Blood Facials & 10 Women Who Age Gracefully

Why aren’t women allowed to age gracefully and naturally? I’m sick of it. Those who don’t opt for major plastic surgery are punished by the media. They’re plastered in magazine photo spreads with titles like, “YIKES!!” and “SHOULD HAVE WORN SUNSCREEN” and “WHEN DID ____ GET SO OLD???”

They look fine. The problem is that compared to the women who feel the need to get excessive surgery, the ones who don’t are penalized for looking “old”. And the ones who get too much surgery are penalized for looking “plastic” so sometimes no one wins.

JC Coccoli posted a wonderful article, “How Far Would You Go For Beauty?”that points out some of the more extreme things that famous Hollywood actresses have done in the sake of beauty. Here’s a new one. Have you heard of the “Vampire Facial”? If you’re squeamish about blood, skip ahead.

The blood facial (also called the “vampire facial”) process involves medics taking blood from the arm, before separating the platelets, and then injecting it into the face. Kim, who is expecting her first child with rapper boyfriend Kanye West, said beforehand: “I love trying anything that makes you look and feel youthful.” But we’re not sure she loved it quite so much when doctors began using an instrument with nine tiny needles attached to inject her.

If you want to see what this looks like — again, not a good thing to see if you’re squeamish — click here.

I want to talk about the women who are, to use the choice phrase, “aging gracefully.” DISCLAIMER. I shouldn’t have to even put a disclaimer, but this can be a sensitive topic, so DISCLAIMER: I don’t shun or judge anyone who chooses to undergo plastic surgery, or any form of it (like Botox). Because it’s their bodies, and their decisions about their bodies are theirs and no one else’s. If someone is going to do it, it’s their choice, it’s their face. But. Yes, there’s a but. I wish that we could all make the simultaneous decision to not do this anymore. The problem with plastic surgery in Hollywood is that if everyone is doing it, and one person doesn’t, they’re the outcast. So here are some of my favorite outcasts.

Meryl Streep, 63

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Oh my God, she has WRINKLES around her EYES, someone TELL HER!!!! And around her MOUTH, too!!! It’s like she spends her days MOVING HER FACE INTO DIFFERENT EXPRESSIONS!!!

Sharon Stone, 55

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Has Sharon Stone ever had Botox or some kind of filler? I don’t know, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she had at some point in her entire life. But when I see photos of her now, I see a woman who knows that she can look good without having to smooth every line in her face.

Bjork, 47

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The cool thing about Bjork is no matter how much you like or hate her style, she’s going to rock it until she’s 90, and she doesn’t care if you don’t like it. She won’t ever hide behind plastic surgery. Unless it’s something like putting a unicorn horn in her head. I could see that happening.

Catherine Deneuve, 69

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On beauty, this legendary quote (or some variation of it) has been attributed to French Actress Catherine Deneuve: “At a certain age, you have to choose between your face and your ass.” I don’t know what she chose because she looks good from top to bottom. Is she as thin and svelte as she was when she was 20? No. And why the hell should she be?

Artist Marina Abramović, 66

Marina Abramović is a legendary performance artist. Give her a Google if you’re unfamiliar with her or her work. Granted, she’s had her own struggles with body issues. After her ex married a woman in her 20s, Abramović felt miserable and admitted to getting breast implants. But she’s never tried to look younger than she is, though she’s gifted with genes that make her look at least 10 years younger than her age. Her body of work and not her body is what she values above all.

Susan Sarandon, 66

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The quintessential example of an actress who has no problem aging naturally.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=185000598 Jen Georgeff

    They are all such beautiful women, especially Meryl! I’m sure you’ll get many people chiming in from the peanut gallery, but I have to say you left my favorite off-the incredibly beautiful Helen Mirren. If I can look even a fraction as good as she does when I’m her age, ugh. I’ll be lucky!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553263684 Catherine Theberge

      Omg! I thought that too! I’m 22 and I’m like ”When I grow up I wanna be Helen Mirren” What a freakin’ beautiful woman!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003037015053 Maria Irene Q

      I saw that photo a few years ago of her in a bikini and I was like wow! I would love to rock a bikini that well at any age!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1226260827 Andreea Irimies

    YESSS, Susan Sarandon! I clicked on this article just to see if she was on the list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=785679651 Maria De Miguel Acuña

    I love all those women. I’ll go even further and add three British queens: Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave and Judi Dench. Still rocking in their 70’s!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000347400153 Yumi Taguchi

    Julie Andrews!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003037015053 Maria Irene Q

    Might I add Isabella Rossellini to this list? She’s 60 and absolutely beautiful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002591396364 Jennifer Comstock Zimmer

    I notice you didn’t have Nicole Kidman on your list and that’s because she’s tried everything and her face looks frozen! I’m not trying to be snarky or anything, but it does look weird.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000056276658 Una Kavazović

    I would add Helen Mirren ,Judi Dench and Maggie Smith! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002408674149 Ana Lugo

    thank you for this! I’m so sick of seeing these actresses’ faces morph into some kind of scary stretched out monster after age 40… don’t they know they look awful? and we can all tell! Since when is looking like a botched science experiment sexy? all these ladies are beautiful, sexy, strong women… I really hope the natural look catches on… enough w/ the “procedures”!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002048126186 Liesbeth Juta

    I’d definetly add Helena Bonham Carter, Julianne Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helen Mirren, Melissa McBride, Maggie Smith; all beautiful and natural looking women. And my mom :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001003977573 Mathilde La Gueuse Cadillac

    And what about Jessica Lange?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1442482155 Lisa Knox

    I would add Leslie Ann Warren to this list, as well as Helen Mirren and Julie Andrews, Sophia Loren, Ann Margaret, Pam Grier, Tina Turner, Judi Dench, Brooke Shields, Angie Harmon, Raquel Welch, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei, Julianne Morre, Kelly Presto, Mary Louise Parker, Helen Hunt, Jodie Foster, Andie McDowell, Dana Delaney – I could keep going, but I feel like I’m rambling now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000214879481 Lieschen Müller

    Most of them look botoxed …

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