tea, linen and binge-worthy TV

Olay ambassador and Body+Soul cover star Jules Sebastian uses simple tricks to wind down for a good night’s rest – and you can too.

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, natural beauty enthusiast Clare McGrowdie,skin scientist Dr Michele Squire and mum-to-be Elyse Knowles.

Our most recent cover star and Olay ambassador Jules Sebastian shares with us how she gets ready for bed. In between work and her family life she finds small pleasures in the simple things: like a calming cup of tea, linen sheets and a little TV.

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

Nothing calms me down more than packing the boys’ school lunches for the next day… just kidding! I love a cup of Pukka Relax Tea, $8, at Woolworths chamomile tea before I head upstairs to get ready for bed, it’s really yummy.

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

Say goodnight to Guy.

Talk us through your night time beauty routine…

I have always prioritised my nightly skincare routine, but this year it’s been turned up another level as I’ve really taken it seriously. My days are always super busy so I like to keep it nice and simple with a cleanser, essence water, serum and night moisturiser.

This routine usually starts with Rationale 4 The Cleanser, $102, at David Jones, followed by Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Essence Water, $40, at Coles. It’s great because it helps to prep and prime my skin before I apply the rest of the products. I absolutely LOVE a serum, and have been really impressed with the Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum, $59, at Coles, which I roll on with my pink quartz skin roller.

Then, to top it all off I apply a really good night moisturiser. Once that is complete, I plug my phone in, read a little and then usually conk out from the big day I’ve had. In an ideal world, I love to light a candle and run a warm bath to switch off… but that’s not always possible.

Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?

Magnesium and lavender oil (burning in my diffuser) is always great and generally helps me have a good sleep. I also really love the Nature’s Way Sleeping Tablets, $20, at Woolworths.

What do you sleep on?

There is nothing like sleeping on pure linen. I have converted so many people to sleeping on 100% pure linen.

What’s your stance on technology before bed?

Like most of us we all try to limit screen time before bed, but life is life and sometimes work needs to get done. Sometimes Guy and I like to catch up on a binge worthy show before bed. But in general yes, I try to plug my phone in and give my brain some space from it to wind down. I truly do think that is important. On that note, I also bought myself some blue light glasses from The Iconic which I love – I think they have made a difference to my sleep.

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

Honestly, just a cup of chamomile tea … and maybe some sneaky dark chocolate.

What time do you usually hop into bed?

In an ideal world around 10pm, but sometimes a little later as there is always so much to do once the kids are asleep.

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

Like I mentioned, I love my lavender oil diffuser. I try to read a little and that most of the time gets me sleepy… I’m not going to lie, if I really can’t sleep I will pop a show on to take my mind off things.

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