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“Wow! How’d You Stay So Youthful?” – Let Me Guess: Olive Oil?

It’s no secret that a lot of us look up to celebrities when it comes to fashion, diet, and beauty. After all, they are the epitome of what society is *supposed* to view as perfection. There are endless articles based on interviews with celebrities sharing their skin care routines and humble DIY hacks on how to maintain their youthful appearance. Unfortunately, while I would love to believe that sleep, genetics, quality sera, and olive oil kept us all looking young forever, I am not fooled by these “hacks”, and neither should you. That said, I’m not denying that there may be some truth to these basic additions to improve the quality of your skin, however, I do find it hard to believe that celebrities with net worths up to $400M, who essentially have half of their decisions made by managers, directors, and all kinds of coaches, with the constant pressure of having to look perfect, are wrinkle free in their 50s and 60s without even a single drop of Botox or Filler. This may not apply to the very rare cases of excellent genetics, but I truly believe that some celebrities and social media influencers do hide a little bit of the truth. For what reason? Because they don’t want to be shamed for cosmetic treatments.

Some of the most popular treatments in cosmetic medicine include Botox and dermal fillers. Have you noticed an increase in plump lips and prominent cheekbones on social media? There is a reason why everyone is rocking the same look. It’s in style, and this is what the majority of society agrees is beautiful. While there are a ton of celebrities and social media influencers that openly share with their fans what kind of work they get done, or at the very least the most obvious work that they’ve had done, for example Kylie Jenner and her lips.

To be fair, it really isn’t anyone’s business who has had what done. A lot of average people get work and don’t share it with anyone, so why is it different for celebrities?

It really isn’t. However, with such a huge influence on people and societal beauty standards, this kind of secrecy is almost false advertisement, making people think that there is something wrong with them if they don’t look like Jennifer Lopez in their 50s.

I don’t blame celebrities for keeping their personal beauty treatments to themselves, however I think the true problem behind all of this is the fact that cosmetic treatments, as popular as they are, are still not normalized.

People are still ashamed to be open about their cosmetic treatments, and if they are, they risk being judged and shamed for it. This article isn’t meant to put down celebrities, but rather to bring light to the bigger issue at hand: people are being judged for getting (at this point highly advanced) medical cosmetic treatments that make them feel good about themselves. Given how common cosmetic treatments, especially minimally invasive basics such as Botox and filler have grown to become, it puzzles me why it is still so taboo to people.

Cosmetic treatments should be normalized. If you are reading this, I’m guessing either you, your friend, or a family member has at least gotten Botox. Am I right?

So how can we normalize cosmetic treatments?

To be honest, there’s not much that can be done other than let things play out and run their course. However, based on statistics, the number of cosmetic procedures in the United States has gone up significantly over the course of the past few years, meaning that more and more people are getting work done.

I’d also like to point out that I am not trying to advocate or promote getting cosmetic procedures. Instead, I am pointing out that people should be able to get them without the fear of being shamed or judged for it.

We all want to look good and we all have little ways of making us feel our best. There is no need to shame anyone for it.

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