Squeezing Limes Can Cause A Serious Skin Condition When Exposed To Sun

Spring is officially here, and, although some parts of the country are still going back-and-forth with the cold, it looks as though the warm weather is finally making its presence felt. As the days get longer and the sun shines hotter, more and more people are spending time outdoors. My favorite thing to do in warm weather? Get outside with a nice, cool, refreshing drink and have some cookouts. 

Of course, no cookout is complete in my mind without a whole lot of lemons and limes. From my drink to my salad to my steak fajitas, there's nothing that a dash of citrus doesn't add an extra zing too. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to make a lavender lemon-limeade. All it really requires is making a large pitcher of lemonade (or limeade, or a bit of each if you're adventurous like me), to which you add a few drops of lavender essential oil

Maybe I've just been lucky, but I never realized until I saw this video that if you handle limes improperly, it can cause a very serious skin reaction! Lemons, limes, and pretty much all citrus fruits can cause a condition known as phytophotodermatitis. If juices from citrus are left on your skin and you go out into the sun, the UV rays have an adverse chemical reaction with the citrus which results in sunburn-like symptoms with a high potential of blistering.

Watch this video to find out more about this surprising and relatively unknown danger.

H/T: Robert Jenkins

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