how to correctly apply insect repellent
Follow these five tips to keep the mosquitoes off and your groove on.
Have a Good Spray: Use a Slow Sweeping Motion
Read the instructions to see if you need to shake your AUTAN® aerosol. If so, shake first, and then hold it 6-8 inches [15-20cm] away from exposed skin and clothing. Spray in a slow sweeping motion. No need to let it “set”—it works immediately.
What not to do:
- Don’t apply your protection out of order. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that sunscreen go on first, followed by insect repellent.
- Don’t apply on cuts, wounds or irritated or sunburned skin.
- Don’t spray in enclosed areas. Spray outdoors.
Get Even: Use Hands to Evenly Moisten Exposed Skin
Use just enough to cover exposed clothing* and skin (see the next step for instructions on applying to the face). Use your hands to evenly moisten exposed skin. Remember those easy-to-forget areas, like the ankles and behind the elbows. And know this, products with a higher percentage of the active ingredient do not offer stronger protection. They just last longer. So choose a product that suits the amount of time you plan to spend outdoors.
Learn about active ingredients DEET and Picaridin.
*For DEET-based products, do not apply on or near acetate, rayon, spandex, other synthetics (aside from nylon), furniture, plastics, watch crystals, leather and painted or varnished surfaces, including automobiles.
Face Facts: Apply to Face with Control
Whether you’re protecting your face or children’s faces, this is about applying the product with control. Spray the palm of your hand first, then use just enough to apply to the face and around the ears. Avoid eyes and mouth entirely.
Kids: You’ve Got to Hand it to Them
Keep AUTAN® repellent out of children’s reach. Don’t allow children to handle the product themselves and don’t apply it directly to their hands. Instead, follow the same “hands first” method. Spray the palm of your hand first, then put the product on children.