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Courteney Cox Gets Candid

Courteney Cox is a rule breaker, at least when it comes to the outdated??beauty guidelinescommonly held among women of a certain age. At 53, she is often seen rockin?€? a two-piece bathing suit, making it clear that to this iconic Friend, age is just a number. ?€?I feel better than I?€?ve ever felt,?€? says the Alabama native, though she does admit that aging in the spotlight hasn?€?t always been easy. ?€?Hollywood makes it hard; this business makes it harder. I grew up thinking appearance was the most important thing. That as long as I looked OK, I would be OK, which got me into trouble.?€?

Courteney also reveals that chasing the fountain of youth has its consequences, and that the road to acceptance wasn?€?t easy. In a town where it?€?s taboo to admit you?€?ve done anything more to yourself than get a good night?€?s sleep or take an extended vacation, it?€?s refreshing to hear a truthful take on beauty treatments?€‘±the good, the bad and the reformed. ?€?I was trying so hard to keep up, and that actually made things worse. Now, I?€?m as natural as I can be.?€?

Looking casually chic in a pair of boyfriend jeans, a sheer floral top and loafers, Courteney relaxes into a cozy couch at West Hollywood?€?s members-only Soho House, ready to chat about all things beauty. ?€?I?€?ve always been such an open person,?€? she says. Aside from a light layer of??mascara and a slight smudge of??eyeliner that highlight her piercing??blue eyes, her makeup is minimal.

On Courteney, natural has never looked better. Here, she gets candid about the beauty treatments she?€?ll never get again, how she?€?s teaching her teenage daughter, Coco, not to focus so much on looks, and the diagnosis that changed her life. She even opens up about the positive effects of dating a younger man (40-year-old Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol) and her openness to have another baby.

NewBeauty: Tell us about your morning beauty routine.
Courteney Cox:??I start with the Clarisonic to wash my face and then I apply a hot towel. I don?€?t know if that?€?s good for my skin, but it?€?s what the professionals do. I see Mila Moursi once a week for a facial and I?€?ve been using her products for years. I love the way they smell. They?€?re rich and rejuvenating?€‘±they blend natural extracts, oils and peptides with the best scientific ingredients. I want natural, but not too natural. I want
it to work. I don?€?t want to just use plants and water. I always put on a peptide of some sort?€‘±Mila?€?s Rejuvenating Serum or a lifting serum. Sometimes a vitamin C product. I also use her Firming Cream, Oxy Cellular and AntiWrinkle Cream. I alternate those, or sometimes use all of them, depending on how dry I am.

NB:That’s quite a process?€‘±how long does it take?
CC:??Not nearly as long as it sounds! It?€?s all really easy and only takes about three minutes.

NB: How do you take care of your body?
CC:??I just realized that I should have started on my body earlier than I did. I thought, ?€?Oh, my body?€?s fine.?€? Well, it?€?s not. It does catch up. I recently started??dry brushing, and I?€?ve got a body roller for my problem areas. But it?€?s good to start on your body when you?€?re 25 or 30, not 53. That?€?s the moral of the story.

Shot on-location at her Malibu home.

NB: Let’s talk about your brows and lashes.
CC:??I love Latisse! I?€?ve been using it for a long time. Sometimes you get an [odd] eyelash in there, but most of the time it?€?s good. Filling in your brows is really important. I do somemicroblading to save time. Although it doesn?€?t last forever, it?€?s great and it saves me time filling in my eyebrows.

NB: What does Coco teach you about makeup?
CC:??That my less-is-more theory is true! Coco loves makeup and she expresses herself through it. One of her favorite shows is RuPaul?€?s Drag Race. She thinks it?€?s beautiful artistry and she?€?s really good at it. Luckily at school she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she?€?s going out to a rager at 2 a.m.?€‘±eyeliner, mascara,highlighter on her cheeks. I don?€?t like seeing highlighter during the day. Well, to be honest, I don?€?t even know how to use it. It makes sense if you?€?re going out, but she begs to differ. I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it?€?s a form of self-expression. As long as she?€?s not sexualizing herself, it?€?s really just what makes her feel good. Sometimes I do wish her shorts were longer?€‘±I?€?m not going to lie. But I want to keep an open relationship with her. I care more about what she?€?s watching than what she?€?s putting on her face.

NB: How did trying to “keep up” with your appearance get you in trouble?
CC:??Well, what would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, ?€?You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or??filler there.?€? So you walk out and you don?€?t look so bad and you think, no one noticed?€‘±it?€?s good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor: ?€?This person?€?s amazing. They do this person who looks so natural.?€? You meet them and they say, ?€?You should just do this.?€? 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. I have one friend who was like, ?€?Whoa, no more!?€? I thought, I haven?€?t done anything in six months. I didn?€?t realize.

NB: So your friend told you she thought you were doing too much?
CC:??Yeah. But I?€?d see pictures and think, ?€?Oh, is that what I look like??€? And I?€?d ask a friend and they?€?d say, ?€?Oh God, no.?€? And I never thought of myself as being delusional. I think photographs do show up worse, so when people in the world see you and write comments that are usually mean, I think, ?€?It can be worse than what it really is.?€?

NB: Well, you look amazing. What are you doing now?
CC:??I?€?ve had all my fillers dissolved. I?€?m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look
like myself. 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. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren?€?t wrinkles?€‘±they?€?re smile lines. I?€?ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.

NB: So are you done with treatments?
CC:??I don?€?t know what the future holds, but I know I want to stay natural. But, they come up with new stuff all the time?€‘±it?€?s crazy how many new machines are out there. I believe in getting laser??treatments like Clear + Brilliant. I believe in??microneedling. I think microcurrent technology makes sense to strengthen your muscles.

NB: What about diet?€‘±do you have to watch what you eat?
CC:??I?€?m a really good eater. About four years ago I found out I have something called a MTHFR gene mutation, which dictates how my body methylates. I suffered miscarriages, my dad died of a really rare cancer, and depression runs in my family, which made my doctor think I should get this gene??checked out. I discovered that I have the worst version of this mutation and my body doesn?€?t methylate the way it?€?s supposed to. Once I found out how I could absorb nutrients and protect myself from toxins, my whole life shifted.

NB: What kind of changes?
CC:??I felt so much better and had??more energy. I used to get so tired and would literally crumble after I ate something. Now I give myself a shot of methylated B-12 daily. When I was??pregnant, I took folic acid like you?€?re supposed to, but I learned later that it wasn?€?t good for me. I have to take a methylfolate and methylated B, and then??I can absorb it. I would love to have a baby now. I mean, I could carry someone else?€?s egg. I may be one of the older people doing it, but I would love to, with Johnny that is.

NB: Would you consider having a baby now?
CC:??I would. I know it?€?s crazy, but I would.

NB: How does your boyfriend, Johnny McDaid, make you feel beautiful?
CC:??Well, 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. 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.

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