Many people experience chafing all year round, but one place where it is especially common is at the beach! The combination of the hot sun, gritty sand and salty seawater is a recipe for disaster when it comes to skin irritation.
We've all been there - you're at the beach and everything is going great until you start to feel that uncomfortable rubbing on your skin. You have chafing! It's one of those problems that can make a day at the beach go from relaxing to downright painful in an instant.
Don't let chafing spoil your fun - read on to learn 10 handy tips on how to stop it when you're at the beach:
1) Wear sunscreen - sunscreen will not only keep you protected from the sun and its harmful UV rays, it will also lubricate your skin and stop it from chafing on your swimsuit or other clothing.
2) Change out of wet clothes as soon as possible - If you go for a dip in the sea to cool off, make sure you towel yourself dry as soon as possible. The salt in seawater can cause friction against your clothes and your skin so it's important to dry it off, or if possible, take a shower.
3) Wear sandals and shoes that are made for the beach - Feet coming into contact with sand and your sandals or shoes is a recipe for chafing disaster! To prevent this, choose footwear that has been specially designed to keep sand at bay.
4) Keep your skin moisturized, particularly after being in the water - Keeping your skin moisturized will prevent friction from clothes, towels or other materials from irritating your skin.
5) Stay in the shade - Taking some time in the shade will help you to cool off and prevent you from sweating, which can be one of the major causes of chafing.
6) Wear light and loose clothing - Lighter fabrics are less likely to cause chafing, and they will also keep you cooler. If you wear something with buttons or zippers, make sure that it is placed in an area where it won't rub against your skin. Tight or form-fitting clothes have a higher chance of causing irritation so wear something loose-fitting instead
7) Use a barrier cream - Another option is to use a good barrier cream, you can get some from the pharmacy or in general goods store. It will help protect your skin from irritation and keep you feeling fresh all day long.
8) Wear clothes that are made for the beach - Beachwear is sometimes designed with the prevention chafing in mind. It's usually made of a softer material and features openings on the sides or back so it can be removed easily without having to remove all your clothing at once.
9) Wear underwear with no seams or straps - No-seam underwear will eliminate any pressure points from running chafing against your skin, which in turn eliminates irritation and discomfort.
10) Choose from our range of ant-chafing products - Our anti chafing thigh guards will ensure that sun, sea and sand don't irritate the most sensitive of areas. If you are planning a trip to the beach soon, check out our range now!