When you’re travelling, you will probably need traveling out how you’re going to avoid any insects and bugs that may see your bare skin as their next meal. Insect bites can be incredibly irritating and can distract you from your travels. This is why a good insect repellent can be one of the most important things that you pack in your suitcase.
While using insect repellents is important, there are often a number of safety concerns surrounding the use of these products and their ingredients. So, how can you make sure you use insect repellents safely?
Where to Avoid
You should be careful when applying your insect repellent to avoid certain parts of your skin. This includes near your eyes and mouth, and you should also use sparingly around your ears. You will also need to be careful if you have any cuts or areas of irritated skin as insect repellents can cause skin irritation in some cases.
When applying to your face, it’s best to spray onto your hands and then apply to your face to avoid getting into your eyes or mouth.
Applying Insect Repellents to Children
If you’re concerned about the safety of insect repellents, you may be wondering about how you can use it on your children safely. It’s important to take care when applying insect repellent on children, making sure that they don’t handle it themselves. You should avoid applying it to their hands to avoid insect repellent finding its way into their mouths or eyes.
It is also recommended that you do not use insect repellent on children under the age of three if it contains oil of lemon eucalyptus, and avoid using DEET on babies under two months.
Choosing the Right Insect Repellent
If you are concerned about any of the ingredients in insect repellents, there are plenty of natural options to choose from which may put your mind at ease when using it on yourself or your children. We spoke to Alfresco who create natural insect repellents, and said,
“People often dismiss natural insect repellents as being ineffective when compared to traditional products. However, they can be incredibly effective if they use the right ingredients. In fact, natural alternatives often have a number of benefits such as lasting for a longer period of time and not having a strong chemical smell.”
You may also find that DEET isn’t as effective as it once was, leaving you at risk of insect bites. Some research suggests that mosquitos can become immune to DEET after previously being deterred by it. This research found that mosquitos were repelled by the chemical which was applied to a human arm at first, but when they were later faced with it again, they effectively ignored the DEET and proceeded to bite the arm.
Insect repellents can help to keep you and your family safe from insect bites as you avoid being bitten by insects that may carry a whole range of diseases, as well as avoiding the irritating and sometimes painful aftermath of being bitten.