I know you love your freckles, because I love mine, too, but it's important to make sure you're getting freckles safely this season. The sun is upon us (finally!), and it's likely that your natural freckles are just going to pop up without you even trying. But there are some steps you can take to being proactive in your freckle-gaining process.
Freckles are a fascinating beauty feature. Many women are still doing everything they can do get rid of them, but lots of women (myself included) have come to terms with the tiny brown spots on our skin. For those of us who love 'em, we know that they're cute, contemporary, and coveted.
It's important to remember, however, that despite their tiny presence on our skin, they can cause or become a big problem if not given the proper amount of attention and care. Most freckles are not dangerous at all, but they are technically a sign of sun damage. So further harm from the sun could result in a freckle changing, as in getting bigger or darker, and that could be a possible sign of skin cancer or a precancerous spot on the skin.
But there's no reason to fear if you take the proper precautions while soaking up the sun this spring and summer. Just turn to these seven tips for the utmost freckle safety:
1. Stay Natural
You know your freckles will appear by going out in the sun. If you're not in a particularly sunny area, but you want your freckles now, there's the temptation to spend a few minutes in a tanning bed. Though you'll likely achieve the results you want, you could be sacrificing your future skin health just for a beauty feature now.
In the long run, I don't think it will be worth it. Of course, natural sun soaking also poses risks (without proper care) but, in my opinion, the natural way is always the better way. There is always the option to draw on your freckles as well, especially if you don't even have freckles to wait for in the first place.
2. Exfoliate Before Going Out In The Sun
When you exfoliate before your skin soaks up the sun, you're likely to receive a more even brush of the sun. Your freckles will still pop up as darker spots, but the rest of your skin can also have a fair share of that sun-kissed glow. You can make a simple sugar scrub at home and apply in the shower.
3. Wear Sunscreen
This one goes without saying. A base of at least 20 SPF (or more if your skin is super fair) is easy to apply before you put on makeup for the day. It's a habit you want to get into, because in just going out for the day, your face encounters the sun enough for freckles to come out. But it's especially important if you're planning a day out in the sun. And it should be put on your arms and shoulders as well, which is something I tend to forget when I'm just getting ready for the day. Protecting those lovely spots on a daily basis can prevent further harm later on.
4. Set A Time Limit For Sun Exposure
If you're planning a day in the sun, make sure you give yourself breaks under an umbrella or even inside. You already know that for your freckles to become more prominent, you don't have to spend much time in the sun, so 15 minutes in the beginning of the day is enough. One tip for reminding yourself is to simply set an alarm on your phone or watch.
5. Wear Sunglasses
Your eyes and the skin around them are sensitive to the sun, so don't sacrifice your eye health to obtain your freckles! Sunglasses are one of summer's most fun fashion accessories, anyway!
6. Mind The Time Of Day
The sun isn't as harsh before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. as it is in the time in between, so you can still get your exposure without risking your skin to the most damaging sun rays.
7. Moisturize After Being In The Sun
Sun exposure can create dry skin, so it's equally important to apply a moisturizer after being in the sun as it is to exfoliate beforehand in order to keep your freckles from being overlooked by the skin peeling off your face from dehydration.
The point is that there are simple things you can do before, during, and after being in the sun to keep those freckles looking sweet. And, you know, to protect yourself from harm!
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