Crazy things celebs do for beauty

From DIY nose jobs to eating herself green, here are some quirky things celebs have done in the pursuit for beauty.

Crazy things celebs do for beauty
Crazy things celebs do for beauty
13 Jun 2017

Crazy things celebs do for beauty

Whether on-screen or off, it is a celeb’s job to look good and many would go to extremes to achieve this. Just recently, Carrie Wong embarked on a crash diet of fruit and soup in order to shed kilos to look the part of an alien in upcoming drama My Friends From Afar. Curious, we asked other local celebs the unorthodox things they have done in the name of beauty or for a role. Try at your own risk.

Paige Chua
Paige Chua
13 Jun 2017

Paige Chua

Ever wondered what’s the secret behind Paige’s youthful and flawless skin? Facial gua sha. The facial treatment, which helps firm up the skin, improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, was first introduced to her by a co-star seven years ago, and she has been doing the massage religiously ever since.

“I use the gua sha board and stroke [in an upward motion from the chin to the ears] to contour my face shape and reduce water retention. So if you feel bloated, this actually helps. I do it every night before I sleep, between 15 to 20 times on each side. I massage the eyes to reduce eye bags and the neck as well - on the lymph nodes - to alleviate water retention and improve drainage. You have to accompany it with rosehip oil or any oil. Right now I use it with a moisturising balance oil.”

Photo: Paige Chua

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
13 Jun 2017

Desmond Tan

When it comes to beauty, it pays to start young. Just ask Desmond, who has been giving himself DIY “nose jobs” since he was in primary school. Way before “nose-lifting clips” were invented, Desmond used clothes pegs to pinch his nose in hope of getting a higher, sharper nasal bridge.

And that’s not all. The self-confessed vainpot also used to go for facial treatments when he was eight years old. “There was nothing wrong with my face. It’s just that my mum was going for her facial and she didn’t know what to do with me so she made me get them too,” revealed Desmond.

Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

Julie Tan
Julie Tan
13 Jun 2017

Julie Tan

It’s no secret that Julie is insecure about her boobs. The 24-year-old has always wanted to get a boob job but chickened out as she has a low threshold for pain. But that doesn’t mean she has given up hopes of enhancing her “airport chest”.

“I have been massaging my breasts with lotion every night for half a year and eating a lot to ‘grow’ them. I tried papaya (it doesn’t work!), soy milk and chicken breast, and I think that my cup size has increased a little,” said Julie, adding that she is looking forward to pregnancy when she has a chance to “pump” up her boobs.

“I might get [a boob job] after having a kid. I would have gone through the worst during pregnancy so the pain will be nothing… or maybe my bust size will increase permanently after pregnancy. I will monitor the situation then.”

Photo: Instagram/@julietan_cxq

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
13 Jun 2017

Rebecca Lim

Forget aloe vera cooling gel. When Rebecca needs to brighten and moisturise her skin after prolonged sun exposure, she turns to SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, which she applies generously on her face and body.

“On days when I am burnt, I will soak cotton pads with the water essence and apply it on my whole body for 20 minutes. I put it in the fridge so there's a cooling effect when I apply it. I don’t do it all the time, just on days when I feel I am getting tanner or the camera man tells me it is getting more difficult to light me because my colour is not the same anymore!

“I also tried sleeping in a sitting posture because I get water retention easily. I did it so my face won’t swell in the morning but it doesn’t work.”

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
13 Jun 2017

Romeo Tan

Romeo has no qualms about trying non-invasive procedures to look good and one of the treatments that he has done is fat freezing. The popular technique uses extremely cold temperature to “freeze” fats in problem areas such as the tummy and inner thighs and slowly “dissolve” it.

“You will feel numbness and slight pain if the cold plates are on your body for too long. I know people who suffered bruises from fat freezing but I didn’t,” said 32-year-old, who tried the treatment six years ago. “I did it once every two weeks for around three to four months. I saw some improvement to the love handles.”

Pierre Png
Pierre Png
13 Jun 2017

Pierre Png

Instead of freezing, Pierre used heat to rid stubborn belly fat. The actor revealed that he was recently confirmed for a role and only had two weeks to get into shape, so his wife suggested he try RF (radio frequency) treatment. Pierre underwent eight sessions of the RF, which uses heat from radio frequency to break down fat cells, and saw results close to the end of the programme.

“I was desperate but I wasn’t willing to do liposuction or anything else, so I tried RF. And very surprisingly, it worked. You have to couple it with a change of diet because you are 70 per cent of what you eat.”

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
13 Jun 2017

Sheila Sim

Sheila is known for her slender frame and modelesque looks but before she broke into the modelling industry, she had to go on a diet to lose weight, and let’s just say, the experience will not leave you green with envy. “When I first started modelling, my management told me to lose weight, so I ate one green apple a day for two weeks. As a result, I turned green, literally!” said Sheila.

The 33-year-old also tried using mayonnaise as a hair mask for a week after reading about Jennifer Aniston’s hair care tips. However, instead of getting luscious locks like the Hollywood actress, she ended up with greasy tresses. “My hair was so oily that when I sweat, I sweat oil. My hair was so limp and oily, it wasn’t funny!” Lesson learnt: Don’t believe everything you read online.

Photo: Instagram/@sheila_sim

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
13 Jun 2017

Felicia Chin

We all love to indulge in an occasional avocado toast or shake when we want to give ourselves a treat but Felicia has another use for the creamy fruit – as a face or hair mask to keep it looking luxe and hydrated.

“I really like using natural ingredients to treat my face and hair and [avocadoes] are very nutritious and make your hair luscious," said Felicia. "You need to make it super mashed up and I just put it on my hair like a mask. It’s very messy so maybe don’t do it in your own bathroom!”

kym-ng
kym-ng
13 Jun 2017

kym-ng

Occasionally, Kym will rock the bare-faced look but one thing she cannot leave naked are her eyebrows. The actress-host revealed that before a long flight, she will apply peel-off eyebrow tattoos so she can “keep my brows”. “It is quite an amazing product and lasts for a few days. You just apply it on your brows and peel it off when it is dry. But I always frighten my husband when I use it because my brows are very dark when I apply it - it looks as though I drew them with a marker. He says I look like Crayon Shin-chan.”

Chen Hanwei
Chen Hanwei
13 Jun 2017

Chen Hanwei

Okay, gold masks aren’t exactly weird but for a “lazy” guy like Hanwei, whose skincare routine involves just cleansing with facial wash, this is a rather big deal. While the sheet-like mask from Korea, which consists of real gold, did brighten and whiten his skin, the actor admitted he is skeptical about its effects.

“It is like a sheet mask but with a layer of gold on top. I personally feel it is bluff one. Because [when dry] the gold will flake off when you touch it so how can it penetrate into your skin? Only the serum goes into your skin, not the gold. Maybe I put it on wrongly. Now that I think about it, maybe I should have put the gold side on my face instead,” said Hanwei.  

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