While most people love warm weather, I spent most of my life dreading it (an unfortunate irony, as I’m from always-sunny LA). That’s because of two main reasons: I’m both very sweaty and very curvy, so for me, spring and summertime don’t elicit memories of beach days but the unwelcome return of chafing season. It’s only now that I’m able to at least be grateful that I’ve learned how to stop thigh chafing with the right products.
My thighs first started rubbing when I was 11 years old, and I was too embarrassed to tell anyone, let alone ask how to properly prevent it. So I spent literal years applying deodorant — as in, the kind meant for your armpits — to my inner thighs because I knew no better, and occasionally opted for adhesive bandages if deodorant didn’t do the trick.
Fortunately, I’ve since figured it out. I’d even consider myself to be an expert. Ever since the deodorant debacle, I’ve tried more anti-chafing products than I can count — I’ve tried them all. Now, I’ve come to the point where I’ve curated a collection of five tried-and-true favorites of all time — each of which I keep each in my cabinet, no matter the season (sometimes the heater gets too hot!) so I have it on hand — and thigh — in case of chafing emergency.
Been wondering how to stop thigh chafing? Read on for the five absolute best thigh chafing prevention products that truly work, from my thighs to yours.
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Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Mudgil Dermatology in New York City. He’s one of few dermatologists to be board certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology; this gives him a unique understanding of skin disease and allows him to approach patient care from both a clinical and cellular perspective.
Best For Thigh Protection
MegaBabe’s cult-favorite Thigh Rescue is truly the anti-thigh-chafing MVP (no wonder it’s won so many awards). Sliding on like a standard deodorant, the product creates a silky smooth barrier atop the skin that prevents the thighs from rubbing. And once applied, your thighs literally slide against each other — like ice skates on ice — without that painful friction. Plus, it’s moisturizing: Formulated with skin-soothing aloe, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E, Thigh Rescue hydrates and soothes the skin as it protects. Mudgil is a fan of this buy, particularly for its inclusion of aloe vera, which he notes is soothing and helps the skin repair.
Pro-tip: For easy application and chafe prevention on the go, make sure to snag the travel-size version, aka the Thigh Rescue Mini.
Active Ingredients: Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Ginger Root Extract, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Grapeseed Oil, Chamomile Flower Extract, Vitamin E
Best For Full-Body Use
As anyone whose thighs chafe knows, sometimes the rub travels beyond the thighs. “Chafing happens when there’s skin-to-skin contact combined with moisture and rubbing,” Mudgil explains. And sweat can form everywhere, so countless parts of the body can rub and tug. HIKI’s Anti-Chafe Stick was made to treat and prevent that very problem: Fragrance-free and formulated with all-natural ingredients including hydrating coconut oil, it’s safe to use on any part of the body — including the thighs — and prevents chafing wherever applied. Mudgil’s take? “This product is essentially a coconut oil-based emollient,” he says. “It’s basically a moisturizer stick.”
I personally prefer it for thighs and under the breasts, but feel free to swipe it on your butt, feet, back, or literally anywhere your heart desires.
Active Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rice Bran Extract, Sunflower Extract, Aloe Leaf, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Ginger Root Extract
Best For Sweat Prevention
Sometimes, thigh sweat becomes a bigger issue than chafing — especially amid the ultra-humid summertime. If such is the case for you, do yourself a favor and buy Carpe’s Sweat-Absorbing Thigh Lotion, which works to prevent chafing while keeping sweat at bay. According to Mudgil, this is a key way to prevent that painful rubbing from happening in the first place. “Keeping the skin dry plays a big role in preventing chafing,” he tells Bustle. “This is a great product that contains moisture absorbing ingredients.” These ingredients include starches, oil-reducing witch hazel, vitamin B3, and skin-soothing aloe, so this cream leaves a barely-detectable sweat shield on the thighs and groin, even on the warmest of days. And, of course, it keeps your thighs from chafing, sans residue on your hands, thighs, or clothing.
(Also amazing? Their sweat-absorbing breast lotion.)
Active Ingredients: Aluminum Starch, Tapioca Starch, Witch Hazel Water, Glycerin, Silica, Niacinamide, Rice Bran Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, Sunflower Seed Extract, Rosemary Extract
Best Body Mist
If your thighs are prone to dryness that contributes to chafing, Topicals’ hydrating and soothing mist will be your next best friend. Vegan, cruelty-free, and safe for sensitive skin, this body mist is formulated with restorative tiger grass (which you might know as cica), skin-calming allantoin, and skin-barrier boosting rhubarb, and can be used to treat a wide range of skin conditions, including chafing, dry patches, sunburn, and heat rashes. The best part is that you can just spritz it on, so it’s really convenient.
