6 Ways to Prevent Chafing This Summer
Without buying some fancy gel
As soon as temperatures hit 70 degrees, those of us not blessed with toothpicks for legs are doomed to suffer the pain, rashes and discomfort that come from our own thigh friction. Here, six ways to prevent the godforsaken chafe. Glide easy, friends.
RUB MAKEUP PRIMER ON YOUR LEGS
Did you know you can use aftershave as makeup primer? Well, you can also use makeup primer as anti-chafe gel. The silicon in most clear makeup primers helps to create a barrier between your legs and locks in moisture. No sweaty thighs = no chafe.
WEAR SPANDEX SHORTS UNDER YOUR SKIRT
Spanx, spandex, sliders, what have you: Tight nude shorts (we like this seamless pair from Knixwear) worn under your skirt or dress eases skin friction while holding you in in all the right places (not to mention keeping you modest in windy conditions and blocking any unsightly sweat).
TURN OLD TIGHTS INTO AN UNDERGARMENT
No shapewear? No problem. Grab an old pair of tights (that you weren’t quite ready to store your onions in just yet) and cut them off just above the knee. Now wear them under your new favorite midi pencil skirt. Voilà: Your own pair of homemade spandex shorts. (Just make sure not to cut off higher than the knee or else the tights are likely to roll up your thighs.)
WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING
OK, sometimes occasion calls for the aforementioned pencil skirt. But if you don’t have to, why bother? You’ll be much more comfortable in a flowy midi or cotton skater skirt. Trust: The more room for air between those gams (and, while we’re at it, armpits), the better.