DIY Brightening Face Mask

We’re back with another post from CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls). To help you make this summer your happiest and healthiest yet, CHAARG girl Morgan brings you this DIY face mask that we wish we could eat for breakfast, too! Stay tuned for more fun health and workout tips.

DIY BRIGHTENING FACE MASK

At CHAARG, we are firm believers in treating yourself! Whether it’s a pint of ice cream or a mani-pedi spa day, it’s important to take time for YOU. So for those summer nights when you want to sit in your PJs and pamper yourself, we have just the treat: DIY Brightening Face Mask!

Spa products can be super expensive (and not to mention, full of unnatural chemicals and additives), so we’re fans of making our masks at home with natural ingredients so you know exactly what’s going into them. Chances are, you have most of the ingredients on hand!

Being out in the summer sun can hurt your skin, so this exfoliating and brightening face mask will help hydrate your face and rub away dead skin, leaving your face feeling brighter, glowing and gorgeous—just like you!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup rolled oats*

¼ cup brown sugar**

1 TBSP honey*** (melted)

1 TBSP coconut oil (melted)

1 small- to medium-sized Mason jar for storage

*For more of a healing mask, add in extra oats to soothe your skin.

**For more of a scrubbing mask, add more sugar to the mixture.

***For best results, use raw honey.

DIY Brightening Face Mask

WHY WE LOVE THEM

All of the ingredients in this face mask have amazing skin benefits!

Greek yogurt—moisturizer/skin brightener

Greek yogurt works well with dry, sensitive skin and is perfect for scrubbing away dead skin cells. It also fights against acne.

Oats—revitalizer

The oats act as a revitalizing agent that, like Greek yogurt, treats acne. Although the oats themselves don’t lubricate the skin, when paired with a moisturizer, they help your skin retain moisture and give it pretty, glowing shine.

Brown Sugar—exfoliant

You’ve probably seen sugar scrubs at every spa and beauty supply store you’ve been to, and for good reason. Sugar is the best scrub for your face, and when applied to the skin, it reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, exposing live skin cells and allowing your skin to become even more moisturized.

Honey—healing agent

Not only does honey taste great, but it helps you get glowing skin for the summer. It has natural healing properties, and like oats, it helps the skin retain moisture, allowing your skin to feel suppler. Because honey absorbs impurities from pores on the skin, it can also be used as a part of an acne regimen.

Coconut oil—moisturizer

Coconut oil works as a moisturizer, and when combined with an exfoliating agent like the brown sugar, it scrapes off excess dead skin and cleans out blocked pores.

TIME TO TREAT YOURSELF!

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super quick. All you need is a food processor (or a blender), which means easy cleanup too!

1] Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth/creamy.

2] Spoon into a mason jar. The mixture can be stored in the fridge for as long as the date on the Greek yogurt is good!

3] Using your hands (get ready to get messy!), begin spreading the mixture across your face. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

4] Using warm water on a washcloth, begin scrubbing the mixture off your face, moving your hands in a circular motion to wipe the mixture off.

5] Hello, beautiful skin!

Let us know what you think of the face mask by tagging us on Instagram @CHAARG with the hashtag #inCHAARG. And remember to take care of your skin this summer, girls!

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ABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT MORGAN

Morgan Simpson is a CHAARG blogger from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She spends her free time cooking, kickboxing and playing with her black lab pup, Cabela. You’ll find her snapping pictures of anything/everything she eats.

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20-Minute Full Body Tone

We want you to make this summer your happiest and healthiest yet! That’s why we’re so excited to partner with CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) on this post and more for their health and exercise tips. CHAARG girl, Grace, brings you this go-to 20-minute full body tone. Stay tuned for more fun workouts and health tips!

20-MINUTE FULL BODY TONE

Today, we’re sharing our 20-minute workout that you can do ANYWHERE. We realize that not everyone has access to the gym in the summer, so all you need for this workout is yourself!

This is a countdown series circuit—you’ll perform 100 of a certain exercise, 90 of a different exercise, 80 of another and so on. Your goal is to perform all reps of a certain exercise [e.g., 100 jumping jacks] without stopping. If you need to take a short break, try not to pause for more than 10 seconds before getting right back into it. Once you’ve completed the entire circuit, repeat it once more. You got this!

