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If you've read any of the recent training posts in the Owner's section of the blog, you may remember some information about the importance of skin care during training. Climbing does a number on your skin, especially if you're pulling down indoors the majority of the time. The same rough texture that your skin seeks out on corners, volumes, and slopers in order to stay on the wall is the same texture that leaves your palms and fingertips looking like you put them through a pasta cutter. 

Todd Torres' mangled digits after dyno attempts on Heresy, 11c, Smith Rock

Todd Torres' mangled digits after dyno attempts on Heresy, 11c, Smith Rock

Training endurance and extended hang times on your favorite training board painfully roll up those calluses creating a perfect opportunity for an unpleasant flapper to occur. At best you can trim the callus off and wait for the sensitive skin beneath to toughen up. At worst? A severe rip in the padding can easily become a season ender. 

Katie Mills showing off the red meat! 

Katie Mills showing off the red meat! 

I've tried all the usual salve-type remedies in the past but really disliked the oily residue that took many hours to absorb. If I applied the salve after climbing then I had an oily grip on everything I touched for the rest of the day. If I applied it at night before bed I often wondered if it even stayed on long enough to have an effect or if it just rubbed off on my sleeping bag or blankets during the night. 

Friction Labs begin distributing a hand cream called NewSkin, an alternative to the oily salve normally found in most climbers' aid kits. NewSkin promotes hydration and regeneration of the epidermal layers through non wax-based natural ingredients. Without the oily coating, NewSkin claims better skin absorption than salves that sit on the surface for longer periods of time. The end result is skin health without the residue. 

As for those calluses and potential flappers, you can pair your NewSkin Container with the Skin File. The curved wood helps work around the natural contours of your fingers and comes with 6 replacement sandpapers; 3 smooth and 3 rough so you can get at those gnarly gnar gnars before they become a problem. Available at AntiGravity Equipment along with other Friction Labs products and all the gear you need to get your send on!