Singaporean actress Joanne Peh in real life is much taller and skinnier than she appears on screen. She is also surprisingly down to earth, honest, sweet and highly likable, with an infectious laugh and an earnestness that is highly endearing.

LC: As one of Singapore’s top actors, it means that you are constantly under public scrutiny. How do you deal with the need to always look and be perfect?

JP: I don’t like to go out with a full face of makeup on a day-to-day basis. For me, its just concealer and a tinted lip balm. I keep my sanity by ignoring the criticisms and simply pretend that it doesn’t exist.

LC: On Screen, you are usually not heavily made up. Is this intentional?

JP: I think I look better with less makeup and I want the viewers to be able to relate to me, which is why, I have requested to have less makeup applied on me, than in the past.

LC: What can you never leave home without?

JP: Sunscreen! I always slather on sunscreen. I feel naked without it.

LC: Are you a lippy or brow sort of girl?

JP: Oh definitely a brow girl. My brows are natural, but I do shape them.

LC: We understand that you are the new face of Ulthera. Is this your first foray into aesthetic treatments?

JP: Yes, I am proud to say that I am the new face of Ulthera. In the past, I had treatments like laser and IPL, but nothing invasive that would alter my features or the way I look. The reason I decided to work with Ulthera is because its a very natural treatment. It works to lift and tighten the skin by stimulating the body’s own natural collagen production, nothing more.

I also believe that I am at an age where I need to take care of myself. Right now, I am not just a mother to two little kids, I am also working at building my career, so being able to take care of myself and prolong my youth for as long as possible is very important.

LC: Would you consider surgical procedures to enhance your looks?

JP: Surgical enhancements are not for me. As an actress I need to show a range of emotion and expressions. I believe that invasive and surgical treatments can leave the face unbalanced, which can be quite apparent on screen. I like treatments that are natural and non-invasive, so people can recognise me both on-screen and off.

LC: Any final words to our readers?

JP: Give time for yourself. Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. A good emotional balance can make a huge difference in your life. I feel that I am now much calmer and more at peace with myself .

We are all born a certain way and ageing is a natural process that we cannot avoid and I believe in ageing beautifully and naturally, but that does not mean that I won’t make the effort to maintain my youth for as long as possible.