Elle Macpherson’s 5 tips for glowing summer skin

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headshot_elle_macpherson_small Welcome to the Wellness Council, our handpicked holistic health squad: a tightly curated group that gives the best advice this side of your own personal guru. 

In this article, supermodel and WelleCo founder Elle Macpherson shares her secrets for looking great in the summer sun—and she’s learned a thing or two over the years about being beach-fabulous. 

What she writes about next is up to you—tell us what what you’re dying to know! Send questions and ideas to experts@wellandgood.com.

It is that time of year: The sun is shining and the kids are all on school holidays! Summer is really special to me, and this year we are spending some lo-fi family time together in the sun.

To get myself ready for a summer holiday, I seem to always go through the same checklist: good book, sunglasses, and cool new bathing suit (I just bought a Lisa Marie Fernandez frill bikini in Australia that I love!). As our family holiday gets closer, I embark on my 4-Week Body Reboot and add a skin-boosting smoothie every day.

What’s in the smoothie? Simply blitz banana, pineapple, kale, lemon juice, coconut water, and an alkalizing green powder. (Obviously I recommend WelleCo’s Super Elixir Alkalizing Greens!) This is one of the tips my nutritional doctor, Simone Laubscher, PhD, taught me when I was asking her for advice on more healthy-looking skin. Adding this to my breakfast routine is a great way to get in summer mode.

What else says “summer” to me? I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things to keep me glowing all season, from skin care to sunscreen to makeup bag essentials.

Photo: Instagram/@ellemacphersonofficial
Photo: Instagram/@ellemacphersonofficial

1. Sleep more

When I think of my skin being nourished and at its best, there is one thing I never underestimate—and that is the power of sleep. When the kids were young and I would stay up working until 2 a.m., I thought I was being really productive—little did I know my skin and general well-being was suffering from only three to four hours of rest a night. Sleep has become really important to me, and I now make sure I get at least seven hours to wake up and take on the day.

2. Apply sunscreen

Even though I like having a tan, my greatest regret is that I haven’t always protected my skin from the sun. I think sunblock is really important now and I always use SPF 50+. I like Invisible Zinc ($35), and it’s one of the most important items on my packing list.

3. Exfoliate

In terms of skin care, I’m more of a wellness girl. I’m less about beautifying and more about wellness and treating from the inside with the right tonic and being toned and moisturized with soft skin.  For me these days, it’s all about stripping back the skin and re-moisturizing. And exfoliating! I exfoliate in the shower every day. If I don’t exfoliate my face skin in the morning I’ll do it at night so my skin is really soft.

4. Find a great concealer

I’m not big on makeup and I wasn’t even when I was younger. I always tell my two stepdaughters to take their makeup off—they look beautiful without it. I do like to use a concealer though, and I love RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up ($32) because I can use it without powder and it isn’t full of nasty ingredients, which matters a lot to me.

5. Hydrate—both inside and out

Overall my main tips for great skin are to treat and nourish from the inside and to keep it super simple. Stay hydrated from the inside, moisturized on the outside, and protected from the sun. And just keep having fun and smile—and you’ll always be glowing.

The perennial “Australian Girl Next Door,” supermodel Elle Macpherson has been a prominent figure in business, fashion, film, and television for the past 30 years. In addition to achieving global fame as a model and actress, Macpherson has won scores of awards for her ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive. Today, she serves as the co-founder and creative director for WelleCo. 

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