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Grooming and water

Get wet at least once a day

Your skin loves water.
It cleanses it, hydrates it and removes dead skin cells from it.
The water modifies your skin's texture, making it more malleable.
God has created rain so that we all get washed.

Auto-grooming

Water auto-grooms you, therefore it is important that you integrate it into your grooming schedule.
Getting your skin wet, then drying it both have a grooming effect on your skin.
You don't have to do anything but get into the water, and then out.
Dead epidermis cells, all over your body, are just waiting to be washed away.
During the drying phase, no epidermis is removed, but tension redistribution takes place very fast.
The equivalent of a whole night of redistribution is achieved in just a few minutes.

 

Grooming underwater

Aquatic grooming, in the bath, shower or any other wet place, makes your work much easier.
Your skin becomes supple and unfolds willingly.
The water cleans off the top epidermis coat in the folds and crossings, thus liberating dried flakes of skin.
This accelerates your grooming.

Indispensable element

I would go as far as to saying that, if you're doing remedial grooming, there is no way you'll get to the end of your job without water.
Since the water changes your skin, it transforms your grooming experience.
You don't groom the same way underwater.
You become more audacious and you dare to work on problem areas you wouldn't touch when grooming dry.

Lengthening your baths and showers

Adding grooming to your traditional washing activities will lengthen the time you spend in the water.
Some people wash real fast.
Grooming is slow and takes lots of time.
When you're in no hurry, you can leisurely enjoy your work.
But when your minutes are counted, it is important to have a well-planned routine.
Some areas of your body should be groomed every time you get wet.
Try to invent a short grooming-washing procedure that can be easily elongated.

Using finger strokes

Because the water makes your skin more flexible, it is easier to manipulate.
You will find out that you don't necessarily need to use your nails to unfold your skin.
Finger strokes utilize only the finger to open up the folds.
Underwater, the flat or the side of your finger will often work as well as would do your nail.
As an added benefit, the risks of hurting yourself are diminished.

Underwater work only

I recommend that you groom some parts of your body almost exclusively underwater.
The main reasons for this are;
•Hygiene: Grooming your anal and genital regions underwater keeps your fingers and skin clean.
•Risk: Since the skin is more flexible, it makes working on badly afflicted regions less perilous.
•Pain: Grooming your ass, navel, ..., out of the water is much more painful.

Grooming in the bath

A bath removes less epidermis than a shower does, but it will soften hardened skin more.
You can groom all immersed body parts without difficulty, including your back and ass.
Partial facial grooming can be performed by lowering most of your head below the water line.
In the lowest position, only your nose and ears stay above the surface.

Maintaining water temperature

Everyone knows how difficult it is to keep the bath's water at an enjoyable temperature.
The usual technique involves adding hot water as needed.
Be very careful while doing this because your attention will soon focus back to your grooming and the water may become too hot.
When its temperature goes above that of your body, it's like creating your own fever.
Use an aquatic thermometer, keep it with you in the tub and check it often.

Grooming in the shower

A shower means lots of running water.
Such a luxury may not be reasonable nor feasible in many places around the planet.
If showering is not possible, try grooming under the rain, the natural shower.

The effect of showering

The shower's pressurized flow has a continuous epidermis removing action that assists your grooming.
You can feel the crossing you are working on being robbed of its content every time you remove your nail from it.
Keep the area you are grooming directly under the shower's spray.

 

Soap and shampoo

I am opposed to using any artificial compound on your skin.
I make an exception for soap and shampoo, but they should be of the mild, daily type.
Try to use them early in your bath or shower so that the water rinses them off completely.

Partial soaping

You are not necessarily that dirty when you bathe.
For most parts of your body, water alone does a wonderful cleaning job and no soap is required.
Only use soap on parts that you feel need it.
Typically, only your hands and feet, hairy sections and possibly your face should be soaped.

Soap and shampoo efficiency

Soap and shampoo also auto-groom you.
They remove part of the top epidermis coat from your folds and crossings.
They do this not only once, but every time you use them during your immersion.

 

After the bath or shower

For just a few minutes after you exit the water, your skin is particularly easy to groom.
This effect decreases steadily as time passes, but it may still be present after half an hour.
We are usually quite busy during this time period; drying, combing, dressing, ...
The few minutes you devote to grooming will be well worth your trouble.
You can take advantage of your skin's groomability to work on specific regions such as your feet.

To rehydrate or not?

If you will be going to bed soon after bath, don't put any cream or moisturizing agent on your skin.
It may seem dry, but leaving it this way will allow natural exfoliation to occur.
On the other hand, if it is early in the day and you will be socializing afterwards, you can put some cream on the driest places, usually those that you have washed with soap.

Bathing frequency

It is absolutely essential that you bathe every day.
If you are doing serious grooming, your skin will benefit from multiple immersions a day.
Since the wetting-drying cycle is so effective, the more you do the faster you get done.

 

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