100 Jumping Jacks

Start with your feet shoulder-width apart. Then, jump your legs out and clap your arms overhead. Jump your legs back in and clap your arms behind your back. That’s one rep!

Jumping Jack

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90-Second Side Plank (45 seconds per side)

Lie on your side and rise up on one foot and one elbow. Make sure your elbow is below and even with your shoulder. Now lift your hips and engage your core. Squeeze your butt to activate those lower abs!

Side Plank

80 Lunges (40 per leg)

Start with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step your right leg forward and lower your body until your left knee grazes the ground and your right leg is at a 90-degree angle. Return your right leg to the starting position and complete the same movement on the other side, leading with your left leg.

Lunge

70 Mountain Climbers

Start in a plank position (on your hands and toes). Bring your right foot forward, directly outside of your right hand. Keep your hands on the ground and your abs tight as you quickly shift your right leg back and bring your left foot forward in the same motion you did on your right.

Mountain Climber

60-Second Squat Hold

Stand with your feet just outside of your hips. Sink your butt back, bending at the hips and making your thighs parallel with the ground. Pro-tip: make sure you’re placing your weight on your heels, not your toes. If you’re unsure, try wiggling your toes.

Squat Hold

50 Glute Bridges

Lie on your back with your feet flat on the ground and your legs in a triangle shape. Then, slowly raise your hips and keep your core tight. Bring your hips back to the ground and you’ve got one rep down.

Glute Bridge

40 Flutter Kicks

Lie on your back with your arms at your sides, hands facing down. Extend your legs and lift your heels about 6 inches off the floor. From there, quickly pulse your feet up and down while keeping your core engaged.

Flutter Kicks

30 Jump Squats

Remember the squat motion from earlier? Take it up a notch and squat down with your thighs parallel to the ground. Now, instead of standing straight up when you come out of the squat, jump straight up in the air. These babies burn, but push through!

Jump Squat 1 Jump Squat 2

20 Pushups

Keep your hands shoulder-width apart and feet flexed at hip distance. Keep your core tight and squeeze your butt as you bend your elbows until your chest reaches the ground. Then push back up. Pro-tip: Let your elbows graze the side of your body—the closer the better. And if you need to modify, bring your knees to the ground.

Push Up

10 Star-Jump Burpees

The best for last—burpees! Start with your feet hip-distance apart. Squat down (maintaining that great squat position we talked about before) and place your hands on the floor. Kick your feet back into a pushup position and complete one pushup. Immediately jump your feet forward into the squat position. Then, jump as high as you can, spreading your feet and arms like a star. All of that is one rep—just nine more and you’re done!

Star Jump Burpees 1

Star Jump Burpees 2

Aim to get through this workout two times, and if you’re feelin’ good, add a 60-second plank at the end for extra credit! Then let us know what you think of the workout by tagging us on Instagram @CHAARG with the hashtag #inCHAARG.

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ABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Grace Murray is a CHAARG blogger from Kent State University. She divides her free time between CrossFit and running, and plans to tackle her first marathon this fall. When she’s not studying or exercising, she’s eating enough carrots and peanut butter to feed four out of New York’s five boroughs.

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How To: Layer For Summer

Packing your bags this summer for a few weekend getaways? Plan for layers to make the most of limited suitcase space. Our stylist, Erin R., put together two layered looks to take your #OOTD from brunchin’ to beachin’!

How To: Layer For Summer

Shop now: Triangle Bikini Top | Beach Short | Striped Crop Tank | Beach Backpack
How To: Layer For Summer

Shop now: Triangle Bikini Top | Embroidered Skirt | Ribbed Tank | Panama Hat | Embroidered Tote

Show us your summer style with #AerieSWIM for a chance to be featured on our Instagram or Twitter!

xoxo,
Aerie

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Vivid Vibes

Get ready for a blast of bold swim! Our latest collection, ‘Vivid Vibes,’ has all the swim you need to brighten up the beach. Shop our fave looks below and get ready to spin the color wheel! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes! Introducing...Aerie's newest swim collection: Vivid Vibes!

