Chub rub is no fun.
My thighs have touched since my teens, but lockdown weight gain has meant that a gentle nestling together of the top bit of my legs has travelled downwards and turned into an all-consumingly painful chafe-fest every time I go for a stroll in a dress.
Throw in a heatwave, and many of us are in chub rub hell.
Chub rub, for those not in the know, is the painful effect of your thighs rubbing together as you go about your business.
When it’s hot and sweat comes into the mix, that rubbing and pressing causes chafing, which can be all sorts of sore.
There are lots of different remedies on the market and hacks you can try, but having tested out a load over the last few months, I’ve found the only two products you need to get through chub rub season.
Those two products are the rightfully hyped up Chub Rub Shorts from tights brand Snag and Lush’s Silky Underwear Dusting Powder. Here’s why you should buy.
Lush Silky Underwear, £9
This particular product has long been hailed as a chub rub saviour, but I’ve always been a tad skeptical – surely you want to lube up your thighs, not load them with a powder?
But 2020 is the year I finally gave the stuff a go, as part of my massive efforts to rescue my inner thighs by testing every hyped up product out there – and I’m so glad I did.
Use is simple. After you’ve showered or bathed and dried off, and before you head out in the heat, shake out a little of the powder into your hands then smooth it over your legs. You don’t need much, but obviously there’s no harm putting more than enough on.
Stand up and walk around. You’ll notice an immediate difference, just like I did. Suddenly thighs that love to cosy up together don’t separate, but glide past each other with ease – no sticking, no rubbing, and thus no chafing.
Don’t panic, it doesn’t feel at all drying (that was my fear. I was wrong), just magically smoothing so that friction isn’t a problem.
An added bonus is that this stuff smells incredible. Lush is known for its powerful scents – just head into one of their stores and feel the smell hit you like a wave – and this delivers wonderfully when you put it on. If you only put it on your thighs, though, it won’t be so overpowering it wrecks your carefully selected perfume choice.
It’s £9 for a small bottle, but a little goes a long way. I’ve been using mine pretty consistently for the last three months or so and it’s barely made a dent.
My only criticism is that when I tested this out for a lengthier walk, I did need to reapply – hence the need for our other product on the list…
Snag Chub Rub Shorts, £7.99
If you’re venturing out further than the corner shop, these shorts are what you need.
I did three hours of walking on a hot day, something that would usually leave me wailing in pain on the bed with my legs held aloft – I had zero chafing, zero discomfort, zero issues.
The way these shorts work is pretty obvious; they form a barrier on your thighs so no chafing can occur.
There are lots of anti-chafing bands available that try to do the same thing – but I can confidently say that these are the best option on the block, for one important reason: they’re actually comfortable.
While bands and shorts can often dig in, leaving you with bulging out thighs below the hemline and meaning you’re constantly pulling them into the correct position, these shorts have a magic waistband that doesn’t dig in, and the same style hemline so you don’t have any bulging on your legs, either.
They’re comfy enough that you put them on and forget you’re wearing them – which is exactly what you want when you’re just trying to live your life in stupidly hot weather.
The fabric is also lightweight and breathable, so you don’t feel like you’re overheating, and Snag rightly receives praise for its inclusive sizing, which fits UK sizes 4 to 36.
At £7.99 and with percentage discounts when you buy more than three pairs, it’s worth picking up a proper collection – especially as they come in lots of colours to match with your outfit (I like black, builders tea, and hot chocolate as neutral options).
The only downside is that these are shorts, and are thus visible if you’re wearing something above the knee – although I really don’t think they look bad peeking out of a dress or skirt.
That’s why I recommend the two products as the ideal combo – Lush’s Silky Underwear for quick shopping trips, for when you’re hanging around the house, or you have your heart set on short hemlines with no shorts peeking out, Snag’s Chub Rub Shorts for when you’re heading to the office, walking for a while, or are all good with having some light fabric on your legs.
Have them both and you’re sorted for the summer, no chafing necessary.
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