Zoom has become a household name in the past year, and we’re not better off for it. Staring at ourselves constantly provides way too many opportunities to be self-critical. I’m supposed to be listening to a client’s requirements for a project and instead I’m evaluating my face and planning out skincare home remedies.
You know, I think I have a lemon in the fridge — I need to use it to lighten that dark spot above my eyebrow. Or, maybe I should try that DIY olive oil mask again.
Admittedly, I’ve used Zoom a lot in the past. In 2016, I worked for a start-up that provided virtual content for meetings, conferences, and educational events. Because we delivered that virtual content via Zoom, we also used Zoom for internal meetings all day long.
When the pandemic put me back in regular use with Zoom, it all came rushing back. The video interface practically begs you to “zoom” in on your facial flaws. And I’m not the only one thinking this way.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is seeing an increase in the demand for cosmetic services — and they’re naming video calls as the culprit. Apparently, people are obsessing over their saggy necks and eyelids. And that’s driving increased demand for facelifts and eyelid surgery.
Going under the knife is a big deal. If that’s where you are in your beauty journey and you can afford it, go for it. You might take a peek at your options at Absolute Cosmetics Medicine — the blog which is a nice resource for any beauty junkie.
If you’re not ready for surgery, try these skincare home remedies instead. I divided them into three sections. The first includes actions you can take for generally healthy skin. Those are followed by home remedies specifically for saggy necks and eyelids.
Skincare home remedies for generally healthy skin
1. Wear SPF 30+ daily
Yeah, I know. This is not new advice. But protecting your skin from the sun is the Most Important thing you can do to fend of wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Make this your year to get on board.
For an easy solution, switch to a daily moisturizer with SPF. Apply it liberally one or two times a day. Cerave has an affordable product that can be at your door in two days with Amazon Prime shipping.
2. Use a humidifier
A million different online articles will tell you that drinking lots of water keeps your skin hydrated. The thing is, there actually isn’t much research that links increased water intake to improvements in your skin’s appearance.
You should drink water for its other benefits. But if you want to hydrate your skin quickly, run a humidifier at night. You can also move to a more humid climate, but that’s not terribly practical.
Exercise increases blood flow, which helps your skin in two ways. Your blood delivers nutrients to your skin, and it also takes away free radicals. Step up your exercise game and you tap into your body’s natural ability to flush away toxins from your skin.
4. Eat right or take a multivitamin
Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, and biotin are just three nutrients that can improve the health of your skin from the inside out. If there are food groups you simply don’t eat — like fish or vegetables — take a daily multivitamin. It’s not the same as getting your nutrients from food, but it can help fill any nutrient gaps created by your diet.
Skincare home remedies for saggy necks
Massaging improves blood flow and promotes collagen production. You can use a jade or rose quartz massager on your neck, too — it may be more comfortable than your hands. Simply apply a bit of softened coconut oil, then roll your massager gently up or down your neck.
2. Exfoliate with honey, lemon, sugar
Mix up a DIY exfoliant with honey, lemon, and sugar. Apply gently to your neck and then rinse away. You can do this twice a week.
If you’re not in the habit of including your neck in the daily skincare regiment, exfoliating regularly should reveal brighter, healthier-looking skin pretty quickly.
3. Cleanse gently
I like a waterless micellar cleanser. These formulations are gentle and you can use them anywhere, as long as you have cotton balls. My pick right now is Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleanser with Rose Water and Glycerin, mostly because I love the way it smells. Cleanse your neck daily.
4. Honey egg white mask
Egg whites have a tightening effect on the skin and honey is a skincare powerhouse that has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It also moisturizes and evens skin tone.
Mix a tablespoon of raw, organic honey into an egg white. Apply and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse gently away. Try this treatment once weekly.
5. Coconut oil overnight treatment
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and it kills bacteria too. It can blog your pores, so test a bit on a small area of your skin before you start using this treatment regularly.
You may need to warm up your raw, unrefined coconut oil until it’s in liquid form. Test the temperature before you apply to your neck — if you’re microwaving, it can easily be way too hot. Once the oil is a comfortable temperature, apply a thin layer over your neck and go to bed.
Skincare home remedies for saggy eyelids
1. Egg white topical treatment
In a pinch, you can apply egg whites to your eyelids for an instant lift. You might do this when your calendar puts you in Zoom meetings all day or when you’re headed to a wedding or other special occasion.
Crack an egg white in a bowl. Dip a cotton ball until it’s gently moistened. Dab the egg white over your closed eye and let it dry. Repeat on the other eye. You should feel and see tightened eye lids.
2. Olive oil makeup remover or overnight treatment
Unlike coconut oil, olive oil will not clog your pores. It’s also rich in Vitamin A and E, two proven anti-aging ingredients.
You can use olive oil in two ways to combat your saggy eyelids. First, replace your store-bought makeup remover with olive oil. That’s right, this tasty cooking oil is an effective makeup remover. Second, apply olive oil to your eye area before bed every night. You’ll wake to softer, stronger skin around your eyes.
3. Cucumber treatment
Cucumbers contain potassium and Vitamin C, both of which can improve your skin’s resilience. Wash up a chilled cucumber and slice it. Get comfortable and place those slices on your clean, dry eyes. Let them sit for 15 minutes. You can do this daily. Over time, you should see a brightening effect.
4. Tea bag treatment
Caffeine, applied topically, stimulates blood flow, reduces inflammation, and neutralizes free radicals. You can make a lovely exfoliant out of coffee grounds to get those benefits on other body parts, but that would be far too harsh for your eyes. That’s where green tea bags come in. They deliver similar results in a much gentler package.
Dip your tea bags in hot water and let them cool slightly. Squeeze out the water, place the tea bags over your eyes, and relax for 10 or 15 minutes. You can also chill your tea bags in the refrigerator for a cooling compress.
There you go — 13 skincare home remedies to try if Zoom meetings have you feeling icky about your skin. I do have one more tip, though. It might be the most important strategy of all. When you can get away with it, turn off your webcam. You were beautiful before Zoom, remember?