Sexologist Chantelle Otten on how she gets ready for bed

Sexologist and podcast host Chantelle Otten shares her nighttime rituals exclusively with Body+Soul. From skin-to-skin contact, to building a stress-free frame of mind and late-night icy poles, she’s got her pre-bed routine down pat.

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 fashion IT girl Rozalia Russian.

Chantelle Otten is Psycho-Sexologist who is passionate about normalising how we feel and talk about sex, sexual health and self-esteem. The Melbourne-based author-to-be and host of podcast Sexy Stories gives us an insight into her PM routine and how sleep, skin-contact and valuable time with loved ones helps her feel her best.

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

I spend time with my partner, Dylan Alcott and I snuggle with my dog Sauce and we watch some TV together and, you know, cuddle a little bit, get some skin-on-skin contact.

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

I kiss my partner and I kiss my dog goodnight and I lie face down and adjust all my pillows around my body. I like to be cocooned.

Talk us through your night time beauty routine

Sometimes I will take a magnesium bath after dinner so I can wind down before bed and I often just clean off my makeup (if I can be bothered) and put on my serums and retinol. Sometimes I use a glycolic acid scrub and then an oil. Apart from that, I’m actually pretty lowkey, sometimes I don’t even take off my makeup because I just use a minimal makeup BB cream anyway and I figure it can’t be too bad for my skin.

Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?

No, I do not. I don’t do anything. I usually work 12 hour days, so I’m pretty tired and I’m ready to go to sleep.

What do you sleep on?

I sleep on bamboo sheets and my pillow always ends up on top of my head because I lie face down and I love my whole body to be covered!

What’s your stance on technology before bed?

I do watch TV before bed with my partner. It’s our bonding time. We don’t get a huge amount of time together because of our respective careers. So we really love doing that.

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

Not really, sometimes I’ll have a little icy pole, the sugar-free one. So I’m not hyped up, but that’s usually a few hours beforehand. I’m not a big snacker.

What time do I usually hop into bed?

Probably 11 to 12 o’clock.

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

I don’t really have trouble sleeping anymore. I used to listen to a podcast and put a timer on to go to sleep. If something’s really on my mind, then I will get up and I will try and focus on something else so that my mind is at ease. But in general, my life’s pretty calm.

I do a lot to maintain my mental health and my stress levels. And I have a really great team of people around me who nourish me and fill my cup. So I don’t tend to get to stress at night.

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