Leading US celeb facialist Joanna Vargas’ PM routine is now available at Sephora

Joanna Vargas has a long list of celebrity clients, with salons based around the US and a skincare line that’s just landed in Australia. We asked the facialist for her nighttime routine, including her tips for a better 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 one of Australia’s most in-demand skin experts, Jocelyn Petroni, natural beauty enthusiast Clare McGrowdie, new-mum Ksenija Lukich and fashion IT girl Rozalia Russian.

Joanna Vargas is a US-based celebrity facialist and the founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Joanna Vargas Skin Care (now available at Sephora) and Author of Glow From Within. An expert in skin and skin health, we quizzed her on her nightly routine and how she winds down for rest and relaxation.

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

After my kids have all gone to bed I sometimes feel like I haven’t had a moment alone the whole day. Before bed I like to wind down with a bath and I love combining a great bath with a mask. Bathe the body in a chamomile and rosemary soak – it’s great for calming stressed skin and it’s also very hydrating. During the bath like to put in a sheet mask. My face masks are loaded with great serum and I feel like it’s enough to treat the whole face neck and chest.

I also like to read before bed. It’s a nice wind down. I’m mostly into autobiographies, but I like good fiction too.

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

Right before I turn off the lights, I like to apply Sarah Happ Lip Slip Balm on my lips. The weather has been making me feel super dehydrated and I always feel like my lips are plumper in the morning when I show them a little love before bed. I also like to apply Aveeno Actives Naturals Intense Relief Hand Cream, $6.69 at Chemist Warehouse right before I go to sleep. From all the hand washing, my hands have been so dry and sensitive. The Shea butter is great for soothing and repair overnight and I like the lavender and honey smell for bedtime.

Talk us through your nighttime beauty routine…

For nighttime, I wash my face with my Vitamin C Face Wash. If I was wearing makeup, I cleanse twice. I exfoliate twice a week with my Exfoliating Maskand I do a sheet mask a few times a week. Lately, I’ve been using my Twilight Face Mask with Epidermal Growth Factor. I follow that with my Super Nova Serum, which is my retinol serum. I always wear my Revitalizing Eye Cream at bedtime so my eyes look die-puffed in the AM.

For hair, I use Harkliniken Scalp Serum. It makes your hair grow so much. I’ve been using it for the last three years and I feel like I have double the hair!

Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?

I like taking Dr. Price Sleep Vites before bed because it really knocks me out right away. I also like a hot cup of chamomile tea to make me feel relaxed and ready for bed.

What do you sleep on?

I sleep with an eye mask that has little speakers in the ears for a sleep playlist I created. It helps me fall asleep and stay asleep.

What’s your stance on technology before bed?

At around 10pm, my husband and I turn off our electronics for the night. We work together, but it’s really important to have quiet time. We read and hang out.

Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack (if any)?

I try not to snack at night. It makes me so puffy in the morning!

What time do you usually hop into bed?

Optimal bedtime is 11pm. Typical bedtime is more like 11:30/12.

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

I read. It’s relaxing and helps a lot.

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