Your skin is the largest organ of your body. You’ve got more than 2 square meters of skin encasing your body. And your skin is home to over a thousand species of bacteria, good bacteria. Your skin is the interface between your body and the world around you. Your skin serves as your personal container. Your skin is your protection from the nasty toxic stuff in the world. Your skin help regulates your body’s temperature. Your skin is the organ of touch and physical pleasure. You feel your world and relate to others directly through your skin. Your skin communicates your state of health, happiness and vibrancy to everyone you meet. Healthy skin is an indicator of a healthy human. Caring for your skin, you care for yourself. Soaps, even the nicest ones, are unnecessarily harsh to the skin. Soap robs the skin of its healthy natural oils. This natural oil serves as protection from the physical and chemical attacks of the environment. Soap changes the chemistry and biology of your skin, it literally changes who you are. Through these changes in body chemistry and biology, soap alters the ability of your skin to interact with the world in a natural healthy way. Soap can thereby change how you are perceived by the others, as your chemistry shifts away from its natural composition toward something synthetic and affected. The yoga of skin care begins with an oil massage before your daily bath. You’ll want to choose an oil that appeals to you: Sesame and Almond oil are warming to the body; Coconut, Olive, and Sunflower Oil are cooling; Kastor Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory; Mahanarayan Oil is warming and antibacterial; Neem Oil is a strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal that can be useful for psoriasis or athlete’s foot. Add aromatic oils that are pleasing, rose, lavender, jasmine, cedar, sandalwood, or any other scent that is pleasant to you. Or choose a pre-mixed oil designed for your Ayurvedic constitution. You don’t need a lot of oil for your daily massage. A few teaspoons of oil is enough massage the entire body. Start with your feet and massage your way up your legs. Then massage from your hands up your arms, and from your face down your neck. Finally, massage the front and back of your torso. Give your body the gift of love by chanting ‘sweet nothings’ to yourself as you do your morning massage. After your massage step into a warm shower and the warm water will help the oil to penetrate your skin. If you feel the need, use soap solely on your pits and groins. As you feel comfortable with the oil massage, you might want to include dry brushing your skin before your massage. Dry brushing stimulates the glandular and nervous systems, improves blood circulation to the skin, and helps the lymph to drain. Dry brushing defoliates the skin and helps remove impurities from the pores. Dry brush before you oil massage your skin for best results. Choose a natural bristle brush with a long handle and you’ll be able to get the whole of your back. Use a softer brush for your face. Use small circular motions and brush firmly enough to bring color to the skin. Just like the oil massage, begin dry brushing at the periphery of your body and work toward your core. Start with the soles of your feet, then massage up your legs. Brush the palms of your hands and then massage up the arms. Brush your face, and then down your neck and finally brush your chest, abdomen and back. Dry brushing and oil massage will help keep you vibrant and healthy. It is a simple, pleasurable, gift you can give yourself. You will feel your radiance increase in the world. The world will reflect your radiance back to you.