Summer Safety Tips Photosensitive Oils

Summer is approaching like a heat wave, and I know everyone has sun and outdoor time on the mind. You can already imagine how the first day at the pool will go, the first hike into the woods and the first sunscreen application.  During the whirlwind of fun, don’t forget about the safe summer use of your favorite oils. Let’s discuss the photosensitive essential oils before you apply your favorites in the morning to sit by the pool with your summer book and ensure that your favorites aren’t going to cause you some nasty sun sensitivity pain.

What is Photo Sensitivity

UV (ultraviolet) radiation from the sun (or artificial methods such as a tanning bed) comes in contact with specific substances it causes chemical and biological reactions that cause the skin to be more sensitive. This reaction causes the skin’s pigment to darken similar to a sunburn, possible irritation or blistering, while potentially becoming itchy or painful. If extreme, it can cause burns or hives. All of these reactions are temporary.


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What Oils Cause Photo Sensitivity

Primarily citrus oils are the culprits. Always check labels before applying an oil to make sure it doesn’t contain a photosensitive warning. This is especially true of oil blends when you may or may not be aware of the citrus or other sensitive oils contained in the blend. Fortunately, since you’re a doTERRA oil user, you don’t have to second guess which oils have the potential photosensitivity issue. Every bottle is marked.

Here’s the list of oils to use with caution this summer (when applying to skin and mixing in sunshine): It’s important to note, these oils do not cause problems EXCEPT when used topically on skin that will have exposure to UV rays up to 12 hours after application. These oils can be safely used internally or on skin that will be covered.

  • Aromatouch
  • Bergamot
  • doTERRA Breathe
  • Citrus Bliss
  • Cumin
  • Elevation
  • Grapefruit
  • InTune
  • Kumquat
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • doTERRA OnGuard
  • Purify
  • Slim & Sassy
  • Sunny Citrus
  • Tangerine
  • Wild Orange
  • Zendocrine
  • dōTERRA Cheer
  • dōTERRA Motivate
  • dōTERRA Forgive

How to Avoid Photo Sensitivity

When using any essential oils that cause phototoxicity, take great care to avoid applying on areas that will be exposed to UV rays within 12 hours of application. Do not add it to any other product you will be putting on your skin within a 12-hour window of going outdoors.

Avoid outdoors during peak hours on sunny days, use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF and wear UV protective clothing and eyewear always.

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