My Relationship With Freckles

Those freckles make you seem like a galaxy of stars, just waiting to be explored and loved – Nikita Gill.

When I was younger, there was a girl in school who had zero freckles and I thought that she was the prettiest girl in school. All the boys fancied her and all the girls wanted to be her friend.

I never used to like my freckles, especially during the summer as that was when they came out in full force. I don’t know why I didn’t like them. Maybe I thought they made my face look weird, or, probably more likely, thought that girls without them looked way prettier?

As I got older, I started to appreciate my own skin more, especially as I was lucky enough to never really have spots. I started to love my skin. It was the only skin I was ever going to get at the end of the day, so even through my terrible teens, I began to like how I looked. I still didn’t feel as pretty as the other girls – I was pretty mediocre but then didn’t we all think that at the age of 13? During the time when we started trying out makeup with our baby faces that needed to fill out a little, trying to cover up the blemishes with glitter and take away the emphasis on something else by wearing the glossiest gloss. And that was all I’d ever wear – I didn’t try foundation until I was sixteen!

When I went on summer holidays, I’d always feel a margin better about myself. Having a tan can do wonders for someone’s confidence, and mine made my freckles come out more. Plus, with mads and pads always loving my freckles, I started to love them even more too.

Now, I am obsessed with my freckles. I love them. I think they make me beautiful. I always want the sun to shine down on my face just so my freckles can come out to play.

For work, I have to put on a tonne of makeup – a full face as the boss says. This makeup (foundation, concealer and contour) hides the majority of my freckles which saddens me a little because I want customers to see the real face of the girl who’s serving them. You can only see a few, but even they’re not as prominent as they should be behind the mask of makeup. This is leading onto a bit of a different post that I’ve been thinking about too; one which I think will get a bit of a debate going.

My little sister has freckles too. She is a lot fairer than I am but her freckles shine through. She told me that she hates her freckles once. She was eight at the time. I told her, you love your freckles because freckles are gorgeous, pretty and beautiful just like you. Besides I have freckles and you don’t hate mine… . I think that, for some reason, children naturally don’t like freckles, but freckles are beauty spots… there are a few more of them clustered together in one area is all.

My boyfriend and I have the same style of freckles. He likes to call it the superhero mask of freckles as they are underneath the eyes, across the nose and above the eyebrows. Mine are across my forehead rather than just above the eyebrows. It’s a cool way to look at it, like we are superheroes or something, like freckles give us special powers. If I ever hear a kid dissing their own freckles, I might even use that to show them that freckles are cool.

Now, there are beauty trends, yes trends to have freckles. It makes me laugh because there was a time when freckles weren’t “fashionable” or “in style” which is ridiculous, and all of a sudden, people without them want them. I mean, freckles are pretty amazing so obviously people want to have some too. But why isn’t everyone just happy to be in their own skin, freckles or not?

I think freckles are stunning. And I think young girls and boys alongside men and women should celebrate them no matter what their age is.

Don’t you agree?

Love, Faye x


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