Summer is officially here, and if 2018 was any indicator, it won’t be long until the breezy 75-degree weather takes a turn for toasty temps nearing the 90s. While that means it’s officially time to swap out our cold-weather wardrobes in favor of sleeveless shirts, retro skirts, and dresses galore, it’s also an indicator of one not-so-fun side effect: chafing.
You know when you’re walking down the street just trying to live your best life and enjoy the fact that it’s no longer frigid AF outside, but then your thighs, feet, or braline start to go haywire? Yeah, it’s not fun. In fact, it can be pretty damn painful if we’re being honest. That’s because as the temperatures start to rise, these areas of skin are more likely to sweat, and with the added moisture comes the potential for even more rubbing—whether against itself (in the case of your thighs) or your clothes (in the matter of boobs V bras).
While chafing can be irritating all on its own, it’s the aftermath that’s truly daunting. Think: rashes, blisters, and, in the most extreme cases, bleeding. Nobody has time for that. Luckily, with the perfectly-stocked beauty arsenal, you can avoid it all. The trick is to look for products formulated with moisturizing ingredients—like shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil—that will help create a smooth glide to reduce friction and curb irritation.
So if you’re tired of the discomfort, it’s time to take measures to prevent it before it starts. As always, we’re here to help. Below you’ll find eight anti-chafe products that will protect your most sensitive areas of skin from rubbing themselves raw in hot, humid weather (and beyond).
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Sweating can feel like a nuisance, but it definitely has its benefits — especially when paired with products that are motion-activated to work while you sweat and yoga pants that won’t budge with the added moisture.
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