While we do care who gets applauded for their acting skills and artistry, let’s face it: We eagerly watch the Academy Awards every year to see who’s wearing what and who’s wowing the camera.
Amongst the shining stars who deserve praise and admiration for their breathtaking beauty, we felt it was a handful of stunners of certain age who have gracefully defied the cruel rules of gravity and time depredation that truly deserve our two thumbs up. ‘Cos if that’s what we can look forward to in our 40s and beyond, then we will gladly welcome each new birthday with more lotion and lunges.
And the winners of our Beauty Oscars are…
HALLE BERRY, 46
The X-Men star took the red carpet by storm in a plunging metallic Versace gown. Without her driver’s license, this mother of a five-year-old girl would have no way of proving her actual age of 46. Her chiseled face was radiantly free of wrinkles and spots, and her Bond Girl hot bod would put many 20-year-olds to shame.
Get the Look: Skin of colour (like Halle’s and our Asian skin) is generally more prone to hyperpigmentation which cuts glow and adds years to the face. Besides religious sun protection, advanced skincare products and treatments are celebrity weapons of choice against rogue spots. A favourite laser of the moment to achieve a smooth, luminous clarity is the Fraxel microlaser peel – it erases both stubborn spots and lines like a veritable Photoshop tool, and stimulates regrowth of younger, healthy skin cells and bouncy collagen.
To rock a pixie crop like Halle, a well-defined facial contour is a must. Suitable for all skin types, Ultherapy employs microfocused ultrasound to lift tired brows, jowls and double chins to sculpt a naturally fresh, taut visage quickly and without downtime.
Another new Hollywood beauty secret is the “baby drop” fillers, where an ultra-fine “Gucci” needle and tiny droplets of fillers smooths out any residual wrinkles even on the day of the event to get celebs HD-ready without leaving anyone frozen. Such microinjections of natural hyaluronic acid would imbue a dewy glow into the dermis and restore an inviting plumpness (minus telltale excess volume) to the lips as well.
NAOMI WATTS, 44
One of the best-dressed for 2013 Oscars, Naomi Watts sparkled with her enviable glowing skin and shimmering Armani Prive number. But her look would have lost some of its dazzle without her modern, sophisticated updo and gracefully toned arms.
Get the Look: Bingo wings are notoriously difficult to banish, but Naomi shows us there’s no “The Impossible” – just mind over matter.
For toned-but-not-bulky ballerina arms, work your wings with the “Triceps Kickback“. Tie the centre of a resistance band to a stable object (eg knob of your closed door) at waist height. Stand with your heels together, toes turned out. Start by holding one end in each hand with your elbows at 90 degrees, palms facing down and band taut. Then straighten elbows, extending arms slightly behind you before slowly returning to starting position. Do 3 sets of 15 reps daily.
If you are still not batting 100, it’s time to turn to Thermage for Body to firm up the saggy skin in wobbly arms and other loose, flabby body parts that just aren’t up to par.
JANE FONDA, 75
Her bold canary yellow choice was controversial, but if any anyone could pull that off, it has to be Jane Fonda. Her awe-inspiring trim figure, statuesque poise, and confident youthful disposition wins her top prize on our score charts for being an exemplary living proof that age is but a number.
Get the Look: The key to torching extra calories to combat the stalling metabolism with age: Incorporate strength-training exercises to your cardio workouts. Building those fat-burning muscles incinerates up to 10 times more fat for a given workout and prolongs your metabolism spike for a longer after burn way after your workout! Jane Fonda also does yoga which helps to strengthen core muscles, and improve balance, flexibility and posture.
Complement your fitness regime with belly-flattening foods that’ll tune up your metabolic engine to help you stay yummy-licious for life.
If you want an added edge sans the knife, consider CoolSculpt by Zeltiq. Every 60-minute fat-freezing treatment eliminates 20 percent of that resistant bulge.
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– By Libby Tanada