Jennifer Lopez says ex-boyfriend encouraged her to get botox when she was only 23

Joanna Whitehead
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The singer and actor says she has never had botox (Getty Images)
The singer and actor says she has never had botox (Getty Images)

Jennifer Lopez has told of how an ex-boyfriend encouraged her to have botox injections when she was only 23 years old.

The 51-year-old actor and singer said that she has never had the cosmetic procedure, adding that she could have had a “totally different face today” if she had followed his advice.

Botox is a cosmetic injection that inhibits facial muscle movement and temporarily smoothes wrinkles and lines.

“I was in my 20s and I was dating this guy,” Lopez told Elle US.

“He went to one dermatologist and I went to another. My dermatologist gave me a great cleanser and some sunscreen and said, ‘If you do this from now on, your skin is healthy, you're young right now, it's going to be great...the sunscreen is the thing.’”

Adding that she has never had Botox “to this day”, Lopez explained how she then visited another doctor with her then-boyfriend.

“And she [the doctor] said, ‘Did you know you have a little line right here? We should start Botox.’”

The New York native was reluctant, citing her young age as a factor.

“I mean, I had to be 23 years old, right? And I was like, ‘I'm going to pass.’ I didn't like needles anyway, but the boyfriend's like, ‘Yeah, you should start it. I do that.’

“I was like, ‘no, thank you’. And I just wonder what would've happened to me if I would've started Botox at 23, what I would look like right now. My face would be a totally different face today,” she said.

Lopez added that she follows the advice of the first dermatologist in wearing sunscreen every day, no matter the weather.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the global demand for cosmetic procedures has spiked.

In Wales, enquiries for neck and face work have increased by 57 per cent during this period, motivated by what has been dubbed the ‘Zoom boom’, a consequence of the increase in video calls for work and socialising.

Annie Cartwright, a practitioner at Skin and Face Clinics in Cardiff, told the BBC that the rise in calls for treatments surprised her.

“I guess I thought during the middle of a global pandemic people would have other health issues on their mind - but actually we were really surprised at the number of enquiries we got,” she said.

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