That said, Mudgil says there are better alternatives for chafing. “This product is essentially a moisturizer,” he tells Bustle. Personally, it’s helped in my chafe saga, but it’s worth keeping in mind if you need something more heavy-duty.
Active Ingredients: Centella Asiatica, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Licorice Root Extract, Cucumber Extract, Lavender Flower Extract
Best Slip Shorts
Even with all the chafing-prevention products in the world, there are some days you simply want to wear a pair of slip shorts. But not all shorts are created equal: Certain spandex shorts ride up and ultimately make chafing worse, while bike shorts can be thick and actually prompt more sweat. And shapewear? Honestly, I’m just not always in the mood to squeeze myself in — especially when it’s hot outside.
Fortunately, Undersummers exists, aka the anti-chafing “shortlette” that was created specifically to prevent thigh chafing. Designed to wick away moisture, these shorts are light, breathable, and don’t ride up — but aren’t tight like Spanx or Skims. Instead, they feel like a comfortable extension of your skin that’s undetectable under clothing and are therefore perfect for those sweltering summer days — sans chafing or thigh sweat. And these get the derm’s seal of approval: “This is a great product with moisture-wicking technology — a good choice for women on the go!” says Mudgil.
Sizes: S – 5X
Colors: Black, Beige, Ecru Cream, White, Royal, Red, Stars, Brown, Olive, Neutral Pink, Leopard
11 E-Girl Hairstyle Trends That Basically Scream Y2K
From regencycore to the coquette aesthetic and the “clean girl” look, TikTok has introduced the world to so many style movements it feels impossible to keep track. Currently, there’s another noteworthy trend on the rise: the e-girl aesthetic (short for electronic girl), a term you might recognize from Doja Cat’s e-girl makeup tutorial.
If you’re unfamiliar, the e-girl look is essentially a mismatch of trends pulled from pastel goth, anime, and indie sleaze styles — the result of which is rather reminiscent of Tumblr circa the late 2000s and early 2010s. And one of its most standout features is the e-girl hairstyle: think two-toned hair colors, pastel shags, and heavily accessorized Y2K-inspired hairstyles, all juxtaposed with ultra soft glam.
“The e-girl look is very cutesy,” says Lauren Milici, digital trends expert and entertainment writer at GamesRadar+ and Total Film. She describes the standard e-girl makeup as having blush on the nose, white eyeliner to make the eyes look bigger, and overlining the upper lip for a “pouty” appearance. As for why it’s so popular? It’s super versatile. “People are able to adapt it to their vibe, whether it’s gothy or bright,” she says. And contemporary TikTok can’t get enough of it: #egirl and #egirls have amassed a combined 19.3 billion views on the platform.
Feeling inspired? Read on for 11 trending hairstyles that’ll help unleash your inner e-girl.
Since the e-girl aesthetic is all about everything “cute,” it’s only logical that one of the most popular hairstyles would pull its inspiration from ultimate cute girl icon Baby Spice with ’90s-era pigtails.
For another way to rock just a pop of color, try a bright, face-framing money piece — think Bella Hadid’s copper-hued highlights. A little bit of color can go a long way.
Nicknamed “grunge buns,” this half-updo is easy to style, works with all hair types, and has been spotted on practically every e-girl imaginable.
The wolf cut, which is essentially a mullet and shag combo, is both edgy and chic — and it’s a look e-girl queen Billie Eilish has recently sported… so it’s a prime example of the aesthetic.
E-girls also love statement braids. You can clip in extensions for extra length or simply braid your natural hair and tie colorful tinsel or string (or any accessory) throughout for a bold Y2K aesthetic.
Sleek buns are forever chic, but for a more Y2K-style e-girl look, go with baby buns, a miniature version that’s customizable — wear them as a single bun or cover your head in them for ultimate cutesy vibes.
If you’re looking for some fringe, you could get some ultra-chic curtain bangs (another look sported by Billie Eilish). The face-framing chop is still edgy, but not too dramatic, and looks good no matter the hair color or texture.
Shags reign supreme in the land of e-girls, and so too do two-toned hair colors. Reminiscent of Cruella DeVille’s iconic ‘do, the look leans more into the “goth” side of pastel goth — and it’s just as legendary as the character who made it famous. (Wait, so was Cruella an e-girl?)
Bubble braids, and their close cousin the bubble pony (as seen on Euphoria) are shockingly easy to style: All you need are a handful of rubber bands. Plus, they can be accessorized according to your mood, so while the style is simple, it’s still show-stopping (and Gigi Hadid and Olivia Rodrigo-approved).
