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Laser Milia Removal Review and Progress Photos

16/10/2017

*discounted procedure

For as long as I can remember I have had a problem with facial milia. A milium is a small white bump under the skin that usually occurs around the cheek and eye area. When there is more than one, they are referred to as milia. Milia occur when keratin gets trapped under the skin. Being keratin, the bumps are quite hard and cannot be removed like pimple. To remove a milium, the surface of the skin must be cut so that the milium can be removed as a whole, which is why it is best to get them removed by a professional. When I looked in to the options for milia removal, I decided that the laser milia removal option was best for me. I call it laser milia removal but really it is called thermocoagulation. I researched all the places in Melbourne that were offering laser milia removal, and decided to go with the Laser Skin and Wellness Clinic Chadstone. I approached the clinic with my idea to do a blog post on my milia removal, and in exchange they gave me a 50% discount on a combined facial and milia removal session. As with every other blog post, this will be my honest opinion and is not affected in any way by the discount I was given. I am happy to say that I had a great experience with Kat at Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone and plan on going back in future. I took progress photos of my healing after the removal process so that you can see the results for yourself. It is a long blog post today, as I wanted to answer any possible question you might have, but if I have missed anything, just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help.

Laser milia removal review and progress photos
Laser milia removal review and progress photos

Just quickly, I want to say sorry for the blogging break, life has not been easy lately. I have been writing this blog post for a long time now, but Murphy’s Law has not been playing nice, so everything that could go wrong, went wrong, from my laptop breaking, to many illnesses and photo editing mayhem.  I wrote about some of my life struggles in my previous post called Life Update, but unfortunately even more happened after that. It’s ok though, I’m still plodding along. This is my first post back as it’s something I really want to share with you all, but I have lots of things that will be coming to the blog soon. For now though, lets talk about milia.

What Is Milia?

Milia are benign, raised, white bumps on the skin that commonly occur around the eyes and cheeks but can appear anywhere on the body – some people think they look like a pearl trapped under the skin. I have seen people refer to them as milk spots and even baby acne but milia is the correct term to use. People often mistake milia for a pimple and try to squeeze or pop the small bump, but with no success. The trauma of squeezing the skin will cause it to swell and go red for a short period of time, but once that has eased, the milia will look exactly as it did beforehand. To remove a milium, the surface of the skin must be nicked so that the hard keratin ball can be popped out. I do want to quickly note here that milia and styes are not the same thing at all, I have had a couple of people ask about styes when I’m discussing milia in person, but they require very different treatment methods. A stye is an infected oil gland on the edge of the eyelid. You should go see your GP if you have a stye that develops. Milia can occur along the lash line too but they look distinctly different to styes. For some people, Milia will resolve by themselves within weeks or months. That hasn’t been the case for me, my milia tend to stay around for years at a time, so I need professional help to get rid of mine. I have seen people encourage others to attempt to remove their milia at home but milia removal requires putting a sharp object near your face and eyes, so it really is best to go to a professional for help. There are also so many different skin conditions out there, many that can appear similar even though they require completely different treatments. Kat from Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone was really knowledgeable about milia and skin problems in general. When I went in I was worried I that I had a whole lot of milia lying under the surface of my skin just waiting to pop up, but it turns out they are actually something completely different. I have small white dots that sit in my tear troughs and around my eyes that I thought resembled milia but they’re not raised or hard and are actually called Sebaceous Hyperplasia. So even with all my research, I was still able to confuse another condition as being milia so it really is best to see a professional for any skin problem, that’s what they’re there for.

Preventing Milia

In my case, milia cannot be completely prevented but there are certain steps that can be taken to minimise the chances of getting them. Thick face creams, prolonged sun damage, some skin conditions as well as genetics can make you more prone to getting milia. The main cause of milia is using skin care products that are too heavy. Some people even find that their hair care products can also be the cause of milia on the forehead. Thick face creams can prevent natural exfoliation from occurring which will increase the chances of milia arising. Re-evaluate your skin care routine and ensure that you’re not putting any heavy creams on areas where you are prone to getting milia. You also need to stop doing anything that could impede the skins natural exfoliation process, like sleeping on the side of your face. Most of my milia appear on the left side of my face, which I never sleep on or do anything to, so sometimes you just won’t find a reason for it. The next step is to ensure that you include an AHA or BHA in your skincare routine which will encourage the skins natural exfoliation process allowing any trapped dirt/skin cells/sebum to be effectively eliminated from the skin. Kat from Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone recommends using a cleanser, moisturiser and exfoliant that are of cosmeceutical quality as there are no parabens or fillers within the product that can clog pores. She also says to include vitamins A, B and C in your skincare routine to give optimal skin health. I have been able to greatly reduce the amount of new milia that pop up by only using an AHA (reviewed here) around my eyes and no moisturising product at all, but it still doesn’t completely eliminate milia for me. I do really want to include a light eye cream around my eyes, as I think it is an important part of an anti-ageing skincare routine but it will mean that I will need to increase the amount of laser removal sessions I get.

