For Charlene Gonzales, nothing beats natural beauty.
In this age when more women are becoming open to having the "enhanced" look, the 36-year-old mom says cosmetic surgery never crossed her mind.
"Well, at this point, it's not something I would encourage other people to do," the 1994 Binibining Pilipinas-Universe tells PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the press launch of her latest endorsement, Facial Care Center, on May 27, at Sala Restaurant, Makati Avenue, Makati City.
She adds, "I think, you know, all of us will age at some point. I still believe in ageing gracefully. I think there are women who are a lot older and they're still quite beautiful. It's like looking your best at the age you are at. Like, you're 60 years old parang pinipilit mong maging 18 years old. Di ba, hindi magandang tingnan."
Charlene is also grateful that she doesn't feel the need to go under the knife. "Ayaw kong isipin 'yon because there are still many, many years ahead for me to enjoy this now," she says.
She doesn't feel the pressure to look good all the time either. "You know, on a regular day, I don't wear makeup. I only wear makeup when I have to wear makeup for work. If not on a regular basis, I don't wear make-up."
She's conscious about her figure, though.
She relates to PEP, "Alam mo, talagang I think sa trabaho ng artista parang non-stop talaga ang buhay-diet, 'no? Talagang minsan kahit nakakapagod, it's really part of our world. We're always constantly dieting and exercising."
To keep her body in shape, she watches the food she eats, plays badminton, goes biking, and engages in wakeboarding—also her husband Aga Muhlach's favorite sport.
"It's my way of destressing, of enjoying life. It's also one of the things I enjoy doing with my family," she says.