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28 Summertime Problem-Solving Products You'll Probably Wish You'd Known About Sooner

Small problems — from sweaty feet (antiperspirant lotion) to the sun's glare (~polarized~ sunglasses) — solved.

1. A pair of polarized sunglasses to seriously reduce glare and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, whether you're driving, boating, swimming, or just chilling in your backyard.

2. An insect repellant made with picaridin instead of DEET, which means a) you won't smell terrible (it's unscented) and b) you can worry less about SO many bugs, including mosquitos, ticks, biting flies, stable flies, black flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies.

You can get it in both lotion and spray forms; the lotion lasts the longest (up to 14 hours against mosquitos and ticks) but the spray's easy to apply on clothes (and lasts up to 12 hours against mosquitos and ticks). I think it's not technically quite as effective as DEET against mosquitos, but if you hate the smell and texture of the stuff, this is a great alternative.

Promising review: "This is the absolute best bug repellent out there. My four year old–son is severely allergic to mosquito bites. When he does get bit, they swell to the size of a half dollar, get hard and hot and often turn into a staph infection. Every summer he was getting antibiotic prescriptions and I was starting to get seriously worried. We tried so many bug sprays but they just didn't work. My sweet baby is just irresistible. I took him to an allergist and he recommended Sawyer Picaridin. I have been so happy with this bug repellent. Since using this bug spray, we haven't had to deal with a single bug bite and no more antibiotics!!"

Read the full article from Buzzfeed's Natalie Brown here.

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December 3, 2023

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Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent delivers long-lasting protection against pesky insects like mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and gnats. Formulated with 20% picaridin — an odorless, non-greasy alternative to DEET — you can count on this spray to provide up to 12 hours of protection against mosquitos and eight hours against other bugs.

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