Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I still wear sunscreen?
Yes, apply Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion at least 10 minutes before applying sunscreen.
Can I still use embrocation (warming) cream or anti-chafing cream?
Yes, apply Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion at least 10 minutes before applying creams.
Can I use Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion for swimming?
Yes, apply PR Lotion at least 30 minutes before entering the water.
Where do I apply it?
Apply to the active muscle groups for your sport. Runners and cyclists, for example, will apply it from just below your calves through the top of your hips. Similarly, if you’re a swimmer or working out your arms, apply to shoulders to the wrists.
Anything I need to know before applying?
You’ll knead/shake up the contents of your packet or tube to mix the ingredients before applying.
What does the lotion feel like?
Performance & Recovery Lotion is a viscous lotion. You can wash the lotion off your skin 30 minutes after applying, as it will have been absorbed into the skin.
Can I wear clothing over Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion?
Yes, any residue that rubs off on apparel will wash out. If you wait a few minutes before putting clothes over Topical Edge, then less residue will transfer to fabric.
How early can I apply Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion?
You can apply Topical Edge up to 2 hours before your activity, making it convenient for many to apply at home before getting dressed.
How long does it last? Do I need to reapply?
A single application supports a multi-hour workout. Evidence suggests that changes in blood bicarbonate may remain longer than 2 hours. Therefore, pre-workout use should lead you to feel better in the later stages of long workouts. Reapplying post-workout should improve recovery. Check out these supporting scientific articles here and here for a deeper dive.
Should I reapply after my workout?
Yes, reapplying Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion after a workout may further reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in the days following a workout.
Can I order product abroad?
Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion is currently only shipped within the United States.

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Can children use Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion?
Yes, children over 2 years of age may use PR Lotion.
Can I use Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Please ask your doctor before use.
Could I be allergic to Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion?
Topical Edge is well tolerated. However, do not use if you are allergic to any particular ingredient(s) in this product. You’ll find the ingredients listed here.
Will Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion affect my sodium levels?
Please consult your doctor before use if you are sensitive to sodium.
Have any side effects been reported?
In studies to date, no adverse events have been reported from using Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion.

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Using PR Lotion in Sport

Is Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion legal to use in sports?
Yes, Topical Edge PR Lotion is consistently and rigorously tested for banned substances by Informed-Sport for athletes' reassurance. Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion contains sodium bicarbonate (essentially baking soda), which is the substance that the body naturally produces to neutralize acid.
Does Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion change my nutrition or hydration needs?
No, continue following your existing nutrition and hydration routines.
Should I use Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion beyond race day and competitions?
Yes, fold Topical Edge PR Lotion into your pre- and post-workout routines. Applying PR Lotion after exertion can decrease soreness, which can have a significant mental impact. The less you hurt, the more enjoyable you may find training (not sure “enjoyable” and “training” can be used in the same sentence…). Evidence suggests that regular use of sodium bicarbonate in training may lead to increased mitochondrial mass and improved muscle contraction which may allow you to work your muscles harder. In a study where sodium bicarbonate was used for eight weeks in high-intensity training, lactate threshold and performance improved significantly over the control group. Learn more from scientific articles here, here, and here.

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What is lactic acid buildup?
During strenuous exercise, your body produces lactate and acid, together referred to as lactic acid. Your body neutralizes the acid with its own naturally occurring bicarbonate but can only clear so much at a time. When the body produces acid faster than the body can clear it, acid builds up causing painful muscle burn and inhibiting performance. Learn more here.
Does Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion build up in my body over time?
No, bicarbonate is regulated by the body and any excess is excreted by the kidneys. There is no documentation of long-term adverse effects of chronic bicarbonate loading in scientific literature.
What about no pain, no gain? If I feel better during and after workouts, am I still improving?
Yes, evidence suggests that alkalinization with sodium bicarbonate protects your muscle's mitochondria from oxidative stress and acidosis, in turn reducing inflammation and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Protecting your mitochondria from damage may also preserve them allowing you to better consolidate gains from high intensity exercise.
Does Topical Edge prevent cramping?
Cramping is thought to have several contributing causes. Product reviews show that some customers find that Topical Edge Performance & Recovery Lotion helps with cramping but we have not formally studied this and Topical Edge does not claim to prevent muscle cramps.

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Performance & Recovery Lotion

Topical Edge's clinically proven Performance & Recovery Lotion helps you train harder, go faster, push longer and recover quicker. Use it every time you suit up. You’ll feel stronger and your muscles will feel better afterwards, so you can hit it again tomorrow.

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