Human grooming by Daniel Laberge
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Introduction to grooming

Grooming is the act of
unfolding and taking care of your skin
with your nails.

Superficial and pressure grooming examples 

Two ways to groom

There are two distinct grooming techniques:
Superficial grooming
Pressure grooming
Each method addresses a specific cutaneous problem.


Superficial grooming

Incomplete skin renewal

Your epidermis continuously renews itself by producing new skin cells.
Older cells are pushed up the epidermis until they reach the top, where they die and flake off.
However, the process has its limits and dead cells pile up here and there, thickening your skin.

Grooming the corneal layer

The top part of the corneal layer
should be groomed off

Grooming your skin superficially completes the desquamation process.

How to groom superficially

Align your fingers, excluding the thumb, so that your nails form a line.

Aligned fingers

Gently rake your skin, with a back and forth motion, while applying a very delicate pressure mostly during the pulling phase.
Your nails should only pass a few times over the same section of skin.
Move along and cover your whole body.
In hard to reach places, you'll have to groom using one single finger.

 

Pressure grooming

Deep skin grooming and folds

Your skin is folded all over.
What people call lines and wrinkles are actually folds in the skin.
Your entire body is crisscrossed by folds from head to toes.
Some are plain to see, some need closer inspection to be seen, but many cannot be seen at all.

The folds are responsible for
your ugliness, your aging
and your physical aches and pains

Humans are born with folds in their skin.

Folds on a baby's hand
Baby's hand with folds
© Shira Gal

These are not lines or wrinkles.
They are folds.

The folds on this baby's hand won't disappear with time; they'll only get more tense, deeper and numerous.
When this baby gets older, these folds will limit the extension of the articulations. Later, some pain will arise when some actions are performed. Still later, any movement will be limited by the pain generated by the strangling folds.
Additionally, the folds have an adverse effect on your looks and appearance.

Removing your folds
with pressure grooming

You can unfold your folds by crushing them.
If you put some pressure on them with your nails, you open them up and destroy their foundation.

Nail putting pressure on skin         

Apply pressure on one spot for one to ten seconds, move away a bit and start over.
You want to open or crush any hardened structure you meet.
Exert all the force you can without hurting yourself.
This action may leave nail marks on your skin, but they should fade out in a few minutes.
If they don't, reduce the pressure you put on your finger.

Why use your nails?

Q: With today's technology, wouldn't there be a simpler and faster method?
A: Your nails are the most adequate and advanced tools for this task. Moreover, they are sensitive.
Stay away from abrasives such as: rasps, stones, exfoliating brushes or gloves, exfoliating cleansers and soaps, chemical exfoliants, ...
Their action does not discriminate between folded and unfolded skin.

pressure/superficial grooming areas

Folded skin can resist the pressure,
but unfolded skin will bleed immediately.

Unlike chemical or mechanical exfoliants and abrasives, your nails can feel.
They can easily distinguish the folds.
Their blunt edges allow you to put enormous pressure on your skin in precise locations.
You can hold back their action as soon as you feel pain.

Where to groom?

Your entire body should be groomed daily.
However, your skin is supposed to tell you itself where it needs to be groomed.
Itches, prickles, pruritus, twinges, pangs, aches and pains are all increasingly rude orders to groom specific places.
Ignoring such signals has put you in the state you're in.
You should also groom a region because it shows visible marks, spots, lesions, holes, bumps or because it has aesthetically deteriorated.

What finger to use?

You can use any finger you wish.
The index finger on your writing hand is usually the most sensitive.
However, you will often find the need to use several fingers at once to cover large surfaces.

Single finger grooming

 

Four finger grooming

Single finger grooming   Four finger grooming

I also recommend using both hands anytime you can.
The second hand can mimic the other, or it can help the grooming hand by stretching and stabilizing the skin.

Precautions and warnings

Don't stay too long on one spot.
Plan your work over a long period.
Each region of your skin will respond differently to your grooming.
If an area reacts badly to your treatment, stop grooming there until it heals.

Reversibility

Grooming has the amazing ability to restore your skin's healthy condition.
All the folds on your body can be unfolded.
Even the worst problems seem reversible.

 

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