No More Chub Rub

No matter what size I've been, I've never been one of those people with a thigh gap big enough to absolve me from the worst bit of summer - CHUB RUB. When the tops of our thighs rub together, it causes friction burns that can make even the most glorious of sunny days a miserable pit of hell (no exaggeration. THE BURN).

This year, though, retailers have finally cottoned on to the fact that maybe wearing lycra cycling shorts under everything (my go-to solution for the past decade) isn't the nicest way to spend a blisteringly hot day, and finally put some thought into alternative solutions. Here's the tried-and-tested best - and most affordable - solutions on the market...


The Physical Barrier - Anti-Chafing Bands

Bandelettes have been around for years, but cost about £20 a pair and the elastic goes after a couple of wears, meaning their cost-per-wear is just not really ideal for a summer-long heatwave. Here to save the day, though, is Pretty Little Thing. Their anti-chafing bands are sturdy, stay in place all day, and cost £8.99. They currently only come in black, but I had a word with the powers that be, and they're being restocked in both black and nude. Can I get an AMEN up in here?


The Product Solution(s) - Balms & Salves

Day Festival

 Cycling anti-chafing 'chamois' creams are brilliant for stopping  the dreaded rub.  This one is pretty reasonably priced, lasts AGES and if it's good enough to help a sweaty cyclist win the Tour De France, it should help you stroll around a day festival until sundown. Sometimes you've got to bring the pros in.     Buy it now, £9

Cycling anti-chafing 'chamois' creams are brilliant for stopping the dreaded rub. This one is pretty reasonably priced, lasts AGES and if it's good enough to help a sweaty cyclist win the Tour De France, it should help you stroll around a day festival until sundown. Sometimes you've got to bring the pros in. 

Buy it now, £9

Summer Picnic

 Another sporty product (although this one is nicely packaged pink and labelled 'for her', in case you were confused and accidentally bought the identical men's version), Glide is made for runners and will stop chafing wherever you get it. It also works wonders on blisters and sore spots on your feet from your new strappy sandals you forgot to wear in...    Buy it now, £8.99

Another sporty product (although this one is nicely packaged pink and labelled 'for her', in case you were confused and accidentally bought the identical men's version), Glide is made for runners and will stop chafing wherever you get it. It also works wonders on blisters and sore spots on your feet from your new strappy sandals you forgot to wear in...

Buy it now, £8.99

Beer Garden

 If you'd rather pick up your chub rub stopper from a shop you recognise, Lush's Silky Underwear powder is a  ladylike  solution. It doesn't last as long as cycling chamois, and is essentially just fancy talc, but it does smell glorious and will see you through a beer garden session, no sweat.    Buy it now, £6.95     

If you'd rather pick up your chub rub stopper from a shop you recognise, Lush's Silky Underwear powder is a ladylike solution. It doesn't last as long as cycling chamois, and is essentially just fancy talc, but it does smell glorious and will see you through a beer garden session, no sweat.

Buy it now, £6.95

 

Natasha Daniels