It’s not unusual for women in Hollywood to use whatever tools are at their disposal to look as young as possible. After all, the industry has notorious double standards when it comes to male versus female aging. Botox, Juvederm and a plethora of other injectables have become as common as getting a facial. But Courteney Cox is making a move in the opposite direction.
The 53-year-old recently admitted in an interview with New Beauty to having years of facial fillers dissolved, and she couldn’t be happier about her face looking the way it did before the cosmetic treatments.
“I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself,” she said. “I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do. Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake.”
It started with some filler here or a little injection there, Cox describes — as suggested by various doctors with reputations of making cosmetic enhancements look as natural as possible. But eventually they began to add up, and the “Friends” star no longer recognized herself.
“The next thing you know you’re layered and layered and layered. 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,” she says.
“I think getting older is just hard in general. I feel like I’m 34, so the thought that I’m not just doesn’t seem natural. I don’t get it. I feel better than I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I take much better care of myself now. But Hollywood — this business — makes it harder.”
Courteney also talked about the 13-year age difference between her and boyfriend Johnny McDaid, 40, saying that despite her insecurities about aging, it’s not something either of them ever worried about.
“He’s younger than me, and with any other guy that would be the hardest thing in the world, but looks are not that important to him or his family,” she says. “External beauty isn’t even on his radar. I used to worry about the age difference, but I don’t think it matters. He appreciates beauty, but it’s deeper than that. It’s deeper for me too, but, luckily, I find him gorgeous and extremely sexy.”
Although Courteney still undergoes microneedling, laser treatments and microcurrent technology to strengthen facial muscles, her only other anti-aging treatments consist of a regimented skin care routine, weekly facials and maintaining a clean diet.
Her attitude on beauty has shifted as well: Rather than trying to reverse the clock, she now considers confidence to be the most beautiful attribute — a trait she’s continually working on, but one she finds gets easier with age.
“It’s beautiful to see somebody own who they are and not hide; someone who is open and comfortable in their skin,” she said.
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