Hands are our direct connection with the rock, they allow us to perceive it in a special way. A well-cared skin – with calluses, yes, but
even and springy ones – will dramatically improve our sensations, making a
difference in our performance when climbing.
No need for extraordinary care of our hands, just a small
additional routine to our climbing will help us to better understand their skin
2. Care & Advice
Before: Prepare the skin for climbing.
- Until now, it was unthinkable to use any existing products
before climbing. Now, you can use Climbskin Hand Cream one hour before
climbing. A thin layer is sufficient to give the skin greater elasticity. This
acts as a "warming" that helps to prevent skin damage (reduces the
possibility of "smilies", calluses, cracks, or taking off the skin
under the nail ). Tincture of benzoin and natural silica also help to regulate
sweating, which is an important factor in skin wearing.
- Keep a cool, dry skin. A common mistake is to keep your hands in
your pockets right before starting to climb. A skin with some degree of
sweating and at higher temperature than its surroundings will suffer more wear.
Instead, put your hands in contact with the rock for a few seconds before
- Cut and file any lifted skin as soon as possible, no matter how
small it may seem, to avoid further damage by snags in the same area.
- If you notice that your skin is really close to
open a crack or smilie...sure you have had this feeling...Stop! to fight
against motivation it is not an easy thing sometimes but if you stop in the
right moment, not only you are avoiding the damage, your skin will react
getting stronger in that part a cause of the pressure and friction. Your skin will
be full ready to crush in 2 days.
- If a callus is lifted, the first thing to do is to stop the
bleeding. Then cut the skin and file the generated skin step. Apply Climbskin
Hand Cream to the affected area and leave it there for 20 minutes before
spreading it. For this kind of wounds, an excessive hydration is
counterproductive as this would soften the skin and slow regeneration, so keep
the wound uncovered. But if you decide to keep on climbing – most surely you
will – cover it with several turns of a thin strip of breathable tape,
beginning from the tip of the finger downwards so it will take longer to move
(change it as soon as it starts to move).
Slits, cracks or smilies are usually caused by a lack of elasticity
in the callus, and repetition of movements. When they occur, they must be
cleaned and filed out. Then apply Climbskin cream as indicated above.
After: Level the skin of your hands at the end of each session
(theory of the layers).
- Before washing your hands, you must carefully file all the broken
skin. Only after, wash them. If you have a skin particularly dry, it is
important to file them as soon as possible in order to wash them asap too. To
file your hands while there is still magnesium facilitates the disposal of the
waste accumulated on the skin. If you use the Climbskin file to file your hands
while they still have some moisture or grease, use the black side (for metal).
Afterwards you can completely remove any residue from the file by rubbing it on
a cloth or rubbing it with a toothbrush (the lime will not suffer any wear).
- File and level every crack of your skin. If you have suffered
great wear of the fingertips, then it is important to file the skin around the
nails to favor a uniform regeneration. An excess of callus in these areas is not
convenient, since it favors the wear of the fingertip.
-File the excess of callus beneath the fold lines in each finger
joint to prevent the lifting or pinching of the calluses (especially important
when you are starting to climb or train).
- If the callus overhangs the nail you must also file it to
prevent it could get caught in some grips.
Once the skin is entirely leveled, you can wash your hands to
remove dirt and magnesium. Then dry them well.
Now it's time to use Climbskin Hand Cream. You should apply it in
layers, extending it thoroughly. Usually, 1 or 2 times will suffice. The layers
should not leave any residue on the skin (if your hands are a little bit
greasy, then you have used more cream than necessary). Cover the wounds, cracks
or smilies with the cream for 20 minutes, then spread it and leave them
uncovered, in contact with the air. Do this twice a day to speed up recovery.
You can use CLIMBSKIN® hand cream several times a day, before and
after each session of climbing, without any problem. Make the skin care of your hands a healthy routine and you will see
the difference in no time.
is a great product, it moisturizes and rebuilts your skin. It is not like the
waxy or oily materials, you can actually put it on before you climb which is
one of the most amazing things. Climbskin is gonna change people's climbing. It
is by far the best product on the market". — Chris Sharma