Got Freckles? There are a lot of visible characteristics that make us unique to others. Some of us are tall, some of us short. Our hair styles can vary widely. You get the idea. But sometimes, it’s our skin’s traits that allow us to stand out; to be even more memorable. Think of the legendary actress Marilyn Monroe’s beauty mark. Or the distinctive moles featured prominently on the faces of actors Clint Eastwood and Robert DeNiro. They really wouldn’t look the same to us without them. But what about freckles? They can and do appear on people as diverse as Lindsay Lohan and Morgan Freeman. But what are they, and what purpose do they serve?
Well, the answers are not very complicated at all. In fact, the shortened version to the first question is that, ultimately, freckles are merely the product of excess Melanin.* You may recall from one biology class or another you might have taken that Melanin is the source of color for your skin, hair and eyes. While some outward signs of skin blemishes can be a form of skin damage, freckles are not. They act as barriers against the sun’s harmful UV rays. In essence, they’re your body’s own form of sunscreen.*
Our Bodies Do Amazing Things
Those with them almost surely have already noticed that they’re more pronounced during the spring and summer months, and less so during autumn and winter. That’s because they become accentuated when they’re needed. Of course, it’s important to remember that with or without freckles, irrespective of season, you should always be wearing at least a shot glass size of sunscreen when you go outdoors. Those UV rays are present, impactful and dangerous regardless of the outside weather or temperature.
Still though, it is nice to think that your skin is going the extra mile to give you some added protection. Love the skin your’e in!
*Source article: Marieclaire.com
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