With all eyes on them, celebrities are under constant pressure to look fabulous. Needless to say, they also work with the best professionals when it comes to makeup artists, hair stylists and fitness instructors to help them look their best, which explains why they are often privy to the best beauty secrets and tips. Here, we round up the top 12 beauty habits our favourite Asian celebrities practice:
Michelle Chen... quit coffee and eats cauliflower almost daily
Even after giving birth to her son in 2017, the 35-year-old Taiwanese actress and singer manages to maintain a svelte figure. She revealed to Marie Claire HK that it’s mainly due to a combination of diet, exercise and using the right skin care products. After quitting coffee, Michelle found that her skin was “more stable”.
She also reveals that she eats a bland diet of cauliflower, which is a low-calorie food, almost every day, whether boiled or fried with a bit of olive oil. For her birthday in 2018, her crew surprised her with a giant cauliflower bouquet!
Park Shin Hye... never sleeps with wet hair
At the press conference earlier this year, the 29-year-old Korean actress revealed that she doesn’t sleep with wet hair and scalp. She told media, “If you sleep with a wet scalp, it’ll just lead to more hair issues in the future!”
Old wives’ tales aside, sleeping with your hair wet and a damp scalp really can cause real problems for your scalp health. First of all, hair is at its weakest when it’s wet, so sleeping with wet hair will mean that they undergo lots of friction as we toss and turn in our sleep. This can damage hair health and lead to split ends, breakage and rough ends. Plus, when your scalp is damp, a moist and warm environment makes it ideal for nasty microorganisms to grow. Over time, they can cause your scalp to become sensitised and flaky.
Fan Bing Bing... masks daily
Known for her impeccable skin, Fan Bing Bing, 37, is said to mask at least once a day and goes through more than 600 sheet masks every year. She’s even been spotted signing autographs on the street with a sheet mask on — now that’s dedication to skin care!
Lin Chi-Ling... massages her face
Looking not a day over 30, Lin Chi-Ling is one of Taiwan’s most notable models and celebrities. And while the 44-year-old is no stranger to quality products and professional treatments, she often credits her youthful skin to her conscientious massaging of her skin. Not only does massaging your skin improve product absorption and microcirculation, it also activates your fascia and tones your muscle for a firmer, more lifted mien.
Priyanka Chopra... trusts in coconut oil
The 36-year-old actress is no stranger to wearing makeup for long hours. After all, she got into the pageant circuit since she was a teenager. As a result, she’s been using coconut oil to remove even the thickest and most gunky makeup. All she does is massage coconut oil into your skin for a few minutes and then wipe it all off with a warm towel to deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate without disrupting the skin’s moisture level.
Song Hye Kyo... makes sure to prep her skin well
As a busy celebrity at the top of her game, Song Hye Kyo, 37, is usually either filming or on set for photoshoots, which causes her skin to become dry after long hours of being expoised to harsh studio lightings. To care for her skin, the face of Sulwhasoo preps her skin everyday with Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX.
Adopting a holistic approach towards beauty, Song Hye Kyo is placing more emphasis on her wellness and health as she becomes older. She does so by exercising frequently, and keeps herself motivated by mixing things up with yoga and cardio.
Zoe Tay... practices yoga
It’s hard to believe that it has been more than 20 years since model-turned-actress Zoe, 51, catapulted to fame playing a materialistic young woman in Pretty Faces.
This “Ah Jie” is testament to the fact that health and beauty go hand-in-hand. It seems her preferred choice of exercise is Bikram Yoga — she even completed a 30-day challenge. How impressive!
The queen of Caldecott Hill shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the alumni of the inaugural Star Search talent hunt in 1988 snagged the Best Actress award at the 2017 Star Awards for her role in medical drama, “You Can Be An Angel 2”.
Charmaine Sheh... uses an eye serum day and night
The doe-eyed Story Of Yanxi Palace actress, 43, revealed on Instagram that she keeps her peepers fresh and firm by massaging an eye serum into her eye area in the morning and evening. “Acting depends on my eyes, so I pay attention to eye care,” she wrote in Mandarin.
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Michelle Chia... gave up snacking
Who knew the gorgeous actress-host is 43? The actress who seems to defy the years, lives and breathes her inside-out beauty philosophy. She has revealed to local media that she doesn’t deprive herself of meals but maintains her toned physique by giving up snacking.
Jamie Yeo... eats lots of raw spinach
Jamie Yeo is another one of those celebrities that seem to have been able to halt the clock. The 41-year-old host and radio DJ, who is a mum of two, once revealed to The Straits Times that her secret to good skin lies in eating raw spinach.
“In my fridge, you’ll always find organic spinach. I’ll grab a handful to eat raw after every workout,” she says. She also swears by eating a handful of antioxidant-rich blueberries every day.
Michelle Saram... focuses on building healthy habits
If you grew up in Singapore in the 90s, you would be familiar with the bronzed beauty who starred in numerous local television productions in the 1990s and early 2000s.
The athleisure guru, 44, barely looks a day over 20. She attributes her well-maintained complexion and physique to exercises like yoga and pilates as well as healthy lifestyle habits such as staying hydrated, eating vegetables and getting as much sleep as possible.
Jeanette Aw... loves sleeping masks
A household name here in Singapore, the 39-year-old actress has played the leading lady for many local dramas like The Little Nyonya and The Dream Makers. When asked about her secret to looking this good and young, she told us that it’s all down to skincare.
She stressed the importance of cleansing and removing all of her makeup. The actress also gushed about her love for hydrating sleeping masks that “you can leave on and sleep, and wake up feeling like your face is hydrated instantly.”
Text: Letty Seah/Herworld, Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Elizabeth Liew