If you want the best protection from mosquitoes, you’ll need to apply repellent over pretty much all your exposed skin. That includes your face.
But you don’t want to spray bug spray directly on your face. You risk getting it into your eyes, or breathing it in. Instead, the label will probably tell you to spray it on your hands and apply that way. But here’s a hack to improve on that, which we found via Gareth’s Tips, Tools, and Shop Tales: spray the bug spray on the back of your hand.
After all, bug spray doesn’t need to cover every inch of skin like sunscreen does. You’re supposed to avoid getting it around your eyes and mouth. So if you apply the bug spray with the back of your hand, you can easily smear it on the larger, flatter surfaces of your face like your forehead and cheeks.
This also means you won’t be left with sticky bug spray on your fingers, where it could end up in your eyes or on your food if you’re not careful. So spray the back of your hand, apply to face, and venture forth, bugproof.