How Elle Macpherson Stays Beach Ready At 46

08/05/2010 at 02:00 PM ET

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Supermodel Elle Macpherson spends plenty of time on the beach, so how does she keep the saltwater, sun and sand from ravaging her looks? The answer, according to the Aussie icon, is easy: She uses the elements to her advantage. “I don’t really touch my hair. It tends to form dreadlocks quite easily in the summer, but I leave them,” she says. “And I leave in the salt water, which is a great evening styling aid. In fact, Bumble and Bumble offers salt-water-infused Surf Spray. Anything that I do emphasizes the natural way my hair is.” And that woven cowboy hat that’s become her summer signature? It’s more about function than fashion. “A lot of people think I wear a cowboy hat because it’s part of my look,” she says, “but it actually is to protect my hair. I collect them along my travels, so I might find one in a thrift shop in Costa Rica. It’s that simple. Or that exotic.” The final key to Macpherson’s low-maintenance beauty routine? Bronze skin–in a compact. “I don’t put my face in the sun and I use Neutrogena and Invisible Zinc sunscreen,” says the mother of two. “But the thing that complements the hair most is the skin. My hair looks more golden because the color of my skin is quite golden. I use Revlon bronzers. The tawny skin with the tawny hair–that’s the whole look.” Read more from Elle in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.–Suzanne Zuckerman

FILED UNDER: Cosmetics , Hair , Skincare , Suncare

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Kimmy on

Wow people sure do hate. You can look good at any age if you eat right and exercise. The problem is people always think that if you are thin you starve yourself. People need to stop hating and take their self to the gym if they want to see a change in their body.Granted people have different genes but everybody should workout to stay healthy.
The point is do not get mad at Elle because she still looks good, and workout if you are so unhappy with your body.

Tarina on

To all the haters out there- if you had all of the options avalible to you you know damn well you would take advantage of them.. stop hating on someone for being more privlidged then you because of the choices she made.. OR better yet.. get off your lazy ass and do that for yourself!

E on

She does look great, but it is also her job to do so, and she has some good genes to start out with. It’s a lot harder to look like that when you don’t have the luxury to spend all day every day on beauty care. That being said, there are a lot of people that have the luxury of time, and do not use it in that way. She doesn’t look like she is starving, but she clearly watches what she eats very carefully, and is probably on the lower end of the bmi. Also, she has always looked like that, and it is a lot easier to maintain, than to try to create that body from one that is a flabby mess.

While I don’t condone women’s obsession with being thin, I do think everybody should take care of themselves. We easily confuse being thin with being healthy — the two are not the same thing. And bodies that look like a model’s body take work and discipline. It is their career and their income depends on looking that way — why do people with normal jobs keep comparing themselves?!

SUSAN on

She looks great!

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