It seems like only yesterday when we would rush home from school to turn on the radio and listen to Cantopop group Twins, made up of singers Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung.

We’ve kept a close eye on them over the years. Yet, we were still shocked to learn that both these singers are about 40 years old?!

We could hardly believe our eyes because they still look so youthful. Their beauty secrets? Read on to pick them up for yourself!

Charlene Choi’s beauty tips

She has an intensive skincare routine

Twins Charlene Choi intensive skincare choisaaaa on Instagram

Photo source: @choisaaaa on Instagram

Charlene has an intensive skincare routine to treat her naturally dry face, so she opts for moisturising ingredients.

She also applies more nourishing facial masks overnight to keep her skin supple especially when she needs to film the next day. In fact, she applies facial masks at least two to three times a week to keep her skin in tip-top condition.

She believes in persistent skincare habits

Instead of merely using expensive skincare products, Charlene believes in persistent skincare habits such as double cleansing.

She also believes that applying too much skincare products can clog the pores so she always goes easy with them.

She drinks as much water as possible

Charlene mentioned that experts recommend to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to maintain good health.

While she admits that while she does not meet the minimum eight glasses, she still tries to drink as much water as possible throughout the day to keep her skin hydrated.

She is a firm believer of sunscreen and visits beauty salons

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Photo source: @choisaaaa on Instagram

She always wears sunscreen, even if she is going to be spending most of her time indoors at home.

Another thing she does to maintain her healthy skin is visit a beauty salon regularly for deep cleaning such as blackhead removal and exfoliation.

In a video interview showing the beauty products in her purse, Charlene also mentioned that she gets tan easily, and uses the Galénic [N°1] Brightening, radiance, energy serum which is a 20% pure Vitamin C concentrated serum.

Photo source: yi zhi nan nan/Xiao Hong Shu

“It helps to protect me from the sun, and works good as an essence. After applying it, there’s a visible brightening effect,” she said.

The singer also found a second use for the product, saying that she will mix it in with her body lotion and that it helps keep her skin moisturised.

Her favourite cosmetics products are foundation, concealer, and powder

Charlene is fond of youthful makeup looks that take years off her age, with her favourite cosmetic products being foundation, concealer, and powder.

As for the specific powder foundation she uses, the Burberry Matte Glow cushion is one of her favourites, which she has also introduced to group mate Gillian and other friends over the years. According to her, the foundation has an impressive lasting power, provides good coverage for blemishes, and feels light on the skin.

Another one of her base makeup go-tos is the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Powder Foundation, which the singer has been using for over 10 years.

“I just put it on and it doesn’t melt throughout the day,” she said in a previous interview.

She also warns that you should be careful and avoid low-quality makeup, as it may cause terrible effects that cannot be reversed easily.

She is a ‘sleep expert’

Charlene has claimed before to be a ‘sleep expert’ as she believes that sleep is helpful for taking care of your skin.

This has some truth to it as during sleep, blood vessel circulation will increase, and skin regeneration will be accelerated.

She exercises at least 15 minutes a day

Twins Charlene Choi exercising choisaaaa on Instagram

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No matter how busy Charlene is, she always sets aside at least 15 minutes every day so that she can exercise.

This is because she enjoys exercise, particularly Zumba, which promotes detoxification, improves metabolism and complexion, and helps perspiration.

She pays attention to her gut health

Whenever she finds acne at the corner of her mouth, she takes that as a sign that her gastrointestinal function is not very good.

To resolve this, she detoxifies carefully and reduces her sugar intake in order not to exacerbate her skin condition.

Her must-have product is a 24K Gold Beauty Bar

Whenever she wakes up in the morning, Charlene uses a golden beauty stick and presses it onto her face to make her eyes less prone to sagging.

She also uses this beauty device to press the acupuncture points around the face to promote better blood circulation.

She drinks black wolfberry rose tea and pear soup

Black wolfberry rose tea is said to be rich in antioxidants, allowing for better skin complexion, as well as the conditioning of the liver and the stomach.

Meanwhile, the pear soup requires pears, apricots, figs, and dried tangerine peel to be boiled in a pot. These ingredients help to moisten the lungs, clear dryness, and relieve cough, which makes it perfect for a dry environment.

Gillian Chung’s beauty tips

She slathers on the sun protection

Twins Gillian Chung sun protection q_gill on Instagram

Photo source: @q_gill on Instagram

Gillian is not one to slack off with her sun protection, as she usually uses up a 60ml tube of sunscreen within only a single month and applies sunscreen rigorously indoors.

Other than protecting her face, she always makes sure to apply a lip balm with sun protection too to avoid dull and peeling lips.

She cleans her skin with warm water and cold water

Instead of using hot water to clean her skin, Gillian uses room temperature water and cold water back and forth, as it helps to achieve a firming effect.

She also takes care to not clean her face more than three times a day, as it can be more detrimental to the skin due to over exfoliation.

She never squeezes her blackheads

While it is very tempting to squeeze our blackheads, Gillian never does so as squeezing can cause skin irritation and inflammation.

Instead, to prevent blackhead growth, she uses a retinoid cream with a concentration of 0.025% to reduce the blockage of hair follicles, making it difficult for acne to generate.

She has a ‘water drinking schedule’

Twins Gillian Chung water q_gill on Instagram

Photo source: @q_gill on Instagram

In order to make sure she drinks the optimal amount of water every day, she sticks to a schedule to maintain good hydration:

  • 7:00 AM after waking up
  • 9:00 AM after breakfast
  • 11:30 AM before lunch
  • 1:00 PM after lunch
  • 3:00 PM during teatime
  • 5:00 PM before dinner
  • 8:00 PM after dinner

Not only does she not get thirsty with this schedule, but she has also shed a few stubborn kilograms just by doing so.

She applies a face mask everyday

Gillian has a thing for face masks and often wears one every day. She typically applies them either before bed, during baths, or before her makeup routine.

After applying the mask, Gillian massages the product onto her face for a couple of minutes until it is no longer sticky, and the product has completely absorbed.

She uses the remaining essence in the face mask

In order not to waste her skincare products, Gillian will use the remaining essence in the face mask package.

However, she doesn’t apply it after her 20-minute face mask routine, as too much product can also lead to the formation of acne.

She chills her face mask before applying

In the summer, it can be soothing to put on a chilled face mask after a long day, but you cannot go too low in temperature as it can hurt your skin.

For Gillian, the ideal cold temperature is about 15 degrees, as it still allows skincare ingredients to work their magic.

She reminds herself to blink more

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Photo source: @q_gill on Instagram

This is a pretty strange tip but it does have some logic behind it. With our eyes glued to the screen all day long, it can be easy to forget to blink, leading to fatigued eyes.

Blinking can help produce tears to moisten your eyes, resulting in less dry eyes. In the long run, this might help your eyes look less tired.

She uses both cheap to expensive skincare brands

One of Gillian’s most favourite skincare products is the clindalin*gel which is an acne-treating gel from Thailand that only costs RM24.50!

She does not have the habit of using beauty instruments and is not one to frequent beauty salons. Instead, she relies on her skincare routine to keep her complexion looking radiant and clear.

Featured image credit: q_gill