6 Life-Saving Tips On How To Deal With Chafing

When the summer hits, we can have different beauty concerns than in the cold, moisture-sucking days of winter. Greasy skin, sunburns, and bug bites are common issues. What’s more, there might be some people who will be concerned with removing body hair. Speaking of bodies, another issue you might be more concerned with is chafing.

Chafing can happen in any season, but people tend to be more aware of it in summer, aka the season of shorts and dresses. If chafing is plaguing you and you want it to stop, you’ve come to the right place. There are easy ways to stop that uncomfortable rubbing. Read on for six tips on how to deal with chafing.

Try To Keep Things Dry

Sweating can actually sometimes make chafing worse. That's why it makes sense that we realize chafing more in the summer thanks to the sauna-like conditions. To reduce the frequency of chafing, try to keep areas prone to chafing dry. Wipe them down, use a towel, or even give them a quick rinse and dry. Some even find applying baby powder to the area can be helpful.

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Buy An Anti-Chafing Product

Yes, there are actually a ton of anti-chafing products available to buy. They have all sorts of crazy names and come in a range of formulas from powders to solid sticks to sprays to creams. The good news is that you should be able to find one for your budget and needs. Some of the products even come with bonus benefits like moisturizing and keeping skin cool.

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Choose The Right Clothing

Clothes can play a big part of chafing. If you love to wear dresses and skirts in the summer, know they can be prone to chafing because bare legs and thighs will rub. To prevent chafing, you can try wearing a longer pair of boy shorts or even cycling shorts underneath. Some brands even have special anti-chafing underwear, tights, and garters. See Bandelettes. If you're exercising, look for clothes with moisture-wicking technology. (A lot of proper exercise gear has it.)  It will reduce the wetness because it literally wicks moisture away. In turn, this cuts down on the chance of chafing.

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Get The Area Lubricated

No, I'm not suggesting that you go apply lube all of your body. This might seem a bit confusing because I talked about the importance of keeping the area that chafes dry. You don't want sweat down there, but hydration is good. The right moisturizing products can help reduce friction. So, apply a nice layer of body lotion to keep that skin moisturized. Hydrated skin equals less chance of rubbing.

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Try A DIY Method

There are a lot of products you likely already own that people swear reduce chafing. They include everything from lip balm to the aforementioned petroleum jelly to deodorant to sports balms. The thing that all the products have in common is that they're hydrating. No matter what one you decide, do a patch test to ensure you're not allergic to it.

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Make Sure You Treat Chaffed Areas

Preventing chafing is the ideal, but sometimes it happens. When it does, you need to make sure that you're looking after those areas properly. That means not washing with harsh soaps and not applying scented, harsh body products. You want to keep the area cool and dry and so *gently* wipe it down if you start perspiring and use the same soft touch after showering.

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What other beauty problems stress you out in the summer? Let us know in the comments!


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