Summer’s sultry stickiness just won’t stop — but mother runners keep on training. Which means that post-run showers can get super sting-y when the water hits newly rubbed raw skin. Rather than give up running until the leaves change, we asked a bunch of BAMRs to test a range of anti-chafe products. Some were hits; some were messy misses — and one seems to have been both.
From most liked to least …
Whether it’s because the familiar package makes mamas happy or because the products works, testers loved BodyGlide.
“I have to admit, this is my go to product. I was thrilled to see it in the package,” one tester said. “I’m a fan.”
Another tester offered some BodyGlide tips:
“Make sure the 'stick/product' is above the container top - if you don't turn the bottom knob and have the product high enough, it's a little painful,” she said.
“This is what I would call a non-shareable product. Once I used the stick on my body, I didn't want any other family member rubbing it on their body. I actually put my name on it with a sharpie ‘MOM.’”
This product won over a lot of BAMRs! One even gave it three (!) exclamation points!
“I loved this product!!! ,” she said. “One of the best things about it is the fact that you can share it and not be grossed out! Seriously, no one wants to use someone else's chafing product BUT this one is safe as you don't have to worry about double dipping as it's a spray! I also loved that it sprayed on 'dry' and didn't feel greasy or wet like some creams often do.”
“I really liked how it felt and the ease of applying it,” another runner said. “There was no goopy mess on my fingers after putting it on. Although I didn't test it in water, I liked that it is waterproof since I run in Oregon and we have very wet winters.”
One BAMR is a convert to this product.
“I don't think I'll ever use anything else again! It's as easy to use as BodyGlide, but way more effective! No fragrance or odor. Washes off easily in the shower. Not sticky or messy," she said. “Don’t need to let it dry — I love being able to apply, then immediately fasten on my bra, pull on my tank top and shorts, and be ready to run.”
Our testers were torn on this one. The application process was a bummer. “It's yucky and sticky and washing it off your hands is akin to removing tar” but that was OK because “It melts but continues to provide protection and within half a mile you forget you applied it.”
The smell was also a turn-off. One tester “was curious if people could smell me.” Another “hated the smell. It was almost like Ben Gay.”
For one runner, it is her go-to for hot runs. “I'm the first to admit it's not a sexy product. Looks like brown melted glue and, as mentioned above, it's not fun to apply it or get rid of the residue,” she said “Still, when I was running 40-60 miles a week I would go through a 10 ounce can of this baby quickly and gratefully.”
Another cut right to the chase: “NO! Not a fan!”
At best, 2Toms rated a “meh.”
“Did the job,”one tester explained, “but I didn't love feeling of oil on my skin later in the day.”
Those runners who live where there are harsh winters know the power of Aquaphor for chapped hands. But as an anti-chafe balm? Not so much.
One tester probably won’t use it again because she worried about it staining her clothes.
Another mother runner summed up succinctly: “It seemed to work fine but with so many other products out there that also seem to work fine, I’d likely go with another one due to the greasy factor as well as the possible-staining-clothes factor.”
This one won our hearts for its name alone. But that seems to have been its only upside.
“This product did what was required — no chafing/blisters — but it was messy to use. I got powder on the carpet (dark carpet, light powder) and since I was heading out for a run tried to just rub it into the carpet. Sigh. Eventually I had to pull out the vacuum cleaner. Maybe this should be applied when one is outside,” she wondered.
Our endless thanks go to our testers Trisha Swanson, Christy Westover, Leah Findtner, Megan Bruce, Christine Tye, Ellison Weist, and Sarah Bowen Shea for offering up their sensitive parts to further knowledge!
Which products do you swear by?