Laser milia removal using thermocoagulation review and progress photos
Laser milia removal using thermocoagulation review and progress photos

Milia Removal

I wanted to ensure that I had all the information I needed to be able to chose the right clinic to help remove my milia, so I did a lot of research. That research led me to the process of laser milia removal. I read lots of information on it and watched YouTube videos to see how the process worked. I knew that the bigger milia on my cheek could easily be treated by the typical removal process of using a sharp blade to cut the surface of the skin, but some of the tiny milia on my eyelash line would not be able to be treated with that method. The laser however has such a precise point of application that it could be used on even the tiniest of milia. The milia on my cheek were the most noticeable, especially when wearing highlighter as that just exaggerated the texture they created. My eyelid milia however, are barely noticeable to the naked eye, but they seem to press on the eyelash hair follicles and cause the closest eyelashes to fall out, so I really wanted a removal method that could also address those. As I mentioned previously, the correct terminology to use for laser milia removal is thermocoagulation. Kat explains thermocoagulation as “we use combination of high frequency and radio frequency to effectively treat milia and other skin irregularities”.

Once I had decided on the method I wanted to use to remove my milia, I looked in to places that provided it. After speaking to multiple dermatologists and beauty salons, I decided the Laser Skin and Wellness Clinic in Chadstone was the place I wanted to go to. They offer milia removal by itself or at a discounted price when done in conjunction with a facial. I decided to also get the facial as it was the middle of winter and I was struggling with slight skin dryness and peeling. I had only ever had one facial before this (many years ago at another clinic) and I have to say, it was underwhelming. Many people rave about facials so I knew I needed to try it again to see if my first experience was the norm or not. Thankfully, my whole experience with Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone was amazing, the facial was so relaxing and it did really help to get my skin on track so that I could maintain it back at home. Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone use Medik8 Cosmeceuticals in their treatments and also sell the products for customers to buy. I emailed Medik8 to ask about their cruelty free status and they assured me they are cruelty free. None of their products or ingredients are tested on animals and they ensure that they do not buy from companies that test anything on animals. They don’t sell in China and the whole range is vegan except for one product that contains Silk Serica (produced by silk worms), which is the Ultimate Recovery (a post-treatment moisturiser). The facial I had with these products was lovely and I’m even looking in to their retinol products as I’ve been wanting to start using one but have struggled to find any from a cruelty free brand I trust. The combination of good products and a great beauty therapist (I really cannot rave about Kat enough), made my whole experience really good.

After the facial I had the my milia removed with via micro-thermocoagulation. The process is surprisingly quick, it was only a few seconds for the small milia and not much longer for the larger ones. The process involves the beauty therapist gently tapping the milia until it has dried out. Each tap does create a small amount of pain but I found it more of a shock than being particularly painful. I’m really not sure where my pain tolerance lies on the spectrum, but the pain associated with the treatment was nowhere near enough to deter me from doing it again. The thermocoagulation treatment dries out the Milia so that they then scab over. The scabs are only the size of the milium they cover and fell off after about a week. The area then remained red as it healed for two weeks. I needed to apply powder antiseptic twice daily while the scabs were there to prevent infection. I couldn’t get the scabs wet or apply any products to the area for 24 hours after the treatment. I stayed away from makeup for most of the healing process, only using mineral makeup that I was testing (and you will see reviews of soon) after the areas had mostly healed (only slight redness remained). I didn’t want anything to affect the healing process or change the look of the scabs in any way, as I wanted to show you how they really looked in the progress photos. The pamphlets I looked at about the procedure said that it could take 2-3 sessions to get rid of the milia, but most of the milia were completely gone once the scabs fell off. There was one under my eye close to my lash line that was not completely gone after the scab fell off, but once the redness has disappeared, I went back to my treatment with AHA’s and it diminished in size. After treatment it did appear to be closer to the skin surface than it was prior to treatment which probably helped the AHA work better on it. The biggest milium I had was gone when the scab fell off but it did leave a very slight indentation in the skin. It was only noticeable when I looked at the skin very closely and it went away after I was able to restart my whole skin routine with AHA’s. The milia on my upper eyelid right on my lash line appeared to be bigger for a week or so after the scab fell off but then they reduced in size dramatically. I can just slightly see them now, but they are much smaller and no longer impact my eyelash growth like they were once doing.

