This summer has brought higher temperatures to many parts of the US, and athletes are competing in their favorite summer sports and activities. Its no fun, though, to return from a great run, a pickup basketball game or tennis match and have chafing from the heat. Here’s some great ways to help deal with the heat and reduce the chance of getting chafed:
- Stay cool- pick hours of the day with less intense heat to reduce sweating
- Use moisture wicking clothing- many athletic clothing manufacturers have clothing that pulls sweat away from the body when you move.
- Remember to shower once you’re done exercising. Its not just the irritation of rubbing that causes chafing- it can be exacerbated by dried sweat on the skin from a previous workout. Showering after competing or working out helps prevent this.
- Use a body powder like Jewel Dust to help with smoother movement of clothing over the skin.
- Stay hydrated- if you’re dehydrated, sweat forms more salt crystals which can hasten chafing.
Better to take preventive measures for chafing while being active in summer months, than have it develop into something worse.