Many of Hollywood’s top celebrities have openly confessed to using the best skincare experts and cosmetic surgeons to make nips and tucks to their appearance.
These days it can seem difficult to find a star who hasn’t taken advantage of the best jabs, lasers and reviving facial peels they have in their arsenal.
However there is actually a swathe of famous faces have proved that you can keep things natural – and sworn off Botox for good.
Among the stars who have said they would never get Botox is Kate Winslet, as well as Helena Bonham Carter, who has previously said she finds aging ‘underrated’.
Here FEMAIL reveals the stars who have claimed to have never touched the needles and instead appear to have embraced aging naturally…
Mother-of-three Kate Winslet, 47, is among the celebrities who have spoken publicly about their choice not to have Botox
Mother-of-three Kate Winslet, 47, is among the celebrities who have spoken publicly about their choice not to have Botox.
‘It goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty. I will never give in,’ the actress told The Telegraph in 2011.
‘I am an actress, I don’t want to freeze the expression of my face.’
In 2015, she told a reporter who asked how she stayed youthful to ‘watch her forehead.’
According to People, she said: ‘See that movement? I’m very proud of that movement.’
In a separate interview, she told the publication: ‘I have the kind of wrinkles that are here to stay now.
‘You know, not just the ones where you wake up in the morning and you go, ‘Oh, that will go away in two hours’ time.’
‘No, they’re there. That’s the way that it is.’
ITVX’s new drama Maryland’s left viewers in tears as it debuted earlier this week – and it was the performance of leading lady Suranne Jones which wowed many of those watching
ITVX’s new drama Maryland’s left viewers in tears as it debuted earlier this week – and it was the performance of leading lady Suranne Jones, 44, which wowed many of those watching.
With such a high profile career, it would come as no surprise if Suranne were to go to extreme lengths to retain her youthful looks.
However she is believed never to have had cosmetic surgery.
Instead she is believed to reportedly a fan of anti-aging Cryolift facial freezing treatments – facials that encourage the natural production of skin-plumping collagen.
The £250 treatments freeze skin to -15°C, supposedly helping enhance natural production of collagen to tighten skin making it appear more youthful.
A source previously said: ‘Suranne is a prime-time TV star who, understandably, wants to look her best.
‘Playing a gung-ho copper, she wears minimal make-up on set and has her hair roughly scraped back.
‘If she can boost her appearance in any other way, she will. She tried a cryolift facial and absolutely loved it.
‘It’s a non-surgical procedure but the results were fantastic and have really brightened Suranne’s complexion. She looks amazing,’ the source told the Mirror.
HELENA BONHAM CARTER
Helena Bonham Carter might be one of the biggest British names in Hollywood – but she has previously insisted age is ‘underrated’
Helena Bonham Carter might be one of the biggest British names in Hollywood – but she has previously insisted age is ‘underrated’ and vowed she wouldn’t get injectables.
Speaking to DailyMail in 2011, the 56-year-old said: ‘I can still move all my face muscles. Look! There aren’t many who can still do that.
‘Age is underrated, I think what’s happening is that directors and the studios want actresses who have natural looks, who haven’t had any work done.
‘The problem is that now the high-definition camera can tell, so it’s best to leave your face alone.
‘Look at Judi Dench. She’s beautiful. Talk about her face being her fortune! She never stops working. That’s what I want for me.
‘You have two choices. You can have the work done and look weirder. Or have nothing done and look older,’ she added. ‘I think the only way I’ll continue to get work is if I don’t get anything done.
‘There’s beauty in an older woman. The lines represent something.’
Meanwhile she has since reiterated her position. In an interview with the Sunday Times last year, Helena said: ‘I think the French have it right: you’re allowed to be sexy and old [there].
‘Change isn’t necessarily bad. There are some things about ageing I don’t really care about, like wrinkles.
‘The droop isn’t great, though. But then you think, ‘Am I betraying feminism by thinking that?’ ‘
Bonham Carter told the outlet that she also thinks people simply improve with age and the narrative is ‘finally’ changing.
‘We’re more interesting, wiser, more powerful, more ourselves. We’re richer in character and we have more to give,’ she said.
‘Why should we be diminished just when we’re getting going? And it’s not just the acting profession — everywhere the attitude towards ageing is pathological. The messaging is we must avoid ageing at all costs.’
‘There is a sense of indoctrination: thou shall not age, thou shall be valued only for what you look like; women are only worthy as long as they’ve got eggs. It’s thousands of years of thought that we’re undoing, but slowly,’ she said.
