The Zika virus remains a threat as well. According to the CDC, as of early May, there have been 5,274 reported cases of Zika virus disease (Zika) infection in the US since January 2015.
The CDC says the best way to prevent Zika is to protect against mosquito bites and recommends using an EPA-registered insect repellent to do so. Saltidin (Picaridin/Icaridin) produced by Lanxess is one of the CDC recommended EPA-registered insect repellent active ingredients.
An alternative to DEET, this ingredient is key in formulations such as Avon Skin So Soft.
“With the emergence of the Zika virus, protection from mosquitoes has become more important than ever, and Lyme disease seems to be a growing concern as well,” says Hans Essenbreis, business development manager for Saltidin. “Consumers are becoming more conscious of what they put on their skin. So when they want effective protection without some of the disadvantages associated with traditional insect repellents, they turn to Saltidin (Picaridin/Icaridin)-based repellents. As an active ingredient, Saltidin offers formulators the perfect balance of effectiveness, safety and user-friendliness.”