The founder of Mukti Organics is big into biohacking and believes in natural and herbal support for sleep. Here, she shares her pre-bed routine and beauty rituals.
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 begin with one of Australia’s most in-demand skin experts, Jocelyn Petroni, then natural beauty enthusiast Belinda Hughes and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist Elizabeth Cullen.
Mukti is a mother, author of Truth In Beauty ($59.95, at Mukti Organics) founder of organic, natural and Australia native ingredient skincare and supplement powerhouse Mukti Organics. Here, she shares with Body+Soul how she gets ready for sleep.
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What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
My sleep preparation begins in the morning. I make sure that I get sunlight in my eyes (no sunglasses) and vitamin D on my skin early in the day to assist my circadian rhythm and keep my sleep hormones in check and balance.
I have a digital sunset – meaning that I stop using all screens when the sun goes down. If I watch TV, I use blue blocker glasses.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Meditate. I practice and was taught a transcendental meditation technique TM, so I chant my mantra to myself and usually drift off.
Talk us through your nighttime beauty routine…
I try not to drink anything too close to bed including herbal teas, otherwise I would be up all night. I also eat my dinner super early before the sun goes down so that by the time I hit the sack, my digestive system is resting.
I always shower at the end of the day. This will include dry body brushing then slathering my body in my elixir and lotion. I usually layer my serums starting with C and A and Age Defiance Night Serum ($109.95, at Adore Beauty and Nourished Life) then finish off with a few drops of my Antioxidant Facial Oil ($69.95, at Adore Beauty and Nourished Life) to seal in moisture overnight while my skin is resting and repairing.
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
I have a sleep (elephant tranquiliser) “stack” around 6pm that helps me to wind down and prepare me for sleep. Due to hormonal changes and an active mind, my sleep is usually interrupted so my stack includes a combination of: Dr Mercola Sleep Support, Bulletproof Sleep Mode, GABA ($16.64, at iHerb) and a good magnesium supplement, plus a few drops of Life Cykel Mushrooms – Lion’s Mane and Reishi (both $34.95 at Life Cykel). All of this natural/herbal support gets me through the night.
I have also experimented with medical grade CBD with a touch of THC which is pretty amazing, but a disclaimer is that it should be prescribed by a professional as it can be quite strong and not suitable to everyone.
What do you sleep on?
I use an Ecosa Silk Pillowcase ($71.20, at Ecosa) although I have taught myself to sleep on my back (vanity preventive) to avoid face planting and creating indelible lines and crinkles while I sleep. I also wear a Slip Sleep Mask ($55, at Sephora) and putty ear plugs. I have found the children’s silicone ones from FLO-TEK to be the best. I like to block out the world.
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
If I do any screen time, I always wear blue blockers. A great way to check for the effects of flickering from screens is to hold your phone up to the TV screen. That should be enough motivational force to start wearing blue blockers.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack (if any)?
Absolutely not! I fast from my last meal before dusk through to midday the following day. I want to rest not digest.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
I am a nana and hit the sack around 8.30 most nights but I also get up early. I have reset my body clock to match circadian rhythms so wake up around dawn.
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
I usually read some type of spiritual/self-help book of meditate and avoid anything stimulating including conversations and TV shows/news that might upset my mental continuum.
To me, sleep is one of the most vital and important resets. I prioritise it over just about everything to assist with health and longevity.