by Raychel Agramon, RN, MPM, May 21, 2020
With social distancing being the 'new normal,' more and more companies are finding ways to keep their operations afloat – without compromising the health of their employees. One ingenious way to do so is through a Zoom call, which allows participants to conduct meetings – right at the safety of their own abodes. There's no need to brave traffic, as there is no need to wake up early to prepare.
Because of these reasons, you may end up ditching your heavily made-up appearance for a barefaced one. While it's no problem at all, being isolated for so long may have affected your skin in a bad way. If you notice some wrinkles and fine lines, you need not panic! All you need to do is follow these 5 tips on how to look younger on your next Zoom call.
If your skin seems dry and dull, then you might not be hydrating yourself enough. After all, high water content makes the skin looks more youthful and vibrant. With that being said, make it a point to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Better yet, consider dietary supplements that may help moisturize the skin.
Good examples include Lycopene and Lutein, which may help boost moisture levels in the skin. Another one to consider is Zinc. According to nutritionist Elissa Goodman, this mineral may help reduce skin dryness and redness. Indeed, these supplements may help you achieve glowing, youthful-looking skin.
Vitamins are important as they can help regulate cell repair. As such, vitamins can help combat the aging process – a problem your skin might be facing during this lockdown.
With that being said, you need to brush up on your vitamin intake. Make sure to consume foods or supplements rich with the following vitamins:
Beta-carotene gives certain fruits and vegetables their characteristic yellow or orange color. It is transformed into Vitamin A once it enters the body.
As an antioxidant, it helps neutralize free radicals – or molecules that damage the cells. These can contribute to several illnesses, as well as skin aging. To wit, a study by Darvin et al. has shown that those with low beta-carotene levels in the body looked ‘older’ than those with high concentrations of beta-carotene in the body.
With such a finding, the authors recommend eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene. Not only will it make your skin look younger, it may help curb skin aging as well.
Vitamin C is widely known for its ability to boost the immune system. Apart from that, Ascorbic acid may help you look more youthful as well.
Like Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can defend the cells from free radical damage. Apart from that, it can help speed up cell repair as well.
Vitamin C can also boost the production of collagen, which may help reduce the signs of skin aging. It can also help create elastin, a protein that naturally occurs in the body. In an interview dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel explained that both substances work to keep the skin plump and firm. As such, Vitamin C (and the substances that it helps produce) may help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
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Vitamin E is a group of compounds with eight different types. The most common are tocopherol and tocopherol acetate, which are frequently found in skincare products.
So why is Vitamin E a popular additive in beautifying items? For one, it does come with a bevy of benefits. As an antioxidant, it can help protect the cell from damage and subsequent aging. It can also help repair the skin cells damaged by UV exposure, smoking, and pollution.
Vitamin E also keeps the skin moisturized, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Since it can help attract water molecules to the surface, it can make the skin look plump and healthy. As such, tocopherol may help reduce the signs of aging (wrinkles and fine lines) on your skin.
If you want to look youthful in your next Zoom call, then it’s time you drank some green tea! Not only is it relaxing (which is something you need in this pandemic), it may help rejuvenate your skin as well.
According to an interview, researcher Hasan Mukhtar, Ph.D. stated that green tea contains the most potent antioxidants in the world. These bind to free radicals, deactivating them before they can damage the cells. True enough, research has shown that green tea may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
With the Covid-19 pandemic raging on, you might be stressed out about a lot of things. After all, there are the fears of contracting the disease – and the economic downfall that comes with the virus. While it's normal to worry, it can take a toll on your skin. After all, stress can lead to the release of chemicals that can alter several systems, including the skin.
According to an interview with Dr. Vivian Diller, actual stress (even the anticipation of such) can hasten cell aging. So if you want to look better in your next Zoom call, it is important to keep stress at bay. You can easily do so with reflection, mindfulness, and the help of some supplements.
According to Stough et al., B complex vitamins such as Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, and Methylcobalamin may help do the trick. Research shows that it may help reduce stress by boosting mood and energy.
While you might be indoors all the time, you need to apply sunscreen anyway. As per Dr. Joyce Park, UVA rays can still pass through stained glass windows. Compared to UVB, this penetrates the skin even deeper. This is why you have wrinkly and dry skin even if you have been indoors for several weeks now.
With that being said, dermatologists recommend wearing sunblock – even when you're stuck inside the house. It's best to use one with Vitamin C, as it may help improve the effectiveness of sunscreen. A product with Vitamin E is good as well since it can help absorb the UV rays that hit the skin.
Although this isolation has made your skin look old and dull, you need not panic. By following the tips above, you can enjoy youthful-looking skin for all the Zoom calls to come!
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