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. However, a lot of these celebrities also adopt a holistic approach towards health by eating well and exercising regularly.
With Taiwanese actress and singer Michelle Chen’s birthday approaching at the end of the month, we take a look at other age-defying Asian celebs who look younger than they are.
The Taiwanese actress and singer turns 37 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 two-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.
Photo: Michelle Chen/Instagram
The South Korean actress and singer recently starred in “Memories of the Alhambra” 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 6 pm.
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.
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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.
Photo: Fan Bingbing/Instagram
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.
Photo: Hyekyo Song/Instagram
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.
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 13-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 50 but she 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”.
Photo: Zoe Tay/Instagram
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 44 this year! 2020 marks the 23rd 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.
Photo: Charmaine Sheh/Instagram
Who knew the gorgeous actress-host was 44? 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.
Photo: Michelle Chia/Instagram
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 of Tammy, the sharp-tongued youngest daughter of the Tay family and that was close to twenty years ago!
She’s still got that same charisma that she displayed back then, and is now a radio deejay for Gold 905FM. 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 radio jock also welcomed a baby boy into her family.
Photo: Jamie Yeo/Instagram
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 41. 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.
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. Last year, the well-loved Chinese actress starred in the movie, “The Adventurers” that was written, produced and directed by her husband Stephen Fung.
Photo: Shu Qi/Instagram
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 45. She attributes her well-maintained complexion and physique to exercises like 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 years break from show business, the local actress returned to the spotlight, starring alongside Louis Koo in the Chinese film, “Paradox”.
Photo: Michelle Saram/Instagram
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.”
Photo: Jeanette Aw/Instagram
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.
In 2017, the bubbly singer announced that she was dating singer-songwriter, Eddy Kim.
Photo: So Jin/Instagram