Red Hair and Freckles.
Dad says I came home from school crying in 1st grade because kids said my hair was fake, that I "painted it." The story is kind of funny. But all growing up I just didn't understand why I couldn't be normal. In my small school my family was the only set of gingers. Years later I embrace my red hair (though it is enhanced chemically with both high and low lights), but I am still not fond of the fair skin and freckles.
There has been talk in the news this week about the government putting a ban on teenage tanning at salons. I never tanned as a teenager, and if I was at home (I'm at a hotel) I'd maybe post a prom pic of pale me and my tanned cousin. (she looks way better) I did however tan three different times in my 20's and I have to say dang I looked good. But was it worth the premature aging of skin and worse possibly skin cancer? I would have loved the tan ban as a high schooler as it would have been more of an equalizer for me with my peers. Now I say I hope my kids aren't as shallow as I was and are confident in their fair skin. Trying to fit in, I often tried the sunless tanners but usually ended up a streaky orange. Why did I ever care what others thought of me? On to today's issue, I don't think it's the government's place to be banning this for teens, I do however believe that they should need parental consent to tan. And in this household, it would be a big fat NO for teenage tanning. I just wish teens didn't feel the need to tan to feel beautiful during prom season.
That all being said, I still prefer a tanned body, however, after reading this article from the UK I've decided to ditch the bronzer and blush and just go au natural. I'm ready to embrace my inner Nicole Kidman and Marcia Cross. Now the question is, will I look svelte and chic like the mentioned celebrities? Or sick and pasty? Again, why do I even care? I have a wonderful husband who loves me no matter what I look like, and I wear my clothes well. It's just the upcoming summer season that has me loathing my red hair and freckles.