The actress opened up about her past beauty regrets and the pressure to maintain a certain youthful image in Hollywood

By Macaela Mackenzie
Updated: August 26, 2016
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There has been lots of "real talk" happening lately with celebs, athletes , and real women like you discussing beauty standards and unrealistic expectations, including plastics surgery, injectables, and even contouring body parts with makeup. With all of this becoming less hush-hush and more mainstream, even stars are feeling comfortable opening up about work they've had done, which in turn makes it easier for the rest of us to be more transparent about our own beauty routines. (ICYMI, Ronda Rousey Made a Powerful Statement About Perfection.) The latest famous face to share that "just own it" sentiment is Courteney Cox, and the Friends star is being honest about not just what she's done in the name of beauty, but also the regrets that have come with some of those decisions.

While roughing it in the brutal Irish Highlands on a recent episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, Cox spoke candidly about caving to the pressure to stay eternally young in Hollywood. "I think there's a pressure to maintain [your looks] not just because of fame, but just being a woman in this business," she said. "Getting older, I don't think that's the easiest thing. But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with getting older and trying to chase that. It's something you can't keep up with."

She went on to discuss how some of the cosmetic decisions she's made have ended up in the 'regrets' column, but that she hopes to pass on the lessons she's learned the hard way to her daughter in hopes she can avoid making the same mistakes.

As part of those messages, Cox also spoke about the culture of shaming on social media. "If I ever want to feel really bad about myself I just click on one of those Daily Mail comment sections," she shared. "I have a new motto: just let it be." Sounds like good words to live by.

Watch the full clip featuring Cox here. You'll quickly see how being out in the wilderness allows for some vulnerability and realness to show through, reminding you that even glamorous celebs are real people, too.



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