Must-Have Products For Those Problems You Don’t Want To Talk About

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Must-Have Products For Those Problems You Don’t Want To Talk About

what to use for chafing in the summerWe all have those insecurities and potentially embarrassing problems we don’t want to discuss. But, if we don’t discuss them, how can we solve them? Not to worry! My friends and I have had the talks and done the research so you don’t have to!

For a NOLA Summer

Anti-chafing stick: This New Orleans heat is something else. T-shirt dresses are my favorite thing to wear during this time of year where every day brings a new, record-setting heat advisory. But, there’s one problem that comes with a dress in the summer: chafing. Ya girl has juicy thighs. Megababe Thigh Rescue is my go-to for friction fighting, but I’ve also been pleased with this one.

Sweat powder: Prevents moisture in sweaty crevices while simultaneously helping with friction. I use Bust Dust, but I’ve also heard great things about this one.

For Fresh and Clean

Freshening wipes: These purse-packable wipes from I Love My Muff (yes, that is the name) are great to keep on hand to freshen up quickly after the gym, when you’re on your period, or just when you feel a little funky but can’t shower.

Down-there deodorant: There are many instances (again, this heat!) that cause me to be self-conscious about the, er, aroma of my lady parts. Whether I’ve been running around in leggings, out all day at a festival, or cheering on my kids at yet another ballgame, there are days when I come home, catch a whiff, and wonder if anyone else could smell me. Now that I have Lumē on board, I don’t have to worry. It is natural and completely safe for anywhere you need to use it. I will admit, the initial scent of the Lumē took a little while to get used to, but I have found that the Lavender Sage fragrance is the way to go.

Shoe deodorizer: I wear my tennis shoes twelve hours at a time working as an ER nurse. The only product I’ve found that successfully mitigates the odor is RocketPure Deodorizer. I sprinkle this powder inside my shoes, leave overnight, and shake out the excess prior to wear. I do this as needed but can usually get by with every couple of weeks.

For Silky Smooth Skin

Callous remover: Great for when you’re headed out in sandals and realize your feet aren’t quite summer ready. I enjoy regular mani/pedis, but Sand Bar a great tool to have in your bathroom drawer for those times when you need to do a little extra maintenance on your hands or feet.

Dermaplaning razors: Few things are more satisfying than applying makeup to a freshly dermaplaned face. This razor comes highly recommended from a friend, and another friend mentioned that this one is particularly great for those with an unsteady hand. I just started using them and can’t believe I’ve gone so long without. Total game changer.

Butt scrub: Wish your derrière was smooth as a baby’s bottom? Buff out uneven skin, acne, and small imperfections with this exfoliator. 

For Bathroom Needs

Diagram from Revive website

Bladder support: While I no longer experience stress incontinence (like when exercising or coughing), I wish I’d known about Revive after my pregnancies. This support comes highly recommended from my friend who is a pelvic floor therapist. It’s a silicone ring that you insert vaginally with an applicator, similar to the way you would insert a tampon. Revive works by using a little bit of pressure to support the urethra through the vaginal wall.

Toilet stool: By nature, we are designed to squat, not sit, when using the bathroom. The Squatty Potty stool fits around the base of the toilet and allows for optimal positioning. The Squatty Potty positions the colon to help ease things along without straining or putting unwanted stress on pelvic floor muscles.

For Down-There Comfort

Vaginal moisturizer: Similar to the way you’d use balm for dry lips or hand cream for dry hands, sometimes you could use a little bit of moisture down there. I’m not talking about personal lubricant for intimacy (though that’s great too!). This gel is great for combatting occasional dryness or dryness that may occur as a result of hormonal changes or certain medications.

Bush Balm: And speaking of skin care for down there, I love this line of products, from the pre-shave exfoliant to the post-shave oil. I even just discovered the Vajacial mask (what a time to be alive!) and am super intrigued. It seems so soothing! Many Bush Balm products are available on Amazon, but check out the full line here. 

These are some great tools to have on hand, but what am I missing? Any suggestions?


Alyson Haggerty
Alyson lives in Metairie with her husband, Patrick, their two boys, and their Morkie, Beignet. After teaching for almost ten years, she left a career in education, earned her BSN, and now works as a pediatric emergency nurse. In her free time, Alyson enjoys flipping furniture, writing, dancing, and painting. She is always looking for a racquetball partner and loves streetcar rides and playing board games with her family. A good cook, she is constantly on a quest to answer the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” but has thus far been unsuccessful.


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