Famous beautician Bobbi Brown, has written a strong opinionated piece about Botox. How it doesn't necessarily help you in the long run, and how you should do these kind of cosmetic options to help your face, not change it. The interesting piece was published on The UK Times website over the weekend.
“There are two red-haired actresses whom I will not name but will leave for you to identify: one looks amazing for her age and the other has had far too much work done and looks like an alien. She can’t have started out wanting to look like that, but once you have had a lot of work done, you can’t turn back. It is not just celebrities who have gone over the top messing around with their faces. Look around you. I’m so sad that visits to the plastic surgeon are becoming as commonplace as visits to the hair salon. These women do not look better afterwards. They just look “done”. To me, women who are doing these things, like Botox, are not looking better. Botox is a poison: when we are so careful about what we put into our bodies, why do we want someone to shoot poison into our faces?
I tried Botox once, a couple of years ago, between my eyebrows. I really didn’t like it. I looked unnatural. Going down this route is a bit like weeding your garden. When do you stop? When have you finished? You think you have done it, but then you notice another weed emerging and you rush to pull it up. It is not a good look. As we age we should still want to look like ourselves.
A face without lines looks expressionless — it lacks warmth and personality. I think there should be a movement away from using Botox and back towards real beauty. The use of Botox has gone too far and it is one of the reasons why I have decided to use real women instead of models in my next advertising campaign. There are bartenders, professional women and housewives, from their twenties to their fifties.
Yes, some of them have lines. Beauty and youth are not the same thing. Of course we all want to look better — but that doesn’t have to mean looking younger. Women simply do not need to mess around with their faces in order to look good. Once, a friend of 50 came to me saying she was depressed about her age and wanted surgery. I disagreed and showed her how to lift her face using make-up. She was amazed by the results and agreed that she did not need a facelift. This kind of treatment is available to anyone who can find their way to a make-up counter.
Getting older is about creating a new aspiration for yourself: making the most of what you have, concentrating on what you are putting into your body and being at ease with yourself and full of confidence. It is not about getting nipped, tucked plumped and pulled — which, usually, leaves you looking weird. I can almost always tell when someone has had something done.
Collagen in the lips never works. That over-plumped look is extremely unattractive. You might as well take an advertisement out in a national newspaper, saying: “I have had my lips done.”
I do understand that when you go through your forties and fifties there are some things you really want to get rid of. But you should know where to draw the line. Improve your skin, yes, but don’t try to change your face. Over the past four years I have had half a dozen treatments for facial hair and for brown spots caused by sun damage. The treatments have worked well. They provide minimal improvements — but that is rather the point.