London Marathon Turns Up the Heat with Hottest Weather On Record

London Marathon Turns Up the Heat with Hottest Weather On Record

You train for months. You plan your kit, your nutrition, your hydration plan. Then Mother Nature has other ideas and the weather turns ugly, testing all your preparation. This happened recently with the Boston Marathon. Runners bravely fought temperatures barely getting out of the 30◦’s F and heavy rain.

Conversely, the London Marathon recorded one of the hottest marathons with a predicted 24◦C (75◦ F). These sudden changes in weather can prove dangerous for the athletes, sending many to medic tents for treatment and dehydration. Having the proper gear and contingency plan is necessary to turn a possibly dangerous (and miserable) race into a success at the finish line.

One such issue that typically arises from increased heat is chafe and blisters. 2Toms® attended the London Marathon Expo and helped hundreds of runners find the best protection. SportShield® and BlisterShield® are top rated to protect skin from chafe and blisters before they start.

Sportshield is a roll-on liquid that creates a smooth, silky barrier between your skin and friction. It is waterproof, sweat proof and lasts 24 hrs! Long enough to get you through any race chafe-free.

BlisterShield is a powder formula that protects skin by preventing moisture from contacting the skin and reducing the friction that causes hot spots and blisters. It allows the skin to breathe and is comfortable for all 26.2 miles.

One runner saw the benefits of SportShield protection first hand:

Hello! I bought some of your anti chafe wipes on Saturday at the ExCel for the marathon on Sunday. I’ve always suffered horrendously with my inner thighs (I’m not ‘big’ by any means) destroying themselves and have spent a small fortune on various products claiming to work…all crap! On Sunday I ran 26.2miles without a single thought to any kind of chafing, it was incredible, absolutely incredible! Will be buying loads more in bulk for future runs now I know I can do it without the fear of destroying my thighs! So just a thank you really! Awesome awesome product! Kindest regards, Chris

2Toms will protect you during the most grueling of race conditions and help you get across the finish line chafe and blister free!

The London Marathon has additional tips on racing in the heat. Read their full article HERE.

Check out SportShield and BlisterShield for yourself!


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Sweaty Hands: Is Chalk or Grip Tape Enough?

Sweaty Hands: Is Chalk or Grip Tape Enough?

Is Chalk Or Grip Tape Enough?

If you do anything that requires a secure grip you already know all too well that sweaty hands and moisture are the enemy. Whether you’re dealing with heat and humidity or sweating under pressure, you’re not going to maintain your grip until you can control the moisture.

For most people, the first line of defense often comes in the form of grip tape or chalk.

Grip Tape
In the gym, grip tape is used to keep your hands protected during high-intensity training. The coverage helps reduce friction and prevent painful skin injuries.

tennis grip tape

On your racquet, overgrip tape is designed to increase padding and improve grip.  While some tapes may even promise to reduce perspiration, be resistant to sweat, or repel water the simple truth is that they’re not designed to hold up under prolonged exposure to sweat or moisture. The result? You lose your grip or even worse, you end up with blisters given the large amount of friction created.

Chalk
You can find everyone from weightlifters, to cross-fitters, gymnasts, and rock climbers using chalk to dry their hands and improve their grip. The right amount of chalk is imperative to ensure proper friction reduction. Re-applying chalk during activity isn’t always convenient.  And, in many cases, chalk can cause extreme dryness. Studies have shown that too much chalk can cause build-up and have the adverse effect of creating a slippery layer.

gymnast using chalk for grip

While chalk and grip tape serve an important purpose of reducing friction, neither is ideal for also keeping fingers and hands sweat and moisture free.

The Winning Combination
Designed specifically to prevent sweating and repel moisture, GripShield® works instantly to dry your hands, keep them dry – not sticky or greasy — and will not rub off. GripShield creates a moisture barrier to improve grip and enhance your performance.

Used alone or in combination with grip tape or chalk, GripShield delivers the dry grip essential to compete and succeed in humidity and is perfect to be used by anyone whose performance is adversely affected by sweaty, wet hands from perspiration. GripShield can even be used inside of gloves. It’s ideal for golf, tennis, gymnastics, climbing, weight lifting, cross-fit, baseball, football, and more!

100% Guarantee: 2Toms GripShield comes with the 2Toms 100% guarantee. Users, if not completely satisfied will receive a full refund.


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Hydrogel Products as an Effective Form of Preventing & Treating Skin Injuries

Hydrogel Products as an Effective Form of Preventing & Treating Skin Injuries

All of us try to take care of our skin on a daily basis. We follow daily routines such as putting on lotion, wear protective clothing and minimize exposure to the sun in order to maintain healthy skin. Healthy skin should be free of blemishes and slightly moist. The two divisions of the skin are the epidermis and dermis. Whereas the epidermis is the outermost layer first shield against cuts, blemishes, and injuries. The dermis is the layer below the epidermis that contains pain receptors and hair follicles.

When the epidermis is injured due to burns, blisters, chafing, or stings; bacteria can enter, creating discomfort, swelling and pain.

