It is Ok to have freckles

freckled Kate moss

Super model Kate Moss

In this age of artificial beauty and heavily photoshopped images, freckles are seen as unpleasant marks on the skin; even treated like a skin disease. These are predominantly found on the face and can very well damage a person’s confidence. Numerous skin creams, laser treatments, etc. are being prescribed to treat them. Alas, everyone wants a porcelain clear skin.

freckled Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

In reality, these are brown flat spots on the skin, genetic in nature and can happen to any fair skinned person from any race. The formation of freckles is triggered by exposure to sunlight. Exposure to UV-B radiation activates melanocytes to increase melanin production, which can cause freckles to become darker and more visible. Upon exposure to the sun, freckles will reappear if they have been altered with creams or lasers and not protected from the sun, but do fade with age in some cases. So, to conclude it is best if freckles are embraced like beauty spots and skin should be managed for overall health.

freckled Rani Mukherjee

Rani Mukherjee

Many Hollywood and Bollywood beauties and super models have freckles and they live with it in harmony. Julia Roberts, Megan Fox, Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss, Lucy Liu, Bar Rafaeli, Julianne Moore, Sienna Miller, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lawrence and many others from Hollywood have freckles and they are completely comfortable sporting it. Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Genelia D’Souza, Vidya Balan, Kangna Ranut and many other Bollywood actresses have accepted them as an extension of their personality. Few have more freckles than others but that doesn’t stop them from putting their best face forward. These are all A-listers and red-carpet regulars so we mortals should be ok with having a mark or two on our skin, isn’t it?

Genelia D'Souza

Genelia D’Souza

I did want to try out Photo-facial to get rid of my freckles which is supposedly the best treatment for the brown spots. Many home-remedies suggest applying lime juice on the affected area to lighten the marks. These treatments do lighten the spots but freckles do not go away completely. And there is always a chance for them to reappear if the skin is exposed to direct sunlight.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

If you are still upset with your freckles, you can always hide them under good makeup. When tattoos can be concealed with good make-up, why not freckles. Try a heavy base foundation and a good concealer to camouflage them. Embrace your freckles if you can. It is ok to be speckled!

About MumbaiGloss

Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India, Femina.in, BeBeautiful.in, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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