Elle talks to The New York Times about her fitness regime and her unfussy and streamlined skin care routine.
Elle Macpherson, 52, has been modeling for 35 years. These days, though, you’re more likely to find her in a product development meeting than in front of a camera. She has founded two companies, a namesake lingerie line and WelleCo, a wellness and supplements company that is introducing a sleep-inducing tea and calming essential-oil mist this month. Ms. Macpherson, a native of Sydney, Australia, now lives in Miami. Here are her best beauty picks and fitness advice.
The first thing: I believe in beauty from the inside out. What you put in your body is more important than what you put on your body, although they do work in tandem.
Second thing: I believe in exfoliation. The skin is the No. 1 detox organ, so if I can exfoliate and get my circulation going, that’s really important as well. I use a sea salt scrub for my body twice a day. For my face, I use a glycolic wash cleanser by NeoStrata every day. Then a couple of days a week, I also use a scrub or deeper exfoliator. I like the Dr Sebagh one, which is acid based and it’s gentle. Or I use a Dr. Brandt one that is like a face polish.
At the moment, I’m loving the Crème de la Mer. It’s really rich, and my skin has a tendency to get dehydrated from plane travel. Being based in Miami, sunblock is my best friend. I like Invisible Zinc. I also like one by Dr. Brandt.
I get recommendations from dermatologists or makeup artists. I like hearing about things word of mouth because there is so much product out there now, and they all come in such beautiful packaging, and they all promise the world. I get it confused, so that’s why word of mouth is key. Like the eye cream I use is by Arianna Skincare. I heard about it from Norman Foster’s wife. Her skin looks amazing, and I asked what she used. She suggested this eye cream, and it really works. I also like the Natura Bissé Diamond Eye Serum. Then for my lips and cuticles, I use Lucas’ Papaw — it’s very Aussie.
Diet and Fitness
About three years ago, I started doing an alkaline diet. I was feeling listless and lacked muscle tone. What I was doing wasn’t working. A nutritionist did some testing and said I was too acidic. I made some minor changes to my diet, like less red meat, and she also gave me this green powder to drink. That’s where the idea for my SUPER ELIXIR came from. I worked with that nutritionist, and I put everything that I needed or wanted from vitamins and supplements into one product.
I like to be outdoors, and the way I choose to engage with the outdoors is through sport. In New York City, I run around the reservoir. In Miami, I paddle-board or Jet Ski or run along the beach. If I’m in the mountains, I ski or hike. I like to play tennis even though I’m not very good at it.
For me, it’s more about the sport. It’s not about needing to get a workout in or losing weight. I don’t spend time at a gym. I don’t have a trainer. But I do have friends who I love to do these activities with.
Read the full interview here.