Warning: It's about to get a little uncomfortable in here. No, we ain't gonna ask you, "Shaadi kab kar rahe ho?" Today, we are going to talk about skin chafing. Yes, ouch!
Skin chafing occurs when the skin rubs together and the repetitive friction results in irritation, redness and extreme discomfort. The hot weather is definitely one of the reasons why your skin is chafing lately. Inner thighs, buttocks, armpits, and even nipples are some of the common areas that get irritated due to the burn caused by friction. Are you nodding in agreement? Then read on!
The hot sun is shining upon us in all its glory and we are counting our days to winter because, let's face it, unless we're spending our days by the beach with a glass of margarita in hand, we don't want to participate in this hot, sticky weather. Working out or simply going out for a walk in this heat is really unpleasant and along with it comes skin chafing. Itchy rashes, sore areas on the skin, blisters, and even skin inflammations--skin chafing is the worst. But don't worry, we know just how you can soothe your skin with the help of the following home remedies:
The first signs of skin chafing are pain, irritation, and a constant burning sensation. The solution lies in a good ol' ice cube. Using a handkerchief or a washcloth, take an ice cube and apply it on the affected area. Do it thrice a day to soothe your skin. This will also help reduce the chances of swelling.
Aloe vera has a long history of being a miracle plant. Whether it's for hair or skin, or even in medicines, aloe vera never disappoints. Its cooling properties are the reason why it has been used for centuries to treat sunburns, skin irritations and surface wounds. When it comes to skin chafing, aloe vera gel can help soothe and calm down the irritation in no time. Just squeeze out an ample amount on your palm or pluck out a fresh leaf and dab it softly on the affected area. You'll feel instant relief.
Coconut oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and happens to be a wonder product to soothe soreness and irritated, chafed skin. It not only helps relieve discomfort but also helps kill bacteria and reduce scarring caused by it. Since it is an oil, make sure you don't keep it on for longer durations as it may cause heat to accumulate. Thirty minutes is more than enough after which you can wash it off with cold water.
Shea butter in its raw form or even as a moisturizing body lotion can help soothe irritated skin in no time. The fatty acids present in shea butter help nourish the skin too. It also has healing properties that make it a popular go-to option when it comes to soothing chafed skin.
Were you aware of the fact that cornstarch has the ability to absorb extra moisture, thus helping with itching? So, if you have chafed skin, simply mix equal parts of cornstarch and water and apply the solution directly to the affected area for instant results.
Don't know about you guys but we're cool for the summer!
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