Function and Benefits Hydrogel for wound healing

On a molecular level, hydrogels are three-dimensional networks of hydrophilic polymers. Depending on the type of hydrogel, they contain varying percentages of water, but do not altogether dissolve in water.

Hydrogels are permeable to water vapor, gases and small protein molecules, and protects from bacteria. The cooling element of the dressing provides a moist environment at the surface of the wound and this has been found to reduce pain in wounds. When pain is reduced, quality of life is improved (Hampton, 2004; Collins and Heron 2005).

2Toms® Skin on Skin® hydrogel is two-sided, colorless, transparent hydrogel formed around a supporting blue polyethylene matrix and contain approximately 90% water with the remaining 10% consisting of a mesh support. The skin’s properties for healing are enhanced by locking in moisture through the hydrogel’s skin-like properties.

Skin On Skin Pad

The Skin on Skin hydrogel moistens the wound and slightly and temporarily drops the temperature of the wound (Moody, 2006) thereby soothing painful tissues. The temperature then climbs to an optimum condition to promote wound healing.

Hydrogel may be placed directly onto the surface of an exudating wound and held in place with tape or a bandage, as appropriate. If additional absorbency is required, an absorbent pad may be placed immediately over the dressing.

Hydrogel can be cut to the shape of the wound if required. This ensures that the peri-wound area does not become macerated. Hydrogel also helps with pain reduction (Collins and Heron 2005; Hampton, 2004)

The cushioning effect protects the area from any further discomfort and minimizes additional rubbing or irritation on sensitive areas.

List of Benefits

  • reduces wound pain by cooling inflamed tissue and bathing nerve endings
  • dynamically responds to the wound environment to treat the underlying causes of pain
  • removing devitalized tissue by donating moisture to dry wounds and absorbing exudate from wet wounds
  • pain is managed throughout wear time – not just at dressing change
  • gentle even on the most fragile skin
  • effective under compression therapy

Benefits of hydrogel vs traditional bandages

In summary, hydrogel products are made from pure water to cool and soothe on contact. The moist comfortable barrier encourages healing while protecting injured skin. Hydrogel pads help protect against pressure, friction and blisters, and are highly absorbent, more than ordinary plasters.

  • Soothing and cooling and moisturizing
  • Non-irritant
  • Provides instant relief
  • Protects and cushions

benefits of hydrogel

Hydrogel vs Hydrocolloid

Hydrogel has flexible & thicker layer which helps to absorb forces released on skin.

  • Cushioning
  • Cooling
  • Pain relief
  • Advanced Moisture management
  • Variety of indications: Insect Bites, Wound healing, Blister protection

hydrocolloid vs hydrogel absorption of frictionhydrogel creates healthy moisture balance

2Toms Skin-On-Skin Dressing Kit and Skin-On-Skin gel pads offer relief from skin irritations such as blisters, chafing, burns, insect stings and other superficial skin injuries.* Learn more about these products here.

*Always consult a physician prior to administering self treatment.

The Science Behind Stink: One Woman Asked Why?

The Science Behind Stink: One Woman Asked Why?

Welcome to summer! More specifically, Summer in Texas. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s downright miserable some days. With heat indexes reaching 110, it’s not hard to imagine the amount of sweat being produced in the Lone Star State. ::bleh:: Now add exercise, sports leagues, outdoor activities and it becomes a breeding ground for smelly clothes and gear. One of my goals this summer was to figure out how NOT to throw away my favorite pair of yoga pants, volleyball kneepads or gym bag due to lingering odors. What I discovered is that, like Bill Nye The Science Guy says, “It’s Science!” I learned about fabrics and their functions. I learned about sweat. I learned that not all odor treatments are created equal. Let’s dive in!

I started my journey with trying to understand just what makes certain items smell more than others. Why do my somewhat-new yoga pants smell more than my favorite 90’s band t-shirt? (Gavin Rossdale for life!) For this answer I dove into the world of textiles. The dictionary defines textiles as a type of cloth or woven fabric. My yoga pants, gym bag and volleyball kneepads are one textile, while my concert shirt is a different type. Athletic fabrics are typically a blend of polymer fibers, which are designed to pull sweat away from your body and evaporate from the material quickly. However, the only thing that evaporates out of the material is the H2O component of sweat. The rest of what makes up sweat, salts and urea, is left behind. Ick! How clean do you think your stuff is now?

Cotton is the opposite. Cotton is a natural fiber that has a hollow core called a lumen that draws in H2O through its tiny tubes like a straw. It’s called capillary action. And that’s the structure of cotton, now for the chemistry behind all of this.

- Bill Nye, The Science Guy

– Bill Nye, The Science Guy

Cotton fibers are 99 percent cellulose, which is a long chain of connected glucose molecules with a slightly negative charge. If you were paying attention in high school chemistry class, you’d remember that H2O has a positive charge. (Don’t worry, here is the bonus point question!) What happens when you get a negative charge near a positive charge? BOOM! Attraction! Water stays attached to the cotton fiber, weighing down your t-shirt and taking forever to dry. Ugh! Did you know that cotton can absorb up to 27 times its weight of water! That’s a lot of sweat to be weighing you down.

cotton fiber

The structure of cotton fiber.

