Chub rub. The sad memory of beautiful summer days.
If you’re one of us that have been dealing with the unfortunate chafing problem for most of our lives, you know how it’s the biggest party-pooper for experiencing summer to the fullest!
Summer dresses are fun and cute and flirty, but what happens when your thighs just refuse to cooperate? This is another article in the series of common problems women experience, brought to you by your local big-thigh girl.
In case you’re one of the lucky ones that don’t know what chub rub is, we’re gonna explain.
During the warmer days of the year when we all want to wear cute outfits and show off our amazing legs, skin-to-skin contact happens. While it may seem like something positive, it’s not.
Chub rub (or chafing) is something that happens when your thighs, butt, or armpits rub against one another.
Most of the time, it’s not a big deal— you’re walking around your home wearing shorts and it’s all well and fine, but other times you try visiting the store, and in the middle of your trip you start feeling it—pain.
During the time you sweat more (summer, I’m looking at you!), chafing is more common. That happens because your skin is covered in sweat, which is naturally full of salt, and rubs against itself, creating friction that results in painful rashes, and can even cause open wounds.
While your first instinct may be to put some baby powder on it, it may not be the best choice.
Baby powder only temporarily absorbs sweat and causes you to experience even worse chafing as soon as you start sweating again. It’s a good call if you want to put it on before sleep and wear any thigh-covering shorts, but during the day it can cause more damage than good.
If you’re anything like me, you wonder “Does this get any better?”.
Well, there are a few things you can try to combat this misfortune.
Yes, it may sound weird, but putting deodorant on your thighs before heading out can be a lifesaver.
This is an amazing choice for all of you ladies that experience mild chafing as it may not be the most efficient solution for those whose legs touch from the hip to the knee! If you’re one of those, don’t worry!
There’s light at the end of the tunnel (trust me)!
It seems like coconut oil is a lifesaver for all of our troubles, and in this case— it is!
Putting a fine layer of coconut oil before heading out will minimize friction and can keep you chafe-proof for up to 8 hours of walking (as personally tested in 100-degree temperature and 95% humidity).
If you choose to try coconut oil, make sure to exfoliate more often, preferably using a gentle scrub daily, before going to sleep. As coconut oil is comedogenic, this step is really important to prevent ingrown hairs and pimples.