Bonham Carter added that she thinks people are afraid of older women ‘because we have found our power.’
Drew Barrymore will not ever have cosmetic surgery on her face because she does not want to ‘fight nature’, she previously claimed
Drew Barrymore will not ever have cosmetic surgery on her face because she does not want to ‘fight nature’, she previously claimed.
The 47-year-old actress has been working in Hollywood for decades but has resisted the urge to go under the knife out of a desire to age naturally.
During a discussion about aging with Halloween Ends actress Jamie Lee Curtis, 63, on The Drew Barrymore Show last year, the Scream star said: ‘I’ve never messed with my face.
Barrymore went on to express that she planned on aging normally and letting her natural beauty shine in her later years.
‘I don’t want to fight nature. I’m raising two daughters, and we were raised in an industry where it was desired to drink off the fountain of youth and I just never subscribed to it. So I appreciate everything you said.’
The performer went on to express her views about how women should embrace the effects of time on their looks.
‘I think men just need to let women know aging is safe and awesome,’ she stated.
And in February 2021, the Charlie’s Angels star revealed another motivating factor in her avoidance of cosmetic work is that she fears she could get addicted and end up ruining her looks.
Drew said during an episode of her show: ‘The thing that I do care about and I do feel is still relevant to my life is the face. I know myself. I’m a highly addictive person.’
The Going The Distance actress went on to state that she had known from an early age that she was not interested in going under the knife.
She said: ‘I think because I’m so rebellious that I saw all of that pressure and I saw all of those women torturing themselves to look a certain way and I thought, “You miserable people.”‘
Barrymore concluded by expressing that she had come to terms with the effects of aging on her looks.
‘We’re going to age, things are going to go south, and it’s okay, it’s a part of life,’ she said.
The actress added: ‘I feel more human and more vulnerable every year of my life but I also know how to appreciate every year more and more too.’
In an interview with Hello magazine, she called the entire culture around Botox ‘mad’ and ‘not normal’
At 63, Emma Thompson has also embraced the ageing process, sporting grey streaks in her sandy hair and dressing age-appropriately.
The actress looks great every time she hits the red carpet, not letting her fine lines stopping her from looking glamourous.
In an interview with Hello magazine, she called the entire culture around Botox ‘mad’, saying: ‘It’s not a normal thing to do, and the culture that we’ve created that says it’s normal, is not normal.
‘Why do people ask persons to cut them open and put things into their body? What is that, what are we doing to ourselves?’
‘It’s chronically unhealthy and there’s this very serious side to all of that because we’re going to end up with this sort of ‘super-culture’ that’s going to suggest to young people, girls and boys, that this looks normal. And it’s not normal.’
Talking to The Wrap last year, Thompson, 63, said plastic surgery was a form of ‘collective psychosis.’
‘Why would you do that to yourself, I simply don’t understand,’ she said. ‘I do honestly think the cutting of yourself off to put it in another place in order to avoid appearing to do what you’re actually doing, which is aging, which is completely natural, is a form of collective psychosis.
‘I really do think it’s a very strange thing to do,’ she added, specifying that she’s always felt that way.
She also said she was proud that her 2022 movie God Luck to You, Leo Grande, showed her nude ‘untreated body.’
In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2010, Meryl Streep revealed she had never had Botox – and had instead chosen to age naturally
In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2010, Meryl Streep, 73, revealed she had never had Botox – and had instead chosen to age naturally.
Streep said: ‘When I see it in people I meet, it’s like an interruption in communication with them.
‘It’s like a flag in front of the view, and that, for an actor, is like wearing a veil—it’s not a good thing.’
And the Hollywood A-lister would go on to reiterate her position in a second interview with Good Housekeeping.
She said: ‘I just don’t get it. You have to embrace getting older. Life is precious, and when you’ve lost a lot of people, you realize each day is a gift.’
Jodie Foster, 60, previously said Botox and plastic surgery was ‘not her thing’ (pictured earlier this year)
Jodie Foster, 60, previously said Botox and plastic surgery was ‘not her thing’.
She told More Magazine: ‘I don’t have anything against it for other people. Whatever they want to do, I’m fine with it. For me, it’s really a self-image thing.
‘Like, I’d rather have somebody go, ‘Wow, that girl has a bad nose’ than, ‘Wow, that girl has a bad nose job.’
‘I’d rather have a comment about who I am than about something that identifies me as being ashamed of who I am.’
