With email at your fingertips, nonstop group texting, and around-the-clock social media surprises and distractions, actually making the time to unwind and shut down at the end of the day frequently takes a backseat to just one more tour of your Instagram feed. But, logging your requisite REM sleep is all about establishing a consistent evening routine, so who better to advise us than those for whom beauty sleep is a veritable job requirement? In the final installment of our Best Night Ever series, Gabriella Wilde reveals how even new moms can still look like they got a full night’s sleep.
Scents really help me fall asleep.
What is your nightly beauty routine?
I always wash my face, even if I haven’t worn makeup that day. Then, I apply Advanced Night Repair religiously, as it keeps my skin hydrated and radiant. I follow that with moisturizer.
You were recently introduced to the new Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask. When do you wear it?
I love using it when I’m on set. It’s really hydrating, so it’s great for prepping my skin before I go into hair and makeup.
Do you have any tips for getting a good night's sleep?
I never take my phone or any technology into my bedroom. It’s important to wind down from all of that before I go to sleep. In drier climates, I sleep with a humidifier, which helps my lungs and my skin. I also like to sleep with fresh air, so if I can, I open a window.
How do you like to relax before bed?
Because sleep is so important to me, my bedroom is an oasis dedicated only to sleep. I keep all work-related things in a separate room. I also love scents, and I use a diffuser with lavender oil in my room, which always helps me to relax, or I’ll light a Jo Malone candle while reading in bed. I also try to meditate, even just for ten minutes before bed.
I apply Advanced Night Repair religiously.
When you travel across different time zones, how do you keep skin hydrated and radiant on the plane?
I keep a bottle of my trusted Advanced Night Repair in my carry-on for some extra moisturization, because the airplane air is so dehydrating. I also try to drink as much water as possible and avoid any foods that will dehydrate me further.
Any tips on how to look rested when you don’t get much sleep?
My trick: dab Estée Lauder concealer in the corners of my eyes or use a white eyeliner on the inside rim to make my eyes look more open. To plan ahead, I’ll boil bags of green tea and freeze them overnight so that in the morning, I can apply them to my eyes to reduce puffiness.
How has being a mother had an impact on your sleep?
I have definitely not had as much sleep as I would have liked over the last year, and I had to adjust to my little one’s sleep schedule. When you become a mother, you can suddenly function on hardly any sleep because it isn't about you anymore. I have been lucky, as my son is a good sleeper, and when we travel, he sleeps with me, which always eases the jet lag. It is also a special bonding time.
What is your idea of a perfect night?
Time with my family and something quite simple. I would put my son to bed, have a nice long bath, and then cook dinner with my husband at home. I’d watch a movie, then meditate for 20 minutes and get into bed. In the morning I would be awakened by a hug from my son.