With a face that seems to defy time, uber long blonde hair to rival Giselle, and legs up to here, it’s easy to see how supermodel Elle Macpherson earned her nickname, The Body.
At 54-years-old and with a healthier, fitter body than we could even attempt to achieve, Macpherson is looking more and more epic by the day.
Sure, you could put it down to genetics, but we have a sneaky suspicion the ’90s icon has a few time-defying tricks up her sleeve as well.
And no, we’re not talking about injectables. In fact, the wellness entrepreneur recently revealed that the secret to her supermodel skin is a lot more relatable than you might think – sleep.
The Get The Gloss columnist disclosed in her latest article for the site that the secret to getting that glow is all about having a decent night’s sleep.
‘A good night’s sleep is a must! I have learned to be a better sleeper in recent years and am a solid seven-hours-a-night girl now,’ the mum of two admitted.
‘We need our beauty sleep, it’s a scientific fact. I learned from my nutritional doctor Dr Simone Laubscher PhD, that the outer or top layer of our skin comprises tightly-packed dead skin cells which are constantly shed throughout the day. During deep sleep, the skin’s metabolic rate speeds up, which helps with repair. Whether it’s damage from factors such as ultraviolet rays or internal toxic overload from too many late nights, we really do need our “beauty sleep”.’
Macpherson’s personal beauty sleep routine? It’s a three-step process.
Step 1 – Brew a cuppa
If you thought a hot drink before bed was just for the oldies, then think again. ‘For quality beauty sleep, I brew a pot of Welleco Sleep Well Calming tea.’
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Step 2 – Get your hands on some sleep spray
From This Works to Byredo, there’s a whole world of sleep sprays that give your pillows a comforting scent-over. Macpherson swears by hers, making step two of her beauty sleep routine spritzing ‘my pillows with Sleep Welle Calming Mist. The lavender scent really adds to the sense of calm I try to create before bed.’
ELLE Edit: Sleep Sprays
Step 3 – Stretch it out
Although bundling up in a duvet seems like the best idea at almost every other time of the day, going from Insta scrolling to sound asleep can be tricky when you actually need it to happen. ‘If I still have trouble calming my mind, I lie on my back, place my feet up the wall, and stretch my arms (like the yoga pose viparita karani – ‘legs up the wall’ pose)’, reveals Macpherson. ‘
It has an immediate meditative effect on me. All I need is five minutes like that and I’m calm and ready for sleep.’
So, if you ever thought beauty sleep was just a myth, think again.