Intimate Skin: Advice for Lingerie-Related Skincare

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Today’s guest blog is the second post in as many weeks by longtime TLA reader Evija! She shared her thoughts on Lingerie for Curvy Dames last week, and this week she’s back to offer some tips on lingerie-related skincare. I’m really glad she submitted this post as skin issues related to the wearing of lingerie isn’t really something I think about; my skin just doesn’t give me issues. However, I imagine that’s not the case for many people, so I’m very happy to her perspective on the issue here. If this is a topic that’s relevant to you, I hope Evija’s article helps.

“Beauty is only skin deep.”

We’ve all been there. That odd pimple, that little rash, that scratch from a cat’s paw…you name it; skin blemishes and tears are incredibly common. However, since nothing will be closer to your skin than your lingerie, and it’s very important that you take care of both. Not only may these tips help you to get or maintain clear skin, they may also help your lingerie last longer.

First of all, understand that little skin issues happen to everybody. You shed millions of skin cells each day, and the skin itself is constantly producing sebum, an oily material which helps your skin function the way it should. In addition, we move move, and so we sweat.  When I noticed that I was starting to get skin issues in the exact places where my lingerie touched my skin, I knew I had to do something. So here’s my guide.

Rule 1: Cleanliness does not always equal godliness, but is very handy.

I’m not calling you dirty. I’m just saying that sometimes we forget that lingerie should be rinsed very, very thoroughly and also that your let skin products shouldn’t come in touch with it. When washing your beautiful undergarments, it is, of course, advisable to use a delicates washing product, but you still have to rinse it very, very carefully. Also, try not to make the mistake of drying them on a heater; the extreme heat may cause the fabric to become dried-up, hard, and generally unpleasant.

When you apply moisturizer before putting on your lingerie, give it a little time. Wash your hands, dry them, and try your skin in a couple of minutes. If there is still some residue, either give it more time to absorb or remove the excess, but please don’t put your lingerie on if you don’t want it to end up with oily stains. Plus, remember to check the “underboob” area. For me, body creams take forever to be absorbed there!

If you use make up for your décolletage, like foundation, it’s best to finish it off with powder to make it last longer. If you do some contouring in this area, I’d suggest using a very thin layer of powder to prevent the pigments from running and ruining your bras.

Eucalan Grapefruit no-rinse delicate wash is a great lingerie wash solution, and it’s only $5.

eucalan grapefruit

Rule 2: Pay extra care to where the (under)things are.

You wear your bra for most of the day, and your knickers for maybe even longer. That is a considerable amount of rubbing against your skin…even if they stay put. I’ve noticed I sometimes have clogged pores where my bra straps are. I fight this issue with a gentle tea tree wash. I quite like this one from The Body Shop, but I figure other tea tree oil based products will do an equally great job! It sells for $12.

tea tree

Rule 3: Always, always let me stress this – ALWAYS wear your right size.

What happens when you wear the wrong size bra for your body? You get 1) awful bruises near your armpits and on your sternum where the gore is, 2) marks and rashes from where your straps dig into your shoulders, or 3) both. I’m serious about this, ladies. If you can’t go braless for awhile, these issues take forever to heal…even if you do switch to a better size. If you happen to have changed sizes and don’t have the time or money to renew your collection, at least get a cheap bra in a horrible colour. It may not make you feel as confident in terms of style, but it will be worth it to not have those nasty, itching bruises all around it.

What happens when you wear the wrong size of knickers? Well, I’ll try to avoid all of the details, but if you happen to accidentally buy a thong that’s too small, your very existence becomes a pain. I think you understand what I’m referring to. And even if it’s not a thong, the knickers can still dig in and cause chaffing, which is plain unpleasant. So, my dear readers, if in doubt, size up. They won’t fall down :)

What if you wear the wrong size stockings or holdups? If you avoid the embarrassment of them falling down to your knees, they will stay…and dig deep into your thighs, rubbing in and being uncomfortable. If you’ve bought tights of the wrong size, chances are they may rip in the thigh area and cause nothing but bruises all day long. I’ve been there more times than I’d like to admit.

If this happens and you don’t have time to change, blotting the area with baby powder will help for a while but is by no means a long-term solution. So always wear the size that fits you. Me, I’m a fairly curvy and tall gal, and I’ve found that the standard size range does not always fit me. But StockingsHQ has a good selection of plus size stockings and tights – give them a try!

