Chafing can be a constant problem. As many of you know, the itchiness and irritation don’t just stop when you want to go to sleep - there’s no button to press to turn it off or mute it! To help make sure that you get a good night of sleep, our experts have composed this guide of tips to help soothe your skin overnight.
Pay attention to the pyjamas that you’re wearing
One of the best ways to calm chafing overnight is to pay attention to the pyjamas that you’re choosing to wear. We suggest that you stay away from silk pyjamas, as the material can cling to your sweat, causing the rubbing together of your body parts which are prone to chafing, such as your thighs and armpits.
Instead, opt for cotton pyjamas. The soft material is gentler on the skin and doesn’t trap sweat in the way that silk does. Therefore, you're less likely to irritate skin that is already chafing and can prevent new patches from cropping up overnight. It goes without saying that the fewer layers you wear during warm weather, the less likely you are to sweat and chafe as well. Especially now it's the start of spring, it might be an idea to lose some layers as the temperature heats up.
Apply some cream on your chafed areas before getting into bed
Deliberately broad, there are a vast array of different creams or ointments that you can apply before you go to bed at night so that you wake up with calmer skin. Whether this is a branded cream that is to be used specifically to treat chafing, a moisturiser that’s already part of your nightly skincare routine, or some trusty aloe vera to soothe your irritation, a good soothing cream is often the best thing for chafing when asleep.
Any of these three should work, but be careful about how much you apply. If you use too much cream, the excess moisture may stick to your pyjamas rather than soak into the skin. The cream will then act in the same way as sweat does, provoking your chafing even more. A pea-sized amount should be enough, and be sure to message it into your skin thoroughly.
Stock up on antihistamines
We do realise that this technically isn't a tip that is night-time specific, but you can always leave out a box of antihistamines at night so that you remember to take one or two tablets in the morning. Commonly used for treating hay fever in the spring time, antihistamines can also reduce the irritation and red rashes caused by chafing. You may be wondering where the link is here, but think about it, how different is chafing to grass rashes? For some people, antihistamines really help as a chafing remedy.
For more information on what to include in your night-time routine to stop chafing, feel free to contact a member of our team at No More Chafe today.