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Instagram is increasingly being told to take responsibility for the harmful effects of it's site on the mental health of young people.

Between celebrities endorsing weight-loss products which have no scientific backing, the NHS encouraging body-negative adverts to be banned, and the new sensitivity screens being put in place to prevent graphic violence and self-harm being depicted; Insta is a dangerous place.

Yet, we cannot deny that selfie culture and self-branding through social media has become just a normal part of our everyday life. Me, myself and Instagram has taken over, and young people growing up today assume it's perfectly normal to try to look perfect.


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It's so prevalent in society to share the highlights of ourselves and desperately emulate others who we assume have 'better' lives, which writers such as Matt Haig have emotionally discouraged.

FaceTuning images to blur seeming 'imperfections' such as stretchmarks, wrinkles, spots, freckles, teeth, smiles, body hair, even elbow wrinkles or unwanted curves is the new normal, according to our society.

Having flaws is deemed unhealthy, and the notion of 'narcissism' or vanity is no more.

Now Rankin is trying to counteract the idea of editing ourselves in a new photo series, and it's beautiful.

The amazing photographer is attempting counteract self-editing, by showing people just how damaging the effects of social media can be.  His photo series, aptly named Selfie Harm, was launched last week on Instagram.

The renowned artist captured portrait shots of 15 teens and handed power to them and their filter apps, asking them to edit the retouched image until they felt it was 'social media ready'.


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He commented;

“Social media has made everyone into their own brand. People are creating a two-dimensional version of themselves at the perfect angle, with the most flattering light, and with any apparent flaws removed.”

“This is a new, enhanced reality, a world in which teenagers can alter themselves digitally within seconds. Mix this with the celebrities and influencers flaunting impossible shapes with impossible faces and we’ve got a recipe for disaster," he attested.

The photographer shows images of youth and natural beauty which massively contrast with the newly filtered, edited versions. It's shockingly easy for the young models to blur the lines of reality, but what is 'perfect' in a world such as this?


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He wrote on Instagram;

“People are mimicking their idols, making their eyes bigger, their nose smaller and their skin brighter, and all for the social media likes. “It’s just another reason why we are living in a world of FOMO, sadness, increased anxiety and Snapchat dysmorphia."

"It’s time to acknowledge the damaging effects that social media has on people’s self-image," he concluded.

The visible differences and changes made allow the teenagers and subjects to transform their entire identity, so much so that their natural state is completely erased. There are smaller noses, smooth complexions, wider eyes and lips, everything you can imagine.

Interestingly, the photographer notes that most of the models preferred their original image, but it's still disturbing to witness the power of filters. These edits can convince people that they're regular image isn't good enough to be seen.

It's becoming harder to discern what's real and what's fake; soon the idea of reality on social media could vanish altogether.

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As a nation of pale, freckly people, we can relate to the latest body positive post going viral on Insta. 

Little Mix's Perrie Edwards has taken to the social media site to share a foundation-free pic of her freckles for the world to see. 


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'Growing up I was always insecure about the freckles on my face,' Perrie wrote. 

'Over the last couple of years I’ve started to embrace them and don’t feel I need to hide them anymore.'

“Embrace your individuality. Love what you love without worrying about judgement”


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 Fans have been flocking to the photo to praise the singer for her honesty, as she opened up about embracing her unique looks.

'You’ve helped so many people embrace there freckles including me, your an inspiration idol role model and more and I can’t thank you enough for that,' (sic) said one. 

'I have a lot of freckles on my face and I used to always cover them up but I now realise they are amazing beauty mark and u look so pretty with freckles,' said another.



When it comes to checking our breasts, the vast majority of us search for lumps, dimpling or changes in our nipples, but how many of us stop to consider the potential implications of a newly formed freckle?

Aware that countless women would likely overlook the appearance of a freckle, Rebecca Hockaday is determined to highlight the importance of considering freckle formation when checking your breasts.

Speaking to Today, Rebecca recalled thinking little of the newly-formed freckle, saying: "I thought, OK, a freckle on my chest. I’ve been out in the sun, no big deal."

However, when more freckles began to appear on her chest, Rebecca made the decision to seek the advice of a dermatologist. but remained confident the freckles were little to worry about and was understandably devastated to learn she had inflammatory breast cancer which had already spread to her lymph nodes.

"Honestly, I thought they were sun spots. I thought they were going to say 'just your skin ageing," she said. “Never in a million years did I think, OK, this is going to be cancer."

It's five years on from Rebecca's treatement which saw her undergo 16 weeks of chemotherapy, the removal of both her breasts and regular radiation treatment, but she is happily cancer-free.

Rebecca, who was 35 when she was diagnosed, understands how innocuous a freckle might seem to most women, and is determined to educate women on the subject.

