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Summertime Beauty For Outdoor Cuties: Fuck Chafing!

Summertime Beauty For Outdoor Cuties: Fuck Chafing!

| On 31, May 2013

I don’t know what you did last week, but I spent it camping, canoeing, and hanging out in the woods, as I plan on doing most weekends this summer. And if I’m not going to be campnoeing and chillin’ like a villain on a grassy knoll in some Hoosier woods on a weekday after work, I’ll be at an outdoor concert, a music festival, going for a long-ass walk, cycling, or living life on a patio with a drink in my hand. The recurring element here is the elements: As soon as it’s warm enough, I haul my ass outside and park it there. But being outdoors more than indoors comes with a certain set of challenges, or obstacles, if you will, to being as awesome as possible. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for making that sunshine life more pleasant, and I’m going to share these tips and tricks with you. First and foremost: FUCK CHAFING!

Chafed skin is the worst, but with some good products on hand, you can cut that issue out of your life and get back to having fun. Chub rub? Fuck it. Underwire poking out and rubbing your side/arm/boob? Hell no. Shoes rubbing the back or sides of your foot or squeezing your toes together and making them rub and then you get these stupid little blisters that interfere with your good time? Not today, son. Tag in the back of your shirt rubbing your skin? I’m over it. Here are my favorite anti-chafe products to keep that chafe at bay!

1.    Blue Steel Sports Cream is everything. I’m going to recommend two other products that I love…. and don’t use anymore now that I have found Blue Steel Sports Cream. I haven’t tried any anti-chafe cream/lotion/stick/powder that works as well or better, and I am smitten. Most days after work, I go out and walk a few miles. I rub some of this majickal tincture in between my toes to keep them from blistering, and damn yes it works to prevent chub rub. (Chub rub, for the joyfully uninitiated, is when your thighs touch and the skin chafes and it feels like 18273981281 tiny demon teeth digging into you.) And if you already have chub rub, this stuff will heal it on up. It’s got a tingly mint thing going on and just, ya know, if you only ever pick up one product that I recommend ever ever ever, let it be this one. Seriously. It’s so good. I’ve never needed to reapply it, and the efficacy is as good 8 hours after putting it on, sweating, being in water, living life, as it was immediately after I applied it.

blue steel


2.    Bodyglide used to be my go-to anti-chafe cream. I still have 4 or 5 sticks lying around because I would buy multiple at a time and keep one in my purse, one in my backpack, one at my boyfriend’s place, and one in my bathroom. Bodyglide works really well, but it doesn’t have the staying power of Blue Steel. It is less expensive, however, and that can be a pretty big plus. ALSO! If you don’t want your anti-chafe on your fingers, then Bodyglide might be a better choice for you. It comes in a form that resembles a stick of deodorant and you just rub it where you want it. Blue steel gets applied with your fingers.


3.    My friends and I love Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief. My friend introduced me to this product one weekend in Chicago when I was all “gotta slap some blue steel on my ankles where my shoes are rubbing, hold up!” and she was like “oh no wait, have you tried this Monistat cream?” I totally had not tried that Monistat cream and I didn’t know it existed! My vote is still with Blue Steel, but I am somewhat in love with it. Monistat is an awesome one because there’s a high probability that you can pick it up at your local grocery store or drug store. With Blue Steel and Bodyglide, you’re probably going to have to hit up a sporting goods store or ye olde interwebz.


Much like the Wu-Tang Clan, chub rub ain’t nothin’ to fuck with. But neither is chafing or irritation from a popped underwire, shoes rubbing your feet, toes, ankles, a fancy seam on your pants rubbing your leg, toes squeezed together and rubbing, or a tag in your shirt poking at the back of your neck all day. So grab up any of these babies up here, apply before you leave or keep one with you, and you’re good to get going.

What other anti-chafe products do you use? What other uses do you have for them? What’s your favorite? Have you tried or will you be trying any of these? Meet me down in the comments and tell me allllll about it!

Written by Sara Luckey
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  • Laura

    Love this post! My secret was discovered when a friend of mine was the only lady leading a backpacking trip with 2 male leaders and 12 preteen boys. Gold Bond, that powder and cream marketed so heavily towards men, does wonders for both sexes. It’s not my go-to, but it is really awesome to know about in a pinch.

    • Sara Luckey

      YES! I completely agree. I actually almost included a bit about gold bond at the end of this post! I like the lotion. For me, I don’t use it like the products in the post, but I use if when I have dry skin or chafing already and I want to sooth it at the end of the day, while I use the products in the post to prevent it. Gold Bond is the boss hog of lotions and I allllways have some around. It is so good, you are spot on.

  • j.

    i use silicone-based diaper cream? it works like a dream.

  • katekari

    I love this post. I used to just suffer through various minor chafing issues, but since I took up running and got serious chub rub for the first time in my life, I am in need of recommendations!

    …Although I will never be able to use a product called “Blue Steel” without making the face.

  • Denise

    Also pretty much any deodorant works if you put it in on your thighs. I’ve been doing that for a while now and it has pretty good staying power and is also already a household object that you don’t need to go out of your way to buy.

  • Josie

    Another vote for deodorant to banish the chubrub :)