Beauty / IN THE BAG

Model Elsa Gelhard knows it’s best to keep things simple

Beauty is about feeling comfortable in your own skin – German model Elsa Gelhard has always known this to be true. Currently residing in Byron Bay, Geldhard told us that beauty is all about perspective, and refining a regimen that works best for you. You might recognise her from the pages of our ‘Soul’ issue, and here we get to know her a little better.

My morning beauty routine is …
As simple as possible, because my bed happens to have this magical power over me. Once I can resist its spell, I wash my face and moisturise it, and I run out of the door because I’m probably too late again.

My night beauty routine is …
Even simpler after a long day. I take off makeup, if I wear some, take a shower and moisturise my body and face.

My favourite products for body are …
I like coconut oil. It’s 100 per cent natural for your skin and in a glass bottle, it’s eco friendly too. It’s perfect for moisturising, removing makeup, or a nice smile.  

My favourite form of exercise is …
Horse riding! Which is difficult when you’re travelling and away from your horses. Same is for riding my bike. Otherwise I would definitely recommend long dances in front of the mirror, if you get the chance for that. During my travels I love long walks or hikes at beautiful places and the occasional yoga session.

When my body needs to recover I …
Take a music nap. Based on the fact that I can’t fall asleep during the day, I discovered that it gives me a big energy boost if I just lay down and close my eyes for 20 minutes listening to my favourite artists.

My favourite detox is …
Bathing – either hot baths, decent swims or a nice sunbathe. 

My favourite retox is …
Sugar, especially chocolate is my number one drug.

When it comes to beauty I always …
Have the attitude that it’s a matter of perspective. If you want to, do something that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin, but don’t worry too much about it. Some people will appreciate your beauty, others don’t. That’s life. 

My beauty icon is …
George Clooney – when I’m 58 I want to look as fresh as he does.

The best advice on beauty I’ve received is …
Wear sunscreen (thanks Mum). 

The best health advice I’ve received is …
Eat healthy, but eat whatever makes you happy, if that makes sense. 

The product I can’t live without is …
My microfibre makeup remover glove. It removes all of my makeup without causing any waste.