Originally, the use of animal skins was synonymous with protecting us against the cold and heat, especially when humans colonized new parts of the world. Social awareness—the differentiation between a woman's body and that of a man—created a sense of awkwardness among the inhabitants, and the aspect of nudity became more intimate, which encouraged the wearing of garments. Subsequently, animal skins were also used in rituals to mark differences in social rank and values, and in our societies today, they can be used for aesthetic purposes. Nowadays, it is our own skin that becomes an essential element. Skin care is part of our capitalist system, seeking to hide our tiny wrinkles. In particular, the use of foundation acts as protection against imperfections and allows the painting to be done on a neutral canvas. Does this fake skin come to cover our true nature, the natural skin that is hidden under this scribbling?
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