The pressures of Hollywood are beyond intense (yes, we can say that with utmost certainty, even though we’ve never been, and likely never will be, famous). Think about it—if the whole world had access to high-res photos of you and seemed to use them for the sole purpose of critiquing your appearance, might you feel the need to change? That’s the sad reality for many celebrities.
Courteney Cox knows this firsthand. In an interview with New Beauty, Cox opened up about all things beauty, including how aging in the spotlight just compounds on former insecurities and hyperawareness of flaws. “Hollywood makes it hard; this business makes it harder. I grew up thinking appearance was the most important thing. That as long as I looked okay, I would be okay, which got me into trouble,” Cox said. Keep reading to hear her thoughts on living in the spotlight, and what she might have done differently.
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Apparently, the key to aging naturally (sans botox and plastic surgery) is simple: Don’t focus so much on your image. “I was trying so hard to keep up, and that actually made things worse,” Cox says. “What would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, ‘You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.’ So you walk out and you don’t look so bad and you think, no one noticed—it’s good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor: ‘This person’s amazing. They do this person who looks so natural.’ You meet them and they say, ‘You should just do this.’ The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered.”
For Cox, the turning point came when she saw pictures of herself, taken after the fillers. “You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh sh*t, this doesn’t look right.’ And it’s worse in pictures than in real life. I have one friend who was like, ‘Whoa, no more!’ Soon after that, she had all of her fillers dissolved.”
Nowadays, her beauty mantra is seriously inspiring. “I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself. … Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren’t wrinkles—they’re smile lines. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.” Acceptance and positivity are both something we fully support. You go, girl.
Shop some of Cox’s favorite antiaging products below.
Head over to New Beauty to read the full article. In the meantime, see five beauty editors get real about botox and fillers.