Both woman have hit 40, choosing very different approaches to the aging process.
While Kate is roundly admonished for her wild lifestyle, which is credited for her freckles and crow's feet, her face is merely the face of a beautiful 41 year old woman. Without make-up, she looks natural but imperfect.
Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie sports the face of one who has never been exposed to sunlight, the smooth planes of her face reminiscent of a wax mannequin. While it's typical for our lips to thin slightly as we age, Angelina's lips are swollen to bursting point. Both women are smokers, but only Kate's face shows the effects.
With all the criticism of Kate's signs of aging, it's no wonder that women dread getting older. But only the most naive among us would believe that Angelina's face is the work of nature and not regular visits to a dermatologist and perhaps a plastic surgeon.
Each woman has made a conscious choice of how to age.
Here are some of the options available to Kate Moss, if she were interested in looking 20 forever, courtesy of our expert, Dr. Ben Benham, Santa Monica dermatologist named by by Newsweek as one of the top 10 Physicians and Surgeons in the US, with appearances on The Doctors Show, FOX Good Day LA and ABC News:
Lasers like the Lumenis IPL Photofacial, Fraxel, SmartXide, Active FX, and Cynosure Apogee Elite, used for variety of treatments, ranging from hair removal, blood vessel removal, brown spot removal, wrinkles and acne scars.
Injectable fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra and Perlane to erase wrinkles or folds and to restore volume to aging cheeks, eye hollows, smoker's lip-line, etc.
Botox and Dysport to smooth forehead and eyes, and to relax muscles in the neck responsible for those telling 'neck-bands.'
Ultherapy® to firm, tighten and actually lift skin tissue via non-invasive sound waves.
Dr. Benham emphasizes that beauty is very personal and individual, but he notes that glowing, healthy skin is the ideal for most women. He tailors his treatment according to each person's desires and objectives, but favors a natural look.
I admit I am biased toward Kate Moss: Her iconic face is still my own ideal of seductive beauty. If I could age like Kate Moss, I'd sign up in a heartbeat.
For others, Angelina Jolie is the epitome of female perfection. Her face and features have an otherworldly quality that verges on the bionic, to my eyes. If she plans to allow nature to take its course, it is not yet apparent.
Popdust readers, where do you stand? Frozen in time and artificial perfection, or marked by natural aging and experience?