If you’ve watched Elle Ferguson’s Instagram Stories over the last few weeks, you’ll know that she has spent this time in isolation working on her health.
Ferguson’s daily updates include a morning Pilates session followed by a run in the afternoon. “I had a treadmill installed in my house and I’m running every day,” she told TheLatch—. “I needed to move but be very respectful of the rules that had been put in place.”
While isolation is undoubtedly a tricky time, Ferguson has been focusing on her work and trying to do those things that make her happy, which includes her weekly tanning routine with her Elle Effect products.
“If anything, I’m tanning more,” she said.
We spoke to Ferguson about her new routine and the things she’s doing to find joy at the moment.
Alexandra McCarthy: Hi, Elle! How have you been finding this period of isolation?
Elle Ferguson: To be honest, its been a bit of a rollercoaster. But I don’t think I’m alone in that feeling. I’m extremely lucky to be healthy and in lockdown with the ones I love dearly. In regards to my business Elle Effect, I was incredibly lucky to have the majority of my stock arrive into the country before the lockdown so we have been able to trade through.
AM: What have you been up to in isolation?
EF: Its been a process. At the beginning, I felt like I needed to do something, create something, learn something or even bake something. However, what I learnt quickly was I needed to focus on was my business and pivot from what the old norm was to what the new norm will be.
Once I set in place some guidelines for the business, such as keep inspiring and making people feel good, I then concentrated on myself. I had a treadmill installed in my house and I’m running every day. I needed to move but be very respectful of the rules that had been put in place.
“At the beginning, I felt like I needed to do something, create something, learn something or even bake something.”
AM: How have you been taking care of yourself at this time?
EF: Besides from staying extremely tanned with Elle Effect Self Tanning Mousse, I have ensured I’m being active every day. I do a Pilates class via Zoom every morning and then I run on the treadmill in the afternoon.
Every morning I have also been very aware to set the intention for the day. I light some incense from my sister’s store Babyanything and set out some goals with what I need to accomplish that day. It’s put me in a much better headspace than what I started lockdown with.
AM: Has your beauty regime changed at all during iso? Given the extra time you might have to try new products…
EF: You would think I’d have more spare time but truth be told I feel like my team and I are working harder than ever before. I am loving the fact that I’ve tried nearly every face mask I have, I’m painting my own nails whatever colour I want and I’ve had time to trial face contouring with my tan. The best thing about lockdown is no one has to see you if you make a mistake (except for poor Joel — he has seen some strange looks I’ve done during lockdown).
“You would think I’d have more spare time but truth be told I feel like my team and I are working harder than ever before.”
AM: What are some of your current beauty products faves?
EF: Elle Effect Self Tan and The Wash, Tatcha Lip mask (the jelly one is soooo good) Kora Noni Oil, Olay Regenerist Whips, GHD Soft Curl Tong (yes I’m still curling my hair) and TRESemme dry shampoo.
AM: Has this time spent at home changed your approach to beauty?
EF: Yes its made me so much more aware of what I’m putting inside my body. I’m drinking so much more water which is, of course, helping my skin glow and also Joel and I haven’t had takeaway for over seven weeks. We’re cooking so clean that both of us feel and look so much healthier.
AM: So tanning has still been apart of your beauty regime while in iso?
EF: 100%! If anything, I’m tanning more. So my tanning Thursday hasn’t changed (I do a full body cleanse with The Wash then tan my full body with the self-tanner using the Luxe Applicator Mitt). From here I have been topping my face up with tan every three days, sleeping it and rinsing off in the morning.
AM: You launched The Wash and The Mitt earlier this year. Anything fun coming to Elle Effect soon?
EF: YES!!!! I am so excited!!! Watch this space.
AM: What are you looking forward to doing after iso ends?
EF: Hmmm travel.
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