Rubus Idaeus



Rubus Idaeus at a glance

  • Contains a broad range of antioxidants, including vitamins C & E
  • Can inhibit enzymes in skin that lead to discolouration
  • Helps skin defend itself in the presence of UVB light
  • Popularly known as red raspberry

Rubus Idaeus description

_Rubus idaeus_ (raspberry) is popularly known as red raspberry to differentiate it from other types. This fruit gets its red colour from the presence of antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins.[br] [br] Raspberry fruit contains a broad mix of antioxidants, including ascorbic acid (vitamin C) beta-carotene, glutathione, quercetin, and vitamin E.[br] [br] Raspberry is also a source of a type of polyphenol known as ellagitannins, such as those from antioxidant ellagic acid. This group of tannins does not have the astringent quality of the type of tannins that naturally occur in the witch hazel plant.[br] [br] Applied to skin, red raspberry can inhibit enzymes in skin that lead to signs of discolourations and loss of firmness. Of course, these benefits also rely on daily use of broad spectrum sunscreen to protect skin from exposure to UV light.Speaking of UV light, research has also shown topical application of red raspberry extract helps skin defend itself in the presence of UVB light.

Rubus Idaeus references

  • Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, January 2019, ePublication
  • Food & Function, February 2018, pages 806-818
  • Advanced in Nutrition, January 2016, pages 44-65
  • Cosmetics, Volume 5, 2018, ePublication

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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