3 Products to Help Stop Chafing This Summer

Date Thu, July 18 2013

It’s summer, which means several things to me. The temperatures go up and I sweat more. The longer days mean I’m outside more, and I try to be more active. This mostly means walking, and as a woman with some curves, I definitely feel the pain when my thighs rub together if I’m wearing shorts or rub against my pants. Similarly, you might experience extra discomfort when wearing shoes if you sweat more or around your underarms. It’s not just a problem that the ladies have.

At best, you’ll be sort of uncomfortable. However, rubbing and friction can lead to blisters or open sores. One of the issues with this is that it’s hard to stop it from happening. You probably can’t just sit down for a week or stop walking to heal. Enter the bandaids and just, ugh. It’s not cool. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of the cure, as they say. And I’ve searched high and low for products to prevent against chafing, blistering and the resulting discomfort because of it. I’m here to tell you what I’ve found.

SHE Aftershave Oil

SHE Aftershave Oil

1. Sexual Health Enthusiasts Aftershave Oil

The first item on this list is my favorite, but it’s also the most expensive. You may have never heard of it because it’s usually only available from sex toy/adult stores and intended for use after shaving, which is great for me because my most sensitive bits are my inner thighs after a shave, but don’t let you turn this off  if it doesn’t apply to you. It’s a combination skin lubricant and conditioner. I’ve found that simply spraying it on is enough because if I put it on my thighs, the fiction causes it to rub right in. However, the barrier remains, and discomfort and rashes are almost nonexistant. It does feel a bit slick or oily because of the silicone content, but that’s what made it great for reducing chafing.

Similar ProductsKinexium advanced shaving oil by King of Shaves

Monistat Soothing Care Powder Gel

Monistat Soothing Care Powder Gel

2. Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel

I’ve reviewed this product before, and it’s my second favorite. Like the aftershave oil, it’s made of several types of silicone, but it has a thicker formula that’s more of a gel. Once you rub it into your thighs, it turns to a powdery consistency. There’s very little smell and you can’t see it. I could feel it, however. It’s silky like it says on the package. I found that the smaller tube ran out much more quickly than the spray bottle for the aftershave oil, however. This is because you need to use a little more to cover a wider area with the gel than a spray. However, it’s cheaper ounce per ounce, and you’ll find it in Target, Walmart and any drug store for cheaper than it is on Amazon.

Similar Product: Lanacane AntiChafing Gel

3. Gold Bond

Friction Defense Soothing Formula

Friction Defense Soothing Formula

This one’s packaged like deodorant, and you use it the same way. I personally found application a little odd because it’s a solid product, and you’ll want to take care that you don’t get any marks on your clothes. It might not be the best product for places where you’ve got curves, but the tube works well on flat and broad areas. There’s no scent. Plus, it doesn’t feel greasy in the least.  The friction defense stick also moisturizes your skin.

The ingredients list is longer with one, and it includes no silicones. However, it does have lubricants and humectants such as glyceryl triester and skin conditioners such as Ethyhexylglycerin and Isopropyl palmitate. The ingredients list also includes aloe and vitamin E, of course. This product is easy to find at your local Walmart, but you might have to reapply it a few times.

Similar Products: Band Aid Brand Friction Block Stick, Chafe-Guard, Jason Natural Products Shaving Lotion

How do you deal with chafing or shaving irritation that increases in the warm, summer months?

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