Wedding Planning and Bridal Skin Guide

Wedding Planning and Bridal Skin Guide

This month at The Clinic is all about brides and we’ve teamed up with wedding planners After The Rock to answer all your bridal skincare questions.

For more information, call us on 02 9386 1533 or Request Appointment.

Q: When should you start your bridal skin routine?

No matter how much time until your big day, from one year until two weeks out, we can tailor a treatment plan to help you achieve that luminous wedding glow. Our recommendation for the perfect skin time line is 6 months. This allows for a series of treatments to maximise results.

“We overhauled my entire skincare routine. I was using too many products, not to mention the wrong products. Over the next 6 months, I visited Kaye and her team where I underwent a series of peels and procedures that were all part of Kaye's plan to have my skin looking radiant, glowing and fresh. Makeup can only look so good - it's all about the canvas. I also adopted a new routine at home using some beautiful products, including The Moisturiser. I recommend brides-to-be to arrange a consultation at The Clinic. The wonderful team will have you on the way to gorgeous skin” - Melissa Kervinen

If you've only got 2 weeks?

We offer many treatments that create instant glowing skin, with a little pampering along the way. Our recommendation 2 weeks out is Dermablading and a Blueberry Antioxidant Peel or Societe Oxygenation Peel. Both leave leave your skin fresh and glowing with no downtime and optimise makeup application.

After The Rock Advice

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. When working on a project, you need to have a plan in order for success - and your wedding is no different. Give yourself some realistic targets each month and a set time every week to review your next steps. If you're not sure what this looks like, reach out to a trusted friend that has done it before (who had a killer wedding and seemed not stressed by the process) or ideally a professional planner for some guidance to get you started.

Q: What is the most popular Treatment for Brides?

Everyone’s skin is different so it’s really important to have a plan established before we start you on your skincare journey. Our registered nurses will make specific recommendations at your initial consultation in line with your timeline and budget.

Our most popular treatment for brides is our signature Blueberry Antioxidant Peel by Cosmedix. The Blueberry Peel is jam-packed with antioxidants giving you brighter skins with an instant glow. It also contains a light lactic acid which exfoliates and helps soften the skin. This is one of the go-to bridal treatments as creates a fresh and clean complexion with no downtime.


“The Clinic was recommended to me by many people and finally by my wedding planner Georgie from After The Rock, which pushed me to take the first step and come in for a treatment. I’ve always felt comfortable coming in to The Clinic as they've always known what’s best for my skin and what it was going through. It’s also been great trying a few different treatments to see what I like best. I started with something gentle like the Blueberry Peel and the HydraFacial which I still love as it gives me a deep clean” - Maria Jovanova 

 Another popular treatment is the Intense Pulsed Light Rejuvenation (IPL), perfect for treating pigmentation, discolouration, redness and broken capillaries, leaving you with a beautifully even skin tone that requires less makeup. For best results we recommend a course of three IPL treatments, with the final one a month before the wedding.

Dermablading (also known as Dermaplaning) is where we use a surgical blade to shuffle backwards and forwards on the skin to remove that fine hair on your face (‘peach fuzz’). We don’t use any active ingredients, so it’s also a great treatment for sensitive skin types. This helps create a smooth, flawless base so makeup will sit perfectly on your skin for the big day.

After The Rock Advice

Forgo the popular and do it your way! Think of your wedding as a party rather than a wedding. One that is a true reflection of you as a couple. This allows you to forgo certain traditions or 'rules' and create a day that is truly unique to you. For example, scrap the bonboniere and invest that money in an amazing flash mob choir instead or walk yourself down the aisle if you don't want to be walked by your parents. 

Q: How should I treat my Pigmentation?

If you have pigmentation concerns we’d recommend starting treatments at least 6 months out from the wedding, to allow sufficient time for the skin to rejuvenate. Fraxel is still our most transformative treatment for stubborn pigmentation or scarring. A combination or IPL and Timeless Retinol Peels can also be effective. Pigmentation comes in many different forms so our nurses will consult with you to devise a custom treatment plan that suits.

To book a consultation, call us on 02 9386 1533 or Request Appointment.

We also have a blog post all about pigmentation and the best products to combat it - An Expert Guide To Pigmentation.

Q: Can I have Injectables before the Wedding?

If you haven’t had injectables before, we’d recommend coming in at least 6 months before the wedding, this is an important time so we can see how the product sits in the skin and if you like the way it looks.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections in the frown lines, forehead lines and crows feet are the most popular for our brides. The final treatment should be 4 weeks before the wedding as the products takes 2 weeks to kick in and leave time for a top up if required.

Q: The Clinic Number 1 tip for brides?

Use products with quality, active ingredients! You need to support your treatments with the right at-home routine. Our signature products are affordable and versatile staple products that ensure your skin gets what it needs on a day to day basis. 

It’s important to keep your skin clean all the time. Our Cleansing Pads ($60) give you that perfect on-the-go cleanse, jammed packed with Micellar Water and Chamomile. The Moisturiser ($88) is packed full of Peptides for tightening and firming the skin, with Sea Buckthorn for calming and reducing redness.

Once you have your staple products we next recommend incorporating a Face Mask. Used 1-3 times a week, Face Masks contain ingredients in higher concentrations so you can mimic a clinic-style treatment from home, keeping your skin in top condition. This is a must for brides planning destination weddings. 

Our favourites include:

The Cosmedix Detox Activated Charcoal Mask is your solution to clogged pores and impurities. The mask contains charcoal and clay which helps draw out congestion, as is perfect to help mattify and purify the skin. To mimic the results of an in-clinic treatment, start with Pure Enzymes Exfoliating Mask, wait 20 minutes, then layer this Detox Charcoal Mask over the top. "When you wash it away, it feels like an in-house treatment. You feel squeaky clean." - Lisa Sullivan-Smith, The Clinic Co-Director
The Societe Rejuvenating Peptide Mask is the ultimate hydration boost to use the night before your wedding. The mask instantly nourishes the skin and firms with plumping peptides. It’s great for deep hydration and gives you that glowy, dewy complexion. Leave on for 30 minutes, perfect for that relaxing moment before you step out for your big day.

We have a blog post with more information - How To Face Mask So You Never Have To Visit A Clinic Again.

Q: After The Rock Number 1 Tip for Brides?

Once engaged, sit down with your partner and discuss what is most important to you. I like to break this in to 5 basic categories

  • Logistics and Planning
  • Food and Drinks
  • Styling and aesthetics
  • Entertainment 
  • Photography and videography 

Now look at that list and individually order these in your own priorities from 1 to 5. Then have a look at each others answers. Sometimes, you will be completely in sync - and other times you won't. This will help guide your decisions throughout the process. For example, you might say top quality Food and Drink are THE most important thing for you - so you may choose your venue or caterer based on this and invest more on this component - and if say entertainment is a lower priority maybe you opt for a DJ instead of a band to save on costs. It will help you make less emotional decisions along the way.


After The Rock creates wedding experiences that evoke a sense of awe, using equal parts practicality and artistry. Never short of advice and inspiration, at the helm of After The Rock is Georgie Karloci (nee. Duddy), a highly experienced wedding planner and stylist. At once a master planner, trusted adviser, problem solver, personal stylist and allround confidant, Georgie produces weddings that are highly memorable, whilst celebrating moments of intimacy, sentiment and surprise.

Georgie’s Skin Regime

“Treatments at The Clinic of course! LOVE Dermablading, Hydrafacials and Fraxel changed my skin in a way I couldn’t have imagined. My at home routine is very simple. I use The Cleansing Pads, The Moisturiser and I’ve just added in Vitamin C which I am loving.”

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