3 Things To Look For In Insect Repellant
Much to our irritation, bugs enjoy the warm weather just as much as the rest of us. Not only are they annoying, but potentially disease-ridden, as well. Sunscreen isn’t the only thing you should be applying to your skin before heading outdoors; insect repellant is just as important. Here are three questions you may consider asking yourself when choosing one:
1. WHAT DOES THIS REPELLANT WARD OFF?
Some repellants pride themselves as all-in-one, able to take down any bug that dares try to touch your skin. However, remember the old adage, “jack of all trades, master of none”. Certain repellants may have a small measure of success keeping all critters off your skin, but if you get one designed for specific critters like mosquitoes or flies, it will likely prove more effective.
2. WHAT ARE THE CHEMICAL LEVELS?
Several of the most commonly-used chemicals in repellants are oil of eucalyptus, deet, and picaridin. For good reason; Consumer Reports says that these chemicals in particular fare well in their tests. A 25% concentration of deet, for example, can work up to six hours. However, they also warn that negative effects can result if used improperly. Products containing more than 30 percent deet can cause rashes, disorientation, even seizures! Skin irritation can also result if the product is used in large quantities.
3. WHAT TYPE OF REPELLANT IS MOST EFFECTIVE?
Simplicity is key when it comes to repellants. No one will stop you from purchasing that fancy repellant/sunscreen combo, but keep in mind that sunscreen needs to be applied more frequently than repellant. Before you know it, you’ve had to apply way more repellant than necessary, which, as mentioned before, can lead to skin irritation or other issues.
The heat of summer rages on, and the insects aren’t going anywhere for a while. Don’t wait until you’re in the middle of the outdoors to realize you’re defenseless against the insect menace. Stop by your local Family Pharmacy and stock up on just the right products to keep them at bay.