Climb, Clean, Apply, Beer
Growing up as a climber in the 90's this pace was a mecca. This review...I'm just so...YAY!
Just a few words about the Rhino Skin Solutions Repair cream, which we tested in Font in a not-so-scientific comparison to another cream. #skincaregeeks
Two things happened recently that have prompted the thought that maybe it is time to share some thoughts on the hotly debated (or is it just me?) subject of skin care. First of all, due to unrelated circumstances, I took just shy of 6 months off of climbing - no rock; no resin; not even the trusty Beastmaker. This meant that by the time the traditional springtime pilgrimage to Font rolled around, my skin was delicate and soft, so unlike the hard, calloused exoskeleton I was accustomed to.
Secondly, we were offered a sample of a new hand cream none of us have used before, which came in just a day before the trip. In the name of science, I decided to pack both the new cream and the Rhino Repair - backpack space be damned.
On the evening after the first day of climbing in Font, I could already feel the damage to my fingertips. They were red and painful and certainly did not feel like they were going to last the entire trip. The decision was made to give the new cream a go (since this is a Repair review, not the other way around, the name of this cream will be omitted). Unfortunately, when I woke up in the morning my tips, still visibly pink, were dry and sore. Now, the purpose of this review is not to categorically say that one of these products is rubbish and the other amazing - everyone’s skin is different and the reaction to products will vary, which is important to remember when purchasing any skin care (or taking other people’s advice).
Second day on, as you can imagine, my fingers were not doing any better. The wafer-thin layers of new skin would sweat through the chalk at a lightning-fast speed, and the soreness interfered with my climbing. It was time for the second half of my highly scientific study: the Rhino Repair test. To my surprise this moisturiser did not feel like any other I have tried before, with a slightly “watery” consistency it does not leave any greasy residue on your hands and the feeling that you have anything on your skin disappears completely after about 10 minutes. The smell is very pleasant, if you like tea tree and peppermint that is, and the slight cooling effect brings much desired relief. The following morning my tips were, dare I say it, better than before - well moisturised, with the shade resembling the normal colour of my skin, and tenderness almost completely gone.
With such a large variety of brands and similar products on the market, knowing your options, testing them all out, and sometimes conducting rather random experiments, will result in a skin care routine that works for you specifically. Personally, I found that the Repair worked absolute magic on my skin, and without it this trip would have ended much sooner for me. If you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, feel free to stop by the shop for a small pump from our tester bottle. Alternatively, we can advise you on what other skin care is out there - the advice you are obviously welcome to ignore.
Skin In The Game
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