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Essential Oils you shouldn’t use in the sun: Photosensitive Essential Oils

Essential Oils you shouldn’t use in the sun: Photosensitive Essential Oils

Okay, guys, spring is here, summer is coming and there are essential oils you shouldn’t use in the sun; maybe you’ve seen the post about the girl who used an oil, then immediately went tanning and got terribly burned. I’ve been tagged a few times from concerned friends who want to make sure I don’t do the same thing, but luckily, I use my brain (most of the time). I cannot palm my face hard enough because this was something that is fully preventable, but here are a couple of reminders as we spend more time outside and because sometimes we forget:

  • When in doubt, always dilute your oils.
  • When using citrus oils avoid long exposure to direct sunlight for the next 12 hours. Even if the sunlight is artificial. Even if you’re going to Jamaica in the morning and want to be tan-ish. Even if you’re just going out to the garden for an hour. Even if you think it won’t affect you.
  • Read the “teeny tiny” labels (which, BTW, are teeny tiny because they are on a teeny tiny bottle). Photosensitive oils have a caution on them. LISTEN TO IT.

YES, there are some essential oils that you should not use in the sun (even artificial sunlight) for long periods of time. Basically, you’re a vampire for the next twelve hours after using what we call “photosensitive” oils (mostly citrus types/blends with citrus). I feel like I’m on repeat here, but GUYS. DO NOT USE A CITRUS ESSENTIAL OIL (or blend), THEN SPEND A BUNCH OF TIME OUT IN THE SUN.

Essential Oils you shouldn’t use in the sun:

Because I use brand oils (Doterra), this is specific to what they sell. Pin this image for all of your oily friends (because other brands have citrus-y oils too).

oils you shouldn't use in the sun

Single oils you shouldn’t use in the sun:

  • bergamot
  • cumin
  • grapefruit
  • lemon
  • lime
  • tangerine
  • wild orange

Blend oils that you shouldn’t use in the sun:

  • aromatouch
  • breathe
  • citrus bliss
  • elevation
  • intune
  • onguard
  • purify
  • slim & sassy
  • zendocrine
  • dōterra cheer
  • dōterra motivate
  • dōterra forgive

As always, if you have any questions or want to know how you can save 25% OFF your essential oils then message me! If you have questions about DoTerra then read over this quick FAQs post.

Oh, and PIN THE IMAGE so all of your oily friends know about what oils you shouldn’t use in the sun.

essential oils you shouldn't use in the sun

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