Oscar winner, wellness scion, and cookbook author Gwyneth Paltrow has a lot going through her head — including, as of recently, a miniscule amount of Xeomin-brand incobotulinum toxin A, injected between the eyebrows to sedate forehead muscles into smooth, silky, wrinkle-free slumber.
This morning, in celebration of Paltrow’s oven-fresh partnership with Merz Aesthetic, Allure writer Brennan Kilbane was prematurely granted his dying wish: a 15-minute interview with Gwyneth Paltrow her-actual-self on the subject of cosmetic injectables.
Allure: This is the first time you’ve received a wrinkle-smoothing injection, correct?
Gwyneth Paltrow: No. I tried a different brand a long time ago…. I was turning 40, and I had a total panic attack. I went to this doctor, and it was crazy. [After that] I stayed away, and stayed away. Then three years ago, the frown lines were getting deep. And I’m a natural person; I’m not into heavy stuff. I believe in taking care of your body from the inside out.
I should say, I was open to a little help. I tried Xeomin, which was explained to me as a purified version [of botulinum toxin], and it was such a nice, natural result, and it made me look like I had a nice, long, good sleep. [Editor’s note: All injectable neurotoxins — Xeomin, Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau — are purified versions of botulinum toxin type A.] And it wasn’t overdone. I’m not an overdone type of person. I’ve always believed in sharing tips with women, and I think this is great. It’s a good, clean formula. It’s worked really well for me.
Allure: Can you tell me about your injection experience in as vivid detail as you can muster?
GP: One of my really close friends happens to be a plastic surgeon. His name is Julius Few, and I met him years and years ago through my best friend from high school — they live in the same building in Chicago. I started a conversation with him: “What are people doing that don’t want to have major surgery? How are women aging?” More for Goop, I’m always asking these questions. He told me about Xeomin, and I said, “OK, I’ll try it.” And it was the easiest thing. One teeny, little thing [Paltrow points between her eyebrows], and that was it. It took 90 seconds. It was nothing.