Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ClimbOn Review: Creme, Original Bar, and Bar for Men

What is climbOn?

ClimbOn is one of the many skin care products made by the SKINourishment company.  Their mission is to provide users of their products the facts about the importance of using natural organic ingredients in cosmetics and skin care. The mission statement and history paint a very colorful and emotional portrait of how climbOn and SKINourishment's other products have grown in popularity among climbers, runners, cross fit-ters, and other athletes and non-athletes.

Skin repair

I have been rock climbing in the gym or outside 3 to 4 days per week for the past 5 years.  As I progressed and started climbing harder, my skin was getting more damaged, torn, and destroyed.  I normally take a day off in between climbing days so my skin could heal, but even a day off sometimes isn't enough.  I need my skin to recover in a day or less so that I can keep a tight weekly training/climbing regimen.  I was never a fan of lotions and they didn't help my skin at all.  They made my skin feel oily/greasy and tended to make them peal easily.  I had almost given up hope on finding something to repair my skin quickly until I came across the climbOn Bar.

A Need

I was very skeptical at first and didn't want to try it, until my fingertips became mercilessly destroyed at a Dark Horse Series comp.  The small circular ClimbOn sample can was sitting on my dresser, and my fingers were burning as if they had been raked across a red hot cheese grater.  I opened the can and rubbed each fingertip until a thin layer built up and then slowly rubbed it in.  The next day, the fire and redness were gone from my fingertips and was able to climb the following day with no pain or redness.  I almost couldn't believe that this salve worked.  I decided to pick up the ClimbOn creme and the largest original ClimbOn bar so I would always have it on hand.

Using the bar/creme

I have been using climbOn products for about 8 months now.  I prefer the climbOn Bar for Men because of the aroma of the bar.  Many do not share my same opinion of the scent however, and prefer the scent of the original climbOn Bar.  The original bar has a citrus/lemon aroma and works just as well as the climbOn Bar for Men.  When using either climbOn bar, I have had best results after my hands are thoroughly clean and dry.  Just build up a thin layer on the fingertips and then gently rub in.  Your fingers will feel slightly oily for about 10 minutes but will absorb into skin to leave smooth, dry skin.  I always do this right before bed since your body heals while sleeping and should give healing a boost.  I use the climbOn creme whenever I have dryness on the back of my hands and elbows, since it is easier to apply.

What makes climbOn work?

I checked up on each ingredient in the three climbOn products to find out exactly what made it work.  From the table below you can see what the ingredients are in each product and what benefit is provided (benefit source:  The makers of climbOn are serious about making a superior product because every oil has some extraordinary property that promotes skin healing.  They also believe that if you can't eat it, you shouldn't put it on your skin.  You could actually eat the climbOn bar, not that I recommend it.  Tried it...not so great, but at least I knew that I could eat it and knew that it wouldn't cause harm.  I have never seen any other skin care products tout it's ability to be edible, mainly because they are not.  It is sometimes difficult to even read the ingredients of most of these other skin care products available to consumers.

It is important that people know what they are putting on their skin and why it is an ingredient in that particular product.  I recommend these products to anyone who climbs or has to use there hands in very tough situations.  If you're a rock climber or outdoors person you can pick up the climbOn bar at Eastern Mountain Sports or REI, otherwise you can order it from their website SKINourishment.