Among the (long) list of things we hate about quarantine is the video call. Not the video call itself -- hey, it’s human contact, right? It’s the merciless version of ourselves through the fault-exaggerating laptop camera (“Wait, I’m cuter than that!”) and an unavoidable current reality.
The good news is hardly anyone is looking great on web calls, but with a dedicated “behind-the-scenes” routine, you can grab yourself some on-screen radiance that’ll have your eagle-eyed colleagues side-texting you for your secret. Time to get camera-ready.Web cameras are not our friends and you need efficacious, stimulating products targeted to mine deep down to regenerate, brighten and refine your tired, neglected (be honest) and dull skin.
Make Use of Your 40 Winks
Sleeping is when our skin heals itself from the day’s assaults, so let's enhance that natural regeneration process with our Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream, a powerhouse trio of time-released retinol, high-potency retinol and micro-encapsulated vitamin C, all of which work together to help brighten skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines. What makes our retinol products unique is the supplemental botanicals (colloidal oatmeal and Jasmine) designed to balance the retinol and soothe, calm and protect the skin. Beyond the retinol, red clover flower extract helps reduce the appearance of large pores and vitamin E helps moisturize and protect against free radicals. Use nightly and you’ll reveal wake to fresher-looking, envy-causing skin.
Rise and Shine … Except Lose the Shine
Have you seen it, the Zoom shine? If ever there was a time for charcoal, this is it. Dual Charcoal Detox uses two types of charcoal to buff, brighten and purify. Binchotan Japanese charcoal absorbs impurities and oil without stripping while activated charcoal powder gently exfoliates to reveal fresher-looking skin. Botanical extracts - mango, pineapple, papaya and ginger - loosen dead skin cells for a natural brightening while jasmine and tamarind extracts help to soothe and rebalance skin. Padina Pavonica algae helps protect against environmental pollutants. Now that’s a multi-tasker!
Always, a Serum
That’s our motto for Zoom calls (and really, anything). Nourishing Youth Serum is an oil-free serum (again, so no shine) that brings back your skin’s bounce and glow. Hexapeptide-11 helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin’s elasticity while aloe and algae extracts hydrate and soothe. Vitamins C & E help protect against free radicals and moisturize and jasmine helps rebalance, protect and soothe skin.
A lightweight moisturizer with heavyweight effects, Jasmine Vital Cream uses supercharged red algae to infuse the skin with polysaccharides, critical for skin water retention and renewal. Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a powerhouse that helps visibly improve uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull complexion. Calendula Montana Extract and micronized Calendula petals help to reduce inflammation and promote healing and proprietary jasmine extract gently clarifies, soothes, moisturizes and synergizes with antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral properties for a healthful, radiant glow. It’s a potent - and shine free - moisturizer for even the most sensitive skin types.
And, our Zoomiest, fan favorite secret weapon, Anti-Puff Eye Cream, is a final step in your fresh-faced camera prep. Hyaluronic acid hydrates this sensitive area and Hexapeptide-11 helps smooth skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Caffeine extract helps diminish puffiness and vitamins C & E help moisturize and protect against free radicals. And here’s a pro tip: storing your Anti-Puff Eye Cream in the refrigerator makes for a cooler application and even more effective de-puffing.
Of course, no skincare ritual is going to help if you don’t have the right set-up so we compiled a few quick and easy recommendations to optimize your calls and put your best face forward!
Get yourself a water, find a quiet and comfy spot with some good natural light, in front of a window if possible, and test your video before you start so you can make adjustments. Keep your major source of light in front of you (if behind you, you’ll be in silhouette) and get close enough to your monitor to light your face. If you’re using a lamp, position it just behind the monitor, slightly above your head and pointing down at your face. Always position your camera at eye level (never from below). Headphones, earbuds or AirPods often have a better mic than your computer and keeping your mic muted until you talk is a courtesy everyone appreciates. And maybe most importantly, for those among us for whom the experience of watching ourselves animated on screen drives us to distraction, regardless of how fabulous our skin looks. We suggest that once your call starts, hide your video preview from yourself. In Zoom, right-click on your own video window and choose “hide myself.” You’re your harshest critic so sometimes, you need to save yourself from you. 😉