What’s Wrong With Freckles?
If you’re asking me, NOTHING.
I was inspired recently by W Magazine with the lovely and amazing Penelope Cruz that adorns this months cover. I was so pleasantly surprised when my copy arrived in the mail the other day and fell immediately in love once again with what some may say are her imperfections, those things called FRECKLES. I’ve always thought she was one of the most beautiful women. More of a shocker and delighted to see that W Mag has her on the cover with FRECKLES exposed and not covered with cosmetics or worse, photoshopped out. They did not photoshop them out, isn’t that shocking? She looks gorgeous. A cleaner look than most cover mags and just sheer beauty.
Let me just say, as a redhead, with freckles I am so excited to see this on one of the most amazing magazines, and appearing, as I see it flawless, on Penelope Cruz. Now I’m not going to say that nothing was photoshopped on this image, I don’t know. All I do know is that she is appearing and her freckles are noticeable.
Let me also give a quick note to her necklace in this photo. If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been so excited about the baroque movement that looks to be a very popular look this fall. One of my favorites and am so very pleased to see this in lots of the fashions this fall. This necklace by Lynn Ban is an amazing piece demonstrating this look to the tea. Now I was shocked to learn that this was a Ban piece. My knowledge of this Lynn Ban is that she was very vintage inspired but her pieces at Barneys to me always seemed so modern and cutting edge. Not the every day. But this piece, necklace here, is AMAZING. Note the price tag for this is over $8,000. If you can find it somewhere, would love for you to share it. I’ve looked and cannot locate it at this time.
Back to the Freckles! When I grew up freckles were UGLY, I mean people still talk about them being ugly. Wasn’t there a pathetic piece of CRAP that talked about Lindsey Lohan and her freckles and red snatch? Well, whatever. My mother use to tell me they were kisses from the sun. I still believe that.
Did you know there is a site dedicated to HOT Freckles? Yep. There are also sites and products out there claiming to help you get rid of these unsightly disgusting creatures that linger on your face and body. True.
What I can tell you, is that Freckles are no different than identifiers to a person with certain genes and traits. American Indians have traits I may not have, Italians have certain genetic traits and then there are the Irish and Scottish and other cultures that carry the genetic trait of having freckles.
Let’s define a Freckle:Freckles are clusters of concentrated melanin which are most often visible on people with a fair complexion. A freckle is also called an “ephelis”. Freckles do not have an increased number of melanin producing cells (melanocytes).
Freckles can be found on anyone no matter their genetic background; however, having freckles is geneticand is related to the presence of the melanocortin-1 receptor MC1R gene variant.The formation of freckles is triggered by exposure to sunlight. The exposure to UV-B radiation activates melanocytes to increase melanin production, which can cause freckles to become darker.
Freckles are predominantly found on the face, although they may appear on any skin exposed to the sun, such as the shoulders. Freckles are rare on infants, and more commonly found on children before puberty. Upon exposure to the sun, freckles will reappear if they have been altered with creams orlasers and not protected from the sun, but do fade with age in some cases. They can also be treated with citric acid.
Freckles are not a skin disorder, but people with freckles generally have a lower concentration of photoprotective melanin and are therefore more susceptible to the harmful effects of UV-radiation. It is suggested that they avoid overexposure and use sunscreen.
I like my freckles, I like my kids freckles and think that it makes me who I am. Not in a defining manner, but is my character. I feel at times I earned them. All the years of teasing of being a redhead and having them, I earned every one and wear them so proud. I don’t even want to address all the articles and people out there asking to be helped to cover up or remove their freckles. Freckles aren’t cancerous, they aren’t ugly, it’s not a big hairy mole, not like there is anything wrong with the hairy mole, just saying.
If you have freckles or kids have freckles would love to know what you think?
A great quote from Bill Cosby “I wasn’t always black…there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.”
Share some photos if you like of you, freckles exposed and all! I see a movement and Penelope has really inspired me. Let her inspire you.