Mountaineering in general, and climbing in particular, is one of the most aggressive sports for our hands’ skin. It’s easy to recognize those who climb due to their hands: thick skin, calluses, peeling and wounds are common for people who climb.

Since the quality of the skin is one of the most relevant aspects of climbing, taking care of the hands is absolutely essential in order to have a better performance. When, for example, it’s necessary to put bandages on the fingers, the sensitivity decreases, which limits the sensitivity during climbing and during contact with different materials. Therefore, taking care of the hands on a daily basis is particularly important.  Well-treated hands lead to an easier and safer climbing.

Some precautions and advices:

1. Cut your nails

Long nails are not suitable for climbing. Trimming your nails prevents injuries. If the nails scratch the wall, it means that they’re not short enough. Try to keep the nails round, so they don’t chip or break.

2. The right magnesium makes a difference

Magnesium isn’t always the same. You should use good quality magnesium without impurities, since it helps take good care of your hands.

3. Wash your hands right after you finish climbing

Magnesium dries out your skin, so the sooner you take it off your skin, the sooner the regeneration cycle begins.

4. If the skin doesn’t have any injuries, small pieces of skin can be pulled with nail pliers and the calluses can be sanded with pumice. This will help to even out the skin, preventing it to from trapping somewhere and cause injuries.

5. Use hand sandpaper

This helps to even out the skin, avoiding roughness, unevenness or skin excess, which could damage the fingers on the small edges or rocks.

6. Use a balm that recovers the skin

It’s extremely important that the skin recovers properly from wounds and cold sores (dry skin, chilblains, etc.) or heat sores (redness and rash). Adelino is a balm that should be applied after every activity, preferably onto clean hands and during rest. Apply a thin layer at night, before going to sleep. Besides recovering those small wounds, it allows the hands to stay flexible and elastic, avoiding extra damage.

7. Avoid contact with detergents

Many of the cleaning products that we use have a lot of chemical elements, that, when in contact with water, can soften the skin, making it a lot more vulnerable to breakage.  In order to prevent this, always wear rubber gloves.

8. Stretch and strengthen your hands

The tendons of the hands are extremely forced during climbing, so always try to stretch and strengthen them. There are lots of exercises that can be performed at home without any equipment, such as wrist extension and flexion.