How Healthy Are Your Freckles?

ELLE Australia|October 2019

How Healthy Are Your Freckles?
For the most part, healthy enough. But this expert advice will help to nix the question marks
Erin Reimel

FIRST, FRECKLES ARE NORMAL

Along with hair makeovers and baby bumps, the barefaced freckle reveal has become an Instagram moment. Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid have all shared theirs, to much fanfare. Kesha even used her reveal to send a message of self-love. A smattering of freckles feels youthful and sweet, like the signature of a pretty make-under, but where exactly do they come from? “Freckles are a result of melanin overproduction as your skin tries to protect you from the sun,” explains Los Angeles-based dermatologist Dr Annie Chiu.

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October 2019