The Botanical Beauty Hunter shares her PM beauty routine and bedtime rituals with Body+Soul.
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, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist Elizabeth Cullen, Skinfluencer Hannah English and skin scientist Dr Michele Squire.
Maddy Dixon is all about holistic beauty and wellness. Author of The Botanical Beauty Hunter and founder of clean beauty cosmetics Flora Remedia, the Aussie green beauty enthusiast follows ancient Ayurvedic beauty rituals and turns to an insight-out approach when it comes to nurturing her skin. Here, she tells Body+Soul how she gets ready for bed.
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What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
Fix myself a night-time tea. Anything with chamomile does the trick. This Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea ($3.55, at Celestial Seasonings) is instantly comforting (and the branding is adorable). Drinking is a ritual for me from sunup, to sun-down.
The last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Apply some Flora Remedia Dreaming Oil ($28, at Flora Remedia) to my neck and wrists. The oil blend smells so good. I may be guilty of even putting it under my nose sometimes.
Talk us through your night time beauty routine…
I’ve certainly got my routine down pat pre-bedtime. I am not someone who likes to spend a whole lot of time fussing over myself, so much like my morning routine, night-time is a relatively quick affair consisting of a simple skincare routine.
When I shower I will often use a body scrub I have made with herbs, sugar and salt. Afterwards, I cocoon my body in body oil – either rosehip or this Flora Remedia Detox Body Oil ($33, at Flora Remedia). On my face, I combine a facial oil with a niacinamide serum (my skin in on the dry side). Once or twice a week I will apply a lactic acid serum to my face and hair oil to treat my hair and scalp.
If you’re lucky enough to have one, a warm bath is a universal remedy for sleeplessness, especially when infused with chamomile and lavender oil or dried flowers. Throw on a face mask and give yourself a proper spa experience.
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
I’m very lucky to say I have never had major sleep issues (although when I was a baby I kept my mother up 24/7) but I have lots of podcasts and sounds apps that do help if I am jetlagged or even just feeling a bit anxious. I find them particularly helpful when travelling on planes as they relax you and also block out the background noise (provided you have a good pair of headphones).
The Naturespace app [is great] for relaxing nature sounds. I also love the Deepak Chopra meditation apps. There are a few free ones and also Ananada, which I highly recommend.
What do you sleep on?
I can’t go without my silk pillowcase. I know people think they stop wrinkles (I find this hard to believe) but I use them because I’m addicted to the softness. I have very fine hair which tangles easily and when I was very young my mum would always insist I sleep on a silk pillowcase to prevent my hair from getting knotty overnight. It really works.
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
I find it harder to get to sleep if I sit on my laptop before I go to bed, so for me, it’s not an option. They say blue light blocking glasses help with this. I have some, but I haven’t used them enough to comment on their effectiveness.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late-night snack?
Anything sweet! Some natural choccy never goes astray when I’m around.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
Well, since I live in Victoria and it’s COVID times, usually about 9pm! Outside pandemic hours? About 10.30. I like to sleep with the blinds open so I wake up naturally.
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
Yes. It’s all in the power of the mind! I imagine myself somewhere that would be ultimately relaxing. For me, it’s in a beautiful garden lying in the sun. It’s warm and safe and I am surrounded by nature. This usually works for me and it beats counting sheep.
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