There are so many wonderful benefits with using essential oils topically. AND there are some cautions that need to be taken especially when you are going to be out in the sun.
Some essential oils are Photosensitive. Which means if they are applied topically to skin area (even if diluted) that is then exposed to sunlight, it can cause burning, blistering and even discoloration.
Which Essential Oils Do You Need to Be Careful With?
Essential oils that are cold-pressed, like citrus oils, are photosensitive. They contain a unique compound called furanocoumarins which increases UV sensitivity. By the way this also applies to tanning beds!
Here is a partial list of single oils that are photosensitive. If you are using an oil blend that has any of these oils, you’ll want to watch out for those too.
- Cinnamon Bark
- Clary Sage
- Wild Orange
So, you may be wondering about the sun exposure with other essential oils that are not on this list.
The best thing to do is to pay close attention to the label. The high quality oils and oil blends that I use are all labeled with usage directions. And will tell you to avoid UV exposure if it is photosensitive.
- If you want to be using the oil or blend topically, remember to stay out of the sun for at least 12 hours. Personally, I will just use them topically in the evening or at bedtime.
- If you find yourself unexpectedly in the sun, cover up the exposed area.
- If you regularly add essential oils to your beauty routine be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and stay in the shade.
Make this Aftersun Spray to have on hand for soothing relief when you got a little too much sun.
Blessing for Health, Joy & Laughter,
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