Courteney Cox talks openly about her Botox regrets (VIDEO)

The former Friends star opens up to Bear Grylls about the unfair pressure to look young forever.

Courteney Cox attends the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in February 2015 in Los Angeles.

The pressure to maintain eternally youthful looks starts early, whether you’re in the public eye or not. Maybe it’s the moment you get your first unsolicited “You look tired” comment after a good night’s sleep. Maybe it’s when you find your first gray hair. Maybe it’s when you begin to notice faint lines around your eyes and mouth. Regardless of what triggers the obsession and worry over aging, actress Courteney Cox knows what it’s like to succumb to them—and regret it.

When Cox first began playing Monica Geller in 1994, she could not imagine the fame that awaited her, and the pressures that would come with it as she continued to grow older. She wishes she had steered herself through the tricky waters of aging differently, and ignored the siren call of Botox.

“I have done things that I regret, and luckily there are things that dissolve and go away,” she said, alluding to Botox, an FDA approved cosmetic injection, in her recent appearance on Running Wild With Bear Grylls. “So that’s good because it’s not always been my best look.”

Now I have a new motto—let it be.

Though she told Closer Magazine in 2013 that she has never gone under the knife, the former Friends star did confess to Botox treatments. This week, Cox talked even more deeply about the work she’s had done, telling Grylls that she caved to the pressure for women to look young. It’s particularly difficult for women, she said, and those in the entertainment business, but she’s tired of succumbing to unrealistic expectations.

“Now I have a new motto—let it be,” said Cox. These days, she’s trying to count the passage of time—her many years as an actress, producer, director, and mother—as gifts.

Grylls’ show may be a survival reality show where celebrities commit to high-risk adventures, but it’s also a forum for honest conversation. Cox’s admission that looking young is an unfair challenge women face is a powerful one. Because once you let it into your psyche, it’s a hard feeling to shake. But nobody is meant to look 22 forever. What we are meant to do is age gracefully—naturally, normally, happily—and accept that everyday is precious. Hopefully, if we remind ourselves of that, and listen to honest confessions like this one, we’ll have the strength to resist.

Listen to Cox talk about her Botox regrets and what she loves about aging and motherhood in the clip below:

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