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Do you like the way you look on video calls?

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Professional Beauty UK reports that networking on Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a new wave of self-consciousness in terms of facial appearance on video calls.

Amanda Pauley writes: “According to a report by skincare brand Medovie, 50% of Brits say they ‘loathe’ seeing their own face on video networking platforms. A quarter say they avoid video calls at all costs, believing ‘they have a face for telephone but not for camera’, while of those who can’t avoid video chats, 75% confessed they can’t concentrate on the topic because they are too distracted by their own appearance."

The report, which surveyed 1,500 British adults, found that just under a third (29%) of Brits have felt so self-conscious about how they look that they have switched their camera off at all times during video calls so that no one can see them. A further 16% have lied to their colleagues and said their camera isn’t working in order to get out of showing their face, while 23% wish that all calls could go back to being on the phone.

The top 10 areas of concern were: yellow teeth, spotty skin, wrinkles, eye bags, frizzy hair, blotchy skin, skin flare-ups, crooked teeth, and ‘head looks too big’.

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