Andie MacDowell, 64, has been embracing her grey hair since 2021, and said she’s never felt more powerful (pictured in October 2021)
Four Weddings alum Andie MacDowell, 64, has also taken a strong stance on embracing your real age and has been rocking her natural hair too.
In 2021, the Groundhog actress wowed the red carpet when she debuted a more natural grey hue at the Cannes Festival.
She decided to embrace her salt and pepper curls after tiring of her colour routine during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
She revealed last year that she felt much ‘more comfortable’ with the more natural look, admitting she really liked it.
The Four Weddings and A Funeral star, 64, also shared that she would rather age naturally, explaining: ‘I truly want to be where I am and look my age’.
Talking to The Times, the actress explained her relief over the positive response she received for embracing a grey haired look.
Andie also detailed that she took the plunge despite being told not to make the change, as people around her ‘strongly advised against it’.
Explaining: ‘People kept saying to me, ‘It’s not time,’ but I disagreed. I was kowtowing to everybody else’s beliefs, but I truly want to be where I am and look my age.’
Back in 2021 when she debuted the ‘salt and pepper’ look, she explained that her daughters even thought she looked like a ‘bada**” during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show.
The actress has embraced ageing gracefully, despite admitting to considering cosmetic surgery on her ‘droopy eyelids’ – but decided against it when a facialist dubbed them ‘perfect’.
Dawn French, 65, began to embrace her grey hair during the coronavirus lockdown, and has said ageing is a privilege, but ‘not for wusses’
Meanwhile Jamie Lee’s hair actually inspired Dawn French, 65, this side of the pond, who swapped her regulation neck-length black bob for a similar do after lockdown.
Reflecting on her colour change last October, French admitted she had been shocked by how interested in her hair people had been.
‘There comes a point when you just think, ‘Maybe it’s time to stop covering it up. Maybe it’s time for hair to match face’.
‘The trigger came during the lockdowns and I couldn’t be bothered with dyeing it. It feels liberating, but if I decide I don’t like it, I’ll just start having it dyed again!’
The actress has never tried to hide the signs of time on her skin, and has remained glam without ironing her fine lines or wrinkles around her eyes.
In her podcast podcast Titting About, with Jennifer Saunders, the actress has said she ‘[plans] to grow old disgracefully.’
The Vicar of Dibley actress has admitted ‘things go a bit wrong’ when you age, but has made her peace with that
‘Getting older isn’t for wusses. Things stop working, you have to have a knee operation, your teeth are a bit yellower, your chin has sagged,’ she admitted.
In 2020, the The Vicar of Dibley actress said ageing ‘is a privilege’ which has caused her to edit out ‘eejits’ from her life.
In an interview with the Radio Times, the comedian, 65, admitted the process has seen her ‘teeth yellow, chin sag and become fatter’, but she has insisted maturing ‘ain’t so bad’.
She said: ‘It’s a privilege to get older, but it’s not for wusses. Things go a bit wrong.’
The TV star said: ‘Your rheumatoid arthritis knee stops you walking your dog a long way every morning, you know you’ve got to have a little op on that at some point, and you’ve got to take six weeks off…
‘But ultimately, it ain’t so bad. Your teeth are a bit yellower, your chin has sagged, you’re fatter, you’re greyer.
‘The only thing is, I feel the tick tock a little bit. I am quicker to edit out eejits from my life, because I haven’t got the hours. That’s the only grumpy part of me, it’s just to do with time.’
Sean Bean, 63, once said he wouldn’t be touching up his face. His craggy looks have earned him many roles as a hard man
Men’s looks also count when it comes to casting.
One actor who knows this well is Sean Bean, 63, whose craggy looks have earned it ‘hard men’ roles over the years.
While he was crowned, 2004’s Sexiest Man Alive, once dubbed ‘Mean Sting’ for his long blonde hair by the Times, Bean has embraced a conservative attitude to ageing, promoting natural ages over any tweakments.
Lines of his forehead and baggy eyes have only added to the Lord of the Rings’ actor’s gruff appearance, scoring him roles like Ned Stark in Game of Thrones.
The actor has been vocal about his disdain for plastic surgery in the past.
In 2015, he told The Times: ‘You look at all the old actors: Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton.
‘I think of Pete Postlethwaite. Face like granite. An in-cre-dible actor. And I think: ‘Nooor! Pete wouldn’t have done that!”
In the same interview, he also insisted he doesn’t dye his hair, however, nearly eight years on, his blonde hair remains.