Businesswoman, Brand Ambassador, Beauty Aficionado. Model turned KORA Organics Founder Miranda Kerr uses a unique set of powerful at-home rituals to fend off the hands of time.
It might feel counterintuitive to ask one of the world’s most famous supermodels — genetically blessed to the degree she’s amassed a small fortune from it — what she does to work at her appearance. But work at it, she does: daily. And while Miranda Kerr, 38, now focuses more on nurturing her multimillion-dollar company, KORA Organics, than a modelling career, she still orbits in a universe centered almost entirely on youthful aesthetics. That’s why it’s surprising she’s candid about the anti-ageing interventions in her life in a way that’s not common practice among top models and celebrities, who’d rather keep their tricks private
“Growing up in Gunnedah [in country New South Wales], I never really saw myself as beautiful,” recalls Kerr, speaking from the Los Angeles home she shares with her husband of four years, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, and her three children. “I didn’t see myself as a traditional beauty, but I was really glad that other people did because I was able to make a career from it.” As the now-famous story goes, Kerr won a teen magazine model search competition in 1997 at age 13. Less than 10 years later, she was one of the highest-paid models in the world, replacing Gisele Bündchen. She became Australia’s first Victoria’s Secret Angel and spending most of her year circling the globe in planes for work. Nowadays, though, she’d rather get ahead with both feet firmly on the ground.
“I work out six days a week, sometimes seven,” says Kerr, who has an exercise studio at home but gets outdoors whenever she can. “I have this amazing Oura Ring [approximately $405] with technology that tracks your heart rate, REM sleep, even the steps you do each day. If I haven’t reached my steps goal, I put the kids in the pram and go for a walk.
“Having my last two babies [sons Hart, three, and Myles, one] close together made it really hard to get my core strength back,” says the businesswoman, who also shares a 10-year-old son, Flynn, with her ex-husband, Orlando Bloom. “No matter how much training I do, [my body] still isn’t where I want it to be. I’ve tried an [in-salon treatment] called Radio Frequency [RF] therapy that tones and lifts, and more recently, I’ve been using a body contouring machine called Emsculpt on my core, arms and butt.
It works by using [high-intensity focused electromagnetics] to stimulate muscle contraction, and it’s really helping. I want to get my stomach back to a place that’s good this summer.” Like Gwyneth Paltrow and a long list of Hollywood health devotees, Kerr is also a fan of the HigherDose Infrared Sauna Blanket (approximately $675), an at-home alternative to salon saunas claiming similar detox and skin-glow results. It’s not just her body that gets the high-tech treatment, though. “My favourite facial is a combo of microdermabrasion and oxygen for deep cleansing, then RF again, which tones and stimulates collagen. I have this guy from The Beauty Sandwich [Hollywood facialist Iván Pol] who comes to my house to do it.”
Body and beauty might be what the world seems focused on, but for Kerr, anti-ageing is just as much about protecting her mind, which is why she’s used a therapy called neurofeedback for years. The non-invasive, usually clinical treatment involves sensors attached to the scalp to measure neural activity and send calming signals. “They can rebalance the brain’s two hemispheres, and it’s great for quality sleep, which is a priority for me. I was having a conversation with Arianna Huffington [author and founder of The Huffington Post] the other day about the importance of sleep because she’s so passionate about it. I’ve had challenges with sleep my whole life, and now I’m a mother of three children who rarely all sleep through the night. I’ve found transcendental meditation helps.” She has also started practising the Wim Hof breathing method, developed by a Dutch motivational speaker commonly known as The Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme cold.
Regardless of whether she’s had a perfect night’s sleep or not, the first thing Kerr does each morning is drink a litre of filtered tap water, room temperature, with a splash of lemon juice. After that, she drinks a litre of celery juice (“acid then alkaline”), and then a Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie, one of the signature recipes from alternative health practitioner Anthony Williams, aka The Medical Medium, which contains barley grass, spirulina and frozen blueberries. “It’s really tasty and has really improved my health, but the best thing I’ve done for myself in the past three years is go predominantly plant-based,” she explains. “I grew up eating meat because my parents had a steak house in the early stage of my life. I also studied nutrition many years ago and learnt meat had nutritional value. But the latest course I completed on health and nutrition was through Stanford [University], and they say if you eat more plant-based, your body has the potential to be more efficient, heal and repair. There’s real science coming out around that.”
