Sorry, but how annoying is it when someone naturally beautiful with genetically amazing skin and hasn’t even tipped into her forties starts moralizing about cosmetic surgery? Kate Winslet has, along with actress, Rachel Weisz, formed (I think not in seriousness, but between the two of them) The ‘British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League’ according to The Sunday Telegraph, saying she will never give into it and it goes against her morals.

How very demoralizing then for those who are starting to feel the pinch of age and would like to opt to look younger for longer with the help of a little tweak here or there. When Kate hits a certain age and discovers that she can no longer do a gorgeous, smoky eye because her lids have drooped or her smile is no longer fulsome because the collagen in her lips has all but disappeared, I think she might have second thoughts, not about her choice, but about her disparagement. She has no idea how she will age – nor do any of us really. Flippant, judgemental comments like this are really not at all helpful for the army of women who really, genuinely mourn the loss of their youthful looks and opt for a little tweaking here and there to boost their confidence. Ageing does weird things to people – in the mind, and more obviously, on the face. It’s more to do with how you feel you look than actually how you do look, I think. After all, there are some incredibly beautiful older women who are that way without surgery or intervensions and this can be very often the result of an inner glow (I’ll cite Joanna Lumley but really don’t know if she tweaks or not) and nothing to do with their skin. They’re happy, and it shows.

It’s well documented on BBB that I love a ‘tweak’. I haven’t gone down the actual surgery route yet because I personally feel that I won’t take the risk of a general anaesthetic for the sake of my face, but who knows how I’ll feel in ten or twenty year’s time? For all that we might have to say about Liz Jones, she looks thoroughly rejuvenated since her face lift, and more importantly, happy. Which for LJ is quite something. 

If cosmetic surgery, such as a brow lift, an eye lift or even a full-on face lift, isn’t for you, then that’s fine. But personally, I’m not going to judge anyone if they feel it is right for them. The bigger issue of ageing gracefully and feeling the pressure to look younger for longer is a huge one, largely not helped by public figures (such as movie stars) who have continued to look the same age for years (Demi Moore for example) thanks to Botox, fillers and surgeries. But it is an issue that doesn’t have a rewind option, so I really don’t see why women shouldn’t do it if they want to; there’s no reason why any of it should be an elite treatment. I will caveat that by saying I am not including ‘extreme surgeries’ in this. That’s a whole other thing. It’s just my personal view that Kate should just leave well alone on this one and just let others be happy in their skin, no matter how that glowy, taut skin was actually achieved.

Speaking of, I don’t know if you remember but I had some filler put into my cheeks at Court House Clinics (where I always go) a while ago – nine months ago in fact. Now, that is something I thought I’d never do but I was curious to see if it really did anything much at all. It really did give a fabulous look (initially I felt I was a bit too ‘cheeky’!) because it slightly lifts everything – so lines from nose to mouth are diminished because it is as though the natural collagen is all back where it should be. And, needless to say, I’m going to have it done again tomorrow! It’s just my way of looking after the ageing process – it looks totally natural and if I wasn’t blogging about it, nobody would ever know it was there. But I know it’s there and I feel I look better for it, and that’s what matters.

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