Yes there is a right way and a wrong way or, more to the point, an effective way and an ineffective way!
A little application of repellent here and there won’t work, whichever one you use. A squirt on the back of your shirt or a puff of spray above your head won’t do the trick either. On the other hand there is such a thing as overkill!
Regardless of formulation and active ingredients contained in your repellent, it won't work if you don't put it on properly. Whether it is a cream, lotion, gel, roll-on, pump-spray or aerosol, you need to ensure you have applied a complete covering of a thin, even coating on all exposed areas of your skin. If you miss even just one little bit the sand flies, mosquito or noseeums will find that spot and attack it with relish. We've all seen people using spray repellents where 75%+ misses the target and gets blown away into the wind, one of the many good reasons to switch to our natural repellent bars!
Also remember that throughout the course of the day you will sweat the repellent off, rub it off or even wash it off while swimming, so keep in mind that you’ll need to reapply your chosen repellent regularly.
Additionally, if you wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to add extra protect from the bites remember that darker colours tend to attract the flying pests and even though pale clothing won’t repel bugs it has been proven to be less attractive to them, so maybe you won’t attract as many. It is also worth considering wearing loose-fitting clothing, not skin tight, so they cannot bite directly through the clothes to your skin.
Inevitably there will be bites whatever you use, but hopefully with the right product and due care in application these will be kept to a minimum (maybe even none!) and you can have the perfect vacation.
Before you go, don't forget to read our invaluable blog post on 'Which Should I Apply First, Sunscreen or Bug Repellent?' .
Best wishes and stay safe,
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