My personal favorite for scrubs is grapefruit, but any citrus peel will have the essential oils that are so good at rejuvenating your skin and making you feel fresh and pretty. (What bride doesn't want to feel that way on her wedding day? Or have her bridesmaids feel the same way?)
Citrus has a two-fold purpose: it's acid loosens the top layer of dead skin cells and the ground up peel help you slough it off. (Oh and did I mention it smells good?)
Try this easy scrub that can be prepared up to a week in advance (perfect for the busy bride to be!):
Greek Goddess Citrus Scrub:
1 T dried citrus peel of your choice, chopped up and ground in your food processor
1/4 C vitamin E oil
1 tsp honey
1/2 C Greek yogurt
Mix all four ingredients together until well blended.
Massage onto damp face (or body, love this on my elbows and heels!).
Use a warm water rinse with a quick after splash of cold water.
If you don't feel like you have the time or want a scrub that will last, visit your local H2O store or Beauty.com.
H2O makes a great scrub from skin smoothing salts for gentle and effective exfoliation for normal or dry rough areas. The added marine extracts of sea lettuce, sea fennel, algae and wakame are blended with natural oils, canola and sunflower to give your skin a polished moisturized glow. Just what every bride wants!
Another scrub recipe that I came across (thanks to the folks at Florida Crystals) is their recipe for Natural Cane Glimmer Sugar Scrub.
1 C Florida Crystals Natural or Organic Sugar
1 C vegetable oil
Oil from 1 Vitamin E capsule
1 or 2 drops of essential oils (lavender or orange)
1 16 oz container with lid
Combine the ingredients until well blended. Than take a spatula and transfer the scrub into the container, securing the lid. Contents will settle. Be sure to mix before using. Scoop about a teaspoon into your hands and massage gently into your skin using a circular motion on wet skin. Leave on 3 or 4 minutes before thoroughly rinsing with warm water. It will tighten our pores and you'll smell great!
Now that you have your beauty regimen planned out (or stirred up and jarred) you're ready for your big day! Ready to glow as you walk down the aisle.