In an interview with New Beauty magazine, she revealed that going for treatments such as facial injections and fillers altered her appearance, which concerned many people around her.
The Cougar Town actress described how the Hollywood way of life normalizes the idea of cosmetic procedures.
“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 notices — it’s good,” Cox said. “The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh s***, this doesn’t look right.’ And it’s worse in pictures than in real life.”
Cox said one of her friends pointed out her unnatural appearance and was concerned that she had too much work done on her face.
“I have one friend who was like. ‘Whoa, no more!’ I thought, ‘I haven’t done anything in six months.’ I didn’t realize,” she said.
Cox noted that she never thought of herself as being delusional about her looks until she saw a photo of herself.
“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,” she said.
WATCH BELOW: Courteney Cox says she regrets ‘things’ she’s done to her face
The 53-year-old said she now adopts a more natural approach to aging.
“I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as can be,” she told New Beauty. “I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was.”
“Things are going to change,” she said. “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.”
When asked if she is done with treatments, Cox said that she “doesn’t know what the future holds,” but she would like to remain natural.
She also noted that she believes in microneedling, a process that involves using fine needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin. “I think micro-current technology makes sense to strengthen your muscles.”
“I have done things that I regret and luckily they’re going to dissolve and go away so that’s good because it’s not always been my best look. Now I just have a new motto: just let it be,” Cox said in an interview with Running Wild With Bear Grylls last year about botox and laser treatments.
“I was trying to keep up with getting older and trying to chase that [youth],” Cox confessed to Grylls. “It’s something you can’t keep up with.”
“Sometimes you find yourself trying [to stop aging] and then you look at a picture of yourself and you go, ‘Oh God, I look horrible,’” she said.
She went on to say that she doesn’t feel “burdened” by the pressures of celebrity, but thinks people on social media “can be mean.”
—With files from Chris Jancelewicz