by Daniel Laberge
Human grooming

Superficial grooming

Superficial grooming only  concerns the top of the epidermis,  where the cells are dead.

Superficial grooming examples

The auto-renewing epidermis

Desquamation functioning erratically

Epidermis renewal, when it works.

Superficial grooming completes the desquamation

The layers of the epidermis with dead cells on top

Dead cells to be groomed away
from the top of the corneal layer

How to groom superficially

Pressure or superficial grooming?

On this page

Four-finger superficial grooming

Grouping your nails

Aligned fingers

Put all four nails in line.

Four nail rake

The nail rake

Four finger superficial grooming strokes

Inward and outward phases of a four finger superficial grooming stroke

Inward pulling phase:

Put more pressure

Outward return phase:

Put less pressure

Don't confuse with scratching

 

SPEED

PRESSURE

Superficial
grooming

Slow

Medium

Scratching

Fast

Light

Single-finger superficial grooming

For precise work

Single finger grooming illustration

Use any finger you want.

Use single-finger superficial grooming strokes on delicate or hard to reach places

Two-handed superficial grooming

Getting the job done

Two-handed superficial grooming strokes.

Some are symmetrical, some are not,

but all are synchronized.

Symmetrical two-handed grooming

The vertical center fold

Your body is symmetrical.

The center fold divides it into two halves.

Hand on each side

You can use symmetrical two-handed  strokes for both superficial and pressure grooming.

Superficial grooming recommendations

Grooming your whole body superficially

Superficial grooming; a daily skin treatment

Extended strokes in unconfined areas

You can extend your strokes

on long body parts

Grooming someone else superficially

Cleaning your nails

Searching for pressure grooming candidates

The layers of the epidermis with dead cells on top
Inward and outward phases of a four finger superficial grooming stroke