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We know we shouldn’t complain about the warm weather, but it does come with a few drawbacks. Wasps. Ice cream shortages. And that uncomfortable feeling of hot skin rubbing together.
Often affectionately termed “chub rub”, this most commonly occurs in areas that frequently touch, such as the inner thighs or under the arms. Exercising, sweating and friction from clothes can also all cause discomfort, and in some cases even a rash or broken skin.
Fortunately help is at hand. There are a few sneaky fashion hacks that can solve the problem, and people have traditionally used Vaseline, talcum powder or deodorant to lubricate their limbs, but nowadays there’s a good array of specialist products that will leave skin feeling smooth and snag-free.
So try slathering, spritzing or swiping one of these on and enjoy wearing that cute new summer dress in comfort.
Smoovall Skin Contact Spray, £14.99 here
This spray is quick and easy to apply and requires no rubbing in. It leaves a silky layer on the skin that prevents rubbing for up to four hours.
BeYou Anti-Chafing Cream, £12.95 here
An all-natural non-greasy cream that rubs in clear and has a refreshing tea tree oil fragrance. It’s also water-resistant and contains colloidal silver, an ingredient with skin-healing properties.
Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder, £9 here
A more grown-up version of the baby powder trick, this is made with cornstarch instead of talc and has a lovely fragrance of jasmine and vetiver. Pat onto sweaty areas or spots that typically rub to reduce friction.
Bodyglide Anti-Chafing Balm, £11.99 here
This pocket-sized twist-up stick balm is non-greasy and perfect for applying to precise areas.
Smoovall’s Founder, Reginald Ofori, gives some more tips on how to prevent chafing:
*Avoid duct tape! Many people use duct tape to prevent chafing – however, this can irritate the skin and is not a long term option. The substances used to make duct tape sticky should not be used on your skin.
*Ditch the plasters. Plasters can collect bacteria, moisture and odour – also not great for your skin.
*Choose comfortable and clean workout clothing that fits well. Performance workout gear is designed to be breathable and will help prevent chafing. A good reason to indulge in some fancy gym clothes! (OK! loves Laura Whitmore's new collection for Dare2b.)
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*Before you sleep apply a healing cream (we like Bepanthan), as your cells regenerate overnight. Also remember to moisturise to keep the skin hydrated and prevent dry itchy patches.
*Ensure you use an anti-chafing spray before you workout. A quick spray over areas that you are likely to chafe on your body will ensure you are protecting your skin.
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