Now, we’re definitely not complaining about this heatwave – waking up to perfect blue skies, having lunch in the park, alfresco drinks after work… But there is one drawback: chafing. Specifically, the nasty and often painful rash you get where your inner thighs rub when you wear skirts or dresses. So we’ve scoured the internet to find the most effective, best value anti-chafe solutions to stock up on this summer. Your thighs will thank you.
Although it calls itself a gel, it has a super silky texture. You squeeze a little out the tube and dab it where you need it. Non-greasy and won’t stain.
Where to buy: Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel, £5.99, Boots
Think of the top bit of hold-up stockings and that’s essentially what these are – bands of lace of fabric with anti-slip silicone that you wear on your upper thigh. They’re cooler and feel a little less utilitarian than shorts.
Where to buy: Bandelettes Anti-Chafe Bands, £19.99, Amazon
This high tech sports cream is ‘endothermic active’, which means it responds to your body heat. It is also designed to address the three stages of chafing: creating a film to prevent friction, and incorporating vitamins to relieve existing chafing and restore the skin after a long, hot day walking.
Where to buy: M2O 3in1 Anti-Chafe Cream, £11.99, Chain Reaction Cycles
Lush Silky Underwear
A powder that keeps skin dry and smooth, it is infused with cocoa butter for velvety soft skin. Plus it has a lovely smell of jasmine. The grown up answer to baby powder.
Where to buy: Silky Underwear Dusting Powder, £6.95, Lush
Assos Chamois Creme
Not to be confused with ASOS, Assos is a Swiss brand, and chamois creme is a product used by cyclists to avoid painful rubbing from the bike’s saddle. It’s specifically formulated to be antibacterial.
Where to buy: Assos Women’s Chomoise Creme, £9, Wiggle