Okay, it’s time for some real talk. Summer means dealing with sweat, oily skin, grime and body odour. But there is something else about summer and skin that a lot of us don’t talk about—yes ladies we are hinting at chafing! Chafing means itchy, red and inflamed skin that causes a burning sensation. Chafing primarily occurs due to constant friction of skin, usually in the inner thigh or under arm areas but in some cases it can even happen around the bra line.

While chafed skin can be quite raw, tender and painful, take comfort chafe sufferers as we list here some easy solutions to your problem...

Wear well-fitted clothes
 

Wear well-fitted clothes

You may feel like wearing loose clothes in summer to beat the heat, but this is not a great idea if you are prone to chafing. Loose clothes tend to move around and bundle up a lot and chafe the skin by continually rubbing against the skin. Wear clothes that fit well especially your shirts and pants.

Apply soft bandages
 

Apply soft bandages

If there is an area that is particularly prone to chafing, then you can prevent the skin flare-up by applying a layer of a soft, medical grade bandage. This will give a ‘second skin-like’ finish and prevent your skin from directly rubbing against each other.

Use a lubricant
 

Use a lubricant

Creams and oils are amazing lubricants that help prevent friction of the skin. They provide a layer of protection and you’re less likely to chafe if your skin glides more smoothly. You can try applying a little bit of the Vaseline Original Pure Skin Jelly to the hot spots for lesser friction.

Stay dry
 

Stay dry

Another great way to prevent chafing is to stay dry. You can dust a generous amount of talcum powder to the areas that tend to experience maximum chafing before heading out. Powders help wick away moisture from the skin to minimise friction.

Keep yourself hydrated
 

Keep yourself hydrated

It is a good idea to keep yourself hydrated at all times. Drinking lots of water all through the day allows you to perspire freely so the perspiration doesn't dry into salt crystals that can enhance the chafing.

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