No matter how thorough you are when applying insect repellent, occasional mosquito bites are often inevitable. Some of us are just more prone to being bitten than others, and if you know you’ve got “tasty blood,” you’ll no doubt be familiar with the intense itching that comes with a fresh bite. Various products claim to help reduce the itching, but very few actually work. Luckily, we’ve discovered a beauty hack that will cost you nothing and really reduce that desire to scratch.
The itching sensation comes from the bite reacting with air, so to stop the itch, you need to block the flow of air to the bite. You can do this a number of ways: with a plaster or spray plaster, with sticky tape, even (temporarily) with a waxy or oily substance (ever noticed your bites itch less just after you’ve applied sunscreen?). But one of the best (and least visible) ways to block off that bite is with a dab of clear nail polish!