There are a lot of reasons that I love summer—reading by the pool, outdoor dining, picnic BBQs, time at the beach. But there is one thing that I hate about summer the most. What is that, you ask?
Sweaty thighs and chub rub.
As a woman with thick legs that love to brush and rub up against each other, getting sweaty and wearing shorts, dresses, and skirts for the summer is a special kind of torture. At the worst of it, my legs get incredibly blistered and sore, and I’m unable to walk comfortably for a few days. So, as the years have gone by, I’ve learned to avoid the worst of chub rub, and of course I’m sharing my tips with you. Keep on scrolling for more info on how you can avoid sweaty thighs and legs!
1. Invest in Biker Shorts
This is a new tip I’ve just started embracing this year. I started wearing thin, cheap biker shorts under my dresses, and it’s truly made a world of difference. This trick doesn’t work under skin tight things, but if you’re wearing a flowy, knee-length skirt or sundress, it’s the perfect solution.
I’m a fan of this two-pack of slip shorts from Amazon, but if you’re a baddie and you want to step your game up (or you want some extra tummy control), you can check out the Spanx Thinstincts 2.0 High-Waisted Thigh Short.
2. Apply an Anti-Chafing Product
Anti-chafing gels and balms are designed to give your legs some slip, so they don’t have too much friction and cause blisters and irritation. According to Birnur Aral, Ph.D., a senior chemist at the Good Housekeeping Institute, “anti-chafing products [form a protective] film on skin that can reduce the friction between touching skin parts.” He suggests to look for “ingredients like waxes and polyethlyene to create a film, paired with silica and zinc oxide, which are powders that impart a silky and non-sticky feeling.” You can apply them anywhere you have extra sweat and chub rub: underneath your breasts, your thighs, and even underneath your arms. You can even use deodorant if that’s easier!
3. Powder Is Your Bestie
To really seal in your anti-chafing products, I like to use a thin layer of powder to set it—just like makeup! I also like to powder anywhere I get super sweaty to help curb the excess moisture. Every summer I stock up on Silky Underwear Dusting Powder from Lush. It’s an absolute gem for summer—it absorbs sweat and actually makes you feel soft and smooth, something that’s needed in the hot, humid summers where you step outside and you immediately feel sticky. And bonus, if you sweat at night, you can even sprinkle some in your bed sheets.
How do you deal with sweaty skin and chub rub?