AFTER every holiday, I'm always guaranteed to come back home with at least one souvenir – a series of gruesome mosquito bites.
From staycations in the UK to trips abroad, I'm the unfortunate person who ends up with countless itchy red dots all over my arms and legs.
And as someone who's actually allergic to mozzies, my bites sometimes become infected and swell – only adding to the misery.
Over the last few years, I've tried everything to keep the bugs at bay including foul-smelling mosquito repellents, bands designed to repel the critters, and citronella candles.
I was even prescribed a course of medication by a dermatologist, but even that didn't seem to do the trick.
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Instead, I simply lived with the bites.
But when I heard about Avon Skin So Soft, a mosituriser-cum-mosquito repellent, I knew I had no choice but to give it a go.
While the moisturising spray isn't strictly marketed as a mosquito repellent, it's become a firm favourite among mums who are desperate to keep their kids bite-free.
This is because the moisturising spray doesn't leave a foul smell and is easy to apply.
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A 100ml travel-sized bottled can be purchased for as little as £4 on the Avon website too.
I decided to test out the moisturiser on a recent trip to Lago Bracciano in Lazio in Italy.
As I was holidaying near a lake, being bitten was almost a given.
When I arrived at my accommodation in Italy, I sprayed several pumps of the repellent into my hands and massaged it onto my arms and legs.
I applied the moisturising spray first thing in the morning after I'd slathered on my suncream.
Throughout the day, I topped up the spray at regular intervals and made sure to give my legs and ankles plenty of attention too.
After my first day in Italy, I didn't have a single mosquito bite.
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I shared the spray with my eight friends who I was on holiday with too, and it's safe to say it went down a storm.
We used every drop from both of my travel-sized bottles during our week-long holiday.
After seven days in Italy, I had just three bites on my right leg, which I deemed a success.
And I'm not the only person who's impressed by the spray either, holidaymakers have been raving about the product on reviews online.
It has a 4.6/5 star rating on Amazon from more than 6,824 ratings.
Someone said: "It works on insect bites and helps to prevent them."
While another added: "I use this a lot as I’m allergic to insect bites and it generally works very well."
A third person wrote: "I used this product for many years, and it's the best thing to deter the bugs and midges."
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The Beurer BR60 insect bite healer is said to relieve the symptoms of bites by applying heat to the affected area.
Meanwhile, another travel writer has hailed mosquito bands as a "game-changer" in the fight against the pests.
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