A phototoxic oil is an oil that contains a high percentage of a constituents called Furanoids which causes an increase in the effects of the sun on our skin. These constituents are commonly found in the peel of citrus fruits – they are what cause the fruit to change colors as they ripen in the sun. Fascinating! But….
Thankfully there are only a handful of oils you need to be really careful with. Phototoxicity is mainly a concern when a phototoxic oil or a product containing an oil is applied to the skin and left on. Products like face washes with citrus oils are diluted in the product and rinsed off. This is not known to cause phototoxic issues. The skincare products from the essential oil company we use are safe because they took the extra precaution of using steam-distilled Lemon and Lime which are not phototoxic. Internal use of citrus oils is also typically a non-issue. Do take care if you have extremely sensitive skin.
So just remember to apply these where you wont be exposing skin to the sun, or use them on the bottom of your feet, and you’ll be just fine. Essential oils are such a wonderful blessing in the hot summer months – the Repellant blend to avoid bug bites, Peppermint to stay cool and Citrus oils in your water to help you stay hydrated. No need to avoid them, just be careful with a few.
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