How to stop chafing ruining your summer

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From Cosmopolitan

Chub rub. It's the secret ailment that plagues 99.7% women (probably) throughout summer. No matter what your dress size, NO thighs are safe from the misery caused when thigh A meets thigh B and the hellish chafing begins.

Thankfully, anti-chafing solutions from shorts to cream and even underwear are now better than ever to help prevent chub rub in the summer months.

So, if you don't want to spend your summer sweating it out in trousers or getting strange looks as a result of walking with your feet three feet apart to prevent the rub, READ ON.

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Aside from an 87p cream from ASDA that people can't stop talking about, here are some tried and tested solutions loved by ex-chub rub sufferers the world over. Get involved and liberate those legs.

1. Pretty Little Thing Anti-Chafing bands, £8 BUY NOW

If the idea of your ladybits overheating in shorts worries you, try these anti chafing bands instead. A bit like the top of stockings, they stay in place all day and provide an all-important barrier for your thighs. And, GREAT NEWS! While Bandelettes have offered anti-chafing bands for years at a punchy price (£17.99+), with a full size range in stock, Pretty Little Thing is here to make your chub rub needs even cheaper. Their anti-chafing bands are just £8!

Want a value pack option? Why not check out Boohoo's anti chafing thigh band two-pack for £14:

Here's a nude-toned option too, perfect for wearing under white summer dresses:

2. Lush Silky Underwear dusting powder, £8.50 BUY NOW

This stuff is basically a really fancy version of talc, packed with skin-kind ingredients that will keep chafing at bay when applied to skin. It does wonders for preventing boob sweat, too, so don't go anywhere this summer without it in your bag.

3. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, £7.99 BUY NOW

We LOVE this beauty hack. When one writer ran out of her favourite anti-chafe balm, she turned to her makeup primer instead in a moment of sheer desperation. Even though she didn't find the primer much good on her face, she found it amazing at preventing thigh-rub. Who knew?!

4. Anti chafing shorts, £33 BUY NOW

Any kind of elasticated shorts, be it cycling shorts or Spanx, will keep your thighs protected from friction AND prevent any cringey pant-flashing moments if the summer breeze catches your dress. Double win.

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Here's another, slightly more affordable, pair that switch from anti chafing shorts into stockings part-way down, for added comfort:

5. BodyGlide For Her Anti-Chafing Balm, £16.97 BUY NOW

If you can get past the irritating 'For Her' label, this balm works wonders on your friction-prone regions thanks to its soothing, non-greasy and sweat-resistant formula.

6. Secret Shield, £9.98 BUY NOW

This stuff acts a bit like a roll on deodorant for your thigh zone - but with tonnes of skin friendly ingredients. Sure, waiting for international postage is a bit of a ball ache, but you can't argue with the legions of reviews proclaiming this product changed their lives.

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