DEET, a chemical found in many bug bite medications, is so powerful that it can melt plastic – do you really want that on your skin? What’s more, a study by Duke University’s Medical Center proved that prolonged DEET exposure can cause headaches, muscle aches, shortness of breath and even memory loss! Instead, consider treating bug bites naturally by applying soothing aloe vera, tea tree oil, chamomile, peppermint or lemon and lime.*
If you don’t have these natural ingredients at home, remember that you can naturally soothe a bug bite by alternating applications of ice and heat. You can also reduce your risk of pesky insect bites altogether by avoiding the outdoors at dawn and dusk.
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