Courtney Cox says she regrets her attempts to reverse ageing

Friends star Courtney Cox regrets her "horrible" attempts to reverse ageing.

Courtney Cox says she regrets her attempts to reverse ageing

Friends star Courtney Cox says she regrets her "horrible" attempts to reverse ageing and, at 52-years-old, she is now saying she is reconciled to being comfortable looking older.

Speaking to Bear Grylls on an episode of Running Wild which aired in the US on Monday, Ms Cox spoke out about the unfair pressure put on older women to stay looking youthful.

She went on to say that she regrets some of the procedures she’s undergone to prevent the effects of ageing.

“Getting older has not been ... I don’t think it’s the easiest thing. But I have learned lessons,” she said.

This is a different Courtney Cox who, years ago, had no problem using Botox and laser treatments to maintain her youthful appearance. Nowadays, the star says she’s more relaxed about her looks.

“Sometimes you find yourself trying and then you look at a picture of yourself and go, ‘Oh, God.’ Like, you look horrible. I have done things that I regret, and luckily they’re things that dissolve and go away. So, um, that’s good, because it’s not always been my best look. So, now I just have a new motto: ‘Just let it be,’” she said.

Cox joins a slew of female stars who are speaking up about ageing and the pressure to look young. Her Friends co-star, Jennifer Aniston, recently lashed out at the media for its “sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily”.

The star of the Bridget Jones films, Renee Zellweger, 47, who recently denied that she had plastic surgery to maintain her youthful looks, also wrote in Huffington Post on 5 August:

“Too skinny, too fat, showing age, better as a brunette, cellulite thighs, facelift scandal, going bald, fat belly or bump? Ugly shoes, ugly feet, ugly smile, ugly hands, ugly dress, ugly laugh; headline material which emphasizes the implied variables meant to determine a person’s worth.”

What do you think of these reactions? Are female stars unfairly criticised about their body image? On a more personal note: do you feel as if you’re under pressure to look young in your later years? How do you feel about ageing gracefully?

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    26th Aug 2016
    Nothing better than a mature woman who has looked after herself. I think the "laugh lines" and subtle gestures/remarks made by a knowing female who has been there and done that are sexy and these things come only with age, knowledge, and experience.

    26th Aug 2016
    Courtney still looks plastic. The damage can never be undone. I am glad she is warning others not to go there. She needs to cut back on the heavy, black eye makeup too. It's too hard and aging.
    26th Aug 2016
    I am ageing DISgracefully! Why not take advantage of skin peels, botox etc? They take years off your face. I don't worry so much about my body shape -it's ok, and lovely clothes hide a multitude of sins. But I don't want deep lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots on my face. I feel and look wonderful after having a "treatment", but if others are happy to let nature take its course, good for them! I don't plan to have cosmetic surgery done yet, but it's a possibility. Each to their own.
    26th Aug 2016
    There is a lot of help out there without going under the knife but I would never condemn anyone who does so. We only have one life and I like to look the best I can and I will never let myself is just not me.

    Good on your Bookworm :). I will admit to having my upper and lower eyelids done about 12 years ago and was thrilled with the result. It took years off my face.

    We all know the worst thing is the sun and the best thing to do every day is wear a sunscreen.
    27th Aug 2016
    No-one's commenting on Robert Redford's looks!?
    27th Aug 2016
    Yes, Robert Redford is an example of a bad decision to have 'treatment'. He was my pinup in his prime, and I'm horrified by what he has done. Would have been much better to just grow old, and still look good.
    27th Aug 2016
    Yes women are under a lot of pressure to keep maintaining their looks but men on the other hand are allowed to get grey and wrinkly without the pressure from society.
    I think it is more important to look after your health not your looks. Stop putting chemicals on your skin, apparently women on average put 168 different chemicals on their skin everyday, I am not one of them.
    28th Aug 2016
    The press can needlessly judge and criticise but that is only as material as the value you place on the opinion of those led by it.

    If that opinion is as completely worthless as I judge it, then, nobody has anybody but themselves to blame for taking up this awful practice or for seeing themselves in those eyes.

    Sure, it is obvious that different audiences have different tastes and that producers will target certain audiences. I who love the changing faces around me have no interest in watching wrinkled elderly people pretending to be school students, young executives or whatever and why should I? If you have what sells great, if you don't you only have yourself to blame for chasing it. Go for something you can fit.

    That is the sense in which i think that women are put under NO external pressure to resist effects of aging. If they feel it, THEY create it and would be a whole lot better attempting to get real...this hollywood stuff is not.

    [Start by turning off the TV occasionally, not reading New Idea or Womens Weekly or whatever of that pulp is still out there]

    As bookworm says, each to their own...but don't blame others.

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