Model regrets sun worship

Last updated 05:00 22/10/2011
Elle Macpherson
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OLDER AND WISER: Elle Macpherson was a baby-oil aficionado at age 23 (L), but these days the sun-smart 47-year-old prefers to fake it.

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Elle Macpherson is urging women to take heed of sun care advice this summer.

The towering beauty, who describes herself as a "beach girl", visited Sydney department store Myer on Friday to promote Invisible Zinc, a company she has invested in since its inception eight years ago.

"We are an active culture, we have an outdoor lifestyle, we have this huge ozone hole above our country and I think it's so important that we learn to be as careful as we possibly can and not only for beauty but for skin care," Macpherson said.

"If there's any young girls out there; I wish somebody had told me to start using sunscreen when I was younger 'cause I grew up in the '70s ... and at that time I used to coat my body with baby oil," she told the growing crowd.

Macpherson, who now lives in London, said she loves being outdoors and sunshine is important to her. She admitted, however, that for the colour of her skin to "be anything other than pale" she uses fake tan.

For her fitness routine, Macpherson said it varies depending on where she is in the world.

"It's always important for me to do some physical exercise during the day but not exercise to get thin but just because I like to have that endorphin release, so whether it be surfing, or whether it be skiing or hiking even."

The 47-year-old also said she drinks three litres of water a day and although she has a hectic work schedule, she loves travelling.

"I'm an adventurer at heart."

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