Celebrities don’t always have an easy job. Constantly in the public eye, they are always under pressure to look perfect and attractive. These age-defying Asian stars may work with professionals such as hairstylists, makeup artists and fitness instructors to help them look their best, but they also work hard to maintain their youthful looks by eating well and keeping fit. Here are 23 timeless beauties who look younger than they actually are.
As much as the Mandopop queen switched up her tresses and style throughout the years, the rest of her hasn’t changed. Indeed, Jolin, born on 15 Sep, 1980 has found the fountain of youth, and is looking as fresh-faced and fit these days as she did in her earliest music videos. The dancing diva never underestimates the power of a good face massage to help her look great at every angle. On Instagram, Jolin has shared that she always makes sure to massage pressure points on her face before performing.
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Ageless and glowing, Taiwanese host Dee Hsu looks identical to her days on variety show “Guess Guess Guess” (23 years prior!) but she is currently 43-years-old. Dee, who was recently the final celebrity guest as Jolin Tsai’s Ugly Beauty Tour in Taiwan created a buzz over her killer bod. The fast-talking host revealed that she had to exercise strict control over her diet to pull off her glamorous black number. A meal for the star would consist of a boiled egg, a few pieces of lean meat and vegetables. In addition to watching her diet, Dee also does aerobic exercises, weight training, zumba, badminton to keep healthy, which translates to healthier and younger looking skin too.
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The local actress looks almost the same as she did when she graced the cover of Her World magazine in 1988 (she was 16 then). She turned 50 in January 2021. Fann’s formula for perfect complexion involves cleansing and moisturising her skin. The working mum is also a proponent of wearing makeup only when necessary, to let her skin breathe.
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When it comes to looking young, Taiwanese interior designer and influencer Lure Hsu’s knack for doing so is unparalleled. For Lure, the key to youthful skin is to drink water and maintain a healthy balanced diet. She also stressed the importance of hydrating your mien. Speaking to Taiwan’s Friday magazine, she said, “once your skin has enough water, you don’t even need to worry about ageing and wrinkles.”
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Taiwanese actress Ariel Lin might have starred on “It Started With A Kiss” in the early 2000s, but to us, she’ll always be Xiangqin — mostly because she looks exactly the same now as she did when the show ended in 2006. Ariel confessed that she doesn’t wash her face for more than a minute to keep her skin supple and hydrated. She explained that over-washing can dry out and irritate skin.
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The Hong Kong actress, who acted in The Return Of The Condor Heroes, caused a stir online after she revealed her actual age, much to the surprise of many. On her birthday last year, she revealed on Weibo that she was celebrating her 54th birthday. The actress was speculated to be between 47 and 53 years old.
This is not the first time Carman has stolen the limelight with her youthful appearance. In May 2020, she broke the internet after sharing a photo of her ripped body following a period of intense training on Chinese social media platform Weibo. “No matter how old you are or I am, as long as we try, there is nothing we can’t achieve,” Carmen wrote in the post.
The actress has retained her youthful looks and even toned body. But she reminded everyone that weight and age have no relation to beauty: “There might be some that feel that when a woman is young, she should be skinny. And when she ages, she should have more meat. However, everyone’s perception of beauty is different. Fat or thin, it is best to be healthy.”
When she is not busy filming, Carmen has been sharing her fitness routine with her followers through a series of clips on her accounts on Chinese social media platforms, including Weibo, Douyin and Xiaohongshu.
Can you believe that this fresh-faced South Korean actress won Miss Korea back in 2001? She acted in dramas Secret Garden and This is My Love. She last appeared in the drama Revenge which aired late last year. Her youthful looks frequently make headlines in South Korea. Netizens comment that she looks like she’s in her twenties and even compare her appearance to top actress, Suzy Bae.
In 2017, she made a guest appearance on I Live Alone, an unscripted Korean variety show that showcases the daily lives of single celebrities. The episode achieved the highest ever ratings for the variety show since it started airing. On the variety show, Sa Rang shared her secrets to her age-defying looks and flawless complexion. “I don’t do anything that is bad for my body. I don’t even drink. I sometimes drink, but I don’t like the taste of it. I have relatively dry skin so I always spray a facial mist and I always sleep with my humidifier on. I also visit a facialist when my skin is feeling dry, especially before appearing in front of the camera,” she revealed.