When I was researching milia and the healing process I searched everywhere for information on the depth of milia but couldn’t find anything. In my experience, some of my milia are closer to the surface of the skin and those are the ones that I have been able to treat with exfoliants successfully, whereas the majority of my milia seem to sit under a thicker layer of skin and are very resistant to treatment. All the milia I had treated were the stubborn sort that I couldn’t get rid of myself, even after years of trying for some of them. Once the scabs had fallen off after treatment, the milia that were still there seemed to be smaller and much closer to the surface of the skin, and therefore were much easier to treat with exfoliants. I could have easily gone back for a second session and had those milia treated again, but I wanted to see how the treated milia responded to exfoliation. I have absolutely no scientific backing to tell you that the treatment did make the milia easier to treat with exfoliants, but that is certainly what I experienced. I spent so much time trying to find out about the depths of milia, with absolutely no luck, so I turned to Kat from Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone and she was able to tell me that milia vary in size from large to small and so does the skin that covers it. She said that “sometimes the epidermal layer of the skin is thicker and thus more difficult to remove the milia purely from exfoliation and that’s when you are required to take a a different action of method for successful removal”. It’s good to know I wasn’t crazy all those times I thought some milia were easier to treat than others.

Progress Photos

I tried to get photos of the whole healing process. I used a Sony A5100 with a macro lens attached but it was still difficult to get the camera to focus on such tiny points. I also moved house during the healing period so I couldn’t get consistent lighting for the photos, but I hope they are still good enough to see the whole process. I have very fair skin so it is difficult to see them in the before photo, the position of each milia is more evident when the scabs are visible. They were much more apparent when wearing makeup, especially a highlighter, which is why I wanted to get them treated. The largest milum, just under my eye was the one which was treated for the longest and completely disappeared when the scab fell off. The eyelid milia were treated for the least amount of time as the skin is very thin and fragile there. There did not disappear from treatment but the tiny ones on the lash line now no longer impede on the eyelash growth.

Before Treatment

Two milia appear under the left corner of my left eye and one further back on the cheek bone. One larger milium appears on the eyelid but the two smallest ones right on the lash line are the ones impeding eyelash growth.

Laser milia removal before treatment

Removing milia with thermocoagulation before Milia removal with thermocoagulation before

Day Of Treatment

The treatment was slightly painful but more of a shock. The Milia under my eye have turned white and started the scabbing process. My eyelid is very red from the procedure but went away within a day.

Laser milia removal treatment day Removing milia with thermocoagulation before - treatment day

4 Days Later

The cheek milia appear red from the scabbing but the lid milia only have a small amount of dry skin on top.

Laser milia removal 4 days later

Removing milia with thermocoagulation 4 days later

10 Days Later

The scabs have fallen off and only a small amount of redness remains.

Laser milia removal 10 days later

Removing milia with thermocoagulation 10 days later

2 Months Later

The biggest under eye milium (that I have had for many years) is completely gone as is the one further back on my cheek. The smaller under eye milium is still there but much smaller than it was before treatment. It responded much better to AHA’s post treatment. The milia on my eyelid are still there but aren’t affecting the eyelash growth like they were before treatment. The largest milium was the only one that was easily visible to the naked eye, which is gone now. The current milia that are left are very hard to see close up, let alone from a distance.

