A new year and a new decade always bring a contagious feeling of hope and optimism. This year, I've hitched my hopes on a new trend in beauty: According to Beatrice Aidin of the Financial Times, 2010 will be the year where the Botox craze will finally end.
Was it possible, I thought, that one day this period in the beauty world might be seen in the same way as the endless cigarettes and lunchtime martinis of "Mad Men:" a moment of collective insanity from which, thank God, we have recovered? ...Now, as my wrinkles have slowly defrosted, my eyes have been opened –- literally and metaphorically – to a new trend in beauty: mobility. I have discovered I am not alone, and indeed, there is now an entire sub-section of the industry composed of facialists who specialise in getting people off Botox.
I don't know what it is about Botox that makes it so persistent. Unlike other unfortunate beauty trends -- wearing light lipstick lined with a dark pencil or wearing body glitter -- the Botox love feels like it will never die. It's the cockroach of the beauty world; nothing will kill it, not even the Great Recession. I'm not even being dramatic, for once. BlogHer CE Elana Centor set out to write about the recession and was surprised to find that amidst the sounds of stock markets crashing all around her she couldn't escape the Botox users.
But as I started doing my research,one word kept popping up--- BOTOX. It wasn't what I expected.Who knew botox is a major leading economic indicator ? I really had no idea that in the midst of such dispair, the thing that people were most concerned about would be giving up their quarterly boxtox treatment.
So, what is it about this new year? Why do we think the end of Botox is nigh? Maybe it's just time and the fad has run its course. The London Evening Standard reports that "the 'Botox Break' is not a new phenomenon. Facial muscles begin to atrophy in patients who have had large quantities of Botox over six or more years." If that doesn't scare future generations off Botox (and yes, teens are getting Botox) then we can only hope that the example of actors who have sworn off Botox might: Courteney Cox-Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, Dannii Minogue -- the list goes on. Could it be that Hollywood is finally realizing that a face that can express emotions might come in handy in their chosen line of work?
Actor Colin Firth is a vocal critic of Botoxed actors, calling the result "catastrophic." I happen to think that his criticism applies to anyone, really: "Injecting something in to your face so it's paralysed, or cutting bits of it up so that you take any signs of life out of it is catastrophic if you're going to express yourself in any way at all."
I'm all for the pursuit of beauty, but until medicine figures out a way to give you a healthy glow without making you look like a wax figurine I think I'll stick with more sleep and my beloved creams.
Would you ever try Botox? Why -- or why not?
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