If you’re into weightlifting, CrossFit, gymnastics, rock climbing, gardening or any other activity where you use your hands, you’ve probably experienced those oh-so-lovely chunky calluses that catch on your clothes, rip open as soon as you finish your 3rd pull-up or just plain look gross.
A lot of people have the misconception of thinking that having these big thick calluses protect their hands from ripping open but, in fact, that can definitely make it much worse!
What is a callus anyways?
A Callus is an area of skin which has become thick and hard in response to repeated friction, pressure, or other irritation. Their purpose is to protect the skin, so in a way they are good, but if they get out of control, that's when problems happen.
Yes, you want to have some callus built up if your plan is to continue pursuing that hands-on activity you love so much there's a fine balance that needs to happen.
Let’s think of the classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for a second...
The first athlete has thick, chunky calluses that could scratch your eyes out, ouch! Let’s be real, that’s too much.
The second athlete has the softest hands ever, constantly filing their hands down to nothing. Much too soft.
The last athlete has calluses that are smooth to the touch, regularly coloured to match the rest of their hand’s skin tone and do not have any visible skin protruding out.
I think it's pretty obvious, but what sounds like the best option? The last athlete of course! Their hands are juuuuuuuust right!
Okay so how do we magically get our hands to be Goldilocks approved?
Well, I’m glad you asked!
For calluses only: (Do not file, scrub or sand blisters, rips or open wounds).
Step #1 - Post workout/working hard - use some sort of rough file to sand them down. This can be with a tool like a pumice stone, pedicure/manicure file, or callus shaver. This should be done for about 30 seconds - 1 minute per hand depending on the size of your callus. Remember, you still want some of it left!
Step #2 - Use a finer file or scrub to smooth them out after the rougher, scratchier file. I typically use my Peppermint Body Scrub which can be found here.
Step #3 - Moisturize!! Not only should you moisturize your hands after you’re done filing, you should be doing this Every. Single. Day. Morning and Night. Our Hand Repair Balm is great for this. Found out why later in this post!
For open rips or wounds:
Step #1 - Gently wash and sanitize the area. Our Hand Sanitizer Spray is alcohol-free and aids in moisturizing.
Step #2 - Apply a topical ointment to aid in healing the area. Example being our Hand Repair Balm. This can be applied as often as you’d like, I recommend 3x daily, once in the morning, midday and most importantly, right before bed.
Why should I use Hand Repair Balm?
Our Hand Repair Balm has a ton of healing properties in it. It is great for healing open rips and wounds as well as strengthens skin to prevent further damage.
It contains only natural, biodegradable, food-grade ingredients which have tons of great healing properties.
Here are some of them:
- Shea butter creates a barrier to aid in the process of wound healing and supports skin elasticity.
- Shea butter and neroli essential oil promote skin cell regeneration.
- Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils are antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory which help to prevent infection and aid in wound healing.
- Wheatgerm oil is absorbed easily into the skin and is rich in many vitamins antioxidants and fatty acids that moisturize, heal dry cracked skin and prevents scarring.
- Vitamin E oil fights free radicals that break down healthy cells in your body and repairs damaged skin.
- Beeswax provides protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe
Follow those 3 steps and you will for sure have Goldilocks (or you know, boyfriend/girlfriend) approved hands, will be able to give awesome high fives and can spend a little less time worrying about ripping your hands during every workout.
Last but not least, always remember:
“Happiness lies in your OWN hands” ;)
**Following these steps does NOT mean that you will never rip your hands again. Any extreme amount of force or friction on your hands can cause a rip to happen. These steps are only meant to be an aid the prevention of rips as well as help you to have softer, more touchable hands ;)**