Laser milia removal 2 months later

Removing milia with thermocoagulation 2 months later

Milia removal with thermocoagulation 2 months later

I do a lot to prevent milia from occurring but for some reason (probably genetics), I can’t completely prevent them. That means laser milia treatment will probably be something I have to do for the rest of my life. Milia aren’t at all harmful, so they don’t need to be removed, but mine will stay around forever without professional intervention, so I will get them treated on a fairly regular basis. If there is something that I have missed capturing in this process, I can do it again with my next treatment if there is something in particular you want to see. I will go and get the tiny milia that remain retreated soon, and I will also get the milium that is on the boarder of my lip line treated too. I didn’t bother getting my lip milium done last time as it isn’t visible and doesn’t affect me in any way, but if I’m getting the others done, I may as well do it too. So if you want to know anything about treatment of that one, just ask. Overall, I am really happy with the results. It’s a bit hard to tell from the photographs but the remaining milia are much less visible than pre-treatment. My main aim of having this done was to get rid of the longest standing and largest milium and stop the tiny milia on the eye lash line from affecting eyelash growth, and it achieved both of those. I think all milia will be completely gone with another treatment but I can update you on that if you want to know. The price for just Milia removal at Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone is $69, much cheaper than any dermatologist quoted me, but it’s better still if you combine it with a facial. A facial alone is $159 but there is an ongoing promotion that brings the price down to $129, and milia removal is an extra $10 when added to a facial. $140 for a facial and milia removal is a great deal compared to the hundreds of dollars for milia removal I had been quoted at a dermatologist.

Conclusion

I am so glad I went to Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone to have my milia treated. The thermocoagulation method of removal works really well and doesn’t create scarring or long term marks on the skin. The majority of my milia were gone with the one treatment and the ones that weren’t responded well to at-home exfoliation. The process is slightly painful but it really isn’t that bad, it was more of a shock than anything. My whole experience with Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone has been amazing. The facial was so nice, but more than that, the customer service was fantastic. Kat was so kind throughout the whole process (even to my many email questions) and was always really knowledgeable. I learnt a lot from just one session with her, and I plan on going back for more. One thing to remember if you do go to this clinic in Chadstone is to look up where it is located on a map before you go – It is tucked away behind shops, but that does make for a more relaxed environment. Laser Skin and Wellness Chadstone offer a range of treatments which include dermal needling, medi peels, IPL photo facials, enzymatic peels and lots more – I’m particularly interested in the dermal needling but I need to look in to it a lot more. I spend a lot of time each day on my skincare so it can be frustrating when things like milia don’t respond. My next skincare aim is to find a treatment that will help reduce the very large pores on and around my nose, and see if there is any procedure to help get rosacea under control, if I manage to find a treatment for either of those I will certainly write about it for you. If you have any questions about my milia removal process, please just ask. I have spent a long time putting this post together, so I hope it’s helpful to you.  And don’t forget you can sign up to email updates to get all my new blog posts straight to your inbox so that you’re always in the loop.

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10 Comments

  • Jaclyn J (fluores) 08/11/2017 at 11:59 pm

    This is just what I need! I didn’t know this was an option. I always thought milia had to be manually removed. I have a ton of super small milia in my eye groove. It drives me nuts. I got them when I was 13 and started using a wet n wild concealer. They never left and some things made them worse at time. I’m not sure if this would be good though as the skin is super thin? Also, I wear a lot of creams and concealers and probably won’t stop so could that bring it back?

    • Alinta McMurdo 09/11/2017 at 12:32 pm

      Hey lovely,
      I don’t tend to get them from makeup, it’s really just thick moisturisers. I did get a whole lot when I had a bad reaction which damaged the skin, which is one of the ways milia form – so that could be way you got them from that concealer. I highly recommend that you try it. If you haven’t seen any more since that one incident then they’re unlikely to come back. I get new ones constantly, more so than anyone I’ve seen, but I’m still really happy I got the laser removal. I got this because it is better on the really thin eyelid skin, it can be very hard to do a removal in that area with a blade, but the laser has no problems in that area. And the recovery time was so quick, much quicker than I expected. I would say go for it as it’s a simple procedure that could get rid of them all for you, but only you know what is right for you 🙂

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  • Marina 26/04/2019 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Alinta

    This is really helpful – I’d love to get in touch with Laser, Skin & Wellness in Chadstone to get the same treatment.

    However there seems to be two laser skin and wellness clinics in Chadstone.

    Can you please tell me which of the below is the Laser Skin & Wellness you went to?
    http://www.chadstone-wellness.com.au/
    or https://laser-skin-wellness-clinic.business.site/

    Thanks heaps

    • Alinta McMurdo 14/05/2019 at 4:23 pm

      Hi,
      Sorry for the delay, your comment got caught in the spam filter. It’s the same place. They have multiple websites for some reason. They’re also under the name laser queen chadstone. It makes it confusing, but the service is really good, I’ve been many times now. You can call them on 03 9530 9800.

