Friday, July 31, 2015

Essential Oils 101: Be Safe in the Sun

Some oils are photosensitive (esp. citrus oils) meaning they react to radiant energy or light such as natural sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV rays. So you are planning on being in the sun, you should avoid applying these oils to your skin for at least 6 hours prior to being in the sun.

These oils are primarily citrus oils and include Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange,  and Tangerine.  The result is a dark pigmentation or a rash on the skin.  Bergamot contains bergaptene, a dominant photosensitizer, and can cause severe reactions. The stronger and more lengthy the UV ray, the longer the wait should be.

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