updated 08/04/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/04/2010 AT 2:50 PM ET
Julia Roberts wants to age gracefully, but there’s another reason why she’ll say no to plastic surgery – especially on her face.
“I want my kids to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy and when I’m confounded,” the actress, 42, and new face of Lancome, tells Elle in its September issue. “Your face tells a story and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”
Roberts says she simply doesn’t understand why some would go to all lengths to hold onto their youth.
“It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I’ll look like before I start cleaning the slates,” she says.