Imagine yourself an Olympian of the Ancient Greeks. Body well toned by spending all day at the gymnasium, naked, running around in the dirt covered with olive oil. At the end of a day you are covered with sweat, grime, and generally wanting a bit of cleaning. There is no soap to be had, yet there is great value in the film that coats your body.
Enter the strigil, a gently bent piece of metal that you use to carefully remove the oily film from your skin place it in a jar. Fans and hopefuls would purchase your scrapings in the jar with the hope that it would confer some of your great abilities. Maybe they weren't too far off.
The microbial life on our skin turns out to do quote a lot, and a micro-boost from a superstar athlete might actually help you stay healthier. Scientists have found that what is living on our skin can help regulate allergies, reduce inflammation, prevent skin disease, and even keep mosquitoes off your back.
What if we changed grooming habits to keep our skins microbial life healthy?
Companies like AOBiome are already creating bacterial misters that help you replenish useful bacteria for your skin, to keep you from smelling even when you don't use soap. Would you use a strigil and oil to clean instead of soap? Would you take someone else's scraping to bring their microbial life to your your own?
What kind of strigil would you use?