Your Favorite Berry Has Some Unexpected Skin-Care Benefits

One of the most delicious fruits of the season has benefits that extend far beyond taste. Raspberry seed oil is high in antioxidants that repair skin for a fresh, glowing complexion.

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With anti-inflammatory properties and plenty of vitamin C, raspberries are about as well regarded for their health benefits as they are for their sweet, juicy taste. But their benefits also extend far beyond their nutritional value to, well, your face.

Raspberry seed oil has become a popular ingredient in skincare for its ability to strengthen facial tissue, resulting in a firming, anti-aging effect that is beneficial for all age groups. "High in antioxidants, vitamin E, and omega-6 fatty acids, raspberry seed oil regenerates and tones the contours of the skin, resulting in a balanced complexion and radiantly beautiful skin," explains aesthetician Aby Cass, owner of Earthling Day Spa in downtown Charleston (which uses the ingredient in its revitalizing Nutrisensation facial).

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Beyond its anti-aging properties, however, raspberry seed oil does have benefits for those who have more specific skincare needs. Because of its high concentration of alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 found in plants), this oil can also help to calm psoriasis and eczema.

While you can include the oil in any beauty routine for extra hydration, sun protection (it has an SPF around 45, but don't forget sunscreen when you spend a lot of time outdoors), and age-defying skin maintenance, you can also find it in plenty of products that will help you put your best face forward.

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These skin-rejuvenating products will make a welcome addition to your top shelf.

Raspberry Seed Oil by Russell Organics, $27,

Triple Threat Detox Masque, $39,

Refining Finishing Powder, $22,

Brickell Restoring Eye Balm, $40,

Seed Face Oil by Jao, $45,

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