Many of us spent the pandemic months obsessing over how our mug looked on Zoom and other video-chatting services. Poor lighting was a torment, and the lack of sunshine and exercise produced what’s been dubbed “lockdown face.”

At in-person meetings, we see only the people we’re talking to. Video calls — be it via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or some other platform — confront us with a square on the screen reserved for our own kisser. This is typically a close-up showing fine lines and droopy eyelids.

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