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If you’ve seen the news about Shu Qi’s lavish “wedding banquet” birthday bash, you might be wondering how the star manages to look so youthful!

By maintaining a flawless complexion and toned physique, Shu Qi has managed to age gracefully and continues to look amazing well into her 40s.

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Curious about how she does it? We’ve rounded up her best beauty tips for staying healthy and glowing, from her skincare must-haves to her workout habits.

Keep reading to find out all her beauty secrets!

Cleanse Thoroughly

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Ever been so exhausted that you just can’t be bothered with removing your makeup? This is a huge no-no when it comes to maintaining a flawless complexion!

Shu Qi has shared that in her younger days, she would often fall asleep after a long day of filming with her makeup still on.

However, she eventually realised that wearing makeup to bed was doing some serious damage to her sensitive skin. So, she’s become more conscientious with cleansing and always thoroughly removes her makeup as part of her nightly routine.

Even if you aren’t wearing makeup, dirt and oils will still build up on your face by the end of the day, which could potentially clog your pores and lead to nasty breakouts.

So, remember to use a gentle but effective cleanser that’ll keep your skin healthy!

Hydrate Your Skin

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One staple of Shu Qi’s beauty routine is hydration! She boosts her complexion by using a facial mask, applying an intensely hydrating moisturiser, and drinking lots of water.

The star has shared that even if she’s sleep-deprived or overwhelmed with work, having hydrated skin will give the impression of a revitalised and flawless complexion!

She swears by the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5, applying a thick layer as part of her nighttime routine to soothe her tired skin.

This moisturiser contains nourishing ingredients such as vitamin B5, shea butter, and glycerin. It focuses on repairing your skin’s barrier and soothing irritation – perfect for dry and damaged skin!

The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 retails for S$57.90 (100ml) at Watsons.

Nourish Your Lips

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Another must-have in her routine is lip balm to keep her lips soft and hydrated.

Shu Qi has confessed that she’s addicted to lip balm, using it to nourish her lips and prevent chapped or dry skin!

She shares that lip balm comes in handy for long work days, and she regularly reapplies it to maintain a perfect pout.

It’s especially good for layering under lipstick, preventing the makeup from drying your lips out during long hours of wear!

Choose A Good Fragrance

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From 2006 to 2009, Shu Qi was an ambassador for the iconic Flower by Kenzo fragrance, an experience which left her with many positive memories!

For her, fragrances are a great way to reminisce on meaningful moments and create a positive atmosphere for yourself.

Choosing a signature fragrance that appeals to you and encapsulates who you are can do wonders for your mood and help you feel that much more put together with just a quick spritz.

Shu Qi mentioned that she personally likes the smell of trees on a rainy summer day and enjoys the rich smell of nature that forms right after the rain.

Exercise By Playing Sports

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Shu Qi regularly exercises to maintain her toned physique, as seen in the numerous workout-themed posts on her Instagram!

She’s a fan of badminton in particular, often meeting up with her friends for a match.

To her, badminton isn’t a gruelling form of exercise. Instead, it’s a way for her to unwind and bond with her friends through a fun game!

Whether she’s playing singles or doubles, she makes sure to have fun while working out, so that she can boost her mood and her health at the same time.

Avoid These Foods

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Another key to Shu Qi’s slim figure is avoiding unhealthy meals like raw food, fatty meat, and desserts.

This helps to prevent bloating and the accumulation of excess fat since these foods are high in calories and may cause unwanted weight gain.

She also makes it a point to finish her meals and stop eating five hours before bed to aid digestion and prevent issues like acid reflux!

Try Intermittent Fasting

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Another eating habit of hers is following the popular 16-8 rule, which involves eating within an eight-hour window and fasting for the other 16 hours.

Shu Qi generally does not eat past 6pm and shares that she has to be disciplined to avoid eating late at night, especially since the film crews she works with often order late-night snacks!

Still, Shu Qi does not deprive herself of food, eating at least two meals each day.

She also allows herself to indulge in her favourite treats once in a while, pairing them with a workout to burn off the extra calories and stay healthy.

Featured image credits: @sqwhat/Instagram.