Are Aesop products phototoxic?

No Aesop products are phototoxic. The citrus oils we utilise in our formulations either have these furanocoumarins removed prior to use, or are present in such low levels that the respective products are not phototoxic.

Several citrus extracts can have a direct phototoxic effect on the skin, resulting in skin discolouration when in direct contact with UV light. 

This is caused by a constituent of some citrus oils called furanocoumarins, which are present in Bergamot Peel, Bitter Orange Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Lemon Peel and Lime Peel oils.

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