We are officially welcoming that sweet summertime sunshine today! Here’s some important things to remember about using oils safely in the sun ☀️
Did you know that several essential oils are considered “phototoxic”? This basically means that they react with UV rays (whether that’s from sunlight or artificial light, like you find in a tanning bed) and can cause adverse reactions with our skin that can sometimes last for months. Sometimes it can show up as a rash, blisters, or even permanent darkening wherever the oil was applied and exposed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Does that mean you have to put your beloved grapefruit and bergamot away for the summer? NO WAY! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just apply to areas that won’t be exposed to the sun for at least 24 hours (basically under your clothes...roll down spine or on the bottoms of feet!). And of course, they are always safe to diffuse!
Most of the oils on the list below are in the citrus family, but there are a few others, and several blends that might not come immediately to mind. Young Living has labeled all of these oils very clearly, so please always check before applying to you or a loved one!
Oils that shouldn’t see the sun:
Into the Future
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