We go through life and do not realise the importance of the things we do. We wash to keep clean and from my early days that was what we did. It was a basic function that has so many outcomes without us knowing. Do you have a loofah? A hard bath sponge to give the skin a good scrub? That would now be packaged as an exfoliation device with creams and potions.
In modern times we like to compartmentalise the functions and label them. Exfoliation is one of them. It is also a commercialisation of a process. Someone makes money out of it.
This last year we have been told that we must wear facemasks and wash our hands to curtail the spread of covid. The producers of hand sanitisers, bactericide cleaners and masks have gone into overdrive. Post pandemic we will be wearing masks more and continue to use sanitising products. Someone will be making money. When I was child it was coughs and sneezes spread diseases. Have a hanky ready and wash your hands. A simplistic way of containing germs and stop the spread of flu and colds.
I knew when I was young that my mum said that the Nivea cream will make you have soft skin. It is still around and in reality a cheap way of keeping the skin hydrated. I often wondered whether the Daleks were skin aware when the bellowed ‘Exfoliate, Exfoliate’….