Freckles have started to become a trendy fashion accessory throughout the years.
Gone are the days when these tiny sunkissed dots are the object of cosmetic obstaclesAs the trend becomes more and more popular, more people want to have these little spotsAnd the more natural it looks, the better it would turn outAccording to Vogue, this trend started with Meghan Markle’s help way back in 2018Since then, the fashion trend hopped on the train hype.
There’s a lot of factors that affect freckles. It is often caused by melanin, which helps in protecting the skin from the harmful UV rays. That’s why freckles only appear when you’re exposed to the sun. If you want to hop into this trend, you can use makeup and other methods to start with. However, natural-looking freckles are still the best to have. Here’s how you can get freckles naturally.
Clean, exfoliate and protect
Before soaking under the sun, exfoliating and protecting your skin is a must. It will not help you get your freckles faster, but it would make sure that your skin will have a better tan. By exfoliating, you’re minimizing the chance uneven tanning. This step also helps in getting overall better-looking freckles.
Since freckles only show up after sun exposure and skin damage is unavoidable. But don’t worry, you can still minimize the damage by using a sunscreen with at least SPF20. The fairer your skin is, the higher the SPF level would be, as fair skin usually receives more sun damage.
And last but not least, wear proper sunglasses. It will not only improve your overall fashion look, but it will also protect the skin under your eyes. Freckles on the cheeks are wonderful, but dry and itchy eyelids are not fun. Once you’re ready to go, its time to seize the day under the sun.
Now’s the time to get under the sun and enjoy while you’re waiting for the freckles to appear. The fairer your skin is, the shorter the time you would spend waiting for your freckles to appear. It depends on the amount of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes in your skin. Get your cold drink, and enjoy your playlist while tanning.
Avoid tanning on hours between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, when the sun rays produce more powerful UV rays. This is especially true when the season is summer or spring, as the skin produces more melanocytes to protect itself from the sun. Instead of getting lovely spots in your intended spot, you will get more freckles than you expect.
Unless you’re also planning a complete tan, you should limit your freckles “session.” Freckles don’t need long periods to appear when exposed to UV rays. Even a 15-minute session during the day would be enough. The time needed would even be shorter if you have fair skin.
Moisturize your skin to prevent dry skin
The skin’s appearance depends on a lot of things, including your moisturizing regime. A regularly moisturized skin will have a minimal wrinkled look and a certain glow that makes your skin look and feel better. After exposure to the sun, the skin will likely be dried out of moisture, which can cause unwanted damage or a freckle explosion.
After your short trip under the sun, dab on your moisturizer and cool down your skin. You can use your everyday moisturizer for the task, or create your own by combining half-cup coconut oil, 1 tbsp of vitamin E oil, and six drops of lavender essential oil.
Getting massive freckles on the skin might not be a great idea, but it can happen with continuous exposure to the sun. To enhance your naturally-created freckles, you can instead use makeup products. For instance, if you want to moisturize and enhance at the same time, you can use tinted moisturizers to cover uneven skin areas. Patches of uneven skin can spoil your freckle style by making the spots less noticeable.
It all depends on luck and genes
Unfortunately, this will not work for everyone, as the freckle formation depends on a certain gene. The gene responsible for the appearance of freckles called MC1R handles where the tiny dots appear. Everyone has the MC1R gene in their body; these genes commonly release a pigment called eumelanin, which makes the skin tan easily.
If the MC1R cannot produce eumelanin because of certain conditions, it will produce another pigment called pheomelanin. Pheomelanin gives the hair blond or red color, fairer skin, and freckles. If one of your parents has freckles, there’s a great chance you’ll also develop one just by soaking under the sun.
Unfortunately, less than 10% of people in the world have this gene. How about the remaining 90% that also want freckles? Turning into cosmetics is one of the best options for skin with fake freckles.
Creating fake freckles look easy, but can look horrible when done wrong. Beauty YouTuber James Charles recommends using an eyebrow pencil by gently drawing the spots on your skin. To create realistic freckles, place the dots in the area under your eyes, in the chin, and in the forehead. Use a beauty blender to add a more realistic touch, then add more if you want to. This method is better if you’re still fishing the look and not sure if you’re going to keep it. Just make sure not to go overboard and draw more freckles than needed.