Hard-Working Hand Care For CrossFitters. Hand repairing balm
Torn hands are never fun, even if you have just PBd your Fran time. Left untreated, those tears turn into unsightly callouses, which don’t just look and feel gross, but are prone to bursting open again — they can even affect your grip, which is bad news for rig and barbell work. The new Velites Intense Repairing and Nourishing Balm is blended with 100% natural ingredients, each chosen to give your hard-working hands the care and attention they need post-WOD.
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Before we get into all of the awesome stuff that’s in our new hand repairing balm, let’s take a look at five ways to prevent rips, blisters, tears and sores in the first place.
- 1 Hard-Working Hand Care For CrossFitters. Hand repairing balm
- 2 Velites Sport’s Top 5 Hand Care Tips For CrossFitters
- 3 Propolis (aka. Bee Glue)
- 4 Rosehip For Smoothing and Scar Reduction
- 5 Beeswax and Shea Butter in hand repairing balm
- 6 Sweet Almond and Jojoba Oils
- 7 Calendula and camomile
Velites Sport’s Top 5 Hand Care Tips For CrossFitters
1. Fix your grip
A lot of tearing can actually be prevented (or at least lessened) by using the right grip. Using the wrong grip can cause the bar, the rig, bell, whatever, to move around and rub on your palms and fingers. Usually, the grip that’s best is going to be the one which allows you to hit positions fully, quickly and safely. That could mean hook grip, fish hook, or a regular wrapped grip.
Hook grip — The wraps underneath the fingers, between them and the bar. Takes some getting used to, but will stop the bar slipping away.
Fish hook — Only use when the weight is light, or you’re confident you’re not going anywhere (strict pull-ups, maybe.) Thumb is loose, fingers hook over bar like a hook.
Regular/standard grip — No special thumb stuff, just grab the bar and go. This grip is fairly rare, ironically. Sometimes used with pull-ups.
2. Use kinesiology tape
We’re preaching to the converted, we know, everyone knows about tape, but just remember to use it, please. Pay particular attention to the sides of thumbs and where your fingers meet the palm. A quick search on Amazon brings up plenty of options for tape, depending on your budget.
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3. Protect your palms
Especially when doing volume pull-ups or muscle-ups, or lots of cleans. Try something like JAW wraps, which help to protect your palms and provide additional grip. They’re tough, absorb sweat and can be chalked.
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4. Wear gloves
A little extreme perhaps for most general WOD purposes, but if you’re competing, or doing stuff like rope climbs and handstand walks, full hand gloves are essential. Rope burn is not fun, and will require a lot of Velites hand repairing balm!
5. Watch your technique
In a similar vein to keeping an eye on your grip, what’s tearing up your hands could have a lot to do with your technique. If you’re inefficient in the way you allow the bar to roll around in your hands — or how you roll your hands around the rig — you’ll put undue stress on the skin and tear it. Find a way to move which doesn’t cut you up, and be mindful of keeping it.
But, tears happen, right? Here’s a look at the things we’ve chosen to include in our very own (very effective and great-smelling) hand repair balm.
Propolis (aka. Bee Glue)
The star of the show as far as we’re concerned, propolis, also known as bee glue, is a kind of sap, produced by bees and used like cement. Inside the beehive, there are all sorts of little spaces where bacteria, parasites and fungus to get in and cause havoc, propolis is what the bees use to seal off those spots and keep the hive safe from intruders. It’s called bee glue because it’s incredibly strong — two pieces of wood joined with propolis will require a fair amount of force to pry them apart.
Velites Hand Repair Balm contains just the right amount of propolis to start sealing healthy skin back in place, so that the healing process can begin. We mix ours propolis with pure Arbequina olive oil, which as well as being kind to skin, is also rich in cancer-fighting polyphenols.
Why we love propolis:
- Gently seals the skin against further damage and infection
- Natural, used by bees to protect their hives
- Powerful antibacterial properties
Rosehip For Smoothing and Scar Reduction
Rosehip oil has been used for a long time to treat stretch marks, and by blending it into the balm, we’re helping to get the healing process moving even faster. It works by smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and reducing the severity of scarring, which is common if you’re someone who trains regularly.
The ability of rosehip to heal the skin lies in its composition of fatty acids, which sink deep into the skin and help to form new collagen. Vitamin C and Vitamin E contribute to making your skin look healthier, and powerful antioxidants prevent further damage from occurring at the hands of harmful free radicals.
Why we love roship:
- Reduces scarring
- Speeds up healing
- Nourishes the skin with vitamins and antioxidants
- Helps to produce new collagen for skin growth
Those are our star ingredients, but Velites hand balm contains a few other things, too, which can speed up healing and help keep your hands beautifully soft and healthy.
Beeswax and Shea Butter in hand repairing balm
A lot of cheaper balms and creams will use chemical binders and other nasty stuff to achieve the consistency they’re after, but we prefer the natural approach. Because we work for athletes who love taking care of their bodies, it didn’t make sense to us to use anything but the best natural ingredients.
And so we turned to the bees again. Beeswax is what the bees use to build their honeycomb and protect their larvae. What’s left over is often used in pharmaceuticals, in beauty products and even food. It adds a lovely smooth texture to the balm, which helps to soothe those wrecked hands.
Shea butter does a very similar job and is one of the best ingredients around for introducing moisture back into the skin — which is great for hands which spend a lot of time covered in chalk.
Where does shea butter come from?
Shea butter is a fat, extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It’s rich in fatty acids, which are great for nourishing and moisturising the skin.
Why we love beeswax and shea butter:
- Natural way of adding smoothness to Velites hand repairing balm
- Soothing effect, reduces burning from rig and barbell
- Rich in fatty acids to help moisturise
Sweet Almond and Jojoba Oils
Your body is great at healing itself, and if you’re someone who trains regularly, then you’ll probably be used to the occasional rip and tear. What matters the most when it comes to healing products is helping your body to do its thing. A huge part of that is moisturising, something that’s especially important for CrossFitters, whose hands are often covered in chalk.
If your skin is too dry, it has a hard time repairing itself, oils such sweet almond and jojoba introduce deep and lasting relief to your skin, which promotes healing.
Why we love sweet almond and jojoba oils:
- Deep, nourishing moisturisation
- Support the skin’s natural healing process
- Gentle and soothing
Calendula and camomile
Alright, so we’ve taken care of the scarring and the dryness, but what about infections? And what about that throbbing, burning pain? That’s where calendula and camomile come in. We chose to include these two awesome ingredients in our balm, because they’re two of the best anti-inflammatory, plant-based antiseptics around.
Calendula has been used for centuries to help heal wounds and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Calendula is so effective at healing wounds, in fact, that it was used on the battlefield during World War I, to help soothe and disinfect wounds. We think that qualifies it to help take care of CrossFit hands. Combined with the anti-inflammatory effects of camomile, we’ll soon have those raging hands under control.
Why we love calendula and camomile:
- Anti-inflammatory effects to reduce swelling
- Prevent infections
- Heal wounds faster
Every ingredient in the new Velites Intense Repairing Hand Balm has been chosen to reduce pain, speed up healing and lock in moisture. There’s nothing artificial in there, and the stuff just works, simple as that.
Buy your Velites Hand Balm from our online shop.