I’ve had challenges with sleep my whole life, and now I’m a mother … Transcendental meditation helps
Not surprisingly, given her colourful morning beverage routine, Kerr has built a serious regime of anti-ageing supplements into her day: Vimergy’s Lemon Balm, Celeryforce, and Liquid B-12 drops, plus Nadovim, which is a physician-formulated, nonprescription NAD+ supplement said to increase focus and concentration and also includes coenzyme Q10 and magnesium. Organics play a huge role in her diet and beauty regimens, too. A long-time advocate for chemical-free living, Kerr had her first organics epiphany in 2001 when her mother, Therese, became ill. “My mum was diagnosed with cancer in her spleen, and a friend gave her a book called The Chemical Maze about all the additives in packaged goods. We thought we were healthy, but when we looked at our household products like laundry detergent, skincare, haircare, pantry goods, we were horrified to see there were so many potentially carcinogenic ingredients that we absorbed daily.
“I became really interested in finding natural products that were certified organic and also efficacious.”
I became really interested in finding natural products that were certified organic and also efficacious
After years of research, consulting experts, development and auditing, the result was Kerr’s certified organic skincare brand, which is now sold in 30 countries. “Since then, a Cambridge [University] study has shown there are up to 60 per cent more antioxidants in certified-organic ingredients. KORA is not just clean and natural, but its ingredients are more effective. This is my passion and so much more than a beauty brand to me. It’s hopefully helping people nourish their minds, their bodies, their skin and getting great results while they’re doing it.”
Organics aren’t the only alternative philosophy to play a starring role in her wellness regimen. “I believe so much in energy and that we’re all energetic beings. Every thought has an effect on our body, and we can choose to be kind to ourselves. [Our self-talk] influences the way we look and feel. That’s why some people are magnetic. You can feel the goodness in their hearts and their gratitude and pure intentions.”
Then, of course, there are the crystals. Not only is Kerr a fan on an aesthetic level, but she also includes them in the KORA Organics range. Each product comes in contact with rose quartz before being bottled, not to increase efficacy, she says, but to infuse each product with loving intention. (In energy work, rose quartz is associated with the heart chakra.) Her latest release, called Minty Mineral Hydration Mist, contains an aquamarine crystal in each bottle. Another popular product, Mushroom Milk Cleansing Oil, has the word Forgiveness inscribed on the back. “When you’re using it every morning and night, you have that moment to forgive any unkind words you’ve said to yourself or to others because you’re only human. In a way, you’re cleansing both your skin and your spirit,” she explains before acknowledging energy work’s not for everyone. “Sometimes it’s a little bit too much for people. They’re like, ‘Whoa, that’s a lot.’ But I’ve used crystals for as long as I can remember and have them all over my house — rose quartz, clear quartz, amethyst, and citrine. There have been many studies around how living things like plants thrive or die depending on the words and energy you expose them to.”
That’s why our self-talk about ageing is so important, Kerr stresses. Looking our youthful best might take more than affirmations — her love for treatments and supplements are proof — but she believes self-love is vital for a genuine glow. “Ageing is inevitable. Audrey Hepburn famously embraced it and said she was going to love every wrinkle because they represented the experiences she’d had. My grandma had incredible skin — she had lots of wrinkles, but you could see her beauty and her heart shining through. She was like a sunbeam. I really hope I can get to that place of peace, but obviously, I’m going to take care of myself along the way. Just like my grandma, who was still putting a little makeup on until the day she passed.”
Miranda’s KORA Organics Hot List
She’s wild about every product (imagine her bathroom cabinet!) but these four are her current faves.