In a more candid remark, Patlrow admits to having had some overzealous ‘work’ done in her early 40’s. “I had a midlife crisis when I turned 40, and I went to go see this doctor. It was a disaster. I didn’t do anything else for a long, long time. I was bruised, my forehead was completely frozen, and I didn’t look like myself at all. ”
While some celebrities, like J-Lo, have taken to social media to deny having had Botox, by speaking out in defense of injectables, Paltrow has made women, like myself, feel less shy about admitting to having had cosmetic procedures for fear of being judged.
I am 47, a year younger than Paltrow. I have tried sprinkles of Botox in the past and, in the hands of a skilled and light-handed doctor, I am partial to trying lasers and light therapies for tightening the skin and giving my complexion a glow.
When the time comes, I may even resort to a subtle nip and tuck. Or, maybe not. But the point is, I shouldn’t be judged for whatever I choose to do with my face and, surely, by discussing the pluses and minuses of cosmetic procedures openly it can only make other women who may be curious about injectables, feel less judged and more informed.
As Gwyneth told Bazaar, sharing is caring: “I think it’s nice when women share, because there’s a lot of shame around surgery or injectables or fillers, and it would be nice if people felt confident about the choices they were making,” she says. “But if they want to have a beauty secret, that’s okay, too. I’m an open book—I’ve shared what works for me, because that’s how I’ve always learned.”
Thanks Gwyneth, I owe you one.