Magdalena Roze’s picturesque Byron Bay life is the epitome of healthy living. Here, she gives us an insight into her nightly routine.
Hello and welcome to our editorial series Bedtime Beauty Stories. It’s a space for talented individuals and big names in beauty 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 and Nicole Manning, makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury, sexologist Chantelle Otten, natural skincare pioneer Tata Harper and Australian SPF superstar Ava Chandler-Matthews.
Magdalena Roze is a meteorologist, journalist, presenter, mother and foodie (she’s the co-founder of Oomite spread) but the Byron Bay local is also a big advocate for healthy and sustainable living, so it makes sense she’s now an ambassador for NIVEA’s Naturally Good range. Here, she shares with us how she’s making her beauty and bedtime routine more clean and green.
What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
Once I’ve put the children to bed, I relish that last part of the day to myself starting with a cup of camomile tea to wind down and get me into the chill zone. Sometimes I’ll have a bath with epsom salts and calming essential oils like lavender and relax with a good book or magazine.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
There’s a lovely verse I heard someone say at a gathering once so I asked her to write it down. I have this on my bedside table and read it to myself as a little mantra before bed. Sometimes I’ll continue with a short meditation to help me switch off or read a book that helps me unwind and forget about any stresses of the day or to-do lists!
Talk us through your night time beauty routine…
My skincare routine is simple but I do love it as I see it as a small ritual in self care that also helps me wash off the day. I cleanse with the NIVEA Naturally Good Micellar Face Wash with Organic Aloe Vera which is great at removing makeup, sunscreen and impurities. My skin always feels fresh and clean. I follow this with a vitamin A serum and moisturiser. After a bath I’ll just pat my body dry to allow the essential oils to soak in, or after a shower I’ll moisturise with the NIVEA Naturally Good Oat and Nourishment Body Lotion which is formulated with up to 98% naturally derived ingredients, free from parabens, mineral oils and silicones, leaving my skin to feel silky smooth and hydrated.
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
Sometimes I take magnesium powder to help me ease into sleep, either the Tri-Mag Supreme Night Powder which I purchase from a practitioner, or the Bioceuticals Ultra Muscleze Night.
What do you sleep on?
I’m very specific about my pillow as it’s the difference between a good nights sleep or staying awake all night, I even travel with it! I envy my partner Daz who’ll literally sleep on anything! A healthy sleep environment is important to us so our sheets are 100% linen and our mattress is from the The Natural Bedding Company. It’s super comfortable, natural and hand made here in Australia. I also like to sleep with a silk eye mask to block out the light.
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
We have a no-tech policy before bed and barely switch on the TV since having kids (unless there’s a great series and that becomes our guilty pleasure for a week or so!). As our phones and social media are designed to keep us on them, we have to set really clear boundaries to stay off. I think that going screen-free at least an hour before bed makes a big difference to quality sleep. We like to use our child-free evenings to catch up on the day and talk about projects.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack (if any)?
I usually stick to a camomile tea but Daz loves tea and toast. I think that’s Daz’s English influence coming through! If I feel like something sweet, then I might make a soothing golden latte with my homemade turmeric remedy paste or my warm chocolate kudzu pudding which happens to be vegan and gluten free but also has “kudzu” which is a Japanese type of cornstarch that not only thickens the pudding but it’s thought to calm the nerves hence being quite a soothing bedtime supper.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
I try to hop into bed around 9pm but it doesn’t always happen!
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
If I have trouble sleeping, I’ll try a stretching for a few minutes to reset, I’ll brain-dump my thoughts into a journal, read a book (something quite boring!) or meditate. Otherwise, I just surrender to the non-sleep and try not to fight it. I figure that lying in bed, eyes shut, is still a form of rest and usually relaxing into this state ends up sending me to sleep eventually.
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