You can never go wrong with late ‘90s, early 2000s-era butterfly clips. The bedazzled look is a whimsical way to add some color to your hairdo.
Miranda Kerr’s Nighttime Skin Care Routine Includes Affirmations
Though she truly needs no introduction, Miranda Kerr is perhaps most notably recognized as the founder of the certifiably organic, sustainable-centric, and completely vegan and cruelty-free brand KORA Organics. Powered by active ingredients native to her homeland (like the antioxidant-rich superfood, noni, which is a common thread throughout the entire range), KORA’s mission is to approach product creation with love for the body and mind, as well as Mother Earth.
Along with being a hands-on CEO and skin care mogul, she also happens to be one of the most sought after international supermodels, a wife, a boy mom of three, an author, a passionate wellness warrior, a home design aficionado, a crystal-loving yogi … and that’s only scratching the surface, as it’s her character, grace, and kindness that truly stood out the most during our chat.
With an exciting KORA Organics launch on the horizon, I had the opportunity to speak with Kerr about the newness, affirmations, and more — just as she was waking up (and fighting jet lag) in sunny Australia, and my afternoon sky began to turn shades of deep blue all the way across the world in New York.
Harnessing the power of the ocean by way of active algae, the KORA Organics Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer brings something fresh to the brand’s range. After incorporating it into my own routine for the past few weeks, I would describe it as a bouncy, hydrating, and light-as-air formula that brings some much-needed calm into my daily routine. Giving my complexion a juicy glow, while working to heal and smooth any blemishes or texture I may be struggling with, the moisturizer’s formula is completely fragrance-free — though the natural aromatherapy quality is softly floral with traces of the crystal-clear ocean, fresh alpine rose, sweet basil, and earthy geranium.
Aside from the powerful formula (that has personally created my most radiant, glowing complexion to date), Kerr goes on to explain the added benefits of incorporating this moisturizer into your routine: “Every single KORA Organics product has its own positive word on the back of the bottle, as well as its own crystal infusion process in addition to the rose quartz crystal that every single product is filtered through. With the Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer, it is energized with aquamarine crystals, which really helps calm and soothe your spirit — so it’s nourishing your mind, your body, and your skin. The affirmation on the back of this product is peace, and is part of that ritual for creating that calming and soothing experience — along with the aquamarine stone, and the actual physical affects of the formula.”
During my college years, when I was in such a state of discovering who I was (and who I wanted to be), I stumbled upon Miranda’s book entitled Treasure Yourself. As an avid journaler, I had always written positive quotes and poems for myself, but Kerr introduced me to the power of using your voice and speaking affirming words into the universe as an act of self-love and care.
In honor of my younger self who needed her words at that time, I asked Kerr about some of her favorite affirmations that bring her peace. “For me, words are so powerful, and I have quite a big toolbox of affirmations,” she tells me. One that she repeats frequently: I am a being of light that is capable of infinite possibilities.
“Even forgiveness affirmations can create a lot of peace in your life — we are all human, and we might think something that is not a high vibration towards ourselves or others, and having that little ritual and peace-making is so important,” Kerr says. “I’ll do forgiveness prayers while I’m brushing my teeth, or putting on my skincare to cleanse my skin and my spirit at the same time. I’ll say something like: I forgive myself, and I forgive anyone that has upset me intentionally or unintentionally.”
Expressing the importance of finding some time to pamper herself and be still each and every day, Kerr shares just how much she prioritizes routine — in more areas in her life than one.
“I’m pretty strict about my children’s routine. My grandmother had four children and many many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she taught me from a young age that routine is the most important thing for them, so that really stuck with me. You can find consistency and moments for yourself around that routine, so when my children go to bed after reading three books together, I often dim the lights, put the lamps on, and light a non-toxic candle. If my husband is finishing work or perhaps at the gym, I’ll then take a bath maybe once a week, or do my skin care routine — and thats when I really lean into those products that are very soothing, and I feel as if they are giving back to me.”
After agreeing that we both love those nights when we get to turn in for bed early, she shares the exact skin care routine she has created for peace and pampering once the moon replaces the sun’s light.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Miranda’s Nighttime Skin Care Routine
Dua Lipa Wears Ugly ’90s Trends So Well
Dua Lipa is a head-turner, to be sure, marching to the beat of her own drum style wise. Be it on stage or off, she loves to take a questionable trend from decades past and turn it into a hyper-chic look worth copying. Ahead, all the times Dua turned the “ugly” so freaking cute.