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05/29/2013 04:36 pm ET | Updated Jul 29, 2013

Natural Beauty Rituals to Help the Bride Look Her Best on the Big Day

As your special day approaches, you are doing all you can to make sure every part of you looks stellar. It is not only about losing weight, but about having beautiful smooth skin, full shiny hair and the brightest possible smile.

Making sure your body is ready for your wedding day doesn't have cost a fortune or take much of your already crazy busy schedule. If you start using these tips 45 to 60 days before your wedding, you will look and feel amazing.

Moisturize With Jojoba Oil

A research study published in the PubMed.gov site concluded that jojoba oil is an amazing skin moisturizer for all skin types. The chemical composition of the jojoba oil is very similar to human sebum, helping retain and produce collagen in the skin. Your skin will think it's producing enough oil, which will help balance oil production for both dry and oily types. It is also great to help you treat dandruff, eczema and other skin problems. Moisturize your whole body with jojoba oil and a few drops of your favorite aromatherapy essential oil two to three times per week.

Do a Brown Rice Mask

Used by women in Asia for hundreds of years, a simple mask made of organic brown rice and water is known to help clear out blemishes and hyper pigmentation, and fight wrinkles. I've personally used it in my face, elbows and knees with great results. It will leave your skin feeling hydrated, and soft like a baby. Wash the rice thoroughly first, then cover it with distilled water and let it sit overnight. The rice will become a paste that will sit at the bottom of the bowl. Remove the excess of water and apply the remaining paste on your face and body. Leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Try it once per week, starting roughly two months before the big day.

Avocado Hair Mask

The natural oils in avocado are a great hair moisturizer that can also stimulate growth. When the avocados are too ripe to eat, mash them up and create a paste thin enough to apply to the scalp and hair. Cover with plastic and let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing and proceeding with your regular wash and set. The oils in the avocado can penetrate the hair molecules better than almost any other oil, nourishing it and protecting it from the sun, the environment and the chemical process. Try it once a week, a few months before the wedding for better results.

Dry Brush Daily

Dr. Bruce Berkowsky, president of Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, has been studying the benefits of dry brushing for decades and considers it a powerful therapy that can positively impact the entire body. Use a natural-bristle body brush and start at the ends of the extremities and begin to brush the skin in the direction of the heart. For instance, when brushing the legs start at the toes and brush upward toward the heart and when brushing the arms start at the finger tips and brush toward the heart. Naturopathic doctors have been recommending this practice for decades as it will massage the lymphatic system to move the toxins toward the organs of elimination. It will also stimulate the circulation at the skin and release and remove toxins from the skin. Do this every day before the shower. This can be done indefinitely as it only takes two minutes to do every day. Your skin will feel amazing.

Draw an Apple Cider Vinegar Bath

Apple cider vinegar baths may help you get rid of toxins, aid in the weight loss process and clear the pores of the skin. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that apple cider vinegar may help prevent the buildup of body fat and certain liver fats. Draw a bath as hot as you can tolerate and add 16 ounces of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Dry off, wrap your body in a warm blanket and sweat for an additional 15 minutes. Try doing this once a week for about four weeks.

These tips can be done easily at home and none of them will require an extra line on your wedding budget. They will make a difference in your skin and hair whether you have a full year or just a few weeks. And your fiancé will enjoy the new you almost as much as you do.