Why you might be more dissatisfied with your looks right now

Editor’s Note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft. Now,not only can we lose hours prodding and picking our complexions because we’re saving time on our commute, some of us are being subjected to streams of video calls which could mean hoursonend looking at your reflection and over-analysing what you see. Whether it’s your faded hair colour, wondering if your nose has always been that shape or questioning if thatstrikingceriselipstick you adore actually suits you, everything from your shoulders up has suddenly been thrust into the limelight. This is nothing to do with vanity we assure you and Kirsty Lalley, mental health specialist at wellbeing charity CABA, is in agreement that our despair is more in line with feeling out of control. We live in a world that places a high value on appearanceand being unable to present ourselves in the way we normally do may represent a lack of control, which for some may play out in becoming overly fixated on how they look.” Adding fuel to the fire is the constant barrage of beautiful people we continue to see on social media and TV. It’s important to remember this when youfeel‘less than’.” Firstly, you might want to edit your feed if it’s images on social media that have got you feeling disillusioned and down about everything from your skin to your hair or DIY mani. Now is the perfect time to grow your brows out in peace or play with the self-tan you’ve always been dubious to try for fear of unveiling streaks in spin class. Yes, daily habits and routine can anchor us and give some sense of structure in these untoward times but if you don’t have to jump on conference calls, why not skip the make-up application altogether. I’m in my full grey roots glory and I hate it, but I know it will end, so I’m going with it,” admits Pamela Marshall, clinical aesthetician and co-founder of Mortar &Milk.“If we are always thinking about what we look like, it strips the joy of the moment we are in.” This liberation also allows us to challenge not only the perception of ourselves but gives us the space to redefine values and beliefs – including what we see as beautiful.