The Product That Saved My Inner Thighs This Summer

Chub rub, be gone

Let’s get real for a minute, shall we. I’m going to touch on a topic right now that not many women talk about, let alone admit is a problem they endure. This despite the fact that this problem is something that plagues pretty much everyone with moderate to largely sized thighs (no thigh gap here) who dare to don a skirt or dress in the summer. The subject I’m hinting at is inner thigh chafing—otherwise known as chub rub.   

I like to consider myself a pretty enthusiastic walker. I live in New York, after all, and strolling the streets—often while lost—is the best way to experience and take in the city. But tell that to my thighs once the weather hits 80 degrees or more. Walking more than two avenues used to fill me with immediate dread that my badly burned skin would never recover from my attempt to reach 10,000 steps for the day. It’s not cute, and I’m sorry (not sorry) for searing this image into your brain. 

I can’t remember where I first heard about Body Glide. Probably from the never-ending black hole that is the internet, I’m sure. No matter, my legs and I are forever grateful. It’s an anti-chafing balm that’s technically meant for athletes looking to keep their skin from rubbing against itself while training, though, as the website emphasizes, it’s really for everyone.

“From surfing to the simple act of playing with our kids, Body Glide helps us all to be active and inspires us to walk a block, hike a trail, climb a hill, swim an ocean—to keep us going near and far, and to ride the wave of life free of fear, free of pain, and free to be the brave hero we want to be,” the description reads. For some, that might involve walking 10 blocks to happy hour to avoid paying $2.75 for the train. Hey, not all heroes wear capes.

If I’m wearing something that exposes my thighs for the day, I swipe it on right before I leave the house and then again toward the end of the day if I know I’ll be walking a good amount. It acts as a slip-n-slide for my skin and prevents a mini fire from starting in between my legs.

One of my favorite parts about it is the stick packaging, which means Body Glide can easily pass as a deodorant. One of my friends even asked if she could borrow it when she ran out of antiperspirant one day. I didn’t stop her because I’m a horrible person, but it’s a prime example of how camouflaged it will be on your desk at work or on your vanity. You know, just in case you don’t feel like fielding questions about your mermaid thighs.

Basically, you no longer have to shudder at the sight of skirts anymore, ladies and/or gents. Invest in Body Glide and let your thighs roam free.