Summer can present a whole slew of problems, from melty makeup to not-so-fresh hair. But perhaps one of the most annoying things that can happen when it's warm outside is that bugs are more apt to come and pay you a visit. Were you one of those kids who used their fingernails to make crisscross marks on mosquito bites for relief? You're going to want to put that practice to an end; scratching and poking can make them worse and lead to scarring. Instead, find out tips for stopping the itching, swelling, and redness when you read more.
- Put it on ice: If a bite is fresh, ice it as soon as possible to prevent inflammation.
- Hit up the drugstore: For over-the-counter itch relief, apply a product containing hydrocortisone (yes, that can even include hemorrhoid cream) or calamine lotion. Beauty multitasker fans will love Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion ($17), which contains the latter. And although it's actually formulated for acne, it also takes the itch out of mosquito bites.
- Go green: Have an aloe plant on hand? Extract the juice from within and apply to the affected area to assist in healing and calming the bite. Or try Shea Terra Organics' Cape Aloe Topical Healing Gel ($24), which also helps with other summertime problems such as acne, razor burn, nicks, and cuts.
- Raid the cupboard: Use honey to help sooth the bite, or make a homemade paste of baking soda and water for relief.
- Itch-free with tea tree: Tea tree oil doesn't just have antiseptic properties, but it has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch benefits, as well. Say buzz off to your bites with Burt's Bees Bug Bite Relief ($3), which contains the healing ingredient, as well as lavender and lemongrass oils to reduce discomfort.