Warmer weather is just around the corner, which means I have to greet an old friend: hey there, chub rub, long time no see. Yes, skirt and short weather is almost here, meaning that it’s time for many of us to start dealing with thigh chafing. Again.
Anyone who is part of Team Thick Thighs knows that warmer weather clothing, like dresses and rompers, mean it’s time for that awkward pain whenever we walk. Sweat plus friction equals chafing, which is especially true in between our thighs. Sometimes it can so bad that you’re overwhelmed with the urge to walk with your thighs spread apart, which… isn’t the best solution. Is it possible to end thigh chafing without looking incredibly strange? It is.
The key to getting rid of thigh chafing is to put a barrier between your thighs that will absorb sweat and/or stop the friction (like jeans). That shouldn’t mean that you have to feel extra hot in the spring and summer, when you want to wear less clothing. There are easier solutions out there than struggling to get through the day in uncomfortable denim. Check out these lifesaving tips on how to prevent thigh chafing, and get ready to make the warmer months a whole lot easier to manage.
Use Stuff Guys Use On Their BallsWant to know what chafes all year round no matter what? Balls! I'm not kidding, this stuff is called Fresh Balls and since it's designed to be used on private parts, you know there's going to be minimal harmful substances in it. Why didn't we think of it sooner? You can order this cream online if you're shy or get it from a sporting goods store. You can basically rub some on your inner thighs, going up as high as you need to go, and you should be set. Just try to avoid your vagina. Even though this is made for a genital area, it doesn't mean it's 100 percent safe. Who knew?
Switch Over To Long Boxer BriefsWe steal guy boxers all the time for sleep shorts, but summer is the ideal time to start rocking boxer briefs as your underwear instead. I know wearing men's underwear IRL could feel weird for you, but that's where Tomboy comes in with their boxer briefs built for women. In other words, there's no weird penis flap you have to worry about (though they do sell a button fly option). If you're wearing a knee length skirt/dress or lower, go for a longer length. Otherwise, normal boxer briefs should do fine.
Lush Silky Underwear Dusting PowderYou will look and feel like a magical fairy princess. I don't know how else to describe the magic that is Lush's Silky Underwear, but you'll only get it if you try it. Not only is this the most recommended product for preventing thigh chafing that I've come across, you will smell like a vanilla-jasmine-cocoa powder goddess. It keeps your skin nice and soft, too, so you might want to use it all the time and I don't blame you. Brush some on your thighs to cut down on the friction, but also reap the rest of the benefits because why not?
Don't Laugh, But Use Diaper Rash CreamYou know who chafes all the time? Babies. They even have a special cream for making it all feel better. So, have no fear if you have sensitive skin, because diaper rash cream is totally going to save you. Diaper rash cream doesn't always have to be thick and smelly, they make less offensive alternatives and they're not usually super expensive. It absorbs right into your skin and provides an amazing barrier against thigh friction that'll last for hours.Source: iStock
Slick Some Deodorant On You Inner ThighsYou already own this solution! It's so easy! Anti-perspirant deodorant will absorb any excess moisture on your inner thighs, give you a little added fragrance down there, and totally stop thigh chafing. Just make sure it's all the way absorbed on your skin before you sit down in your shorts or skirt because we all know what happens when fresh chalk-white deodorant brushes up against your outfit right before you leave the house. Yikes. Deodorant is literally made for jobs like this, so why not? It's already sitting in your bathroom!Source: iStock
Moisture Wicking Bike Shorts And UndiesAthleisure is your friend, you guys. Moisture wicking everything is available in the activewear section and will take the sweat from off your skin and suck it right up so it doesn't contribute to the chafing situation that's bound to happen during the warmer months of the year. Some thigh chafing happens a little higher than the main area of your thighs aka way closer to the vagina than your knees. You don't have to think about reapplying since there's nothing you have to do. Just put these things on your body and you're good to go! Source: iStock
Wear Some BandelettesBandelettes are about to be your new summer bff. They're just what they look like: thigh bands you can adjust to wherever the most chafing happens, or you can adjust for the length of shorts or skirt you're wearing. Honestly, I've even seen looks where the bandelette is peaking out from under the shorts and I'm not mad, it's kind of cute. You can get them in different patterns and colors, so if someone accidentally catches a glimpse, you're all good. They don't slide down and are good whatever your size is.
When In Doubt, Go For Baby PowderBaby powder is good for so many things, and they all somehow involve subtracting moisture and friction from your life. Talcum baby powder is everything you could need in an anti-chafing solution. They even come in little travel bottles if you want to put one in your bag, just in case. As always, be careful if you're putting some on while still wearing clothes, but brushing some on the areas in which you chafe the most should absolutely do the trick. If all else fails, seriously just go for the baby powder - it's good at everything.Source: iStock
Do your thighs rub together when you wear shorts and skirts? How do you keep it from happening? Let us know in the comments!
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