Human grooming by Daniel Laberge
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New skin theory

Grooming brings us
a completely new understanding of skin
and how to treat it.

A different way of looking at your skin

Humans have been mistreating their skin for millions of years.
When our ancestors stopped grooming, they opened the door to all the skin problems we have today.
The idea is simple;

Passing your nails over your skin every day
rejuvenates it and stops it from aging

A few minutes of painless superficial grooming every day is all that's needed to maintain, or restore, your skin's youthful appearance.
If you don't groom, this is what happens:

Folded skin   Folded skin   Folded skin   Folded skin

Folded, unloved, neglected, ungroomed skin

Grooming's three-way action

Your grooming activities provide a three-part treatment to your skin:

1- Exfoliation and dead skin cell removal
2- Skin stretching and compression to restore elasticity
3- Skin unfolding and trait removal

Contrary to what dermatologists advocate, you don't obtain a healthy skin by preserving or hiding it.
While you groom it, your skin gets scraped, stretched, bent, pressured, touched, ...
And that's exactly what it wants.

1- Exfoliation
and dead skin cell removal

Human skin, with its auto-renewal system and its desquamation of dead cells is a marvel that many other animals would envy.
These processes are accomplished by The epidermis.
Nevertheless, there is a limit to what it can do by itself.
In many areas of your body, dead skin cells remain in place.
Grooming completes the cell shedding process elegantly and naturally, as explained here.

2- Elasticity

Skin needs to be touched, pressed, stretched, compressed, loved, ... in order to keep it's elasticity.
If its stretching capabilities are never put to use, how can it maintain them?
Grooming restores the skin's elasticity in a general manner with superficial grooming techniques, or cures specific problems with pressure grooming techniques.

3- Skin unfolding and trait removal

Each person has some parts of their body that they don't like.
Mainly for aesthetic reasons, people feel insecure, sometimes to a great extent, about how they look here and there.
Those odd places are most often the result of deep folds, and these can be unfolded.
Even facial traits such as: the shape and size of your nose, the bags under your eyes, the shape of your eyebrows, ... can be groomed and returned to their normal state using pressure grooming strokes.

Folded skin theory

Folded skin is described on the following pages:

Folds on hand  

Folds in the skin


An introduction to folds  

An introduction to folds


Folded skin theory  

Folded skin theory


Horizontal foldsVertical folds  

Main folds

Additional new skin features

Along with our comprehension of folds, grooming modifies our understanding of how several skin components function and interact.
This is the case for:

• Sebum glands
• Skin pores
• Fingerprints
• Skin orientation
• Hair muscle

These changes, along with their implications, are explained on The dermis page.

Fold crossings

Folds are harmful to your skin's health.
However, the real damage takes place where two folds meet; at their crossing point.
Fold crossings are discussed on the Fold crossing theory page.
The problems they generate are addressed on the Fold crossing pathology page.

 

  

 

 

 

 

Basic skin theory

Skin layers

Skin is an amazingly complex multi-functional organ.
Your skin has three basic layers, which are then re-divided into sub-layers.

Skin layers
  

Skin thickness

Your skin is naturally thicker in some places, such as your palms and soles, and thinner in others, such as your eyelids or the other side of your hands and feet.
Unfortunately, the skin of your whole body has thickened considerably.
Due to your lack of grooming, it is now several times what it should be.
The thickening is due to improper desquamation, wound healing, and to the way your skin has folded.

Different everywhere

Your skin knows where it is on your body.
Each area has its own specific skin.
Every spot is different.

Human skin is designed
to be groomed daily

 

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