It’s summer time and man has it been a hot one. The Southern California weather has really done a number on me, and as much as I love wearing jeans, it’s just too much in the summer. They stick to my legs with sweat, they’re difficult to move around in during my summer activities and it’s just no fun to feel like you’re five seconds away from dying of heat exhaustion. “Elise, why don’t you wear shorts?” I know, I know. Shorts would solve all of my problems, but like most plus size gals (and some not plus size, as well) we are victims of the chub rub. The chafing of our big, beautiful thighs that can cause discomfort, bumps, and even rashes when we wear a pair of shorts.
“Wear longer shorts!” people may say, but I don’t want to wear Bermuda shorts every day. I want to wear some normal, short shorts! I want to wear the crochet shorts and the distressed shorts, and the loose, flowy shorts, but alas, my thighs beg to differ.
Fear no longer, though, for I have found a product that will save you from the chafing! Ladies (and gentlemen, too), I introduce to you: Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel. Now, don’t run away at the word “Monistat,” which is known for its feminine hygiene products (relate-able to Vagisil). This stuff is 100% different and will save your life.
This stuff has many uses (I actually use it as a makeup primer, as well) but it’s main, intended use is to create a protective layer over your skin to avoid chafing. And it does its job! It won’t last all day long, but it definitely lasts a long time! I have brought this with me to Disneyland over and over again, Warped Tour, Work – anywhere I am going to be walking around in shorts or dresses.
It retails for under $10 and can be found at many different stores! I buy mine from Wal-Mart, but I am sure places like Target or Walgreens may have it as well.
The best way to use this is to apply lotion all over your legs (even your inner thighs). Moisturized skin is happy skin! Once is has completely soaked in, squeeze some of this onto your fingers and rub it together a bit and apply to the desired area. It doesn’t clog pores, simply creates a smooth surface over your skin to protect your pores and skin from getting irritated from the sweat and chafing that occurs on a hot day in shorts or a dress. It goes on as a clear, silicone-based gel and then dries to a powder finish. You don’t need to rub it in as much as lotion, though. It’s made to sit on the surface of your skin, so just rub it around a little bit to put a thing layer over the desired area, but don’t keep rubbing it in until you can’t feel it anymore. Also, there is no way you can “over apply” this stuff. Depending on your preference, you can put a thin layer or a think layer. Then, similar to makeup, you can “set” the gel with some powder. I recommend Anti-Monkey Butt, which is a chafing relief powder that can also be found at Wal-Mart. Pour some powder into your hand and just pat it over the area, careful not to rub off the gel before it has set to your skin. (I would recommend standing in the bathtub so you don’t get powder on the floor. Or doing this while you sit on the toilet. Strange, but that way the excess powder doesn’t turn your rug white). Then you’re good to go!
Sometimes when I wear my bra for a long day, I can get some armpit irritation so I have just recently started putting this around my armpits after applying my deodorant. It works! This stuff can go virtually anywhere and will not irritate your skin (unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients, of course).
I swear by this stuff and have been buying it for a couple of years now. Here are some of the ways I use it:
– Makeup primer (I apply a mattifying primer and then a thin layer of this over for a smooth surface)
– Thigh chafing protectant
– Underarm protectant
– Razer burn protectant (apply this on dry skin after shaving and moisturizing to help prevent razer bumps from the friction of your clothing. Works great for the bikini area)
It really works! Once at Disneyland I had my friend give it a try because she asked me what it was that I was rubbing on my inner thighs, and at first she insisted that she didn’t need it. She’s a tiny little thing, but has some bigger thighs that rub. It doesn’t bother her too much, but she can sometime get some irritation. I insisted she try it. So she did and all day she kept saying, “it’s so smooth! I feel like walking has never been this easy!” She then turned our other friend on to it, who went out the very next day and bought her own tube! It works, it really does.
Let me know if you check it out or have used this product before. If I were to review this product it would get a 10/10 100% A+++ because it’s that amazing.
Also let me know if you’d like to have a more detailed post on how I use this as my makeup primer. I know it seems a bit unusual, so if you want, I could make a post about it!
Thank you for reading and I hope you got something valuable from this post! Muah!