Natural beauty expert Janet Hayward has a dreamy bedtime routine

Australian beauty journalist Janet Hayward has 25 years of expertise. Here, she let’s us delve into her PM 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 catch up with one of Australia’s most in-demand skin experts, Jocelyn Petroni, natural beauty enthusiast Clare McGrowdie, mum-to-be Elyse Knowles and fashion IT girl Rozalia Russian.

Janet Hayward is a renowned Australian beauty journalist, a co-founder of Beauty Directory – a leading industry go-to, and author of three books focusing on the power of plants. With 25 years of beauty knowledge at her fingertips, her next move made complete sense: creating certified organic skin care brand Ipsum. Here, the natural ingredient guru shares her bedtime beauty routine.

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

I take a bath every night – even in the summer. There’s something about sinking into warm water that helps any stresses and strains of the day just melt way. I love bath and body products so I always add a lovely bath soak or oil like Rose & Pomegranate Bath Oil, $32.95 at Neal’s Yard Remedies to the water – and if I’m feeling a bit more tense than usual, I’ll choose salts like these Bath Salts, $64.11 at Olverum for the magnesium. I always follow with a gentle massage with a body oil to release any tension in the muscles and also so I can enjoy the calming aroma and skin benefits as I sleep. A bath tends to make me go into a meditative state, so afterwards I always fall to sleep easily.

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

I’ll read a couple of pages of a novel that I happen to have on the go. I actually keep a stack of books on my bedside table because I can’t resist buying a recommended title – and most of my friends are also avid readers! I’m reading Outline by Rachel Cusk, $38.99 at Dymocks at the moment.

Talk us through your night time beauty routine

My routine is fairly straightforward and I always follow it prior to taking my nightly bath so that nothing disturbs my rested state. I start with cleansing and if I have been wearing makeup that day, I will gently massage the Cleansing Oil Balm, $32 at Ipsum Skin into dry skin so that it sinks well into the pores to loosen any make-up, before rinsing thoroughly with tepid water. If I have been make-up free, then I’ll emulsify the cleansing oil balm with tepid water before massaging all over my face – I find this is enough to wash away surface dust from the day. The massage action is also really calming and stimulates the circulation which helps in the skin repair and regeneration process overnight.

Once a week I will also use an enzyme exfoliator after cleansing to leave the skin surface free of sebum build up and dead skin cells. I then apply a concentrated face oil that is rich in omega fatty-acids to deeply nourish and restore skin, with a range of vitamins to stimulate collagen and elastin production, even out skin tone and reinvigorate radiance plus antioxidants to help repair and strengthen skin resilience.

Face Oil Intense Treatment, $75 at Ipsum Skin is formulated with the additional super-benefit of a powerful Australian native plant oil, Fragonia which not only offers antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits to skin and the respiratory system, but also works at an aromatherapy level to calm any tension and regulate the body’s own melatonin production – which in turn helps balance the circadian rhythm. Encouraging better sleep means better cell regeneration, which then means better skin.

Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?

I don’t take supplements but I do find I slip into a relaxed meditation while I’m taking a bath.

What do you sleep on?

I have a weakness for bed linen and I used to prefer to sleep on Egyptian cotton sheets. However, this all changed a few years ago with the discovery of flax linen like these from Cultiver, which is super soft and is both cool in the summer and warm in winter – magically it seems to keep my body at the right temperature for deep, uninterrupted sleep. It also gets better with washing and age so my pillowcases are also flax linen because they are so soft and smooth.

What’s your stance on technology before bed?

When there is a good Netflix series, I am guilty of watching just one more episode than I probably should before bedtime! However I am pretty good at avoiding my phone so I can’t get distracted by Instagram or work emails before bed. I plug in my phone to recharge before I take my bath and that’s it.

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

I always enjoy a few squares of dark chocolate after dinner – I tell myself this is OK because it is rich in magnesium! I also often have a cup of Pukka Love, $7.95 at Nourished Life which is a lovely relaxing blend of rose, lavender and chamomile and is like a signal to the body and mind to calm and relax.

What time do you usually hop into bed?

I am usually in bed by 10.30pm at the latest – allowing time to read a few pages before the book drops from my hands! Ideally I would like to hop in by 9pm, but I rarely manage it.

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

It’s quite unusual for me to have trouble sleeping but if I am restless, rather than lie in bed, I get up and make a cup of herbal tea and read for a short time by lamp light. My dog gets a bit annoyed about the disturbance, but I find that after this I can go back to bed and sleep takes over (and it hopefully does for my dog too!)

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