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Freckles: The Sexy Spots

Erin Heatherton
Erin Heatherton
Erin Heatherton, born March 4, 1989, is an American fashion model. | Photo: | Erin Heatherton, Model, Freckles, Sexy, Shoulder,

Embrace them and understand the possible risks they create

Lindsay Lohan, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Alexis Bledel, Olivia Munn' what do these women have in common? Well, they have all appeared in television, movies or both, they are all beautiful, talented and sexy'oh, and they all have freckles! That's right, Readers'so if you ever doubted that freckles were sexy, here is proof that indeed they are, as I am sure you can say at least one (if not all) of the women listed above are hot, hot, hot! If you are still questioning how sexy freckles are, try picturing Marisa Miller, Bar Refaeli, Cintia Dicker or Erin Heatherton as well'need I say more? I chose these nine women specifically because there is something very enticing about each one of them, and being someone with a lot of freckles myself, I know they add a unique quality to those who are lucky enough to have them.

For those of you who are unsure of what exactly freckles are, let us begin there (as I know there are many people who assume they know, but are actually confused in their thinking). According to MedicineNet.com, a freckle is, ''a flat circular spot on the skin about the size of the head of a nail that develops after repeated exposure to sunlight, particularly in someone of fair complexion.' Knowing that a freckle is flat is a very important characteristic, because they are often confused with moles or even skin cancer. A freckle is something that isn't raised on the skin, as it is simply a pigmented spot on the surface. Understanding the difference between a freckle and the many other spots that may develop on the skin is important, because freckles are harmless, whereas other spots could possibly be an indication of something more serious.

As I mentioned earlier, I have freckles and I have a lot of them! They are on my face, arms, shoulders, legs'well, pretty much everywhere the sun touches'and I have had them for most of my life. I love my freckles (and so does my husband) but I have encountered many people who have teased me, looked at me strangely or even offered to help me with my freckles. One experience that I will never forget happened to me about 10 years ago in a shopping center. I was in a store looking at a pair of jeans, when I was suddenly approached by a woman I had never seen or met before. She came up right beside me, touched my arm as said, 'Hello there, I noticed you across the store and had to come and offer my help. I am a skin care specialist and our company has a product that will help you with your condition. We can help you cover up or remove those spots on your skin and help you feel better about yourself, so you don't have to live with this problem anymore.' First of all, I was so shocked, for so many reasons, I didn't know how to respond, but I finally told her she wasn't really a specialist in skin care if she didn't know what freckles were and I didn't need her help to 'cover them up'. This was not the only time a stranger was unsure of what my freckles were, as I've been asked many times what was wrong with my skin, but it was definitely the most memorable.

Freckles
Freckles

Freckles are clusters of concentrated melanin which are most often visible on people with a fair complexion. A freckle is also called an ephelis. Freckles do not have an increased number of melanin producing cells (melanocytes). This is in contrast to lentigines and moles. | Photo: | Freckles, Skin, Face, Sun, Damage, Melanin, Complexion,

Even though I (and I'm sure everyone with noticeable freckles) have had to explain my skin to many people over the course of my life, I have never wanted to cover them up. Freckles are a part of me, they make me unique and they are something I share with many people in my family. As MedicineNet.com also explains, ''the sun is not the only factor that induces freckles. Heredity also influences freckling, as witnessed by the striking similarity in the total number of freckles on identical twins'a gene for freckles has been mapped to chromosome 4q32-q34.' Having freckles is a gift carried through our genes, which determines how many, how dark and the size of freckles, and sets us apart from those missing that gene.

I, for one, feel very fortunate to have that gene, as my freckles are something that attracted my husband to me when we first saw each other. When we reminisce about the first time we met, he can remember exactly what I was wearing, how I wore my hair, and how cute my freckles made me look. He has told me how much he loves freckles so many times since then, and I really think there are a lot of people out there who would agree with him. Freckles are not something to hide, but something to show off and be proud of because they are an attribute that not everyone has. Our world is such a beautiful place because of the differences each of us possesses ' how interesting would it be if everyone looked the same, dressed the same or acted the same? I think freckles are among the characteristics that set people apart from one another and should rightly be referred to as 'sexy spots'.

Though freckles may heighten a person's attractiveness, as with everything in life, there is another side to the story. As much as I love my freckles, I do need to be very careful when it comes to looking after my skin in the sun. People with freckles tend to have a very fair complexion, which usually leads to burning quite easily. SPF 50+ was definitely made for those of us with freckles and it is so important to cover up, since having fair skin and having freckles are two of the risk factors in developing skin cancer. Southern Cross Healthcare Group, identifies some of these risk factors and also explains that, '' the first sign of a melanoma is a change in an existing mole or freckle, or the appearance of a new mole or freckle.' My doctor really keeps on top of my freckles and if there is any concern even in the slightest, she sends me to a specialist to get it checked out. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to changes in shape, color or size of existing freckles'and really, the specialist just digs it out of your skin in one quick motion, sends it off to be tested and that's that.

Freckles
Freckles

Freckles are clusters of concentrated melanin which are most often visible on people with a fair complexion. A freckle is also called an ephelis. Freckles do not have an increased number of melanin producing cells (melanocytes). This is in contrast to lentigines and moles. | Photo: | Freckles, Skin, Face, Sun, Damage, Melanin, Complexion,

Aside from the few possible negative medical aspects of having freckles, I really believe that those of us who have them should be proud of them! In today's society, it is very difficult to accept and love parts of us that are different or that we don't share with someone else or that makes us stand out from others, but really, life is just too short to think that way. No matter what physical difference you may have, whether it be your height, your weight, the gap between your teeth, or freckles (just to name a few), embrace them! Each one of these is only a single ingredient in the whole recipe that is you and there is someone out there who has been dying to get a taste of you, so don't miss out on sharing yourself with the world! These differences make you a unique and special person in this world and the challenges you have possibly faced because of them (due to ignorant people who don't appreciate them) have only made you a stronger, kinder and more humble human being, which we could all use more of!

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