Waist Training Skin Care

The long hours spent in a corset that are required by waist training have the potential to do damage to one's skin.  However, a standard skin care routine rarely needs much modification in order to combat these corset-specific concerns.  It is important, however, to tailor your regimen to your specific needs.  It is nearly guaranteed that you will have to combat some mild itchiness when beginning waist training, even if every precaution is taken against it.  The skin truly does require a period of time to become used to the pressure, after which you will experience very little, if any, irritation to speak of.  Be willing to spend a little extra time each day caring for your skin, and you will find yourself enjoying the waist training process even more.

The Daily Basics

  • Cleanse and rinse with a mild soap
  • Exfoliate with a washrag or soft-bristled brush
  • Moisturize with an unscented lotion, being certain to remove all excess product

Use a Corset Liner

While it is entirely possible to wear a corset directly on your skin, you can keep your corset clean and reduce irritation on your skin by making use of a corset liner.  The choice to use a natural fiber or man-made material is entirely personal, though advantages do exist with each. Universally, though, search for a liner which meets these criteria.

  • Ensure that there are no seams running from the top edge to the bottom edge.  Seams are likely to cause irritation when pressed tightly against the skin.
  • Camisoles, tank tops, and tube tops are the most advisable choices, as they will not add bulk to the silhouette.
  • The material should stretch, since this will minimize the number of wrinkles that will form beneath the corset and next to your skin.
  • Select a size that is snug against your waist, even without a corset.  This will also reduce under-corset wrinkling when the corset is tightened.

Try Body Powder

Depending on the climate where you live; your work, school, or home conditions; and the season, you may find yourself sweating beneath your corset.  While a liner can alleviate concerns about your body moisture being transferred to your corset, it may not provide much protection from skin irritation. Body powder may be the solution for you. Again, there is a variety of products on the market that cater to nearly the same problem, but some may work better or worse for you as an individual.  Because talc has been shown to be carcinogenic, you may choose to avoid it.  However, most commonly-available non-talc based body powders contain some perfumes that have also been shown to be unhealthful.  The links to health consequences in each case can be argued, but they are important to note nonetheless.  If you are deeply concerned, you will also find that plain corn starch is a decent option, though the residue left behind after a long day or waist training might be considered unappealing.  Weigh your options and consider what you could benefit from most.

Heidi Wagner