Bedtime Beauty Stories: Exactly how influencer and Intu Wellness co-founder Anna Heinrich winds down for bed

Anna Heinrich shares the ins and outs of her evening beauty routine with Body+Soul. Image: suppliedSource:BodyAndSoul

We were first introduced to Anna Heinrich on Australia’s first-ever season of The Bachelor but now, she’s making waves as co-founder of new supplement start-up Intu Wellness. 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.

When Anna Heinrich graced our screens on the first season of The Bachelor, Australia promptly fell in love with her (as did the Bachelor himself, Tim Robards). Since then, we’ve come to know the new mum pretty well, thanks to her candid interview manner and relatable Instagram musings.

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Just recently, Anna co-founded Intu Wellness with long-time friend Christie Whitehill. The brand’s first product is a super powder called Sleep & Skin Renewal, so we couldn’t think of anyone better to share their PM wellness rituals. Over to you, Anna:

To unwind after a big day, I take off my make-up and have a long warm shower before slipping into my clean PJs. This signals that the moment I’ve been longing for all day has arrived.

Bedtime Beauty Stories: Exactly how influencer and Intu Wellness co-founder Anna Heinrich winds down for bed

I give my husband a big sloppy kiss (not that sloppy), brush my teeth, turn on the freezing cool air con and get nice and cosy in my sheets. Once my ear plugs go in, I’m down! I don’t like to admit it, but I sometimes check my emails and Instagram right before my head hits the pillow. I’m working on that last one.

I like to keep it simple. First and foremost, I take off my makeup with micellar water, making sure every little bit has been wiped away. I wear makeup all day so I love the feeling of removing it. After my shower I apply a small (approximately the size of a 10 cent coin) amount of Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Cream. Once or twice a week, I’ll also apply a serum before my moisturiser. The last thing I do (about 30 minutes to an hour before bed) is take INTU Sleep & Skin Renewal.

I take INTU Sleep & Skin Renewal; I don’t go to bed without it! One of the ingredients, Passiflora incarnata, is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to reduce and relieve restless sleep and sleeplessness. It also contains vitamin C, magnesium and zinc to maintain and support nervous system function.

A firm king bed so I have as much space to spread out as possible. I don’t like to have anyone too close to me while I’m sleeping; my hubby is the same so it works well. I don’t usually use a pillow; it’s just a habit of mine since I was young. I’d be pretty good at sleeping on a floor if it came to that.

DON’T USE IT at least an hour out from bed. This is something I’ve been trying to work on myself as I notice a difference if I don’t use my phone directly before bed. There are nights I’m doing emails right up until my head hits the bed. I also can’t seem to switch off as I’m constantly going over my to do list for the following day. I’ve also read various reports that using technology before heading to bed does affect your sleep.

I eat a lot of dark chocolate after dinner or a little ice cream. Again, I would not recommend eating dark choc or ice cream straight before bedtime. I find if I don’t eat anything after 9pm I’m in a better place to get to sleep quicker and don’t feel too uncomfortable with a full stomach.

I aim to be in bed by 10pm but usually, it’s more like 11pm.

One of the reasons I usually can’t get to sleep is because my mind is going wild with things I have to do the following day. If I can’t get to sleep within 30 to 40mins, I get up and write down anything that is on my mind and anything I need to do the next day. I try to break the cycle I’m in by getting up and doing something other than lying in bed.

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