Or you could take it up a notch with perfumed powder like this one by Jessica McClintock for $18 from Walgreens

body powder

Rule 4: When wearing a corset, wear something under it.

If you’re going to wear your corset a bit longer than the sweet moments in the bedroom, you will sweat and shed skin. While corsets aren’t made of gossamer and are designed to withstand rigorous wearing, it will save you time and money to add an extra layer. Corsets are fairly hard to clean and need expert care, so you can delay your dry cleaners’ visit by simply wearing, for example, a nice cotton tube top under your magnificent contraption.

I think this tube top from Forever 21 is pretty – and it comes in plus sizes, all for just $8!

tubetop

Rule 5: Don’t stress your skin.

You know what hell looks like? Shaving/waxing your bikini line, wearing tight synthetic panties, and looking down to see a red, irritated blotch that won’t go away for days. I’ve made this mistake a couple of times, and it was awful. So now I use a post-waxing lotion and, if I can, try to do wax on weekends when I don’t have anywhere to go and can just lounge around in a cotton dress with nothing underneath it. And it’s always best to find the hair removal method that works for you. Waxing is terrible for me, but I’ve found that hair removal creams are a miracle – the result is fabulous. Some people can’t stand the smell so it won’t work for everyone, but it’s well worth giving a try. For those pesky ingrowns though, try this Whish Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum, $22.50 at Nordstrom.

whish post wax

Lastly, remember – I believe anyone can be gorgeous. Don’t let your body’s occasional tantrums tell you otherwise!  If you have some tips to share, I’d be very happy to read them in the comments!

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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7 Comments

  1. Stephanie
    18/02/14 at 16:02

    Great idea for an article! Thank you for acknowledging that these problems exist. I’ve put off wearing (even very nice) lingerie for a while because my skin reacts badly to the synthetic materials. Hopefully these tips will help!

    • Evija
      19/02/14 at 3:51

      Thank you! Being new to this it feels good to be appreciated :)
      Well if there’s an item you really really like but your skin may react to the fibres, you could always try wearing a nude-coloured natural material tiny thong beneath the briefs, for example. Or sew one inside if you’re somewhat skilled with a thread and needle. Or if it’s just the gusset that’s causing this, change it for a larger cotton one :)

  2. Rose
    18/02/14 at 21:27

    Could you recommend your favorite bikini hair removal cream?? I got a chemical burn from being irresponsible with my Nair once, yikes!

    • Evija
      19/02/14 at 3:44

      Well I use my local ones but since I’m close to Russia geographically they tend to be cheap Russian ones that are just as good, if not better as $10 Veet. Tried to find them on the Internet, no luck though. The oddest part is they work wonders on the bikini line but give me a horrible rash on my legs! :D
      If your area has a Russian/Polish/Baltic shop that carries cosmetics, you could give that a try but I wouldn’t bet on it.

    • Evija
      19/02/14 at 4:05

      Remembered the brand and found it! The US store version doesn’t carry this though, but it’s on UK: http://www.evelinecosmeticsuk.co.uk/body/depilatory-creams

  3. Thursday
    19/02/14 at 3:36

    I would add to this list – know your fibres. For many of us, natural, breathable fibres like silk, cotton and bamboo keep our skin happiest. Not that I think you have to eschew synthetics entirely – but it is certainly worth having natural fibres in your drawers for sensitive skin days (and a must for hot climates!).

    My biggest problem is the silicon bands found on strapless bras – any medium term exposure brings my skin out in welts. It was incredibly bad when I wore one for an evening of vigorous swing dancing – resulting in raised, blistered welts which took weeks to fully heal. It’s very difficult to find strapless bras without silicon, so I tend to just go braless instead.

    • Evija
      19/02/14 at 3:48

      Yes, I completely agree with you on that one! Haven’t had problems with silicon though but did you try using powder beforehand? That sometimes helps with pesky silicon-induced stress, at least with stockings. And hmmm, I think I’d cover it with fashion tape, just put it over the strip and hope it works. Also, I may be mistaken but I think Wonderbra’s strapless bras tend to omit the silicon, but it’s been ages since I saw one in person and could be wrong, but if your local shop has them, I’d check that out.

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