Studies suggest that raspberry seed oil protects the skin, scalp and hair against UVA and UVB and when combined with a synthetic sunscreen such as Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane its effects will be boosted. The oil is also very soothing and thought to improve skin's elasticity and glow.
The prickly raspberry shrub produces small white flowers in summer followed by the red fruits, which are eaten raw or cooked. Medicinally, raspberries are used externally for numerous kinds of skin conditions; they will soothe itches, burns and infections. The seeds are the little things that always get stuck in your teeth after eating the fruit. They are simply pressed to obtain the golden yellow oil.
The sun is important for our health, helping us to produce vitamin D, which makes us feel happy among other benefits. However, like all good things, we must enjoy it in moderation and avoid extensive exposure as it has been linked with cancers and premature ageing. The best way to avoid it (and to reduce oily puddles of sunscreen floating through the sea during the summer holidays) will always be to cover yourself with clothes and hats - and to stay fresh in the shade during the warmest hours. If you can't avoid going out in the sun then reach for the sunscreen.
Different frequencies of UV light can cause varying types of damage to the skin. UVA exposure penetrates the skin and causes degradation of collagen and elastin fibres, damaging the skin from the inside out, while UVB exposure causes burning and redness. It’s also important to protect the hair and scalp from sun damage. After all, the head is the part of the body that’s closest to the sun and it’s the easiest place to burn. Sun exposure can leave the scalp red, sore and itchy, and it can also result in dry, frizzy hair and colour fade.