How do you look on ZOOM or FaceTime?by Dr Ros Debenham
There is no escaping technology and the reality of how you look in this COVID CAMERA time! Now you can see how you really look to others, when you're relaxed and animated.
We all thought that working from home meant we could spend all day in our jogging bottoms. We hadn't, however, bargained on ZOOM and other meeting platforms which mean that as well as being happy with how we look on camera we now also have to make sure our backdrops (along with an array of intellectual books) are doing us credit.
Now we come face to face with ourselves, often for an hour or more on live video, and there is no escaping that reality. Lots of people like to see you on full screen mode on their iPads. When there are lots at the meeting it is also very easy to take a long look at another person's jumper, necklace, and more (without the person knowing you are scrutinising them).
My top tip for video calling is to get the lighting right. If you're really keen, get a ring light that holds your phone or stands behind your computer, but at least have the light facing you. This means there is less shadowing that could show up any wrinkles and the loss of volume in the cheeks and tear troughs. Also don't sit too close to the camera, far enough away so that you show your head and down to about waist height.
This might be the time when you venture into aesthetics and start thinking about Botox and fillers. My top tip around aesthetics however is to start with your skin and effective skincare such as ZO skin health. I always say to clients that having skin that is uniform in colour with a smooth texture without enlarged pores is so much more important that chasing those wrinkles!