I’ve seen so many posts this last week on forums and Facebook about the problem of chafing and soreness during the summer months that I thought this recent review might be interesting and relevant. My own experiences of this have been fixed with Femsfresh talc (don’t be shy boys it works for you too!) available from many outlets. But look and consider some of the ones below … they might bring comfort during this hot spell!
by Jill Foster in the Daily Mail, Femail Magazine June 5th, 2014
Summer. A season most women look forward to with as much dread as pleasure. Not only do we have to get bikini-ready, we also have the added pressure of (whisper it) inner-thigh chafing.
For, contrary to what magazines and TV advertisements might have you believe, most women’s thighs meet at the top.
In cool weather, it’s not a problem: these fleshy bits glide smoothly past each other. But as it gets warmer – and we start to perspire – the tops of our thighs can stick together. The resulting friction causes what’s colloquially known as ‘chub rub’.
It may sound amusing, but anyone who’s suffered the stinging, burning, bright-red rash that makes it painful to walk will tell you it’s anything but.
You could just wear trousers to stop your thighs rubbing against each other, but most of us would rather spend the summer in pretty dresses. As a size-16 chub-rub sufferer (although some of my skinny friends admit they get it, too), I’m desperate to find a fail-safe way to prevent it.
As a result I decided to try some of the products on the market specially created to beat it, as well as some DIY remedies. So what worked best?
Lush Ultrabalm All-Purpose Balm
I usually find Lush’s freshly made beauty products make my eyes water. But this wasn’t too bad and smelled faintly of roses.
Containing just three ingredients – jojoba oil, candelilla wax (a shrub-based alternative to beeswax) and rose wax (known for its ability to soothe dry skin) – it claims to stop chafing.
But while I found it wonderfully moisturising – it helps the skin glide, rather than rub – it’s a bit too greasy if you’re moving around a lot. 2/5
Jack Black Dry Down Friction Free Powder
Containing pure corn starch, lavender and anti-inflammatory organic green tea, this smelt fresh but quite manly.
It’s also a big favourite with runners suffering from ‘jogger’s nipple’ caused by friction between running vest and flesh. It felt thinner than ordinary talc, but it glided on my skin and made it feel smooth and moisture-free.
It lasted all day, but it’s rather expensive for a small bottle when baby powder – which does exactly the same job – is less than a third of the price. 4/5
Champneys Sports Therapy Anti-Chafing Balm For Men
this may be targeted at men – and sporty men at that – but there’s no reason why we women can’t use it, too.
It’s a clear, odourless silicone-based gel, which rapidly dries leaving an invisible protective layer on the skin, stopping irritation. I needed only a couple of 10p-sized blobs and it made my legs feel comfortable all day.
Although it was moist when it was applied, it absorbed into the skin well and my legs didn’t have any discomfort. Well priced, this was one of the best products I tried. 5/5
Easy Breezy shorts
Billed as a ‘secret weapon’ against chafing under dresses and skirts, these shorts are made of a cotton blend that’s said to draw moisture away from the skin. I’m not convinced. After all, of course they’re going to stop my thighs rubbing together, because if skin can’t meet skin, it won’t chafe. And while they’re comfortable, I still feel like I’m wearing cycling shorts underneath my dress.
I would be terrified of my skirt blowing in the wind so everyone could see my big pants. 2/5
Strip Anti Chafing Cream
If anyone is going to know a thing or two about thigh-chafe, it’s European champion track cyclist, Tim Lawson, the man behind this new company. The coconut-oil-based cream provides a fine layer of lubrication, is absorbed easily and has a pleasing menthol scent. One application lasted all day. It may be targeted at sportsmen, but I’d use it again. 5/5
Crisp and Dry Vegetable Oil
£1.50, most supermarkets
I found this recommended online by a plus-size writer, who insisted slathering your legs with cooking oil stops them sticking together. She was evangelical, so I decided to give it a go, but I felt doubtful. And I was right.
Of course, it provided the lubrication needed, but my skin felt so sticky and unpleasant, I had to wash it off. And I was worried that if I sat down, I’d have a huge oil slick on the back of my dress. Urgh! 0/5
Johnson‘s Baby Powder
£1.42 for 200g, boots.com
My skinny friend, Laura, swears by this. She’s an athletic size 10, but still uses talc on her thighs for balmy summer days.
So I tried the Johnson’s Baby Powder I usually use on my twin baby girls and it worked a treat, forming a thin, dry barrier.
It didn’t last as well as some of the other products, though – I had to reapply it twice during a warm day. But for a budget solution, it works well. 4/5
We use anti-perspirants under our arms to stop our armpits sweating, but could it also help my legs?
This product claims to stop sweat for 24 hours, so it was worth a go.
I follow the instructions and use the spray just before I go to bed. It has to be applied then because it must be used on really dry skin, and you sweat least at night.
It goes on easily and dries quickly. Then I go to bed.
The next morning I have to shower it off – which seems a little odd, but apparently if Odaban mixes with your usual moisturisers or lotions it can cause irritation and I’m told I won’t experience any sweating for at least 24 hours.
It works a treat and I completely forget that I’ve even used it. A real hit. 4/5
Let’s face it, chafing is anything but sexy – and most of the solutions are almost as embarrassing as the problem. Not so ‘bandelettes’, which are, essentially, wider-than-average garters.
Six-inches of stretchy lace grip the tops of your thighs and form a barrier that prevents them from touching. They worked really well.
I was worried they might slip down my leg and peek out from under my skirt, but they have clever strips of silicone on the top and bottom to keep them in place, just like hold-up stockings.
I’ll definitely be wearing these again. 4/5