I basically never use lotion… but since I started throwing an hour or more every day, I’ve been moisturizing my hands like crazy, more than I ever have my whole life! I also got some string burns and callus on my index finger.
So I’ve experimented with all of these.
I don’t think there are any downsides to lotion? Keeping your skin lubed and moisturized combats string burn, chapping, all that stuff. I prefer unscented or very low scent “natural” type lotions myself.
(I’ve also heard people in humid climates might prefer talc?)
If there are downsides, let me know in the replies!
There’s a good video here with pros and cons of yo-yo gloves:
It turns out yoyo gloves are … essentially rebranded snooker gloves? I’ve experimented with gloves a bit, but I dislike the way the glove makes it so hard to get out the inevitable tangle or knot. And you kinda lose a bit of the native “feel”.
Apparently yoyo sleeves are “sport sleeves” as seen in other… er… sports? I’ve tried the thin stretchy type and the fat padded type. I like these because they prevent string pressure from the finger loop and they don’t interfere with the feel too much? The wrap is easy to put on and take off, and it helps my wrap finger not get as abused…
That said it’s yet another thing to carry around and lose, put on, take off, etc.
Basically sleeves, but … flexible bandage tape instead? I kinda like that you can get the flesh colored wrap and just leave it on for a while and nobody notices. It’s also disposable so if it gets janky you can toss it and wrap a new one. It’s quite comfortable, enough that I can (almost) forget that it’s there.
Downside is you carry a roll of wrap tape that you have to dispense and tear.
Once you have a callus, I’ve heard people recommend krazy glue to reinforce the skin as it starts cracking? I’ve tried this and it seems to work?