Love them or hate them, freckles have emerged as one of the most surprising new fashion trends, with a growing number of women opting to have them tattooed on their faces. Still, for the generations who have spent a lifetime trying to cover them up with make-up, it seems incredulous that anyone lucky enough to have “freckles skin” skin would want to have them added permanently. This is especially true for millions of people who spent their childhood being teased about having freckles and wishing for some magic potion that would get rid of them. Others, however, think they look adorable and seem to think that they “give them a more youthful appearance.”
“Part of it may also be a ‘grass-is-greener’ mentality (wanting what you don’t have), commented California-based tattoo artist Mo Southern, who acknowledged that she has been getting dozens of requests for the mini tats in an e-mail to TODAY.
While it may seem like a simple process, Southern said that getting them to look natural can be tricky, and noted that every job varies due to the need to match the “the right shade of freckle” to each individual’s skin tone and color. It also takes a special knack to be able to make them different shapes, sizes and darkness, as well as not just applying them in even rows.
That is one reason many tattoo artists warn people not to try to ink in their own freckles. Customers should also be aware that the freckle stats will appear darker when first applied. The skin around them may also become inflamed. However, once they heal they will “blend” into the skin for a more natural look. Meanwhile, it is highly recommended that anyone interested in getting freckle tattoos research the procedure as well as the tattoo artist before scheduling an appointment. Those allergic to tattoo ink should definitely forego it as well.
Unlike moles, freckles are flat and can range in color from light brown to reddish brown. They also tend to be small (unlike liver spots), although they sometimes overlap giving them a larger. Contrary to popular belief, freckles do not indicate health problems. Nor are they harmful. At the same time, some fair-skinned people with freckles may be more prone to skin cancer due to a lack of melatonin, which makes them more susceptible to damage from the sun’s UV rays.
Although they are found primarily on the face, people can have freckles on any part of their bodies. In addition, some may also fade in the winter and then darken again in summer when there is more exposure to the sun. Some may also fade, as the person gets older, while others don’t seem to change much regardless of the season. Regardless, anyone with or without natural freckles needs to protect their skin with plenty of sunscreens to prevent serious damage.
Note: Some people have freckles that fade away almost completely in the winter and return in the summer. Other people’s freckles don’t change much with or without the sun and can be seen year-round. Freckles also tend to fade as people get older. Whether you’re naturally freckled or not, be sure to wear sunscreen and follow other rules for sun-safety.