Don’t Use These Essential Oils in the Sun

Last updated: June 2020

I like using essential oils – especially citrus oils – to help boost my mood. However, I discovered the hard way that if you’re using citrus essential oils topically, you need to be aware of their interaction with sunlight.

If you’re applying citrus essential oils to your skin, you need to avoid exposing that area of your skin to direct sunlight for at least 12 hours. Your skin is likely to experience hyperpigmentation. This is what happen to me one day that I apply the oils right before I went to the pool in my bathing suit. That area of my skin got darker and took a long, long time before it faded back to normal.

So citrus oils can definitely support you in uplifting your mood, but just apply it in an area that won’t get direct sun exposure!

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