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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Bee on

It’s called botox and starving yourself.

Mary on

Um, you don’t have to starve yourself to stay thin. It’s called eating healthy and exercising. You might want to try it.

Jon on

That’s great to hear!

Lisa on

I thought this was about a workout regimen. Big whoop on the sunscreen and hat, that’s commen sense stuff. Makes her no different than anyone else out there.

Lisa on

whoop – “common”

Adrienne on

Just an article to plug products.

yourmom on

I think she meant to say “zinc sunscreen and endangered rhino horn powder”. Silly of her to leave that part out.

Doc in philly on

she looks amazing, what an inspiration, hope i look that good at her age

boo on

what does she eat?

Suzanne on

She is gorgeous! If only I were 6ft tall my weight would be distributed evenly and then I would look like her too. It’s ok to hate her because she’s beautiful :)

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