Don't monkey around with your skin

American actress and brand ambassador Amanda Seyfried (right) attended the official opening of Cle de Peau Beaute's Mandarin Gallery store (above).
American actress and brand ambassador Amanda Seyfried (above) attended the official opening of Cle de Peau Beaute's Mandarin Gallery store.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
American actress and brand ambassador Amanda Seyfried (right) attended the official opening of Cle de Peau Beaute's Mandarin Gallery store (above).
American actress and brand ambassador Amanda Seyfried attended the official opening of Cle de Peau Beaute's Mandarin Gallery store (above).PHOTO: CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE

Wash your face with a good cleanser every morning.

That is the simple beauty tip from American actress Amanda Seyfried, who was in Singapore last month for the opening of Japanese luxury skincare brand Cle de Peau Beaute's first flagship store.

The 31-year-old doe-eyed beauty has been an ambassador for the brand since 2011.

And as cliched as it may sound, beauty is also all about being comfortable in one's own skin, Seyfried says. "It's all about a healthy confidence. I certainly feel more beautiful the more I know myself. I'm really comfortable in my skin. That confidence makes so much difference."

Even in Singapore's tropical heat, the bubbly mother of a two- month-old girl looks completely comfortable in a mid-length black lace dress.

"It is my first time here. I love the humidity. I am an east coaster and where I grew up (in Pennsylvania), we have a lot of humidity in the summer. So this reminds me of home."

She has starred in films such as Les Miserables (2012), Dear John (2010) and Mamma Mia (2008).

The actress, who is married to 40-year-old American actor Thomas Sadoski, is also keen to see the wildlife in Singapore. "I would love to see giant lizards and monkeys. Are there monkeys here?"

She becomes visibly more excited as this reporter throws up suggestions for locations with wild monkeys. "Can you look them in the eyes? Are they just wild here? I have to go and see them. I am dead serious. I really like monkeys."

She is even willing to wake up early to make a trip to one of the suggested spots, Lower Peirce Reservoir. "I can't even tell you how excited I am. I can't believe this," she says.

She says: "I had a choice for this trip between Singapore and Shanghai and I was like, Singapore. This is the furthest south I have ever been and I would live here if it was affordable, but it's not."

After the excitement over primates dies down, Seyfried shares her beauty routine, which involves using a foaming cleanser in the morning, a moisturiser with a sun protection factor of 23 and the Cle de Peau Beaute Le Creme, a moisturising cream.

She usually does not wear foundation and tries to keep her skin as clean as possible.

"I also use a good skin serum at night. It really gives the skin a good moisture boost. You have to protect it. It's your largest organ and the first thing people see when they look at you. "

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2017, with the headline 'Don't monkey around with your skin'. Print Edition | Subscribe