"You just do not think that something (that looks) so innocent can turn out this way. I had no pain, I had no symptoms,” she said. If I can keep anybody else from going through what I went through, it would mean the world to me."

"I hope that myself or anybody else who has gone through this can educate and raise awareness because moms tend to put ourselves last and we really need to put ourselves first."

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Growing up as Irish teenagers, many of us covered and concealed our natural freckles with layers of orange foundation.

However, the tide is turning for the sun speckles, with superstars like Kylie Jenner embracing their natural look.

Faux freckles have been a major beauty trend this year, and now there is a more permanent way to get the look. 


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For those who are really committed to the freckle trend, freckle tattooing in now available.

There are hundreds of posts on Instagram, showcasing the work of cosmetic tattoo artists, who previously would have performed microbladed brows and permanent makeup, who have branched out into freckling thanks to the demand. 

It's pretty ironic, those of us with freckles have probably spent some time covering them up, and those of us without them want in on the cute look. 


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"I’d say for freckles, it’s clients who naturally will get some in the summertime with sun exposure, but want them yearlong," tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow told The NY Times

Some of the freckle tattoos are being slated on Instagram for their dark and unnatural look, as fresh freckle tattoos look quite obvious.  

However, the artists prove with time lapse photos that the work fades gently into a natural and deceptively real looking smattering after a few weeks.


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Any excuse to embrace our pasty, freckled complexions is good enough for us.

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Growing up as Irish teenagers, many of us covered and concealed our natural freckles with foundation layered an inch thick.

However, the tide is turning for the sun speckles, with mega-models, bloggers and superstars like Kylie Jenner embracing their natural look.

Faux freckles have been a major beauty trend this year, with hundreds of tutorials springing up online instructing the freckle-less to embellish their complexions.

Most tutorials preach dotting on the freckles one by one using an eyebrow pencil, which can be painstaking work. 

One entrepreneurial brand has caught onto the trend, and launched Faux Freckles

Remember the flash tattoo trend? Well these freckles work the same way, using a water activated transfer to pepper some pigmentation across your features. 

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However, not everyone is impressed with the finished look. 

"They look like the beads from the antibacterial hand soap…" commented one Instagrammer.

"You cannot fake freckles… if they're not meant for your face then don't bother. Looks odd," said another.

"So obvious it's fake!" added another commentator, suggesting that the plaster-like shape of the transfer didn't convey an air of authenticity. 

The video of the Faux Freckles has since gone viral, racking up over 1.3 million views. 

While the transfers may not be well received, any excuse to embrace our pasty, freckled complexions is good enough for us.


Who wouldn’t love the opportunity for sun-kissed skin all year round? For most people, that healthy just back from the Caribbean glow also comes with freckles.

So, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a product that allows you to bask in that sun soaked healthy feeling without actually having to be in the sun. 

Great news, because the storms just don’t seem to stop rolling these days.The beauty brand Freck Yourself thinks freckles are sexy and we should all embrace the look.

"We want to give people the option to have freckles forever, but not forever to the point that they get them tattooed," says founder Remi Brixton to Mashable

So, she created a semi-permanent freckle stencil that lasts for 48 hours. 

The freckle kit includes 72 self-adhesive stencils and a rollerball formula similar to sunless tanner. The adhesive sticker features tiny puncture holes smaller than a 1/16 of an inch.

The formula seeps through the holes when the stencil is removed, and you have then defied your own genetics, because why not? 

“Users who apply Freck Yourself every morning have several layers of faded frecks, which produces incredibly realistic results for four to six weeks,” according to the Kickstarter page for the product.

Trial users have said that their temporary freckles have left them felling “fresh faced” and “youthful”.

What ever will they think of next?



Halleluiah! Freckles are officially cool, and people who don’t have them can buy a special pencil to draw them on.

Freckle pencils have been on the market for a while (Chanel have been selling one since 1995), but if you want super, real life looking freckles, Topshop are launching a pencil that boasts a 3D “marbleized formula”.

Hannah Murray, beauty consultant for Topshop, gives the low down on how to fake freckles if you aren’t lucky enough to have the real ones.

“To create a fresh-faced, youthful glow that will see you through the summer, begin by sweeping matt bronzer or liquid bronzer onto the cheekbones, temples and the bridge of the nose. Then tap the pencil onto the skin in rapid motions and, if necessary pat gently with your ring finger to soften. For the most natural finish, freckles should be random.”

Drawing on freckles is not that unusual really, when you think about it – how many people do you know that draw on eyebrows or a beauty spot?

Finally, we can stop obsessing about covering up our sun kisses (yes, that’s what our mum used to call them) and embrace them!

Would you be prepared to fake freckles all in the name of beauty?