you're reading...
The massage, Tips

Beware of the sun after a massage

Now that the sunny weather has arrived, there’s a reason for caution. Massage oils often contain essential oils, which jave pleasant fragrances and can help you in many different ways.

One thing that many people don’t realize is that some essential oils can make the skin very photo-sensitive. This means that after the appliance of these oils, even in a diluted form, you should avoid exposure to the sun, unless you want to risk burns and damage.

The oils in question are the citrus oils. In particular avoid bergamot, but the other citrus oils like lemon and grapefruit can pose a risk as well. Orange oil is possibly safe, but better be careful than sorry and just avoid all citrus oils.

Some sources say to avoid sunlight for 12 hours, others are more cautious and say to avoid direct exposure to the sun for up to three days.

So next time you get a massage, ask the therapist which essential oils are in the massage oil and take precaution thereafter.

Source among others: Aromatherapy for healing the spirit by Gabriel Mojay

About Pia Poulsen

Pia Poulsen is educated as a wellness massage therapist at Institut FIGARI in Paris, from where she passed her certification exam in January 2008. Since then she has expanded her skills to become the first Advanced LaStone® practitioner in France as well as a certified LaStone® instructor.


Comments are closed.