In a past interview with the media, Sa Rang shared that to maintain her figure, she does yoga and Pilates two to three times a week and avoids eating too much or late at night. She also thinks that cleansing is the most important step in her skincare routine and makes sure to do it diligently.
The baby-faced South Korean actress was last seen in romantic comedy “Run On” where she starred alongside Girls’ Generation’s Choi Soo-young and actor Kang Tae-oh. The Netflix series follows a national team sprinter who falls for a film translator. She has over 1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel where she documents her daily life.
In the past, she has shared that part of her daily routine includes eating well-balanced meals, getting enough rest, and staying hydrated by drinking more than two litres of water a day. She also stays away from coffee and carbonated beverages. When it comes to skincare, she likes to use serums to keep her complexion radiant and glowing, and thinks that the most important thing you can do is to choose the right beauty product for yourself.
Is it us, or does the Taiwanese singer look exactly the same as when she released her first solo album My Intuition in 2005? Rainie, who is also an actress and television host has been in the industry since 2000, but she could still pass off as a newbie with her girlish looks.
The singer takes skincare very seriously and works hard to keep her skin looking youthful. She also applies cream on her neck religiously, taking care to apply it in upwards strokes towards her face, and uses nourishing body oils to keep the skin on her body smooth. She brings lip balm wherever she goes and applies it throughout the day and before she sleeps to keep her lips soft and supple.
Besides focusing on her skin, Rainie enjoys being active and does a variety of exercises to train different body parts. She frequently posts about her Zumba lessons and gym workouts on her Instagram, and has also mentioned that she goes for hot yoga and trampoline fitness classes.
Rainie, who is based in Taiwan, is married to Chinese singer Li Ronghao. After 10 excruciating months, she was finally reunited with her husband in China. Due to their busy schedules, the pair who tied the knot in September 2019, could hardly spend time together as newlyweds before they were forced apart by travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
The Taiwanese actress and singer turns 38 on May 31, and is best known for her starring role in the romance film “You Are the Apple of My Eye”. She is married to Chinese actor Chen Xiao and has a three-year-old son.
Michelle reveals on her Instagram the different types of exercises she indulges in – from attending Zumba classes, yoga to pilates. After quitting coffee, Michelle found that her skin was “more stable”.
She reportedly 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.
With COVID-19 affecting production for countless films, Michelle has been spending her time going for yoga classes and at home with her son. She previously shared that she and her husband are planning for a second child, and now with everyone choosing to stay home, we think that their dream might just become a reality.
The South Korean actress and singer recently starred in fantasy-mystery drama “Sisyphus: The Myth” and has been the face for the Korean makeup and skincare brand, Mamonde since 2014.
To stay fit, she works out four times a week and includes a dance workout regularly into her routine. She even commits to not eating after 6pm.
The Korean actress also reportedly said 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.
The Chinese actress is known to mask twice a day to keep her skin looking firm and her complexion youthful. She even famously wore a sheet mask while signing autographs for fans back in 2017.
Her beauty brand, Fan Beauty, currently sells a Seagrape Deep Hydrating Water Gel Mask that promises to deliver glass-like and brighter-looking skin.
After a two-year hiatus following a tax-evasion scandal, Fan Bingbing finally made a return to the spotlight. She appeared in Guerlain’s 2020 Chinese Valentine’s Day campaign to promote the limited edition Rouge G lipstick. She recently starred in spy film “355” alongside Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Sebastian Stan. The film is expected to premiere in 2022.
Best remembered for her role in “Descendants of the Sun”, this South Korean actress was even considered a leader of the Hallyu.
As the first-ever ambassador for the beauty brand Sulwhasoo, she advocates for the brand, especially their ginseng skincare range.
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.
The popular actress will be starring in a new K-drama series “Now We Are Breaking Up” that is expected to air later this year.
The Taiwanese model, actress, singer and television host regularly massages her face to achieve a firmer, more contoured face shape. 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. Many fans continue to be shocked by her age as she looks as though she’s in her late twenties.
Since tying the knot with Japanese actor and dancer Akira in 2019, Chi-Ling has cut down on work commitments and relocated to Japan to focus on family life.
It’s hard to believe that it has been more than 20 years since Zoe catapulted to fame playing a materialistic young woman in “Pretty Faces”.
