Love your Freckles Day is celebrated on November 22 all over the world, and is specifically created for those who have freckles, or dream of getting them! This holiday is a celebration of the imperfectly beautiful skin that is sprinkled with “kisses of the sun”, as opposed to plain faces that are covered in several layers of foundation and Photoshop.
In modern society, having freckles is seen as fashionable, but this has not always been the case. People with freckles were often persecuted and accused of witchcraft and black magic. In the Victorian era, carboxylic acid was used to try and remove freckles, but this would only cause burns on the skin and detrimentally affect their internal organs. During this time, having a porcelain face was seen as a sign of aristocracy.
In the 20th century, the view of freckles changed dramatically. This was largely due to the novel ‘Gone with the Wind’, which showed that people of all classes can have freckles. By the 60s, girls with freckles were gracing the covers of fashion magazines, such as Vogue. In the 90s, Chanel even created a special pencil to draw freckles, which was extremely popular!
- Freckles do not appear at birth, but instead appear during life. This is due to ‘sleeping’ cells that are activated in the sun and cause pigmentation.
- Freckles depend on the MC1R gene.
- Having freckles indicates skin sensitivity, so people with them should take care when sunbathing, as the risk of developing oncology is high.
- Freckles can even appear when visiting a solarium, particularly if you are prone to them.
- They require care even in winter, such as using creams, essences, and consulting cosmetologists.
- People whose bodies are not prone to sunburn are likely to have a lot of freckles.
How to take part
This holiday is an opportunity to show off your freckles and be proud of them. If you don’t have any, you can use cosmetics to draw some on. Invite friends to admire your new look and pay a compliment to a passer-by with freckles. Stop covering up your freckles – open them up and show them how beautiful they are!
When is Love Your Freckles Day celebrated in 2023?
Love Your Freckles Day is observed on November 22 each year.