  • Mp 03/06/2019 at 9:00 am

    Thank you Alinta, I didn’t want to go to the trouble of seeing a dermatologist, referral,cost etc, but this method seems a good alternative. Thank you for sharing. Mary

  • Aaron 13/07/2019 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Alinta,
    I have some milia in my eyelid it really annoying me. Laser is not my option too expensive for me, and I’m afraid it can affect or damage my eyes and skin. But thanks for this insight it helps me a lot. Keep it up.
    Currently, I’m reading this, very informative too

    • Alinta McMurdo 13/07/2019 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Aaron,
      I’m glad it helped you, this sort of laser only penetrates the very top layer of the skin so it’s very safe to have done on the eyes – I’ve had it done on my eyelids many times now. I have tried at home milia removal, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, the chances of not getting the whole milia out and causing scaring are too high to risk doing that. If you call around your local area, you might be surprised by how affordable laser milia removal can be 🙂

  • Dominique 15/08/2019 at 10:41 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve had milia since I was little, my eyes are covered in it and I hate it so much. Do you know/ recommend any laser clinics for milia treatment within the US? Please let me know I can’t find any!

    • Alinta McMurdo 17/08/2019 at 7:04 pm

      Sorry, I don’t know of any. Try googling this laser technique to see if there’s anywhere near you that does it 🙂

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    Kobi was probably thinking about food in this photo because he is a bit obsessed with eating. He will even happily eat dirt – I’ve had to clean dirt off his chin far too often lately (don’t worry the vet says there’s nothing wrong with him, he’s just gluttonous). His favourite method for dirt eating is face planting straight onto the ground. It’s certainly an interesting technique.
    Thanks to everyone who checked in on me. I’m hoping my recent iron infusion will help me to feel less like one foot is in the grave but only time will tell.
    Leave a comment to let me know what silly things your pets or kids have been up to lately so we can all have a laugh 😊
    Picture of a white and grey dog looking at the camera and licking his nose.
    #rescuedog #rescuedogs #dogsofmelbourne #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    2 months ago
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    3/9
    It’s been 6.5 weeks since my first Pfizer vaccination and 3.5 since my second, but I still feel like death warmed up. This isn’t surprising. My immunologist, GP and I all knew I would suffer, but that doesn’t make it easier to deal with. This isn’t a covid vaccine specific reaction, I react to all vaccines in the same way. I was out of action for 2 weeks after my meningococcal vaccine last December and most people don’t have any problems with that vax. My vaccine reactions are specific to only me, because of my unique immune deficiencies. My immunologist has never come across anyone else with the combination of immune deficiencies that I have. Unfortunately, one of my worse deficiencies is that of Memory B Cells, which means I don’t make immunity to many vaccines, and when I do, it doesn’t last for long. I still get vaccinated despite this, because it matters. So the point of this post - please get your covid vaccination when you are eligible to. Many vulnerable people like myself are relying on herd immunity and we’re just not going to get there if everyone doesn’t do their part. I didn’t get a pretty sticker but the potential of covid antibodies is better than any sticker. 
Pic description: selfie of me in a mask with neon yellow sticker that says I have had the covid-19 vaccine, taken just after my second vaccination.

    It’s been 6.5 weeks since my first Pfizer vaccination and 3.5 since my second, but I still feel like death warmed up. This isn’t surprising. My immunologist, GP and I all knew I would suffer, but that doesn’t make it easier to deal with. This isn’t a covid vaccine specific reaction, I react to all vaccines in the same way. I was out of action for 2 weeks after my meningococcal vaccine last December and most people don’t have any problems with that vax. My vaccine reactions are specific to only me, because of my unique immune deficiencies. My immunologist has never come across anyone else with the combination of immune deficiencies that I have. Unfortunately, one of my worse deficiencies is that of Memory B Cells, which means I don’t make immunity to many vaccines, and when I do, it doesn’t last for long. I still get vaccinated despite this, because it matters. So the point of this post – please get your covid vaccination when you are eligible to. Many vulnerable people like myself are relying on herd immunity and we’re just not going to get there if everyone doesn’t do their part. I didn’t get a pretty sticker but the potential of covid antibodies is better than any sticker.
    Pic description: selfie of me in a mask with neon yellow sticker that says I have had the covid-19 vaccine, taken just after my second vaccination.

