6 Amazing facts about Freckles; also known as Angel Kisses!
Summer brings the full force of heat of the sun onto us. Though it is a wonderful time to go onto a beach and soak up some vital sunrays, but it can also mean that you can also get spotted a bit. What we are talking about here are freckles.
Freckles are spots on skin which have higher melanin content or skin pigmentation when compared with the rest of the surrounding areas. Most of the time, the cheeks and the nose are the two areas which happen to get most freckles. Mostly people with paler skin tend to get more freckles, since they are more noticeable on them.
Here are some interesting facts about freckles which are also known as ‘angel kisses.’
1 They are there for a very special reason
Freckles are just not a series or pattern of dots that appear on our body after being in the sun. They appear due to concentration of melanin in a very small area of skin and appear as cluster. Freckles have melanocytes that overproduce melanin granules, making them different from moles. They are harmless and natural dots but make people look pretty. Apart from that their specialty is to keep the nose, cheeks and shoulders safe from sunrays, like a built in sunscreen protection.
2 Freckles are very sensitive
Freckles only become dark, if constantly exposed to sunlight. It’s like the sun rays activate the freckles’ protection power. If you stay out of the sunlight or wear protective sunscreen, you will not get freckles. Meanwhile, freckles can appear on people with any skin tone. But one thing is that people with freckles are extremely sensitive to sun’s UV rays. Therefore you need to wear sun block in order to keep yourselves safe from sun rays. You should also cover your face with a hat or a scarf.
3 Each freckle pattern is unique
Like fingerprints, you will not find two similar freckle patterns on two people. Each pattern is unique to every person. Freckles are found on people with every kind of skin; light, pale, dark or brown. There are two types of melanin in humans. Therefore, you will see people with different pattern and colors thanks to their mixed ancestry. That is the reason why no two freckles or freckle patterns are alike.
4 Freckles change with age
Freckles are found in abundance on children and that’s why freckles are considered cute on children. The freckles on children can be in higher concentration than adults as they mature and go through stages of development, the melanin production becomes more and more consistent and as the development ends and children grow into adults, the freckles become less prominent and visible. But in some cases, the freckles may also become much more visible and permanent, as in cases with people with pale skin. However it depends on both genetics and melanin production in the body.
5 People have tried to remove them for eternity
For some reason, people have tried to remove the freckles as they were seen as obstacles to beauty, throughout history. Women have tried everything from bleaching them, using lemon juice and juice of what not in order to get rid of them or lighten them at least. In the end, with the advent of makeup, women started using makeup and lots of it to hide the spots on their faces, which seemed to lessen their natural beauty.
6 Some people have always wanted them
But on the other side of the coin, it is has been the case of grass being greener on other side. Women especially have tried to get freckles artificially when they weren’t blessed with any naturally. People have used pencils to draw freckles on, while some companies even launched press on freckles tattoos that gave artificial tattoos of freckles for a limited amount of time. It’s just the matter of who have them, do not want them and those who don’t have freckles, covet them.