'Getting older is not the easiest,' she confesses

One of the unfortunate side effects of being a woman in the public eye is that, when it comes to cosmetic procedures, you’re often damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

Courteney Cox is no stranger to having ‘work’ done in an attempt to keep the youthful looks she had at the start of her career – but now, the Friends star has admitted having some regrets about alterations made to her face.

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Courteney has had a variety of TV jobs since her days as Monica Geller ended back in 2004, namely as the lead character in comedy Cougar Town. But sadly, she’s revealed that the natural process of getting older, as a woman in showbiz, is far from easy.

Starring on a recent episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the actress was asked whether there was pressure to look a certain way.

‘Just being a woman in this business… getting older is not the easiest,’ admitted Courteney, 52. ‘But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with being older.’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by BEI/BEI/Shutterstock (5137573bh) Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow 10th Annual Fire & Ice Ball - 15 Dec 2000

Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow – the ladies of ‘Friends’, 2000

She then went on to discuss the catch-22 situation of allowing wrinkles and other age markers to creep in, versus using a bit of a clinic touch-up to keep things smooth. On aging gracefully in Hollywood, she admitted: ‘You find yourself trying, and then you look at a picture of yourself and go “Oh, God, I look horrible.”’

‘I have done things that I regret, and luckily they’re things that dissolve and go away, so that’s good, because that’s not always been my best look,’ she continued in reference to cosmetic procedures she’s undergone in the past.

Courteney’s not the only A-lister who has recently spoken out about the social pressures placed upon famous women: her best friend and former co-star Jennifer Aniston penned a much-praised essay last month, putting to bed rumours of a pregnancy.

Here’s hoping that there’s more of a shift toward looking at our favourite actresses work, more than the way they look, in future!