Article written by Cassandra Green for Body+Soul.com.au
Former Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic shares her pre-bed routine for a better night's sleep. Model, presenter and former Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic knows the value of beauty sleep. The Beautifully Healthy ambassador tells her bedtime beauty secrets, including her exact nighttime skincare routine and her favourite late night snack.
What’s the first thing you do to wind down before bed?
It's funny, as a kid my parents would make us read every night before bed. I stopped for years and am back doing it again. It's such a good habit to have. I am currently reading 'The Four Agreements' again.
And the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Right before I go to sleep I put on either sounds, meditation music or a guided meditation (yes I like to meditate in bed). For me I think we spend around a third of our lives sleeping so if I can have a still mind before bed I can control that third of my life being peaceful. It's also the time that our bodies recover and I want mine to be able to do so in a calm state. I am obsessed with oil diffusers. In Essence Sleep Essential Oil blend is my go to oil at the moment.
Take us through your night-time beauty routine...
Most important thing is to never, no matter what, sleep with makeup on. I remove makeup, sunscreen etc with Bioderma Micellar water. It's gentle but effective. I then use a hydrating night cream. One of my all time favourites is the Neostrata Resurface Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream. I also love acids for resurfacing and hydrating the skin. This is one my Mum uses and got me onto when I was young. She also made sure I used every cream! I'm not sure why so many people don't want to use it till they get older. It's all about prevention ladies! The Lamav Intense Repair Eye Balm is my current pick! Also never forget about your lips! My makeup artist is obsessed with Laneige Lip Masks and pops one on me before a shoot. I'm currently sleeping in their Berry Sleeping Mask and waking up with the softest lips! My whole night-time beauty routine is available at
Do you take any supplements or sleep-aids?
The Blackmores Sleep Sound Magneisum is great for before bed. Magnesium helps the body to relax and reduces stress by calming down the nervous system so you can sleep longer. It's great for muscle recovery too. The Sup Sleep shots are also a dream! My friend Nat works with them and I had one at her house one night and then ordered my own the next morning!
What do you sleep on?
I can fall sleep on anything to be honest. I've never had any trouble sleeping, I could sleep standing up! I have recently bought a weighted blanket though and every night now is the best night sleep ever. If you haven't tried one you are missing out!
What’s your stance on technology before bed?
My stance is no technology for at least an hour before bed. Am I perfect and do I practice that every night? No. During lockdown my screen time definitely went up but I try to take it easy on myself and remember it's a pretty hard time. I do make sure it's on airplane mode EVERY night and I don't check it during the night at all.
Do you have a preferred or go-to late night snack (if any)?
My friend recently got me onto the Health Lab Raw Dessert Balls. The peanut butter one is insane! I have a bit of a sweet tooth and love something sweet before bed. Speaking of late night snacks, I sleep eat! I literally get up in the night, eat and wake up to a wrapper in my bed to food I don't remember eating. It's so bizarre!
What time do you usually hop into bed?
I like to go to bed at 10. In Chinese medicine every hour before 12 is worth two and I really feel that. If I go to bed any later than 12 I am a mess the next day no matter how many hours sleep I get. Having a whole heap of fatigue issues growing up I really take my sleep seriously. I try to make sure I have eight hours every day.
What do you do if you can’t drift off or have trouble sleeping?
I never have trouble falling asleep. I'm more of a sleep too much kind of person! If I'm very stressed though I do wake up in the middle of the night and I find I just put my oil diffuser back on and a sleepy playlist I have made on my itunes. From all the years of travel I found it easier to sleep on planes by blocking out the noise with music and I think it's conditioned me now to fall asleep when it's on. Literally 2 lines in to a song and I'm back to sleep.