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Megababe’s Thigh Rescue Stick Freed Me From Lifelong ‘Chub Rub’

When I was a chubby tween obsessed with glossy magazines and teen melodramas like One Tree Hill, there was nothing I wanted more in the world than a thigh gap (that, and maybe Chad Michael Murray). I was definitely trained by mainstream pop culture to think that touching thighs were gross and unnatural — but I also constantly dreamed of wearing a skirt or shorts or a swimsuit without getting itchy red welts from the skin-on-skin contact. Now, as a plus-size adult, my thighs still rub together, but I never have to worry about irritation, thanks to my all-time favorite chafe-prevention product: Megababe Thigh Rescue.

When I’m about to leave the house in an outfit that exposes my thighs, I just swipe one layer of Thigh Rescue on the inner part of both thighs, chuck the small tube in my bag (even though I rarely need to re-apply it), and immediately enjoy the frictionless glide it creates. That slick feeling lasts for hours on end, so I can enjoy my time out without the constant and painful reminder that I don’t have the thigh gap I used to fixate on. On top of that, it soothes skin with aloe vera and works to repair any damage to the barrier with pomegranate seed extract and grapeseed oil (among a bunch of other nourishing skin-care ingredients).

Of course, you don’t have to be plus size or have thunder thighs to enjoy this product’s benefits. Athletes like runners and cyclists chafe all the time, and plenty of people experience other types of chafing around different body parts. If you’re prone to chafing in any capacity, I can’t recommend this convenient, creamy stick enough — because perpetual chafing can lead to some gnarly side-effects in the longer run.

“This skin under friction causes shearing forces that can cause microtears in the skin,” San Diego board-certified dermatologist Melanie Palm previously told Allure. “Continual shearing forces can lead to redness, skin denuding and removal, and even skin erosions. Open skin then becomes more vulnerable to infection, especially in a moist environment of sweat, bacteria, and yeast.” Ouch.

It sounds so corny to say out loud, but this product is downright freeing. It’s a whole lot easier to love and embrace your own body when you aren’t constantly seeking relief from “chub rub” or other causes of chafing — take it from someone who’s been there. I don’t need a thigh gap, and I never will because I have Megababe Thigh Rescue. For that, I can’t think of anything more deserving of a 2020 Best of Beauty award.

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