Summer's most essential must have 'accessories'
Anyone who’s spend a summer in the Shanghai/Suzhou area (I am not sure how bad it is in the rest of the China, feel free to let me know all of you living in the dong bei/xi bei areas?!) knows how a bunch of aggressive mosquitoes easily can ruin your terrace night. I’ve done the mistake of enjoying a beer at a terrace without any mosquito repellent ONCE (wearing a short skirt) and the next morning, my legs looked like victims of the plague. For some reason, mosquitoes love my blood and my body reacts strongly to a bite, making the whole area around the bite swell and go red and then it itches non-stop for about 1 week (not exaggerating!). Since I love exercising and running this normally makes the itching/swelling even worse (I guess the skin gets irritated somehow when I sweat?), turning a running session into a painful experience. So, during summers in Suzhou I always spray myself (every little exposed skin part, I don’t forget the legs and the hands! Right now I have a bite on my finger as a result of sloppy spraying) with mosquito repellent before going out.
I buy my mosquito repellent from my local pharmacy. It’s a small bottle with a neon green liquid… yup, looks kind of scary and smells like absolute shi**, but I don’t care. As long as it helps I’m happy.
However, it still happens that I get bitten (there are, for instance 986489236498 mosquitoes inside the toilet stalls at our university. Try peeing while being attacked by 100 aggressive blood suckers? Yup. No can do. Even though my classroom is on the first floor I have started to take the stairs to the fifth floor every time I need to go to the bathroom. But there might still be some hungry little bastards, attacking you when you’re in a very vulnerable position… ). And once I am bitten I know it’s going to be hell. Sleepless nights of itching bites… Itchy running sessions…. Big, plague like (that leaves a scar if you itch them) spots on your legs…. uhhh… Awful!
That was until my lovely friend Monica introduced me to this fantastic little bottle of blue liquid: It goes under the name ‘refreshing water’ and smells like mint, and if you spray that on your bite it will stop itching… immediately! You can buy it from Watson (like fellow blogger Shopgirl, I love Watson! I can walk around in there for hours, just looking at unnecessary, but funny, things that I don’t need) for 14 kuais! When you pay that price you don’t only get the ‘after-bite-spray’ but you also get a mini bottle of mosquito repellent (the same, neon green one that I buy from the pharmacy). Not only does this spray stop the bite from itching, but I also experienced that it reduces the swelling of the bite.
Ahhh, since finding this thing I even dare to go and pee on the first floor of my university again. Fear mosquitoes no more!
Comes in a bag and looks like this at Watson
After-bite survival spray!