What Happens When You Combine Sun and Citrus

Orange juice in the sun

During the spring and summer more so than any other time of the year, many are diving into lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits. It’s a quintessential part of the warmer weather (margaritas, anyone?) and one many of us are all about. However, that citrus can have a nasty and toxic effect on your skin when combined with the sun’s rays. Not only can citrus juice have an effect on the pH of your skin, but it could also result in hyperpigmentation, irritation, and yes, even possible burns. So how exactly can you avoid having a negative reaction between sun and citrus?

Stop the Citrus DIY
We’re a fan of DIY, but only when it’s done correctly, and putting citrus on your skin (we’re especially looking at you, lemon juice) could have not-such-great effects when you combine that with the sun’s rays. Beauty products are specially formulated so they’re usually safer to use on your skin. There are plenty of citrus-inspired versions out there but even then you’re still going to have to be careful.

Read Labels
It’s important to note that even if you use a citrus-inspired beauty product that there’s still a chance it may interact with the sun’s rays which is why it’s so important to read the labels. Check if there’s a warning indicating how and when it’s best to use the product which should actually be done with every product anyway.

Orange juice

Talk to Your Dermatologist and Esthetician
We can’t say enough about how important it is to keep an open dialogue with your dermatologist and esthetician. Certain ingredients on your skin, such as citrus, can result in an unpleasant reaction especially if you are currently taking medication or you’re being treated for a particular skin condition. You don’t want to make the mistake of just giving it a go before first checking with your dermatologist or esthetician to see if it would be okay to use on your particular skin.

Do a Patch Test
If you’re one of the many who use beauty products without first doing a patch test, you may be doing your skin a disservice. Doing a patch test is so very important because it can help you determine if a product is safe to use all over your skin. Make sure to do it with absolutely any product you’re considering using.

Wash Your Hands
Did you know that having citrus juice on your skin and being out in the sun could cause a negative reaction? There’s even a reaction called Phytophotodermatitis that you can get from doing something as simple as accidentally getting citrus juice all over your hands and then being out in the sun. Whenever you’re dealing with any citrus, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands immediately after.

If you’re going to be combining citrus with your skin for one reason or another, there are a multitude of precautions you can take to help decrease the chances of having a reaction such as only using the citrus products at night (then washing your hands anyway), avoiding citrus, not intentionally putting citrus on your skin, and making sure that any time you do use citrus you wash your hands thoroughly.

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