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I have an admission that I want kept secret amongst us girls. (Some old school feminists regard "girls" as some blacks regard the "n" word. For females old enough to bear children, the correct word is "women.")
I have armadillo scales on both arms; and no matter how much shea butter and coconut oil I slake on them. I can still see those scales, protruding off my skin as high as ever. I have lost weight and lift weights-----no matter, the scales are so thick and durable that an anti-tank shell would bounce off of me.
I went to my wife for solace----good luck with that---and she noted offhandedly that my mother also had armadillo scales. My genetic destiny (I would have preferred to have inherited her small pug nose, but no I got her leathery skin instead). I resorted to scrubbing my arms with a puff to mechanically exfoliate the scales, but when I next had to shower, they had returned, newly minted.
So my rhetorical question is: are not chemical peels and chemical exfoliators such an extremely TEMPORARY fix to amount to an outright fraud? Why would anyone spend her or his hard-earned cash to remove dead skin cells when his or her body, backed by eons of adaption by natural selection, is struggling mightily and SUCCESSFULLY to quickly restore that which has been lopped off?
(In truth, I could care less about my leathery arms----I wear short sleeve shirts in winter if possible----because no one is looking. No one notices and if someone did I would apply for a restraining order against him or her on the grounds of stalking.)