Skin scientist and founder of Qr8, Dr Michele Squire helps women and men with all kinds of skin dilemmas, so she’s the perfect person to share her nighttime skincare routine – amongst other PM beauty tricks.
Hello and welcome to our new editorial series Bedtime Beauty Stories. It’s a space for talented individuals to share how they get ready for slumber, including ways to wind down, nighttime beauty rituals and go-to remedies for falling asleep. We catch up with two of Australia’s most in-demand skin experts, Jocelyn Petroni and Melanie Grant, natural beauty enthusiasts Belinda Hughes and Clare McGrowdie, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist Elizabeth Cullen, Skinfluencer Hannah English and most recently, mum and beauty aficionado Lisa Patulny.
Dr Michele Squire is a no-nonsense skincare enthusiast. A PhD-qualified scientist, and former Registered Nurse, Dr Michele founded Qr8 and more recently, Qr8MediSkin – a first to market Australia-wide skincare telemedicine service that allows you to get your hands on tailored prescription skin treatments without leaving the house. Think of her like a skincare whisperer. Today she’s giving us all the insight into her PM routine – and it’s surprisingly lowkey.
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What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
I take a (too-long!) warm shower. I get contact irritant dermatitis from perfume and perfumed body creams but don’t have the same issue with wash-off body cleansers – so I luxuriate in all the fragranced steam.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Turn my phone onto ‘do not disturb’ mode or else it pings all night long!
Talk us through your night time beauty routine…
I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to skincare – I just cleanse my face in the shower with a creamy cleanser. I’m currently using Laneige Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser ($45, at Nudie Glow) and use my Qr8MediSkin prescription retinoid which is compounded into a moisturising cream so it’s an all-in one product. Body-wise I slather on CeraVe Moisturising Lotion ($13.99, at Chemist Warehouse) when I get out of the shower, and sometimes use that on my face too if I feel like I need a bit of extra moisture.
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
No, but I know I should do more meditation. My brain is usually so exhausted when I turn off the light that I go straight to sleep.
What do you sleep on ?
I’m fussy about my bedding and only use linen. I find a Silke London Hair Wrap ($98, at Adore Beauty) works better at keeping my hair frizzies at bay than a silk pillow case. My bedroom has a lot of natural light and it’s light by 4am in Queensland summer so I keep a Slip Sleep Mask ($55, at Sephora) on hand in case I get the opportunity to sleep in.
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
I’m often answering emails until late, and I do that from bed (*runs and hides*). I’m also partial to a spot of late night online shopping to wind down.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack?
My husband makes a mean hot Milo so I sometimes indulge in one of those while I answer emails.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
It varies, but I try to turn the light off before midnight!
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
Harvey, our beloved Jack Russell, sleeps on the end of our bed. It doesn’t take much to convince him to snuggle in for a pat if I wake up in the middle of the night.
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