So now that we know the absorption properties of different fabrics, what causes the smell? That question comes down to sweat. Sweat is composed “of 99 percent water and small bits of carbs, salt, protein and urea” provided by glands. Sweat itself does not smell. The odor comes from bacteria breaking down secretions from the apocrine glands which provide the salts, protein and urea. Bacteria feeds on the secretions in sweat and creates a by-product which is the cause of the smell or what is called body odor.

So I wonder – if I can’t stop from sweating (Thank you, biology!) and I can’t prevent my clothing and gear from absorbing sweat, what can I do? I can remove the feeding bacteria from the materials. Hello, laundry day! But not so fast…

I know you’ve wandered up and down the laundry aisle again and again sniffing “mountain breeze”, “island getaway” or even “fresh linen” and thinking “hmm, I’d prefer fresh linen over b.o. any day!” But you might be only adding to the odor problem if you are trying to tackle your stinky athletic apparel and gear with a common detergent or treatment. The majority of popular laundry detergents and fabric sprays only remove or mask the odor on a natural fiber, like cotton or linen.

But when it comes to polymer-based fabrics or materials you need a formula that will penetrate the fiber to release the salts, urea and carbs. This will remove the bacteria buffet and the odor with it! Specially formulated sports detergents break down the chemical bond in the fiber, allowing it to enter the fiber, attach to the nasty gunk, and exit the fiber with the stinky stuff; leaving behind a fresh, clean poly fiber to take on your next sweat sesh!

An extreme magnification of white individual fabric threads being penetrated by green bacteria on an isolated background

An extreme magnification of fabric threads releasing bacteria

I came across a great stink stopper at my local running store. How convenient! 2Toms® StinkFree Shoe & Gear Spray™ tackles my gym bag, kneepads, yoga mat and more. 2Toms® StinkFree® Sports Detergent is perfect for that load of athletic wear. My yoga pants have never been fresher and I even use it for my bath towels and bed linens. (Bet you didn’t know those were wicking too!) What’s better, is that StinkFree® is exactly that! It frees my sportswear and gear of stink, not masking it with “tropical getaway” fragrance. The only smell that I will be sporting this summer is the smell of awesome! Trust me, it smells better than last weeks’ hot yoga class.

Check out 2Toms® StinkFree® line here.

Learn more about fabrics and “the science behind stink” at the links below.

http://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/why-does-cotton-absorb-so-much-water/

https://www.sweathelp.org/home/understanding-hyperhidrosis.html

http://www.antiperspirantsinfo.com/en/all-about-sweat/why-does-sweat-smell.aspx

 

2Toms FootShield: The Reviews are in!

2Toms FootShield: The Reviews are in!

photo: Amy, livinglifetruth.com

2Toms FootShield:

Real World Athletes Put It To The Test

“Go Longer, Finish Stronger”, “Shield Yourself”,  “Products that keep people moving”. Medi-Dyne and 2Toms have had many mission statements when it comes to creating products for athletes. But none of these phrases are as important as what real life athletes are saying about our newest product, 2Toms FootShield. We partnered with BibRave and it’s team of BibRave Pros to see what runners, yogis, dancers, dads, moms and people just like you had to say. Read their rave reviews below!

” I’m extremely impressed with this product. My feet and toes are very impressed and are much happier with this experience. For someone who has struggled with blisters, excessive sweating/moisture in my feet, strong foot odor (the odor of effort) and athlete’s foot, to be able to prevent and keep all that away is remarkable. I think the product gives me more confidence when running/walking, makes me more surefooted, and helps me thrive better in my very active athletic lifestyle.” – Jeremy runninggrooveshark.com

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” I have put 2Toms FootShield to the test over the past month and this roll-on works as a perspiration barrier for my feet and helps keep them dry and odor free! FootShield has replaced my “baby powder therapy” by using a blend of natural antifungal, ingredients and moisturizers reduce and prevent sweaty feet, the growth of bacteria, athlete’s foot, blisters, and smelly shoes.” – Amy livinglifetruth.com

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“I had some athletes foot going on my feet prior to starting out with 2Toms FootShield. I have started to use FootShield before every run, and the athletes foot had cleared up.  At one point, I forgot to apply my FootShield on for a couple of days in a row, and it came back.  Can’t let that happen again.  I got back to my routine right away after I realized it was coming back.” – Mark daddydidyouwin.wordpress.com


“I learned from trying it out that it’s great for applying before a run or workout, as well as after. I like rolling it onto my feet before I put on my flip flops. It keeps my feet drier in the crazy Florida humidity. I toss FootShield into my post-run recovery bag so that I can put some on my feet when I take off my running shoes. It feels refreshing on my tired feet. Bottom line is, FootShield is a product you will want to check out for yourself. 2Toms makes the highest quality products for endurance athletes and it shows.” – Shannon girlsgotsole.com

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We’re thrilled to hear so many runners are loving drier feet, fresh fragrance, natural oils and antifungal treatment of FootShield! Happy feet make for happy runners! Give FootShield a try today.