Ever wondered how Joanne Peh looks so good every time? We sat down with the 36-year-old, who celebrates her birthday today, for some beauty tips. The actress, who is an ambassador for Ultherapy, a micro-focused ultrasound treatment for non-surgical lifting and rejuvenation, shares with us her beauty secrets, mistakes and advice for her twenty-something-year-old self. Scroll through the gallery to get inspired.
What’s your skincare routine like?
My skincare regime is really simple. I believe less is more. I think the trick is in the way you do it, not so much how much you apply. For example, cleansing is very thorough for me. I use cleansing milk to remove all my makeup and I’m very gentle with it and I do it all the way to the hairline because that’s sometimes where you forget, you know. And then I would do the regular washing, toning, moisturising, and on some days when I feel like I need an extra hydration boost, I would do a mask. And that’s pretty much it but I make sure that I always apply sunblock and I’m not stingy with it. So I slather it on and I make sure I cover every inch of my face with sunblock. And I would also reapply especially if I’m out filming—that is something I never forget to do. And if I do forget put sunblock on, I’ll go out and buy and put it on. I don’t use a spray formula because I tried it but I feel like I don’t know where it’s all going. It’s all going to the air and it doesn’t seem to be on my face, so I use a stick. You can also consider the cushion sunblock.
How do you keep your skin clear despite your busy schedule?
I think when you have kids, you’re always looking for shortcuts—how you can achieve the most within the shortest amount of time. So that’s why when I heard about Ultherapy and how you should you do it only once a year and the results show along the way and up to six months, I thought, ‘Oh, this is great! I wouldn’t have to do anything else!” I can’t say I don’t have to do anything else, but if I don’t do anything else, it’s going to be OK. So that’s why I also felt that this is very suitable for someone like me who is at this stage in my life where you’re juggling so many things and you need to make more time out of that very little time you have.
What was your experience with Ultherapy like?
It can be uncomfortable for some people. I had the numbing cream on so it wasn’t so bad. I did feel it but it was very bearable. But I guess after you see the results you get, you might think, that wasn’t so bad. The day after, especially, because at that point in time, you might not see anything [and it varies] for different people because all of us have different needs and problem areas. There’s a little bit of ache, depending on where you’re more bony, but very bearable. And there’s no downtime—so that means if I do it now, I can just go to work after that. It’s not going to affect how you look, which is a good thing.
How has your skincare habits changed since you had kids?
I’m a lot less experimental. I used to experiment with all kinds of different skincare products. When you have kids, you just go, “OK, whatever works stick with it.” I think priorities change and when you find something that works… Maybe also with newfound maturity, you’re also little bit more selective and a little bit more conscious about the results and seeing whether it has any effect. And when it does, you just kind of go, “OK, I’ll just stick with it.”
What are some considerations you have before buying skincare products?
To be honest, a lot of it is also based on recommendations. So people would recommend [a product] and I would try it out to see if it works for me. And if it does then I stick with it. I’m also a little bit conscious sometimes about looking for organic products. I want to know that I can apply this on my kids as well. It saves time because if they’re taking a shower in my room, I don’t have to go into their room to get the products. I can just apply whatever I have on them. And sometimes, when they’re in the bathroom with me and they see what I’m doing, they want to do it too, so [the products have to be] OK to apply on them. So I like to also look for products that are safe for children because I think if it’s safe for children, it’s safe for me.
What’s one beauty tip you’ve picked up from makeup artists?
I’ve always liked to go for that “less is more” makeup look or the no-makeup look. The trick to it is actually not to have eyeliner. But for some people, when you don’t have eyeliner on, you might look like you’re not awake. So the trick is to do it under [lash line]. When I’m acting in dramas, what I do is, I use an eyeliner and fill in the gaps between my eyelashes. You have to be very precise, you have to dot your way through it. And then curl your lashes a bit and apply a bit of brown mascara, and that makes you look like you haven’t got any makeup on, but actually you do. (Do you do that on your days off?) Depends on how much time I have to get ready (laughs). If I have enough time, I would do that. Otherwise, I’ll just go like concealer and lip balm and that’s it. But I do my eyebrows and I realise that I give a little bit more attention to my eyebrows now than I used to because they frame your face. When I had bangs, I kind of ignore them, but when my hair is up, I think the eyebrows really frame my face. So that’s also something that we shouldn’t neglect.
How often do you visit like salons and aesthetic clinics for treatments?
I’m quite lazy actually, so that’s why I think Ultherapy works for me really well because I go once and then the effects last. They recommend that you do it once a year and that’s pretty much it. I put off going to get my hair done until I absolutely have to because the whites are growing out—I’m that kind of person. I’ve also been less consistent with my manicure and pedicure. I used to go every two weeks in the past, but now I kind of go when I have a shoot or if I absolutely have to get my cuticles trimmed by a professional.
What’s the biggest beauty mistake you’ve made?
False lashes and those coloured contact lenses. I felt insecure about my eyelashes and I felt that false lashes would kind of make me look more awake and pretty. But it was very agonising, trying to find the right kind of lashes and trying to make it stick. And then sometimes it comes off and the glue is on your eyelids…. actually there was a lot of hassle that came with it that I wasn’t aware of until I went off it.
What would you tell your twenty-something-year-old self?
I was buying a lot of different skin care and makeup and all that. So advice is less is more and don’t be afraid to start young. When you start doing treatments young, you prolong your youth.