Travel is wonderful and provides us with a view of a larger world. We travel specifically for these tastes of a wandering world. The cuisine opens us to new tastes and textures while the cultures show us other ways of living. These are defined by the place the culture developed in and the various stressors in the environment that they reacted to counter. This includes bugs. In the United States, most people simply stick towards grabbing mosquito repellent to keep the biting pests away. You know there are certain dangers to different chemicals though. Are repellents safe for your skin? What can you do to protect your skin if you’re worried about repellents? These are valid questions for anyone to ask when trying to balance a desire for beauty with a desire to protect their skin. We’ll be answering these question and others in this article.

Habit Forming
Mosquitoes are pests wherever they are. Their eternal association with various illnesses continues to make their presence as a source of anxiety wherever people are in the world. The recent Zika virus, in particular, is causing increasing worries. There are no perfectly foolproof ways to drive off mosquitoes, but you can take steps to make good habits when traveling through or living in areas where they’re prevalent. One of the best ones is simply to avoid being outside at dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes are the most active in this time period and it necessarily makes it more likely you’ll be bitten. If you must be out then, minimize the scented products that you’re wearing to avoid drawing extra attention to yourself. Loose clothing is also a good option to help frustrate mosquitoes as skin tight clothing makes it easier for them to find a spot to bite.

Woman using a mosquito repellent

Repellents remain the standard response for protecting your skin when you’re dealing with mosquitoes. People with sensitive skin may have difficulty with some sprays when applied topically though. Avoid scented repellents to try and minimize this issue. Those who don’t have sensitive skin should close their eyes and ensure that they spray their exposed skin thoroughly with the spray as most repellents don’t interact with cosmetic products. It makes them perfectly safe for those with skin of normal sensitivity. This doesn’t mean that people with sensitive skin are left entirely without options though. An often ignored tip for using mosquito repellents is to remember to spray your clothes as well to provide full protection. People with sensitive skin can easily spray the outside of their clothes with a chemical repellent to ensure they get as much protection as they can without necessarily directly irritating their skin.

Natural Repellents
Anyone who worries about the various chemical names found in standard repellants will breathe a sigh of relief to know that “natural” repellants also exist. These typically focus on the use of potent natural oils known to help drive off mosquitoes. However, these repellents are seldom nearly as effective as their deliberately engineered counterparts. They are best utilized in areas where mosquitoes are not a major problem. Citronella oil is a fairly common ingredient in these products. This makes perfect sense to anyone who has ever burned a citronella candle on a summer night to drive mosquitoes off. There are other oils though such as lemon eucalyptus and geranium oils are also known to have a degree of effectiveness. Despite their lessened effectiveness, products utilizing these oils can also offer an alternative set of products less likely to irritate sensitive skin. These should be used in professional preparations though and not directly applied to the body and skin.

Protecting your skin from mosquitoes is largely about habits. You can use repellents with sunscreens and other forms of skin protection easily. This includes natural repellents. You will find that the best option is simply to avoid going outside during the high points for mosquito activity. This can help minimize or eliminate bites entirely. Utilizing any kind of repellent when outside at other times should more or less protect your skin effectively. Just remember that standard chemical repellents may cause some skin irritation in those with sensitive skin.

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