The hot summer is amazing. Beaches and bikinis, holidays, ice-cream and the smell of carefree partying and booze. Summer has it all.
Since, all I do is work and stay at home (oh and it’s winter here in Australia), here are some pictures of a not so recent vacation to Greece. These were taken in 2018 during my study abroad year and I would do anything to go back. I miss carefree summers where my only worry was what I was going to eat next. I lived off gyros and tans in Greece and I miss it.
Awww I look so happy here.
Except for a worldwide pandemic, there is one thing that ruins my summer and that is chub rub/chafing. Actually I think chub rub is worse because judging from social media influencers, most people seem to forgotten about it and are having parties and travelling. The pandemic isn’t stopping anyone from anything.
As a bigger girl, I unfortunately associate summer with the chub rub and I DON’T like it. I have my good days but I also have my unbearable ones. I’m telling you chub rub and inner thigh chafing sucks.
Keep on reading more to find out more and my recommendations.
What is Chub Rub and Why Does It Happen
Chub rub essentially occurs due to rubbing of the inner thighs through friction and moisture (sweat). Chub rub is normally exacerbated in warmer weather and for anyone who has had it, is really, really, really uncomfortable.
You’re not doing anything wrong. But how can we try and lessen the pain and discomfort?
What is the Solution?
Lush Silky Underwear
I think I got this recommendation for Youtuber, Lucy Wood. Lucy Wood is incredibly down-to-earth and I found her through her Size 14 fashion hauls. As someone who’s a similar size to her, I found her very relatable and likeable.
Anyway, this is a great product. Silky Underwear I think is meant to be purposed as a product like baby powder (which ironically I probably use more as an adult than as a baby).
As chub rub is exacerbated by heat, moisture and sweat, having a dry powder works as an excellent moisture-absorbing barrier to the hated chub rub.
According to Lush, Silky Underwear is described as
This dusting powder is the ultimate finishing touch; with cocoa butter and cornstarch to soften the skin and a sophisticated and sexy yet delicate jasmine and vetivert fragrance.silky underwear – lush
It also doubles up as a powder for everyday use and it smells really nice with its floral notes. However, I think the next product works a bit better for anti-chafing.
Lush Rump is designed for cyclists and runners so this is definitely more of a functional product.
I was recommended this by the staff at Lush in Bath. I was wandering around Bath but I was so uncomfortable because of the chub rub. Since I was a tourist, I had to keep walking around because I wanted to make the most of my time there.
I would love to go back to Bath (actually take me back to England?) but man, the chub rub and chafing was definitely a stinker. I just needed some sort of relief and the lovely girls at Lush gave me a small sample of Rump.
That’s all I needed. You only need the smallest amount and it’s a nice balm to put on your thighs to prevent from chafing.
According to Lush, Rump is described as
This cream is a booty-ful thing for helping you cross the border to a world of pain-free exercise. Rump will help you forget the burn and tower above the opposition.Rump – lush
Rump has cupuaçu butter that helps with conditioning and moisturising and is easily absorbed by the skin. Aloe vera gel and rose water helps with calming and soothing.
I also realised that it’s no longer orange (lmao) and it’s leaving soon. Guess I’m going to have to stock up.
Seriously, why does Lush discontinue well-liked products. Another product I use (not for anti-chafing) is also getting discontinued and I’m like why? For anyone curious, the products I am talking about Elbow Grease and Ultrabalm. Ultrabalm is actually another one that can be used to alleviate thigh chafing but I actually use it for dry skin, chapped lips and my tattoo. I’ll need to try it out for anti-chafing some time.
I think for me, the chub rub is inevitable from time to time during the summer but it’s about trying to lessen the discomfort because we already have enough problems you know?
Having thighs that touch is perfectly normal by the way. I just want to clarify that and I don’t know why the thigh gap became so trendy but celebrity and influencer body portrayal can be incredibly damaging to impressionable people.
Don’t let thigh-chafing ruin your day. If anyone tells me to ‘lose weight’ as a method to get rid of the annoying thigh chafing. Well yes but also no? Incredibly damaging to self-conscious and body conscious individuals as well as everything against the body acceptance and positivity movement. Read my post about Why Body Positivity and Acceptance is So important | 5 Instagram Accounts to Follow. Let me live life!!
If you don’t remember me saying earlier in this post, it’s opposite land in Australia and it’s unfortunately not summer here so I’m very jealous of everyone in Europe. Also can you guys stop travelling? Firstly, I’m jealous and secondly, there’s a worldwide pandemic?
If I see another UK influencer in Greece –
Do you experience the infamous chub rub and what do you do to lessen the discomfort? And it’s totally okay to have it!