The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star opens up about her sister's painful battle with alcoholism

By Aili Nahas
Updated December 09, 2015 11:00 AM
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She lives in a town obsessed with looking young, but Kyle Richards isn’t a fan of overdoing it with the nips and tucks.

“I’m one of those people who thinks less is better,” Richards tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “There are so many people who have so much done to their face. They never look better!”

Still, the mom of four daughters, who says she does “minimal” Botox, admits that being a reality star on a long-running show (six seasons and counting for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ) does have its drawbacks when it comes to getting older.

“It’s fun to watch yourself age in high-def,” jokes Richards, 46. “I see the changes. It’s part of life. We’re in a town where we don’t want to age, and we’re almost expected not to, but what can I do?”

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In fact, Richards embraces each year as a testament to her mother, who died at 62 from breast cancer.

“I’m not one of those women who is like, ‘Every wrinkle has made me who I am,’ but I’m also not the person who doesn’t want to age. My mom died young, so for me, every birthday is a reason to celebrate.”

Nonetheless, Richards says she’ll draw the line when it comes to showing too much skin on television. She says that her costar “Lisa Vanderpump and I always joke, ‘Hell no you won’t see us in a bikini!’ We’re not 25!”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.