How do you apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent?
First, liberally apply to all exposed areas a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation with an SPF of 15-30 or higher, and reapply every two hours. Then an insect repellent (I like a DEET spray) should be applied and reapplied following the manufacturer's instructions.
This information comes from the CDC Yellow Book. Put the sun block on first, allow a period of about 5-10 minutes to allow the sunscreen to dry, prior to applying DEET insect repellent. This new advice, from the International Society of Travel Medicine, says to apply the DEET first and the sunscreen after.
- Studies have shown that Picaridin is effective, safe and has fewer unpleasant qualities than DEET. Picaridin is odorless, does not melt plastics, or feel oily on skin. Studies show that Picaridin is as effective as DEET when used at the same strength. Picaridin is available in brands such as Cutter and AVON.
- Pesticides are poisons and, unfortunately, they can harm more than just the “pests” at which they are targeted. They are toxic, and exposure to pesticides can not only cause a number of health effects, but is linked to a range of serious illnesses and diseases in humans, from respiratory problems to cancer.
- The acute toxicity of fungicides to humans is generally considered to be low, but fungicides can be irritating to the skin and eyes. Inhalation of spray mist or dust from these pesticides may cause throat irritation, sneezing, and coughing. Signs and symptoms of acute exposure for several fungicide active ingredients.
Also, follow these precautions:
- Do not apply bug sprays over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
- Use just enough insect repellent to cover exposed skin and clothing.
- Do not use under clothing.
- Avoid putting on too much bug spray.
- After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.
- First, liberally apply to all exposed areas a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation with an SPF of 15-30 or higher, and reapply every two hours. Then an insect repellent (I like a DEET spray) should be applied and reapplied following the manufacturer's instructions.
- According to the CDC, DEET products used as directed, should not be harmful, although in rare cases using DEET products can cause skin irritation. Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Do not use under clothing. Avoid over-application of this product.
- Just don't attack them, and they'll ignore you! Effect lasts 10 minutes. Bug Repellant is a consumable in ARK: Survival Evolved. Upon use, it reduces the aggressiveness of certain insects and other creatures towards the user.
FACT: The level of DEET in repellent only determines how long the protection lasts. For example, OFF!® FamilyCare Insect Repellent IV contains 7% DEET and repels mosquitoes for up to 2 hours, while OFF!® Deep Woods® Sportsmen Insect Repellent I contains 98.25% DEET and repels mosquitoes for up to 10 hours.
- If you've found an opened can or bottle of bug spray in the back of your medicine cabinet, you may wonder if it's expired. Insect repellent usually lasts for several years before losing its effectiveness. You can determine your product's efficacy even if you're not sure how old it is.
- Sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for up to three years. This means that you can use leftover sunscreen from one year to the next. Some sunscreens include an expiration date — a date indicating when they're no longer effective. Discard sunscreen that is past its expiration date.
- We happy to tell you our OFF!® products do not have an expiration date. Rather, they have a shelf life – the time during which the product is expected to be at its peak performance. The shelf life for OFF!® products is at least three years when kept out of extreme heat or cold.
Updated: 21st November 2019