Just before Ksenija Lukich gave birth to her daughter Mimi, she spoke to Body and Soul about pregnancy and pre-motherhood – plus all the tricks and tips she uses for winding down for the night.
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, natural beauty enthusiast Clare McGrowdie, new mum Elyse Knowles and sexologist Chantelle Otten.
Former E! presenter and new Mum Ksenija Lukich is a self-confessed beauty tragic. We spoke to the journalist and producer about how she navigated pregnancy and winding down pre-motherhood. Lukich gave birth to her daughter Mimi earlier this week.
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What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
I’ve always had trouble sleeping so practicing good sleep hygiene is really important to me. I like to start off after dinner by lowering all the lights in the apartment. This is a great first signal to my body to slow down.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Read my Kindle (but sometimes I end up scrolling on my phone). I notice a massive difference in the quality of my sleep when I read, but sometimes I get hooked on the phone! Can’t be perfect 100% of the time.
Talk us through your night time beauty routine…
I wash off my makeup with CeraVe Foaming Cleanser $14.99 at Chemist Warehouse, then I use Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief, $64.95 at Lila Beauty followed by Tatcha Beauty Dewey Skin Cream, $103 at Mecca and top it with Biossance Squalane Oil, $12 at Sephora. Twice a week I use St Tropez Self Tan Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Face Serum, $34.99 at Priceline in place of the Great Barrier Relief and this gives me a really nice natural sunkissed glow without clogging my pores.
During my pregnancy keeping the skin on my body hydrated has been super important so I have been religiously applying Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream, $22 at Woolworths.
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
When I wasn’t pregnant I took Melatonin tablets on occasion to help me sleep. They’re a great natural supplement and non-drowsy. Whilst I’ve been pregnant I have taken magnesium supplements and when I really can’t sleep I love Yoga Nidra on Insight Timer. My favourite one is by Jennifer Pierce. It’s a wonderful relaxation tool and works every time!
What do you sleep on?
I love crisp linen sheets. I’ve tried silk pillow cases but actually find them hot and uncomfortable. I wish I loved them as I’m sure my skin and hair would thank me for it, but I just love my linen!
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
We have a no TV in bed policy and I try to not look at my phone once I’m in bed.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack?
A piece of fruit or some walnuts and dates.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
Usually around 9 to 9:30pm. I’ll usually read for half an hour then nod off to sleep.
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
I often wake up in the middle of the night and if I can’t get back to sleep within 20 minutes I will get up and go to the other room. I’ll usually read and listen to a podcast. I find changing locations helpful and it stops me from tossing and turning.
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