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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Memorial Day Style with the Aerie Romper

We have no doubt that the Aerie Romper will be your go-to beach cover up this summer! With Memorial Day, just around the corner, this crisp white one-piece will pair perfectly with your favorite Aerie Swim.

Luisa from Peaches to Pearls styles the romper with her Brooke Bikini and Embroidered Tote for the perfect beach-ready #OOTD!

How To Style A Romper Meet Luisa:
Originally from the beautiful beaches of Destin, Florida, Luisa from Peaches to Pearls is a beach girl at heart. Currently living in Atlanta, Georgia, she is finishing up her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition. Luisa incorporates her passion for food and fashion by sharing affordable places to dine and shop in Atlanta. Luisa describes her style as “simply chic” and says she loves finding a good deal on designer clothing.

How To Style A Romper

What Inspired Luisa’s Look:
“Inspired by the kick-off to summer, Memorial Day, I absolutely love this chic, dainty romper for the beach. Paired with some cute AE sunnies, beach hat and beach bag – this look is perfect for summer 2015. And no outfit is complete with some delicious ice cream on the beach!”

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Get Luisa’s Look:  Aerie Romper | Brooke Bikini Top |Crocheted Hipster Bikini Bottom | Embroidered Tote | Floppy Hat (Similar) | AEO Half Frame Icon Sunglasses

How To Style A Romper Show us how you style the Aerie Romper with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

Photos by Piper Williams

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National Straw Hat Day

If you’re anything like us, you’re hat obsessed. So when National Straw Hat Day rolls around, we go big.

If you’re going for a classic look, the Panama Hat is both crisp and clean.  And if you’re more of a free-spirit, our Floppy Hat will mesh perfectly with your bohemian vibe. Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Blogger Alison from Ally Cog shares our love for all things hats by pairing one of our favorite styles with #AerieSWIM.

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What Inspired Alison’s Look: 
“I always prefer to keep things simple. By pairing slouchy boyfriend shorts with a knit tank I’m able to be comfortable and still feel cute. I also love that it lets the swimsuit be the statement piece! The color is bold, the crochet detail makes it anything but basic and the back gives it a hint of sexiness. And the hat totally ties everything together.”National Straw Hat Day with Blogger Ally Cog National Straw Hat Day with Blogger Ally Cog                      Get Alison’s Look: Panama Hat Beach Tank | Crochet One-Piece | AEO Denim Rolled Boy Midi
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Show us your favorite Aerie Swim with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Whether you’re heading to the lake or hitting the beach with your besties, your favorite Aerie Swim will have you looking and feeling confident in no time at all!

Picked the perfect suit and looking to accessorize? Grace from A Southern Drawl pairs her bold print Bridget Bikini with a lightweight Beach Shirt and straw Panama Hat for a weekend out on the lake!

Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Meet Grace:
“Hi there! I’m Grace and I’m a 22-year-old bioengineering graduate student, currently residing in Louisville, Kentucky, where I was born and raised.  I enjoy all things related to both fashion and fitness.  My personal style is always evolving! I created A Southern Drawl in 2011, and it continues to serve as a much-needed outlet for my creativity!”

Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl
Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

What Inspired Grace’s Look:
“Lake weekends are the best kind of weekends!  I love getting away, even if it’s only for a few days.  I’m completely in love with this coverup from Aerie and this adorable bikini {did you notice the cutouts in the bikini bottoms?}.  Of course, I had to add their classic panama hat to the outfit to polish off this nautical look.  Also, if you’re looking for a perfect beach tote, then this colorblock tote is the one! It fits so many items, like a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and if you’re anything like me, the other 100 things that you decide to bring.”

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Get Grace’s Look: Bridget Bikini Top | Hipster Bikini Bottom | Beach Shirt | Panama Hat | Colorblock Tote

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Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Show us your favorite Aerie Swim with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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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

 Shop the look: Low Back Graphic Tank, Seamless Sports Bra, Crop Yoga Pant

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!

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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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Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

This week we’re inspired by the courageous, career-driven, body-loving blogger, Rachel Hollis! Her proud bikini photo received tons of media buzz and we couldn’t help but want to learn more about this beautiful, mother of three.

Aerie: We love your body positive message – what inspired you to share this photo with your readers?

Rachel: So many reporters asked me this and the answer is kind of silly. I theme my Instagram every month to a color and that month’s color was orange… the exact shade of my cute new bikini top. We were in Cancun and I thought it would be a cute picture and so I had hubs snap a bunch. I am no kind of model and being in a swimsuit feels especially awkward so the one I chose is the one where I’m laughing at how silly I felt. When I saw it I noticed my stretch marks right away but I figured plenty of my followers are moms and have them too so I just decided to post it anyway. I couldn’t have anticipated what would happen with that picture, it still blows my mind.

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Aerie: How did you get started with The Chic Site?

Rachel: I was an event planner for ten years in Los Angeles and initially I started The Chic Site as a virtual way to house all my ideas. At the time I thought people would want to see pictures from fancy parties but what I quickly learned was that they were much more interested in recipes and parties from my own real life. When I started to focus on my personal style (down home with a little fancy thrown in) that’s when the site really started to gain a following.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part about running a lifestyle website?

Rachel: There are a lot of things to love. I’m my own boss, which is a great feeling. And I work with an incredibly talented group of people that I got to hand pick. In the words of Confucius, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Also, I truly love the idea that we’re being helpful to women who read our site. Whether it’s a recipe, a makeup tip or a tutorial on how to decorate your bedroom I want our readers to come away feeling inspired and encouraged.

Aerie: Do you have any advice you would give to girls interested in starting their own blog or business?

Rachel: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Seriously, there are so many businesses and blogs out there and the only way you’re going to make a splash is with a genuine message that is authentically you. Also, if you want to start a business you can’t treat it as a hobby. A lot of new bloggers decide to throw up a post here or there without structure behind it. Build an editorial calendar, collaborate with people smarter than you, take yourself seriously and others will to.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Rachel: There is no such thing as luck, there is only preparation meeting opportunity at a moment in time.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie product?

Rachel: I love a great t-shirt but I am such a sucker for a summer sweater! Haha, only in LA would someone consider the term summer sweater but it’s a real thing! You know the kind with a loose weave or the ones that are so light it’s like wearing cotton? I love them! It’s a way to feel cozy even if the weather is warm.

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Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Rachel: #AerieREAL is the idea of not just being comfortable with but grateful for who you are today. I love the idea of wanting to better your self, to become a better person inside and out. But that doesn’t mean that who you are right now (at this exact weight, with that exact hair, with your nose and your smile) isn’t awesome. Celebrate where you are, the real you because the real you is fabulous!

 Thank you, Rachel! Be sure to check out The Chic Site and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

xoxo,

Aerie

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