Elements and activities – RID™ Insect Repellent and SPF50+ Sunscreen Combo
Quick Facts: ⊙ Only available for export outside the UK and EU; ⊙ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum SPF50+; ⊙ Water-resistant for up to four hours; ⊙ 100ml lotion which is moisturising and easy to apply; ⊙ Repels mosquitoes and flies for up to two hours; ⊙ Safe 7% DEET content (see our section on 'The more DEET the better?' in the information section below)
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Convenience now comes in RID™'s new dual protection sunscreen SPF50+. It’s the perfect combination for your outdoor needs. As we are not able to ship our SafariSUN™ sunscreen to the US due to restrictions on aerosols, this lotion is perfect for US clients who are after a sunscreen and insect repellent solution.
The features of this insect repellent and sunscreen combo make it very well-suited to the outdoors. We highly recommend RID™ insect repellent because it actually works. When you purchase this combo, you will experience the convenience of the following features:
• UVA/UVB broad spectrum SPF50+
• Water-resistance for up to four hours
• Light, non-greasy, and moisturising lotion
• All-in-one convenience in a 100ml lotion tube pack
• Repels mosquitoes and flies for up to two hours
• TGA-approved sunscreen
• This product has a DEET concentration of 7% which is safe to use on children over the age of 12 months
• In very young children (under 12 months), the product, as per directions, should be applied to a small area of skin first to test for any adverse reaction
• The product is safe to apply to the face, but avoid getting it into the eyes, mouth, or areas with broken skin
• The product must always be applied in accordance with the label instructions
• With respect to certain plastics, DEET has been known to adversely react. However, that is normally in higher concentrations. We recommend exercising care around plastics.
Choice Magazine conducted independent tests on 15 leading insect repellent brands to test the efficacy and duration of protection as stated on their packaging. These tests were performed four times per product on a group of men and women aged between 18 and 70, with readings taken at intervals between 15 minutes and three hours after application. RID™ ranked highest with an impressive 98% score and a recommendation for excellent protection.
Directions for use:
Apply to the skin in generous amounts over all of the exposed areas 20 minutes before sun exposure. It should be re-applied every four hours or more often when sweating and should be re-applied after swimming or towelling.
For external use only. If rash or irritation occurs, discontinue use. If swallowed, seek medical advice. Do not apply to eyes, mouth, or broken skin. Avoid contact with food and food utensils, with spectacle frames, soft plastics, or synthetic fibres, timber fittings, and furniture. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Wear protective clothing, hats, and eyewear when exposed to the sun.
Keep out of reach from children. Keep in an upright position in a cool dry place. Store below 30 degrees Celsius in closed original container.
RID™ repellent contains DEET which is a plasticiser. Officially therefore, the bottles carry a warning against spraying RID™ on to synthetic fabrics. In our experience with the product, and due to the low levels of DEET, we do spray RID™ on to our Rufiji™ clothing and to date have had no damage to our clothes whatsoever. Having said that, you should use your common sense. For example, if you are wearing an expensive shirt or one which is made from sensitive fabric, it may be best not to spray RID™ on to the clothes. For all clothing, we suggest that you try spraying a little RID™ on to the hem (or an area that will not matter should RID™ cause any damage) to test whether damage will occur.
Please pack RID™ as you would any other toiletries. When you pack RID™ and your toiletries you should always try and remove excess air from the bottle, tighten the lid as much as you can, and pack into a zip-lock type bag. Cabin pressure and rough handling of your luggage by airport staff may result in your toiletries leaking and the same is true for RID™.
Amazing! Took RID with me on my trip to Montevideo and it worked like a charm! I'm normally mosquito kibble, but not a single bite. Even watched one appear, go "urgh!" and fly off in another direction. Smell isn't over-powering and I won't travel without RID in future.
T Garrick, Okavango Tours & S
RID really did work and I definitely didn't get munched by Mosquitoes or Tsetse flies in Mana Pools (there were MILLIONS of them!).
D Southwood, Travel Africa Mag
RID: the most amazing anti bug spray ever! Would never leave home without a bottle of this stuff, unbelievable.
D White, Okavango Tours & S
Regarding the RID. It is a yes yes yes from me. We all used it and while they pestered us quite a bit we did not get bitten where it was sprayed. I ended up spraying a lot on my shirts and shorts so we recommend it for anyone going to tsetse infested areas.
Augusta von Preussen
No other spray keeps the bugs away quite as well as Rid. I take it on every trip without fail. It’s easy to apply, the bottle is a handy size to throw into a day pack, and it holds the perfect amount for one person on a two week trip. The mosquitos in the areas where we travel can often carry some very dangerous diseases, so as well as preventing painful and itchy stings, it protects my health as well.
S Burrows, Bhangazi Horse S
Rid is fantastic, I have used it for years in Botswana if anywhere near Tsetse flies. It does not seem to have had any effect on my children (as yet) and it works for mozzies too.