The model-turned-actress even has a 16-year-old teenage son. 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 might have turned 53 on Jan 10 but she shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, she was recently handpicked to be represented by global talent management arm Bohemia Group for her “versatility and bilingualism” under a recent partnership between Mediacorp’s artiste management arm The Celebrity Agency (TCA) and the overseas agency.
Here’s a shocker for fans of Hong Kong dramas. The doe-eyed beauty who recently left Hong Kong television network TVB to venture into the mainland market turns 46 this year! 2021 marks the 24th year since Charmaine’s foray into show business.
The Chinese actress made her debut as an actress in 1997 after emerging as second runner up in the Miss Hong Kong Pageant in that same year. The baby-faced actress has won numerous awards for her efforts including the Best Actress Award and the My Favourite Female Character at the TVB Anniversary Awards.
She was also the first actress to be crowned double TV Queen for the second time. The “Story of Yanxi Palace” star says the key to good skin is using face masks often. No matter how busy she is, Charmaine shared in a 2019 magazine interview that she always makes sure to put on a facial mask twice a day, once in the morning and another at night.
Who knew the gorgeous actress-host is 46? Chia began her career as a bright-eyed child actress with the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation.
After completing her studies, she joined the Television Corporation of Singapore (predecessor of the MediaCorp broadcasting network). The actress who seems to defy the years lives and breathes her inside-out beauty philosophy.
She recently revealed to the local media that she doesn’t deprive herself of meals but maintains her toned physique by giving up snacking.
The 46-year-old star last appeared in the Toggle series “Mind’s Eye” where she played a kind yet crazy florist who believes that plants have feelings.
Jamie Yeo is another one of those celebrities that seem to have been able to halt the clock. Do you remember the Jamie Yeo in Growing Up? She played Tammy, the sharp-tongued youngest daughter of the Tay family and that was close to 20 years ago!
She’s still got that same charisma that she displayed back then. In 2017, she tied the knot with corporate risk management consultant, Rupert, whom she met on Tinder. (Read more about Jamie’s experience with the dating app here).
In that same year, the ex-radio DJ also welcomed a baby boy into her family. If you’re one of Jamie’s 106k followers on the gram, you would have seen that she started her own jewellery store Lula J Jewelry in 2020. It has been reported that her business bagged a six-figure revenue in 2020 despite nearly zero marketing efforts. Impressive stuff!
This Taiwanese actress’s agelessness has taken on legendary status. She barely seems to have aged a day since she rose to stardom in 1998 with her breakout role as Xia Ziwei in the drama series “My Fair Princess.
If anything, Ruby seems younger now at 45. In 2017, the actress recently walked down the aisle with her friend of ten years, actor Wallace Huo. Shortly after tying the knot, the lovebirds welcomed the arrival of a baby girl.
Ruby was last seen in the Chinese series “The Arc Of Life” where she starred alongside Ivy Chen, Jian Man-shu, Roy Chiu and Chris Wang.
Model, actress and restaurant owner, Shu Qi has definitely been a busy girl, but all that working hasn’t put the years on her face.
Even without a smidgen of makeup on, there’s not a single crease in sight. She credits face masks, intense moisturising cream and drinking lots of water with helping her maintain her appearance.
If you grew up 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 barely looks a day over 20 but incredibly, she is actually 47. She attributes her well-maintained complexion and physique to exercises like boxing, yoga and pilates as well as healthy lifestyle habits such as staying hydrating, eating vegetables and getting as much sleep as possible.
In 2017, after a 16-year break from show business, the local actress returned to the spotlight, starring alongside Louis Koo in the Chinese film, “Paradox”. Michelle last appeared in the 2020 ViuTV production “Who Sells Bricks in Hong Kong”.
She sure doesn’t look like it, but Jeanette Aw has hit the middle aged milestone too. A household name here in Singapore, Jeanette has played the leading lady for many local dramas like “The Little Nyonya” and “The Dream Makers”.
In 2017, she took a big step by leaving Mediacorp and her artiste management company Hype Records-Artiste Network to chart her own path. When asked about her secret to looking this good and young, she told us that it’s 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.”
The South Korean girl group Girl’s Day member, So-jin, who is best known for her playfully youthful style and cheery image might be turning 33 this year but she could easily pass off as an undergraduate.
So-jin’s secret to a youthful appearance is all about sun protection and loading up on toners to brighten her complexion and minimise the appearance of signs of ageing.