Summer is just around the corner!!!
That's why today we are discussing Essential Oils and the sun! Which ones help with sunburn... and which ones can hurt with sun exposure?
It's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day sooner than you think!
There are certain Essential Oils that are not so great for prolonged sun exposure. These oils are "phototoxic," or "photosensitive," meaning they cause increased sensitivity to UV rays. The oils themselves do not cause skin sensitivity, but be aware of what oils you use and if they are properly diluted before planning your tanning.
Photosensitive oils are usually part of the citrus family. Properly diluted & distilled oils, (with the exception of lemon oil, it's still harsh), are safe to be used on your skin. If you happen to put pure citrus essential oils on your skin, avoid sun exposure for at least 12 hours and make sure you put sunscreen on over the applied area.
Photosensitive oils include*:
Bergamot essential oil
Grapefruit essential oil
Bitter orange essential oil
Cold-pressed lemon essential oil
Cold-pressed lime essential oil
Lemon verbena essential oil
Lemongrass essential oil
Angelica Root essential oil
Mandarin Leaf essential oil
Rue essential oil
*Not all photosensitivity levels are created equal, however. While 1 drop of Bergamot oil is all you need to get a reaction, it can take 24 drops of Grapefruit oil to create the same reaction. There is debate about a few other potentially photosensitive oils that are not listed here.
Bottom line: be cautious when choosing citrus oils. Apply with care, and do a little research to verify safety. (We are not claiming all scientific knowledge; we recommend resources like www.usingeossafely.com.)
Essential Oils like Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium oils can be extremely beneficial for sunburn relief. Peppermint also can be antiinflammatory, but does sting when placed on a wound.
Here is where we come in: Visit our stores in Downtown Colorado Springs and Lakewood to visit our Body Bars; a place where you can create your own amazing gourmet product (you can do this online too)! Many of our products have amazingly beneficial ingredients and essential oils already incorporated :-)
Looking for soothing? Our Sunflower and Aloe Lotion Base is the perfect platform for soothing oils (especially for burn relief... hello aloe!)
We also love our SOOTHE Tub Soak*. Its ingredients include oats, honey and goatsmilk, which sooth the skin (check out this past blog post!).
*If you do choose to take a bath after a sunburn, make sure the water is cooler than normal!
So there you have it! Summer is coming! Get a jump on your sunny day skin care. Have questions? Ask us! We'll see you soon!
Thankful for you,
Rocky Mountain Soap Market