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justkristin

Neato! Unfortunately, I am cursed with the opposite - very dry skin. In fact, patches of psoriasis are often itchy enough to make me want to go at them with a cheese grater.... trade ya.

J

A strigil and oil flask combo:

http://www.gridclub.com/fact_gadget/the_romans/the_romans/the_public_baths/2153.html

Jo

Gross! But somehow fascinating!

minnie

er... have you ever tried cl1n1qe turnAr0nd cream?

i have no hope of nice skin ever but that stuff is really good. i will bring you a little.

rae

oh my god! im not the only one who ever longed for a strigil!

i used the closed flat end of a tube of face wash yesterday and my skin is indeed v.smooth. but id soooo love the real thing!

rae

check out the real thing at:

http://www.nmgw.ac.uk/dynamic/www.php?mod=media&id=1138

btw, i believe oil is the thing to use. you see, you oil and then get hot (either in the calidarium if you are a roman, or just sitting in a hot bath) thus sweating under the 'matter' and loosening it prior to using the strigil. also oil lubricates the strigil nicely ;)

Prentiss Riddle

Strigils in context.

Badger, I wouldn't pretend to understand what goes on at those play parties you're always blogging about, but I'll bet you could turn a few heads with an appropriately staged strigil demonstration. You might need a cuter model than this guy. (Be sure to read down to the bit about face packs.)

badgerbag

Ew! That is awesome!

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