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#GoAskYourMother

Mom knows best—about her health, at least! That’s why this Mother’s Day, we’re joining our girls at Bright Pink to tell you to CALL YOUR MAMA! #GoAskYourMother about her health history so you can learn about your own potential risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Then share a pic of you and your mom with #GoAskYourMother  to spread the word!

Aerie and Bright Pink want you to #GoAskYourMother!

Aerie girl, Ally Walsh, and her mama support #GoAskYourMother!

It’s a sad truth that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her life. Ovarian cancer is less common (1 in 67 women develop it), but far more dangerous: only 1/3 of women who are diagnosed will survive. The silver lining? When breast and ovarian cancers are diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate is more than 92%.

Prevention and early detection start with knowing about the health histories of the women in your family. So talk to mom, take Bright Pink’s new-and-improved “Assess Your Risk” quiz and learn more about your own body and health. Then don’t forget to spread the word! Share a pic with you and mom on Instagram or Twitter with #GoAskYourMother and encourage your girls to talk to their moms, too.

Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mamas!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk With Sun Bum

We can’t get enough of Sun Bum, suncare made from the best ingredients under the sun. Our team had a chance to sit down with Bryan W., one of the coolest guys from the Sun Bum team to learn a bit more about the newest collection now at Aerie, the need-to-know facts about skincare and most importantly, the story behind their funky logo.

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Aerie: Tell us a little bit about yourself! How did you get started working with Sun Bum?

Bryan: It was 2011 and I was at a trade show in Florida. I happened to walk by the Sun Bum booth. It was full of action, tons of people were crowding around to see what this new brand was all about. I made my way through the crowd and was Instantly drawn in by the Ape and all the wood grain bottles. I asked the guy working the booth what’s Sun Bum he replied Sun Care.  It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.  I knew sun care to be a medicine looking bottle like the one my parents forced on me as a child but this was the total opposite.  I knew at that moment this was a company I wanted to be a part of.

Aerie: We love your logo! What’s the story behind the monkey?

Bryan: We got lucky with the logo, people love it. No meaning, we just wanted a big, strong but relaxed character to represent the brand.

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Aerie: What is a common misconception about sunscreen?

Bryan: Once you put it on your covered all day. No matter what your doing it’s super important to reapply regularly.

Aerie: We really want a tan this summer…is that a big no-no?

Bryan: Hey we like being tan too, but you just gotta take is slow. Use an SPF 15 or higher, you’ll still get color but without the burn.

Aerie: What’s the difference between SPF 15, SPF 30, and SPF 50? Which is a girl to use?

Bryan: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Below is the approximate percentage of UVB rays blocked depending on SPF rating. The difference is surprisingly small. A higher SPF helps if you are fair skinned or have history of skin cancer. Remember, no sunscreen blocks 100% of UV rays.

SPF 15 = 93% Coverage

SPF 30 = 97% Coverage

SPF 50 = 98% Coverage

SPF 70 = 98.5% Coverage

SPF 100 = 99% Coverage

The main thing that affects protection level is applying it correctly. Dermatologists recommend using 3 tablespoons of sunscreen to protect your whole body. SPF ratings are significantly decreased if you don’t apply enough. Most people only apply 1/3 of the sunscreen they need. Make sure you use enough and don’t neglect hard to reach and easily forgotten places like your ears, feet and upper back.

Aerie: When is the best time to apply sunscreen?

Bryan: Anytime your out in the sun is a good time to apply sunscreen, but again, don’t forget to reapply every few hours.

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Aerie: Why is using SPF lip balm important?

Bryan: Your lips get burn in the same way your skin gets burnt. So why wouldn’t you want to protect your kisser

Aerie: Which Sun Bum product is your favorite?

Bryan: I love my SPF 30 Face Stick. It’s easy to use goes on clear and is travel friendly.

 Thanks for the inside scoop, Bryan!

Be sure to pick up and pack this surf-ready SPF
so you can keep the fun going all day long!

xo,

Aerie

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