'I'm getting married in six months and my skin hates me. So I went for a "pre-wedding facial".'

Mamamia’s Tried and Tested series is your review of the latest to hit our desks in beauty, health and wellness. You won’t find any #sponsored content here, just honest, relatable and independent advice. This week, Mamamia's senior lifestyle writer Charlotte Begg reviews Remedi Room's skin needling treatment as part of their bridal packages.

After getting engaged, I thought about what I would need to do before my wedding later this year. Get a dress and shoes; think about how I would like my hair and makeup.

But I wasn't that fussed about getting my skin ready. It's been in pretty good shape for some time, and I thought that if I just stuck with my usual routine, it would stay that way.


My skin has been all over the place for the past two months. She's been oily. She's been dry. She's been breaking out.

She can't decide what she wants to do, so she's doing it all!

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Although I've written about beauty for years now, I'm not really a facial girl. Not saying I don't like them (oh, I do), I just don't get them done regularly nor do I know which one is best suited to my skin. 

I'm clueless about wedding skin prep.

Sydney-based salon Remedi Room, inside Bondi's iconic wellness studio, Slow House, recently put together a step-by-step guide on how to care for your skin pre-wedding.


Yep, they have launched their own 'bridal packages' for brides-to-be who want to get their skin in shape nine, six or three months out from their big day. 

So, what did I say when they offered for me to come in and try it? Yes, please.

Here's my honest review of trialling a facial from Remedi Room's bridal packages.

What do you get in a bridal package?

There are three bridal packages to choose from and they all include an infrared sauna pack, Omnilux LED pack, skin needling treatments, chemical peel treatments and a slow and steady massage, one week out from your wedding.

They also include a personal consultation with Remedi Room's nurse, Allira, where you can go over your skincare routine and create a bespoke package which might also include a vampire facial with plasma therapy, platelet-rich plasma injections, anti-wrinkle injections or subtle dermal filler treatments.

Allira will complete a full assessment of you and your goals leading up to your wedding day and then suggest treatments that can support this.

How much does a bridal package cost?

Full transparency, the packages seem expensive up front – but if you break it down, it's cheaper than getting each treatment individually. 

Also, it's an investment in your skin. Not only will it look good on the day, but in the months before and after too.

The three-month package starts at $2,000; the six-month package starts at $3,500; and the 12-month package starts at $6,000.


My review of a bridal package facial.

As mentioned, my skin has been out of whack lately. It might not look bad in photos, but I was breaking out everywhere. 

On my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. My skin has also been extremely dehydrated while still getting oily throughout the day.

When I arrived at Remedi Room, I explained this all to Allira. 

She said I should stick to gentle skincare products and suggested adding in hydrating serums and moisturisers.

We both decided that skin needling would help with my dehydration and increase skin cell turnover, shedding that dry skin that's sitting at the top.

Skin needling involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilised needles as a form of collagen induction therapy. 

The small wounds cause the body to make more collagen and elastin to enhance skin tone, decrease lines, improve the appearance of scarring and promote a glow.

Everything I was after, basically.

After cleansing my face thoroughly, Allira applied a numbing gel to lessen any pain from the needles. 

She left it on for 10 minutes (it was a little tingly but nothing bad) and then we started on the needling.

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Needle time! Image: Supplied.


It didn't hurt at all and felt more scratchy than anything.

She then applied a hydrating mask before popping me under the Omnilux LED for 20 minutes – the mask was to help with the redness and also allow hydration to penetrate deeper while I was under the red light.

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Following the treatment, my skin was pretty hectic-looking. She was red, but she felt fine!

(Sorry to anyone who saw me at Woolies that night.)


The following day, the redness was minimal. I wore a light CC cream to work and was back to wearing my usual makeup the day after that.

The only thing I couldn't do post-treatment was use an exfoliant, whether chemical or physical, for 72 hours.

Now seven days on from my skin needling session, I can already see such an improvement in my skin. (Allira said day seven is when you notice the best results.)

My skin still needs work – there are still some small pimples, but what's changed the most is the hydration. I'm not nearly as dry as I was when I came in.

Pretty grateful for that.

My skin, one week on. Image: Supplied.


Would I recommend buying a bridal package?

Before even experiencing a facial as part of their bridal packages, I knew what my answer to this would be: yes.

If having great skin on your wedding day is at the top of your 'must-have' list, then I think purchasing a bridal package is a great option.

You don't need to do the research; you don't need to check your schedule to see when you should do this or should do that.

Bridal packages take the stress out of that, especially when there's so much else you have to organise.

To add to that, the experience is relaxing. I left not only looking red in the face but also relaxed in my body. Ha, I even fell asleep during the LED treatment!

Understandably, it doesn't go unnoticed that these packages are on the more expensive side. They aren't 'necessary' by any means.

But would they make a difference to your skin? Yes.

So they are absolutely something to consider if that's important to you.

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