Our top tips for preventing chub rub and thigh chafe
Prevention is always the best cure. Here’s how to stay on top of the chub rub and stop it in its tracks.
Wear our anti-chafing shorts! They are called anti-chafing shorts for a reason. Tried and tested by real curvy girls, we know they definitely guard against chub rub when we just want to wear pretty frocks and skirts through the hot summer. They’re also light and breathable so you won’t feel weighed down by adding them to your favourite outfit.
Get the Vaseline on. Chub rub is caused by friction and moisture, so you want to think about creating a surface that glides. Dab a little Vaseline on your thighs every morning before dressing to help create a smooth, chafe-resistant surface. Vaseline also helps soothe and protect chub-rub afflicted skin, so double bonus points for this one.
Keep them smooth and dry. In the heat of summer, sweating is inevitable. It’s this increase of moisture that can cause the worst of chafing. Dusting your inner thighs with a little talcum powder protects your skin from perspiration. We always keep a little tub in our bag so we can stay dry on the go. A corn starch-based option are also good natural alternatives.
Go for workout leggings, not cotton track pants. This is one good reason to flaunt your body. Chafing is less likely to happen when you wear fitted moisture-wicking fabrics with smooth seams and synthetic fibres. So, don’t hide beneath baggy cotton tops and track pants when you work out. Active wear is the perfect fitted clothing, so wear it and be proud!
How to treat chafing and chub rub
Summer’s rolled round again and you think you know what it takes. But, that thigh chafe has somehow managed to sneak its ugly head in. Here’s how to cope.
Cleanse. The first step is to gently wash your skin with cool water and a mild, gentle soap. Use one without any fragrances or harsh chemicals as these can irritate your skin and make it sting more. Pat (don’t rub!) dry with a towel.
Be gone germs! Chafing is a case of broken skin, so you want to ensure the area remains free from infection and other nasties in the air. Gently rub on an antibacterial cream.
Soothe. Aloe Vera gel is the best calming and healing agent for sore or broken skin. Plus, it’s cooling, which is bliss when your thighs feel like they’re on fire. Bio-Oil or Weleda’s Body Care Arnica Intensive Body Recovery cream are two other options recommended by doctors.
Guard. You now want to protect your skin and create a barrier that will let the aloe vera do its work. Vaseline creates a strong, protective layer, locking the moisture in and keeping excess moisture out.
Air. With all those creams and gels on, you want to make sure your thighs have a little breathing room. Once they’ve dried a little, pop on a pair of nice breathable cotton pyjamas, and try to keep the room cool to minimise perspiration.
Bonus tip: Buy our anti-chafing shorts and you’ll never see a day of chub rub again! Trust us, your thighs will thank you.