Chafing (or what people may have previously called 'chub rub') has got to be one of the most annoying side effects to ditching the layers ready for the hot weather. It's the secret ailment that plagues 99.7% of people (probably) throughout summer. No matter what your dress size, when it comes to the heat and excess sweat, our thighs, and other areas of the body, are never safe from when that hellish chafing ensues. You know the misery caused *
Thankfully, solutions from anti-chafing shorts to cream and even underwear are now better than ever to help prevent unwanted friction in the summer months.
So, if you don't want to spend your summer sweating it out in trousers or getting strange looks as a result of walking with your feet a metre apart to prevent the rub, READ ON. Because now it's finally time to wear our favourite summer dresses and shorts, we really don't need another reason to hang them back up in the wardrobe.
Aside from an 87p cream from ASDA that people can't stop talking about, here are some tried and tested solutions loved by ex-chub rub sufferers the world over. Get involved and liberate those legs.
1. Anti-chafing shorts, £7.99 BUY NOW
Any kind of elasticated shorts, be it cycling shorts or Spanx, will keep your thighs protected from friction AND prevent any cringey pant-flashing moments if the summer breeze catches your dress. Double win.
Of course, we can rely on the underwear gods, M&S, to supply the ideal anti chafing shorts. Part of the Cool Comfort range, they hit the nail on the head:
If you are looking to really invest, Spanx's pair switch from anti chafing shorts into stockings part-way down, for added comfort, and are made from a 'next to naked' fabric so they will properly go unnoticed:
2. Anti-chafing bands, £8 BUY NOW
If the idea of your ladybits overheating in shorts worries you, try these anti chafing bands instead. A bit like the top of stockings, they stay in place all day and provide an all-important barrier for your thighs. And, GREAT NEWS! While Bandelettes have offered anti-chafing bands for years at a punchy price (£17.99+), John Lewis is here to make your summer needs even cheaper. Their anti-chafing bands are just £8!
Boohoo have also joined John Lewis in offering chafing relief for an equally great price, and our thighs are now forever grateful:
Here's a lace nude-toned option too, from La Redoute at £14.40, perfect for wearing under white summer dresses:
3. Lush Silky Underwear dusting powder, £9 BUY NOW
This stuff is basically a really fancy version of talc, packed with skin-kind ingredients that will keep chafing at bay when applied to skin. It does wonders for preventing boob sweat, too, so don't go anywhere this summer without it in your bag. Plus, it smells amazing.
4. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, £7.50 BUY NOW
We LOVE this beauty hack. When one writer ran out of her favourite anti-chafe balm, she turned to her makeup primer instead in a moment of sheer desperation. Even though she didn't find the primer much good on her face, she found it amazing at preventing thigh-rub. Who knew?!
5. BodyGlide For Her Anti-Chafing Balm, £17.99 BUY NOW
If you can get past the irritating 'For Her' label, this balm works wonders on your friction-prone regions thanks to its soothing, non-greasy and sweat-resistant formula.
6. Secret Shield, £10.24 BUY NOW
This stuff acts a bit like a roll on deodorant for your thigh zone - but with tonnes of skin friendly ingredients. Sure, waiting for international postage is a bit of a ball ache, but you can't argue with the legions of reviews proclaiming this product changed their lives.
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