Ava Chandler-Matthews is one half of cult Australian SPF brand Ultra Violette, here she shares her bedtime beauty rituals with Body+Soul.
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.
The co-founder of Aussie sunscreen icon Ultra Violette, Ava Chandler-Matthews built a career in beauty, before setting her sights on SPF. We know her AM routine is all about protection, so here the beauty buff gives us the lowdown on her PM rituals, including her simple and steal-worthy skincare steps.
What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
Get into my PJs, brush my teeth and do my skincare routine. That to me signifies that bedtime is near (ish) although I’m often in bed a couple of hours before I go to sleep.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Tell my husband I love him and have a swig of water.
Talk us through your night time routine…
I’m a morning shower-er but I only wash my face at night so I’ll wash my face – at the moment I’m using Dermalist Lactic Cleanser which I’m enjoying, my Qr8 Retinol Cream which I’m obsessed with and wake up with my skin looking glassy and then I’ll use a layer of Aspect Probiotic Sleep Mask over the top.
If my hair is feeling a bit ratty I will use some Bready Beauty Supply Hair Oil on the ends but other than that I’ll usually just brush it and put it in a bun to sleep. My hair gets super knotty.
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
Hell yes. Couldn’t sleep without them! I use CBD under the tongue and about 3mg of Melatonin every night. I am a terrible sleeper without them and wake up 5-6 times most nights.
What do you sleep on?
Silk all the way. Although the annoying thing about silk is that they don’t keep their “slip” after a few washes so I then feel like I am replacing them more often than I would normally. But yes, I’m a slave to the silk pillowcase.
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
I am rogue and have no routine. My preference would be to put my phone down at 9-930pm every night and not pick it up until morning but some nights that’s harder than others as we have a lot going on in the UK work wise at the moment. Also my friendship group texts seem to come alive after 8pm so I’m often stuck in stupid convos til later than I’d prefer.
I watch TV up until I close my eyes – it’s literally my fave thing to do in bed – and I also have a Kindle I’m reading if I’m not watching TV but I do feel better if I don’t look at my phone or laptop screen after 9pm.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack?
No, I don’t like to eat after dinner/dessert (usually eaten by 7pm). My husband will often bring me a chamomile tea in bed though.
What time do you usually hop into bed?
Like really early. Sometimes 7-8pm. In winter especially, it’s my fave. I love my bed.
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping – do you have a go-to fix?
I wish I had a good answer to this. Sometimes I’ll take more melatonin or CBD but usually I’ll just keep thinking about the worst moments of my life until my exhaustion takes over.