Tata Harper is the woman behind the natural skincare powerhouse of the same name. Here, she gives us a sneak peek into her nightly routine – including the skincare regime you’ll want to steal.
Hello and welcome to our 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 one of Australia’s most in-demand skin experts, Jocelyn Petroni, makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury, new mum Ksenija Lukich and sexologist Chantelle Otten.
Known as the Queen of Green, Tata Harper’s eponymous skincare line is developed with ingredients produced on her Vermont family farm and focuses on youth-boosting results using natural, curated formulas – you can shop the ‘clean at Sephora’ line here. Harper opens up her bedtime beauty routine – and we’re sure you’ll want to follow along.
What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
Take a relaxing bath with my kids! We love adding natural bath oils, especially eucalyptus or lavender, to create the perfect bedtime bath ritual.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
My beauty routine. There’s something so transformative about the ritual, I enter with one mindset and leave feeling like a new person. It’s the most relaxing part of the day. I leave the bathroom feeling a thousand times better and ready for my beauty sleep.
Talk us through your nighttime beauty routine…
My beauty routine is an ‘in and out job’, making skin beautiful on the outside, and making me feel incredible on the inside. Right now I’m focusing more on rehydrating the skin and layering exfoliators and moisturizers as we´re transitioning into spring from winter..
I like to start my routine with double cleansing. Only using one cleanser is like taking a shower with your clothes on. Double cleansing is one of my go-to methods to ensure that my skin is deeply nourished and cleansed. This technique is the ultimate secret to fresh, healthy-looking skin. Throughout the day, toxins and pollution are absorbed into our skin, and if not treated properly lead to increased visible signs of aging.
At night, I always like to use our Nourishing Oil Cleanser to get rid of that top layer of dirt and grime from the day, then I follow with the Purifying Cleanser to actually cleanse and detox my skin. I follow with Hydrating Floral Essence to help prep my skin for treatment and help my serums penetrate deeper. Then it’s all about layering — I use Rejuvenating Serum on my whole face, next I’ll use Restorative Eye Cream, and then Repairative Moisturizer. Lastly I apply Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil to lock in moisture.
For haircare I brush my hair a lot with a wooden brush. I grew up hearing my grandma say that brushing would keep my hair beautiful and make it grow, so that stuck with me. I love applying oils that stimulate hair follicles.
At least four times per week I love getting into my infrared sauna for at least 30 minutes. I swear skin looks better and feels better afterwards, plus I get better sleep.
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
I sleep very well, so I don’t really use sleep aids… but I’m a big fan of supplements, I take tons of supplements! One of my favorites is Magnesium – which helps with daily stress.
I´m also obsessed with this tea in particular, it’s called Butterfly Pea Tea and I take it every day – helps with anxiety, clears the mind, helps with your nervous system.
What do you sleep on?
I sleep on silk pillowcases that I got from Elizabeth Few Studio, they have the most amazing botanically dyed silk pillowcases and super soft linens.
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
I´m very rigorous about my sleep – I need at least 8 hours, and always put my phone away. Sometimes I do take time to watch a movie in bed with my kids.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack?
I´ve been doing a 16-hour intermittent fasting that is great for longevity, which is why I don’t have any late night snacks.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
This rarely happens, as I said I sleep very well. But if it were to happen I´d go under my polarised light for 30 mins. This is a type of light that is difficult to access in nature, a low-power light that moves in a specific wavelength where you can enjoy the positive effects of the sunlight, without exposing your body to UV radiation. It’s really calming, puts you in the best mood and makes you feel happy!