WOD-FRIENDLY HAND CARE
In training, your hands do not have off-days just like the rest of your body, to reach your goals requires discipline and self-care. When your hands have callous tears or dryness; it’s hard to feel strong and keep going, let's be honest being injured makes training less enjoyable! Let's look at prevention, maintenance and recovery hand care that will compliment your workouts.
SKIN CARE COMES FIRST
Our focus on preventative hand-care has led to scientifically proven ingredient number one: alpha-hydroxy acid, or AHAs. The cosmetic industry has benefited from this product for decades using it for face-focused topical serums and treatments, as a reparative procedure to help heal photo damaged skin cells, reverse signs of aging and promote collagen production. There are many different forms of naturally occurring AHA’s, the most promising: glycolic and lactic acid. These have the greatest bioavailability and reach the deeper dermal layers of the skin. By penetrating the subdermal layers of the skin and promoting faster exfoliation and cell regeneration from within, AHA’s create longer lasting results. AHA’s are also such small molecules their structure becomes a carrier for other ingredients to help reach the subdermal layers. AHA’s carrier factor is the premium benefit of this compound. Before you have to recover, preventing future damage to our hands comes first. Combine AHA’s with a moisturizer built for strength, and callus tears will no longer hold you back.
RECOVERING YOUR HANDS
Let’s say you have already built-up roughness and dry skin; the tried and tested tool is a good pumice stone. Any athlete that uses their hands a lot has become familiar with a pumice stone. They help to exfoliate the existing damage to your hands which moisturizers will not be able to penetrate. Combining this with a committed moisturizing routine promises optimal results. As for the best moisturizing ingredients, athletic hand care has been a rinse-and-repeat recipe for years involving balms thickened with beeswax and tapes that only cover injuries. Now, thanks to time-proven research and innovating science, products with hyaluronic acid have been introduced to the maintenance and recovery game. On the inside hyaluronic acid contributes to tissue hydrodynamics. It lubricates joints, maintains cartilage firmness and helps communicate connective tissue movement. On the outside it repairs skin damage from harmful UVB rays, increases proliferation of cells and has been studied for anti-aging effects. Simply put, our body demands constant hydration inside and out and hyaluronic acid retains water so our body can be flexible, limber and stay young. So, using a product with hyaluronic acid to apply on areas prone to rough patches, calluses or dryness naturally causes our body to retain moisture and repair cell structure in that area. A hand-care routine using AHAs (that love to bring moisture to your skin), a good pumice stone for maintenance and hyaluronic acid for maximum moisture retention will surely help repair pre-existing damage to your hands and improve skin cell structure for the future.
Once your hands are back in the game, take the time necessary every day to moisturize and strengthen your hands. Their performance effects your goals and the point of training is to get better, faster and stronger with your body, so don't leave your hands in the dust.