Although babies aren’t born with freckles, they’re genetic and even though they come out in the warmer months, they’re not necessarily a sign of sun damage. Freckles are actually a layer of natural protection against the sun’s rays and the gene that controls them is the same one that determines red hair. So how can you protect your beautiful freckles in the summer?
Redheads are more likely to have freckles because their skin is usually fairer which makes them more susceptible to sunburn. Whether you’re a redhead or you just have freckles, it’s best to protect your skin from the sun which can cause wrinkles, sunspots, and cancer.
Try and limit your sun exposure between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. because that’s when the sun is the strongest. If you are outside between these hours, always use sun protection. This includes sunscreen, hats, and clothing with SPF built-in.
Also, if you have freckles try and avoid using products with retinol which will may you more sensitive to the sun, and if you do use these products, only use them at night.
Another thing to be on the lookout for if you have freckles is checking for moles which may be signs of skin cancer. To determine if you are looking at a freckle or mole, remember that freckles are flat, tan or light brown, and don’t change in size. Moles are raised and change over time.