For many women, summer is the time to be on high alert when it comes to the prevention of chub rub between our thighs. We're all pretty schooled on how to avoid thigh chafing, but what are the ways to prevent arm chafing or side boob chafing? You know, the arguably less common but no less painful occurrences.
With the plus size and body positive revolutions upon us, there has arguably never been a better
time for women of all sizes to feel
free and confident to wear whatever we damn well please. We're starting to say goodbye to the dated (not to mention unfair) notion that anyone who isn't a size 4 should cover up, and instead, many of us are embracing the freedom of wearing
shorts, mini skirts, crop tops, bikinis, and sleeveless shirts. To be honest, it feels amazing.
Well, almost amazing. Summertime may be all about shedding layers of clothing and showing off more skin, but unfortunately for many women, shedding layers and showing off skin also result in the chafing of skin. While we are basking in the freedom and glory of it all, we are also biting our lips and screaming inwardly at the burning pain created when our skin sweats, rubs, and chafes.
Although we may have our thigh chub rub prevention routine locked down, avoiding the chafing under our arms and side boob (hey, it happens) may not be something we've mastered quite yet. Let's take a look at five different ways to remedy that.
Many of us adore fancy schmancy tops and dresses. You know, the ones completely covered in sequins or decorated by tiny beads and embellishments. Perhaps you're obsessed with a top or shrug made entirely out of lace. As beautiful as these decorated items can be, they are also one of the worst things to wear when it comes to underarm chafing. The rough fabric of these items will rub underneath your arms and side boob, causing a whole lotta friction. Avoid them as much as possible.
Like all chafing, arm and side boob chafing are caused by a combination of sweat and friction from the skin rubbing together, so one of the best ways to prevent that area from rubbing is to wear a layer of soft, breathable fabric. Cotton and chambray are always great ways to go, as they are soft and smooth against the skin as well as breathable and absorbent. Whether you're wearing something with short sleeves or sleeveless, having that soft layer on your skin is a sure way to prevent your arms and side boob from causing you grief.
If your bra is covered with any lacy detail, has pokey under-wires, or is perhaps strapped too tightly around the middle, it can cause very uncomfortable side boob chafing. When sweating or partaking in any outdoor activity in the summer, make sure you wear a bra that is smooth and fits properly and comfortably.
So go forth on your summer adventures with this newfound comfort. Chafing, you ain't got nothing on us.Images: Fotolia; Courtesy Brands