Last week Elle left such a big impression on me, she was gorgeous, smart and knew every little details about her new business, Elle Machperson Body. This isn’t just lending her face to another brand, she owns 50% of the company and she is involved in every little detail. She also owns another wellness company called Well Co, which steamed out of her need of supplements that she could take on the go without carrying hundreds of bottles of different vitamins around.
She looks great, she has aged of course, but in a beautiful and natural way. Not in the typical Hollywood fashion where everything starts to look a little plastic. If I look as good as her when I’m 50 I would be over the moon!
Being so busy I wondered what her non negotiable's were when it came to health and wellness?
“Wellness, this is non-negotiable for me. I have to work at it. When I was younger I could rely on genetics. Today I really have to make sure that I have the right supplement to help nourish my body and that's why I created Well Co. I couldn't find the right nutrients and what I used to do wasn’t working anymore. She said I needed to be more alakline and needed more plants in my diet but I was finding it really hard to eat a lot of plants. I said, how do I fill my life with plant food when I'm on the run. She said, look, let's make it simple. Lets make vitamins, minerals and plant food in a powder that you can take everyday to help you. I take that everyday. I created clean plant-based protein powders. A sleep tea because I have trouble sleeping with all my travel. I really focus and make sure that I am getting my nutrients and getting good sleep. Seven hours of sleep and I drink three litres of water a day. I try to work out about 45 minutes to an hour, doing some kind of vigorous exercise or moving my body.”
She aims for everyday but she explained that doesn’t always happens, she has been promoting Elle Macpherson Body for the past 7 days so hasn’t bee able to work out at all. But she said if you give her a mountain she would climb it, that’s her thing.
“If it takes two hours I will do it. If it's all up hill I will do it, I don't mind. I did a lot of hiking over the summer. Sometimes 14/15 miles a day. The ideal day for me would be an hour of yoga in the morning, a hike and an hour of swimming in the afternoon. That would be a really great work out day for me.”
That incredible skin I mention, she keeps it as natural as possible to keep it looking the way it does.
“The most important thing for me is beauty from the inside out. I take my Super Elixir everyday. Sleep everyday. At least 50 percent or 60 percent of good skin Is there. If you neglect that it doesn't matter what you put on the outside. For me, what my experience is, it doesn't make any difference what you use on the outside, you got to do that foundation work first. I like to use Dr. Sebagh's products. I cleanse. I do use retinol sometimes. I like micro needling, I feel that does good stuff for my skin but I don’t do lasers as I am in the sun a lot. All very natural”
With 5 children I imagine it is hard to find the right work/family life balance.
“My biggest thing is prioritizing the kids. I was even laughing today. I've got five children. I've spoken to every one of them today even though I'm in New Zealand.”
Elle rattles off a long and impressive list of what all her kids are up to, test, sport injuries, a son who has two dates to the Kanye concert, which we laugh about.
“That's my number one thing. I connect with the children. I see what they're doing. How they're going and making sure they are ok. It's prioritizing the kids and my husband. I fit work in around that. If I can focus on family first everything else falls into place.”
So how does she relaxed with everything on her plate?
“I like to cook although I'm not very good, but I do like to prepare, even If I make home-made almond milk I find that really relaxing.”
Oh good, one thing she isn’t good at. She is human after all!