By: Christine Bertan

Redheads, do you ever feel like you’re the only bright personality in bitter cold, dark months? Do you see the beauty in even the gloomiest of mornings and tackle tasks with the same vigor as your red locks?

Cold weather and darker days can really get people down. Seriously. Winter can bring on bouts of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Those feeling the effects may go about their day feeling empty, hopeless, or irritable. SAD is caused by decreased sunlight absorption, which coincides with the dark months of winter. Treatment can include light therapy and anti-depressants with symptoms abating once spring and summer roll around.

A study has proven redheads could be protected against SAD because of the MC1R gene, the gene responsible for red hair, pale skin, and freckles.

Yes, you heard me right!

The ‘ginger gene’ could be saving us from depression and sadness during the cold months. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, mutations in the MC1R gene increase a redhead’s sensitivity to sunlight. That sensitivity is keenly felt in the summer months when sunscreen and large-brimmed hats are essential, but it also protects moods in the winter and defends against SAD.

The mutations causing red hair and pale skin are thought to originate in dark and rainy climates; this is thought to help redheads absorb natural sunlight and produce Vitamin D — even in constantly cloudy conditions. A redhead’s skin is therefore wired to absorb sunlight even in the dimmest environments. Redheads are thought to soak up rays easier, boosting and maintaining a bright mood.

READ: Scientists Warn, Redheads Could Face Extinction Due to Climate Change 

Genetics definitely give redheads the edge in winter. So, while others may be struggling to keep a positive attitude before the jump into spring, redheads will make a vibrant transition: with a bright outlook matching the fire in their hair.

Rock it like a Redhead! 

  • Beth

    I wouldn’t say i’m protected from sadness because I have to deal with jerky toxic people nearly every day so i’m almost always down.

  • Ashley

    Sadly, this is not true. I am a natural redhead diagnosed with SAD. It might not effect me as much as others, but we are not totally immune to it.

  • The interaction of our skin with excessive sunlight is the main reason of redhead and the best way to cure this redness is, go natural wth ingredients like aloe-vera, potato, honey and milk. Apply them on regular basis for instant results.