|Why are some deceased person's skin hard like plastic, and others are pliable and soft like the skin of the living?|
|There can be any number of reasons for this condition; characteristics and effects of the final illness, the amount of moisture in the skin at the time of death, medications the person was receiving, body temperature at the time of death and perhaps dozens more. You did not indicate if this was pre or post-embalming.
The kinds of things I indicated above may affect the skin texture even after embalming. The embalmer and chemicals chosen can affect some of this. Embalming fluids with a higher concentration of formaldehyde may have more of a dehydrating effect than those with lower concentration which may contain more emolients and humectants. The amount of perfusion out to the capillaries will also have an effect.
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