With a staggering 46% of us still working from home post covid, zoom calls, google meets, and all other video-style catch-ups are the new norm. But with online meetings comes the million-dollar question, can I be bothered putting on makeup, or can I get away with not wearing it? To make it easier, we thought we'd go over a few ways to keep your skin looking fresh so you can ditch the makeup and still look great.
What can I do to ensure my skin looks clear?
We all want flawless skin, but sometimes it seems out of reach. However, there are a few ways to ensure it stays clear and fresh so that you don't have to slather on some foundation before your next 30min meeting. What's even better is that they are simple and easy to do.
Exfoliate your skin
When you exfoliate your skin, you eliminate all the dead skin cells built up on the surface. This gives your skin a nice glow, instantly appearing cleaner, and allows your skincare products to penetrate deeper into your skin. We recommend exfoliating your skin every Sunday night to wash away the weekend events and start your work week fresh, but you can choose whichever day suits you.
Drink lots of water
We can't stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated, not just for your skin but for your overall health. Staying hydrated is key to keeping your skin fresh and clear, so make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will help to flush out toxins and keep your skin looking radiant and clear with no makeup.
This is a key step in any skincare routine, but it is especially important if you want to achieve clear skin no makeup. Make sure to moisturise your face and neck every morning and night. On mornings when you have to be on camera (it's hard being a star), use a lightweight moisturiser so that your skin doesn't look greasy. There's nothing worse than a huge forehead glare staring everyone in the face during a meeting.
Serums have an amazing reputation in the skincare community, and with good reason. Serums are a great way to give your skin a boost of hydration and nourishment. Don't let their small size fool you; not only do serums deliver nutrients directly to the skin, but they are also known to contain higher concentrations of skin-boosting ingredients than other skincare products. They are usually lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin.
One of the best serums to promote youthful-looking clear skin with no makeup and is Collagen serum with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. This seriously super serum combats fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage! It also tightens and refines pores while supporting collagen production to really have your skin looking flawless on screen. Apply a small amount of serum all over your damp face and neck after cleansing and before moisturising.
Get enough sleep
Last but not least, one of the best ways to keep your skin looking fresh is to get enough sleep. When you don't get enough sleep, it shows in the form of dark circles and puffiness around your eyes. So make sure you're getting at least eight hours of solid, high-quality sleep a night, and your skin will thank you for it.
Other things you can do
Besides taking care of your skin and overall health, there are other things you can do to look good on camera. Again they are super simple but will achieve big things, so hear us out!
Groom your brows
Make sure your brows are on point if you want to look put together without wearing any makeup. There is just something about well-groomed brows that lifts the appearance of your face and skin, even without makeup.
If you don't have time to do a full brow routine, then simply use a clear brow gel to tame any stray hairs, or at the very least, invest in an eyebrow brush and get to brushing those bad boys before your next meeting.
This may sound like an odd tip, but it's probably one of the most effective. When you feel good in what you're wearing, it shows in your face and body language. If you're slouching around in your PJs all day –– even if it is only your bottoms, that relaxed mood will show in your Zoom calls. But if you take the time to get dressed (even if it's just into some comfy jeans and a cute top), you'll look and feel better, which will shine through on your video call. Try and remember that you are still at work, even if it is in your lounge room. We know you wouldn't have been caught dead in your jammies at the office.
This is probably the most important tip on the list. If you're smiling, you'll instantly look more awake, approachable and happy. And who doesn't want to look like that on a Zoom call? Just remember, even if you're having the worst day ever, put on a brave face for your call; a genuine smile is always the best accessory,
By following these simple tips, you can achieve clear skin without makeup and still look great on your next Zoom call. So give them a try, and then the next time you reach for the war paint, take a look in the mirror; you might be pleasantly surprised at what is looking back at you.