Sunshine may bring with it bigger smiles, boosted moods and wardrobes filled with cute summer dresses, but one of the downsides is undoubtedly the discomfort sweaty bodies can generate. Although I’ve been somewhat blessed in the curves department, come the warmer months those curves can cause all number of issues – namely the chub rub that pretty much anyone without a thigh gap will experience at some point during their lives. Despite what we’re lead to believe by the media, thigh gaps aren’t the norm; they’re actually a rarity and reserved for lasses on Love Island and models on the Victoria’s Secret runway (and a handful of other beaut ladies I’m not at all jealous of.) The majority of us have thighs that touch (no matter our body type) and in the heat the accompanying sweat can lead them to rub, chafe and generally become a little bit sore.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on holiday and have been forced to walk like I’ve just peed my pants, or make an excuse for a rest just to air my undercarriage while getting some relief; so many times I’ve had to buy an emergency supply of talc or Vaseline to coat the area and stop it from rubbing, and I can’t tell you how many summer outings have been ruined by a searing pain between my legs. Until recently though, I totally thought I was in the minority; I assumed chaffing was a problem reserved for us curvier ladies, not something suffered by a huge portion of the population – including my husband! A few conversations with friends (and the realisation that half the local rugby team wore cycling shorts under their uniform for this reason) lead to the complete revelation that I wasn’t alone.
Chaffing (or for want of a better term, the ‘chub rub’) is absolutely normal and nothing to be embarrassed about. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re overweight or unhealthy, it just means that your legs (or other areas of your body) touch like they were designed to do – and you need to add some protection or lubrication to ease the problem. Last year I went on a full-on mission to discover some of the most popular options available on the market (you can read the full post here); the results were interesting and included everything from shorts and thigh bands to gels and sticks, but one product I’ve now always got a full supply of is Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel.
The silky smooth gel applies wet but dries within nanoseconds, helping
to soothe irritated skin while providing protection against rubbing
thighs; you need just a small amount rubbed on each of the inner thighs to provide long-lasting protection and relief, which can be topped up throughout the day as and when you need it. If you don’t like the idea of adding an extra layer of clothing or worrying about your thigh bands slipping down, this is a great solution that I absolutely love – and is really quite subtle in design. I ordered a fresh tube to go on holiday with and I honestly didn’t suffer with any discomfort the whole time; when I felt myself getting a bit sweaty I just subtly popped on a little more under the table and ta-da! Ready to go about my day.
‘Chub rub’ is one of those things that we don’t really discuss, but it impacts so many of us during the warmer months. I for one am all about breaking down barriers, starting conversations and helping you to make great decisions that really do make a difference to your summer happiness – so I hope this helps even just a little. You shouldn’t have to stop wearing what you want to wear, or doing what you want to do, just because of a little avoidable discomfort; put on that summer dress, head to the beach / pub / insert summery location here and have a fabulous time. You deserve it.
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Photos taken by my lovely husband while on holiday in Santorini.
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