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Wellness finds to live better, not perfectly

Chafing sucks. You’re out, you’re moving, and your body is desperate to remind you that you exist in a layer of skin, and that skin does not like to rub against more skin, or a sports bra, or a running shirt, or a hydration pack, and it gets angry and red and… you get it.

Not everyone is affected by chafing, and some are only affected during certain activities and climates and life changes (read: running long distances, sweating, working out in rain or humidity, fluctuating in weight, pregnancy). But if you are experiencing a rash-like irritation or scraping because of skin friction, there’s an anti-chafe product for that.

Nicole Loher, who has been racing in triathlons, marathons, and half marathons for nearly seven years, did the homework for you. She researched 25 popular anti-chafe products and tested four with the most online buzz and hype online and within her own exercise communities. She also used her own antiperspirant deodorant as a control.

She ran over 63 miles and 10 runs in total to find the best anti-chafing product. Like I said, she put in the work! For each product, she went on two runs between 5 and 7 miles and wore the same outfit—Tracksmith shorts and sports bras—on all of them. She applied the products to her inner thighs and underarms, where she tends to chafe, and even did an additional workout with the top contenders.

63 miles (!) later, and Chamois Butt’r Coconut Anti-Chafe Cream emerged as the top pick, with an honorable mention to her usual Dove Advanced Care Caring Antiperspirant & Deodorant. It’s got the range. Read Nicole’s full breakdown on the top five anti-chafe products for runners on our sister site.

Note: You do not have to be a runner or on a run to benefit from an anti-chafe stick. In fact, one of her other picks is one I use regularly if I’m out for a long beach walk on a particularly hot and sticky day.

Do you have a favorite anti-chafing product?

Melanie, editor at Nessie Sightings

First Sightings 👀

Naomi Watts launched a brand to help people navigate and feel cared for and supported during menopause. Called Stripes, it has products like a hydrating and plumping facial serum, a cooling and calming face mist, and a Vitamin C brightening cream

Alice is a new functional mushroom brand with two chocolate bite products: Brainstorm (for energy) and Nightcap (for a restful evening). It is also a lifestyle brand, in case you want a crewneck that says ‘mushrooms’ on it

Author and artist Ngaio Parr illustrated a deck of cards dedicated to guiding someone through loss and grief

Paloroma is a skincare brand for babies and children. I don’t know if this is the most affordable option for daily cleansing and moisturizing, but it uses clean ingredients and no soy, dairy, or gluten. If you’re looking for peace of mind while pampering your little ones, it seems like a solid option

Cool weed mag Gossamer and leather slides brand Strange Paradise collabed on deep green and mint slides

Summer Camp makes clean skincare products inspired by its namesake (camp), and I’m really into this aloe spray. When you need aloe you need aloe, and eliminating what I think is the biggest pain point—slimy gel all over our hands—is genius

Sheila Yasmin Marikar, a writer with an intimate understanding of the LA fitness scene, released her debut novel The Goddess Effect this month

On an elevated note, Molly J.—which makes handcrafted CBD gumdrops out of California—is dropping an advent calendar

Just a cuddly fleece sweatshirt from Outdoor Voices

When I shared my favorite Teva ReEmber slip-ons with you the other week, it was the most clicked on product. And the brand just dropped a collab with UNWRP for a very cool and colorful version of its ReEmber collection

Omsom dropped a limited-edition shaker set that calls out xenophobic anti-MSG discourse with the plant-based ingredient among the salt and pepper

If you can’t make up your mind over which Brightland olive oil you want to try first, the mini artist series set features four little versions of four different flavors

J Balvin launched a bilingual wellness app called Oye

Ganni dropped sustainable glitter if you’re looking for a Euphoria look that is also biodegradable

If you’ve thought about egg freezing or egg donation, it’s worth checking out Cofertility, which is trying to make the space more accessible and empathetic

Shoutout to this week’s Scouts for their tips! Robin B. put the book My Two Elaines on our radar. It shares one man’s experience serving as the caregiver to his wife during her 20+ years struggle with Alzheimer’s

Alex S. also shared a new book with us. Called Ejaculate Responsibly, author Gabrielle Blair shifts the abortion conversation away from legislating women’s bodies and onto holding men accountable for unwanted pregnancies

On a related note, Alex has a lovely weekly newsletter sharing her motherhood, style, crafts, and Trader Joe’s favorites every Wednesday

And Natalie P. reminded us to remind you that breast pumps are HSA/FSA compliant, which includes Elvie products, like this hands-free breast pump

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In the wild 🌾

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The system is messed up

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If you’ve ever wondered if electrolytes are worth the hype, read this

Abortion startups say investors are hesitant to fund them because of politics and profits

Temple University is canceling Friday classes, for wellness

Pickleball turf-wars

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