    Love, Alinta
    4 months ago
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    4/9
    I think I’ve made it pretty obvious that I care about Indigenous rights as well as the environment. So I am particularly interested in how Indigenous people want to combat climate change because climate change action desperately needs to be decolonised. 
Unfortunately, those who are the least responsible for climate change are the ones who ones who will suffer the most, and many Indigenous people will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of colonisation. Indigenous people and their knowledge are frequently left out of climate discussions and that needs to change. My climate change uni subject focuses on exactly that this week. 
For a long time I’ve wanted to post about this sort of thing but I haven’t known where to start. I have no idea where the level of environmental and climate knowledge is at with the general public so I would love if you could let me know how much you know about it. Then at least I have a place to start. 
Also, thanks for sticking by me, it has been very hard to get through this subject whilst going through all my health stuff plus vaccines. I have my second vax on Thursday and a few more weeks of uni and then I’ll be around more often. 
Oh and don’t forget to show up to the climate strike on Friday 😊
Pic description - white lined notebook on black background with handwriting that says First Nations People’s and Earth Based Governance. 
#climatechange #alwayswasalwayswillbe #lovealinta

    I think I’ve made it pretty obvious that I care about Indigenous rights as well as the environment. So I am particularly interested in how Indigenous people want to combat climate change because climate change action desperately needs to be decolonised.
    Unfortunately, those who are the least responsible for climate change are the ones who ones who will suffer the most, and many Indigenous people will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of colonisation. Indigenous people and their knowledge are frequently left out of climate discussions and that needs to change. My climate change uni subject focuses on exactly that this week.
    For a long time I’ve wanted to post about this sort of thing but I haven’t known where to start. I have no idea where the level of environmental and climate knowledge is at with the general public so I would love if you could let me know how much you know about it. Then at least I have a place to start.
    Also, thanks for sticking by me, it has been very hard to get through this subject whilst going through all my health stuff plus vaccines. I have my second vax on Thursday and a few more weeks of uni and then I’ll be around more often.
    Oh and don’t forget to show up to the climate strike on Friday 😊
    Pic description – white lined notebook on black background with handwriting that says First Nations People’s and Earth Based Governance.
    #climatechange #alwayswasalwayswillbe #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    5 months ago
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    5/9
    Here are the ring details as promised. I think you all knew that my ring was going to be ethical in some way. It wouldn’t be me otherwise, would it? I’ve followed @ethicaljewelleryaustralia for years now, so I’ve known for a long time that I would want them to make a ring for me. It’s something that I will be wearing everyday, so I want it to represent my values. So the ring is handmade by #EthicalJewelleryAustralia in the design I wanted. It’s a round diamond with a four prongs that look like little petals. It’s made with recycled platinum and a lab diamond. Diamond and metal mining have a lot of negative social and environmental impacts, plus a lab diamond is far more affordable than a traditionally mined diamond, which means you can reduce your impact on people, the planet and your hip pocket. I hope lab grown diamonds are the choice of the future, as it is far better for human rights and the environment to make a diamond in a lab using renewable energy, than it is to mine them from the ground, using fossil fuels and unethical labor - just look into blood diamonds if you want to know how bad it can get. I also plan on trying to have a more ethical wedding too. I’ve already found a carbon neutral venue, but I’ve got lots of research to do on everything else. Let me know if you have any ideas for a sustainable wedding. 
Picture description: fair hand flat out with fingers spread showing silver coloured ring on ring finger with a green background. 
#ethicalengagementring #ethicalengagement #labdiamond #recycledplatinum #lovealinta

    Here are the ring details as promised. I think you all knew that my ring was going to be ethical in some way. It wouldn’t be me otherwise, would it? I’ve followed @ethicaljewelleryaustralia for years now, so I’ve known for a long time that I would want them to make a ring for me. It’s something that I will be wearing everyday, so I want it to represent my values. So the ring is handmade by #EthicalJewelleryAustralia in the design I wanted. It’s a round diamond with a four prongs that look like little petals. It’s made with recycled platinum and a lab diamond. Diamond and metal mining have a lot of negative social and environmental impacts, plus a lab diamond is far more affordable than a traditionally mined diamond, which means you can reduce your impact on people, the planet and your hip pocket. I hope lab grown diamonds are the choice of the future, as it is far better for human rights and the environment to make a diamond in a lab using renewable energy, than it is to mine them from the ground, using fossil fuels and unethical labor – just look into blood diamonds if you want to know how bad it can get. I also plan on trying to have a more ethical wedding too. I’ve already found a carbon neutral venue, but I’ve got lots of research to do on everything else. Let me know if you have any ideas for a sustainable wedding.
    Picture description: fair hand flat out with fingers spread showing silver coloured ring on ring finger with a green background.
    #ethicalengagementring #ethicalengagement #labdiamond #recycledplatinum #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    6/9
    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life - it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life – it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    7/9
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love – then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him.
    We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that.
    Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

    Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring.
    Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    8/9
    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    9/9

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