How pregnant beauty aficionado and founder of Call Time On Melanoma Lisa Patulny winds down for sleep

Call Time On Melanoma founder, journalist and mum-to-one/currently pregnant Lisa Patulny has story time and skincare down pat. She shares with Body+Soul how she preps for a good night’s sleep.

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 and Skinfluencer Hannah English.

Lisa Patulny is a journalist, beauty editor and founder of Call Time On Melanoma an awareness and education initiative for sun smart women (and men) changing the narrative on sun safety (check out her top sunscreen picks here). Pregnant and Mum to her two-year-old son, she knows the value of a good PM routine, here she shares with us how she winds down.

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What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?

I have a two-year-old son, so my bedtime routine is pretty streamlined at this point. After dinner and bathtime, we do stories or have a family chat together in bed. I play Kinderling radio or Moshi, which is a storytime app, and that quickly puts my son (and sometimes me!) to sleep. If I don’t doze off, I’ll usually read books on my phone or listen to an audiobook or a sleep-friendly podcast.

And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

I have a simple gratitude practice that I’ve kept it place for years. Before I sleep, I list at least three things I’m grateful for that day in my mind. It’s often as simple as “that sandwich I had for lunch was outstanding” or “the weather today was so beautiful”, it doesn’t have to be big stuff.

Talk us through your nighttime beauty routine…

I’m currently pregnant and exhausted, so my nighttime routine is uncharacteristically brief. After dinner, I take a few supplements – a prenatal, vitamin D (I’ve been deficient my whole life), fish oil, a probiotic and magnesium. I take those with water spiked with either The Beauty Chef Inner Beauty Boost ($45, at Nourished Life) or Imbibe Beauty Renewal Probiotic Concentrate ($44, at Imbibe) because it’s easier to get them down. (Also, beauty benefits!)

Skincare-wise, I start with an oil cleanser in the shower to take off the day. Right now I’m using Ipsum Best Skin Cleansing Oil Balm ($32, at Ipsum Skin). I also have the Herbario Detox Cleansing Powder and Oil Kit ($73, at Mecca), which I love. Then I’ll do a gel or foaming cleanser to take that off. Usually Go-To Properly Clean ($31, at Mecca). Once I’m out, I slap on a couple of serums. I’ve just started trialling Imbibe Collagen Restore ($40, at Imbibe) and Emma Lewisham Skinreset Concentrated Even Skin Tone Serum ($148, at Emma Lewisham). I always include Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum ($102, at Ultraceuticals) because Jocelyn Petroni put me onto it and I’m a willing disciple. My last step is Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro whipped Cream ($96, at Mecca) – it’s rich enough to lock everything in, but it doesn’t make me break out. A lot of night creams make me break out.

Hair barely gets a look in because I don’t have the time or energy to care for my skin and my hair, so I don’t do much there. Silk scrunchies are a thing for me. I use SlipSilk because I think it’s the best.

Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?

Traditionally, I have a hard time sleeping. I’m a night owl, and my brain just works better at night. Not when pregnant, though! Right now, I don’t need much to drift off because I’m ready for bed at 2 pm. But usually, I cycle between reading, meditation apps and Kinderling radio’s nighttime playlist. Sometimes TV. I know! It’s not recommended, but sometimes it helps. Magnesium is really important for me to sleep, too.

What do you sleep on?

My whole family sleeps on silk pillowcases now – I’ve spent years collecting them. If I ever sleep on cotton or linen, I notice that the lines on my face formed by the pillowcase stick around for way too long.

What’s your stance on technology before bed?

My official stance is that it’s not conducive to good sleep. In real life, I use it a lot. I tend to read on my phone because I don’t have the space to store physical copies of the books I read. (Plus, it’s cheaper.) I listen to podcasts, and sometimes I watch TV on my phone.

I always set it to night mode because that makes me feel better about it lol. Since becoming a parent, I’ve stopped worrying about it so much. I figure watching a few Seinfeld or The Office reruns before bed now and then isn’t going to kill me.

Do you have a preferred or go-to late-night snack?

I don’t really snack after dinner. If I do, it’s likely to be because I’ve woken up at 4am with “morning” sickness. In those cases, I’ll have a ginger snap or a handful of Arnott’s Jatz ($3.20, at Woolworths).

What time do you usually hop into bed?

These days it’s pretty early. I’ll usually go to bed at about 8pm but might not drift off until 10pm.

What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?

It depends on what’s keeping me awake. Sometimes I’ll jot down worrying thoughts to calm my mind. Sometimes I’ll hop in a warm bath. Other times white noise or soft music does the trick.

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