Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil



Vaccinium macrocarpon is a North American species of cranberry shrub that produces white or pink flowers followed by sour-tasting red or pink berries. Extracts from the seeds of these berries contain a very high concentration of polyphenols, along with a good mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E) content, phytosterols, and a 1:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids. The polyphenols and vitamin E in cranberry seed oil allow this oil to provide antioxidant benefits when applied to the skin. Antioxidants limit oxidative damage caused by free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. The phytosterols in cranberry seed oil are similar to cholesterol and benefit the skin by replenishing its lipid barrier while also providing soothing effects. Lastly, the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids enables cranberry seed oil to easily absorb into the skin. These omega fatty acids function as the essential building blocks of skin’s surface layers, creating a smooth, even, healthier, and more youthful complexion.

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