Have you gotten botox? Would you consider it? Now that I'm getting older and friends who are ten years younger are getting botox, I've started to wonder if maybe it's time to give it a try. It was easy when I was 27, and had no wrinkles or fine lines to speak of, to say I would never do botox! But now I have some pretty clear forehead lines. And crow's feet. And smile lines. Ugh. It's all part of aging, of course! And those of us who are lucky enough to grow old and get wrinkles must never take that for granted.

But still. Those lines! I would love to have a perfectly smooth forehead instead.

Sigh. I will not be getting botox. Reason number one is that I do not have $400 to put towards it every 3-6 months. So that settles that. But, even if I did, I'm not sure I would do it. I have a very expressive face (hence all the lines in the first place;) and I worry that my children wouldn't even recognize my different moods or conveyed messages if I did botox! Seriously. And then there is the slippery slope factor. At some point, something else would need to keep pace with the smooth skin and it would be so easy to justify a little eyelid lift, and who knows what else?

So, no. At this point it looks like botox is not for me. Instead I'm going to keep following my daily skin routine and get really serious about sun protectionstaying well-hydrated and getting plenty of beauty sleep.

But honestly, I'm starting to think the most important piece is finding role models and imagining how we might like to age as we become older. I remember seeing an older woman walking by the lakeside one afternoon in Zurich and deciding I wanted to emulate her completely as I grew older. She had silver hair, a cute black and white striped top, dark jeans and red flats. Her posture was great and she carried herself with such gaiety and confidence. I said to my friend as we pushed our toddlers on the swings, "That is what I want to look like when I'm older!" and she said, "Oooh, yes! I can totally see that being you someday." Bingo.


  1. I am right there with you on all of this re Botox! Kind of wanting it, kind of not, but can't afford it so it doesn't really matter.

    I like to pretend that I enjoy aging. I am honestly less concerned with my figure than I've ever been. I'm all mushy and shifted since kids and "not caring" has felt liberating, BUT the wrinkles on my face are starting to bug me. Crows feet and then I have a big 'ole fat "11" between my eyes so I look angry when I'm not :(.

    If it helps, I have a good friend who has been doing Botox and Juvederm and I don't know what else and her face looks funny. We have the kind of friendship where she's like "you need to do butt exercises and your hair is bad" and I'm like "your face looks funny."

    The key is aging gracefully, right? With style? Like the lady you saw in Switzerland. That's what I'll have to aim for because that's all I can afford anyway :).


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