that we can enjoy a healthy and happy relationship with the sun without sunscreens. Instead we focus on nourishing oils for the skin. Everybody Loves The Sunshine with Zinc contains a blend of sun-harmonizing organic plant oils including: jojoba, coco-crème, raspberry seed, tamanu and carrot seed.
At ORESTA, we believe in educating our clients about healthy skin protection. During the month of August, we are offering COMPLIMENTARY Skin Imaging Consultations so that you have the opportunity to see your true skin with our skin imaging machine and discuss how to best address your skin concerns. 
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