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Q + A with Milly Bannister

“Focus on what you can control and let go of the rest.”


Milly Bannister is the virtual big sister and real-talk bff you always wanted!

The Founder and Director of GRLKND - a female-empowerment and education organisation - Milly is on a mission to help young women self-direct their mental health journeys. She’s here to hold your hand through your journey towards personal power!

Milly is also a digital media expert, podcaster, mentor, and influencer with a huge Instagram following. Super relatable, fun, and not afraid to get deep, Milly shares her own challenges and gems of advice on her Insta starting conversations around self-confidence, compassion, and mental health.

What a treat to chat with Milly! We got the lowdown on the advice she’ll be following for 2021, what she wishes she knew 10 years ago, and her favourite esmi Skin Treat.

Best piece of advice you give yourself for 2021

Focus on what you can control and let go of the rest. Find resources and ideas in the least-likely places. Take yourself and your business seriously and don’t be afraid to ask for help, you sweet fool.

What did you wish you knew 10 years ago?

10 years ago I was a 14-year-old - wow, I just want to give her a hug, firstly. And then tell her that everything gets really good. Go see a therapist through Headspace Australia. Join the GRLKND community. Spend less time worrying and comparing and more time living present moment to present moment.

What do you believe will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

I feel so heartbroken for the generation growing up online, scrolling more and exercising their childlike sense of play and wonder less. So much so, I founded a charity to improve youth collective mental health literacy, in a world that very much tells us that we're never quite good enough to feel peace, happiness, confidence or self-compassion.

What specific results can you share after using esmi?

My favourite product has to be the Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum with a callout ingredient of hyaluronic acid meaning my skin gets a big drink of water. Sometimes I get random dry patches that not even pawpaw ointment can fix, but somehow, this little skin treat does.

If you could only use 1-2 skincare/beauty products for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Rough! 1-2!? Gosh, if I had to dwindle my multi-step skin and beauty routine down to 2 items, it would definitely include a soft, multi-action cleanser and a hydrating + exfoliation moisturiser with SPF. Is that cheating?

What would you say to somebody on the fence about trying esmi?

Slide fast into esmi's Instagram DMs! They're able to offer skin specialist/ product advice based on your unique skin type & concerns.

Check out Milly’s favourite esmi Skin Treat: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is the ultimate skin hydrator! This quick-absorbing hydrating serum fights dehydration to help plump skin, minimise lines, and boost radiance.

Perfect for all skin types and ages, this hyaluronic serum hydrates from the inside out, restores, repairs and reveals healthy skin with a hydrated glow.

We have a caring and dedicated esmi Skin Service team available 7 days a week to reach out to. Book your complimentary skin consultation today!