They may be small, but don’t let this little red berry fool you – it is a giant when it comes to improving your health and your skin.
As one of the few fruits actually native to America and well as in Nordic countries, cranberries are packed full of antioxidants. Cranberry seed oil’s skin nourishing properties might be unknown to you, but it all begins at the source: the tiny cranberry itself.
Cranberries are full of beneficial compounds, which can be found in arctic cranberry seed oil itself. This natural oil, as an ingredient in skin care, may help skin look refreshed and revitalized. If you’re dealing with a dull complexion, consider the cranberry as a way to improve it!
What Makes Arctic Cranberry Seed Oil Different?
Cranberries probably only appear in your diet during the holidays, right? The healing potential of cranberries has been around for centuries – the berries have been used as a remedy for colds, digestive issues, and urinary problems for centuries.1
The cranberry, a perennial evergreen shrub, has horizontal stems that can reach up to two meters long. With pink and white flowers, they’re mostly seen blooming during the hotter months of June and July.2
But what makes cranberry seed oil worth paying attention to?
The polyphenols, of course!
Cranberries—filled with different kinds of polyphenols— are antioxidants that promote cell health within the body. Anthocyanins, flavonols, proanthocyanidins, organic acids, and carbohydrates are just a few of the beneficial components of cranberries.3
These components are translated into helpful agents for the body as cranberries are cold-pressed into oil while maintaining the same antioxidant powers (just in oil form).4 Cold pressing is simply a method of drawing the oils from the berries; it requires no additional heat or chemical additives.
So what does that mean for the skin?
Each of the different kinds of polyphenols found in cranberries is responsible for its own, potent fight against the signs of again. And each polyphenol has its own subcategory, including anthocyanins, flavonols, and proanthocyanidins.
The different polyphenols benefit our skin in different ways:
Catechins, a kind of flavonol, are believed to help fight signs of aging in the skin, like wrinkles and sagging, by preventing cell stress and death. The have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, suggesting that they’re a key element in preventing skin aging.5
The proanthocyanidins found in arctic cranberries may help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. It’s known that sun damage is suggested to be a huge factor in skin aging, since it’s believed to be a factor that contributes to wrinkles, sagging, and dark spots.6
Other flavonols found in arctic cranberries, including quercetin and myricetin, are antioxidants believed to help protect the skin as well.7,8 Quercetin, with its anti-inflammatory properties, has been used to soothe irritated skin. In combination with other compounds, it’s thought to be useful in helping to reduce signs of inflammation without irritating skin further.9
Myricetin has been linked to benefits for the skin by hydrating skin cells and stopping cell death within the skin. It’s believed to specifically combat UVB ray damage that can lead to serious skin health issues. Because it could possibly keep skin smooth and firm, myricetin is thought to be a potent ingredient in anti-aging skin care.10
Latest Studies and What They Mean for Arctic Cranberry Seed Oil
Polyphenols have been linked to significant skin health issues that could speak to the bigger picture of the power of antioxidants. The same proanthocyanidins found in cranberries have been suggested to fight viral skin infections, for example.11
Arctic cranberry extract itself has been recently considered as a new source for antiviral microbicides and its use as an antiviral agent. By preventing antiviral cells from absorbing into the skin, arctic cranberry extract is believed to be a strong candidate for preventing viral activity within the skin, even as it was tested by different pH levels and proteins.12
Arctic cranberry seed oil is a powerful source of skin-nourishing polyphenols, and recent studies support its many benefits, including anti-aging.
Our skin is the first line of defense against our environment, so why wouldn’t we take some time to protect it? With catechin, quercetin, and myricetin – all polyphenols found in cranberries – there’s no doubt that cranberry seed oil can benefit the skin.
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9. in CF e. Anti-inflammatory activity and percutaneous absorption of quercetin and its polymethoxylated compound and glycosides: the relationships to chemical… – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbinlmnihgov. 2012. Accessed January 4, 2017.
10. Huang JH e. Protective effects of myricetin against ultraviolet-B-induced damage in human keratinocytes. – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbinlmnihgov. 2010.Accessed January 4, 2017.
11. Gescher K e. Proanthocyanidin-enriched extract from Myrothamnus flabellifolia Welw. exerts antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus type 1 by inhibition … – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbinlmnihgov. 2010. Accessed January 4, 2017.
12. Terlizzi ME e. Inhibition of herpes simplex type 1 and type 2 infections by Oximacro(®), a cranberry extract with a high content of A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs… – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbinlmnihgov. 2016. Accessed January 4, 2017.