After returning from a weekend spent outdoors at a lake house, I found myself rudely awoken in the middle of the night with a terrible itch all over my feet from what seemed like a million little bug bites. I couldn’t sleep – they itched terribly. And I didn’t have an antihistamine in the house for immediate relief.
So – what can you do in this circumstance?
First, always try and prevent them in the first place by choosing fragrances and moisturizers that won’t attract insects in the outdoors. Both the Lavender Chamomile Moisturizing Oil and Vanilla Citrus Moisturizing Oil act as wonderful bug repellents, thanks to their unique essential oil blends, which have smells that are strongly disliked by insects. Bugs will avoid these natural scents, so they work well for preventing the bites.
However, if it’s too late and you’re in a middle-of-the-night bind like I was, head to your beauty cabinet and search for soothing skincare ingredients in products that you already have stocked on your shelves:
- Calendula Oil – An amazing anti-inflammatory that will ease the immediate sting or itch of a bug bite. It’s also great for helping heal a cut, if you’ve accidentally scratched open a bite from too much itching.
- Avocado Oil – Will help facilitate the healing of wounds and abrasions; it also is super soothing for instant relief. You can also grab a fresh avocado from your kitchen, mash it, and apply it directly if you’re really in a bind!
- Mango Butter – Offers wound healing and regenerative properties, acting quickly as an emollient to seal in and treat the affected area.
The product I reached for? The Calendula Eye Balm – a brilliant multi-tasker that works wonderfully for soothing bites.
How do you instantly relieve an itch from a bite? I’d love to hear from you!