Tropical bliss – minus the itchy red bumps!
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The idea of being on a tropical island … the swaying palm trees, the most epic sunsets and azure waters … and the stupid mosquitoes. The buzzing, pesky little critters that irritatingly prove that dynamite comes in small packages.
I’m sitting outside on the balcony in Mauritius typing this post at around 8pm at night. I feel bullet-proof and know that my kiddos are too, tonight. We’re all covered in Peaceful Sleep’s effective 8-hour Family Care spray and I can almost see those little insects looking at me with the same disappointment I feel at a Jimmy Choo 80% sale where they sadly just sold out on my size a few minutes ago in the style I’d been salivating over for months. Speaking of saliva – do you know why mosquito bites itch? It has to do with the female mosquito’s saliva. Even in the animal kingdom (or insect queendom, in this instance), it’s the women who do most of the work 😉
Female mosquitoes need your blood to make their eggs. They get this by sticking their needle-like mouthparts (proboscis) into your skin and releasing saliva-filled anti-coagulant to stop your blood from clotting. Gross, right? It’s this saliva that has you scratching, as your body reacts to a foreign substance. To make things worse, nerves around the bite react to make your skin itch even more. All of this culminates in the familiar red bump on your skin.
These bumps can hang around from anywhere between 30 minutes to 24 hours. That’s a long time to itch. The important thing is not to scratch. By giving in, you make your body react even more to the bite, and the itch gets worse. Now, like Missy Elliot sings, “If you got an itch, let me scratch it” (in my current retro gym-hit “Work it”) and I find it impossible to not touch a mosquito bite. So, it’s very hard to convince my almost three-year-old and 11-month-old to not scratch their bites. There are various remedies for stopping the itching (I have yet to find one that works 100%), but prevention is better than cure. That’s where Peaceful Sleep comes in. It’s a trusted South African brand (which I found here on the island too) which has provided South Africans with gentle, yet effective protection from mosquitoes for over 50 years. They launched in the 1970’s with aerosol repellents and later expanded their range to include creams, lotions, and sticks. Peaceful Sleep can offer protection for up to 8 hours. The different product varieties protect you for different periods of time:
- Family Care range, the Original Spray, and the room spray last for up to 8 hours.
- The Plug-In Unit range lasts for up to 10 hours.
- The Original cream and stick last for up to 2 hours.
You can also use it, as directed, when pregnant and it can be used on babies older than 6 months.
So, with that in mind, have a peaceful night’s summer sleep 😉