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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Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Good beauty products not only make you look beautiful, but make you feel beautiful. Our new Beauty For Real For Aerie collection does just that. We had an opportunity to sit down with Leslie, the founder of Beauty for Real, to find out more about this collaboration and inspiration behind the amazing product line.

Aerie: Can you tell us about Beauty for Real and how it got started?

Leslie: As a make up artist with the perspective of working with thousands of women over the years, I recognized a need to address beauty from a more realistic point of view.  Both in terms of the way products are developed and produced and also the way they are presented to the consumer.  Great, natural ingredients, simple straight forward and functional packaging along with a more “real” approach to photography and models is our highest goal.

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: Beauty for Real for Aerie is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Can you tell us what inspired the collection?

Leslie: Gorgeous skin is always the canvas for looking beautiful and because this is a summer collection where more skin is exposed, we focused on enhancing and highlighting the skin.

Aerie: We love that these products contain natural ingredients. Can you explain this process?

Leslie: There are many old natural remedies that are tried and true, but there are also new natural ingredients that are being discovered everyday.  We work with our research and development chemists to utilize the most natural ingredients in the most beneficial way.

Aerie: The Sugar Rush Scrub smells delicious! When is the best time to apply?

Leslie: Of course, it can be used morning or night in the shower, but I love to wake up with it in the morning as a reinforcement to my morning coffee.  The brown sugar and coffee extract are like a sweet, yummy latte without the calories!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Beauty For Real for Aerie Sun Kissed Lip Gloss offers the perfect combination of moisture and shine. Can you tell us about the two different shades?

Leslie: They do have lots of great hydrating ingredients; Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil along with super anti oxidants; Green Tea Extract and Grape Seed Oil.  Not only are they terrific summer colors, but the benefits are substantial.  Pink Sands is really like an enhanced natural lip color and Sun-shine gives a bit of nude gold.

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Aerie Beauty For Real Glow Stick comes in three different shades – High Tide, Cocoa Cabana and South Peach. What is the best way to apply this pretty bronzing illuminator?

Leslie: They can be used individually, but I like to use all three!  Use High Tide as a highlighter anywhere you want to create a luminescent glow- on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, on the cupids bow.  South Peach is an amazingly fresh blush color- use it on the apples of your cheeks for a subtle pop of color.  Coco Cabana is a bronzer that gives you the sun kissed summer glow you want without the sun exposure- blend it along your hairline, below your cheekbones and a touch on your nose and chin.  Apply them from the stick and blend with your fingers, the creamy texture melts right into the skin for a most natural finish.  They are also great to use on you collar bones and shoulders!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Sea & Surf Spray is a summer must-have! Do you have any tips for how to achieve perfect beach waves?

Leslie: I live in Miami where beach hair is the only way to go in the summer when it’s hot and humid.  After showering, you can spray a bit in your hair, then let it air dry. When it’s nearly completely dry, spray a large section and then scrunch it up for a few seconds to set. The Meadowfoam Seed Oil conditions your hair and keeps it from drying out when you’re in the sun and wind. It makes your hair smell like heaven!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: What’s your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie product?

Leslie: I really love them all, but I have to say, I’ve already used up 2 jars of Sugar Rush!  It’s the way it smells and my skin feels so soft and hydrated after using it. I’ve become obsessed and have to use it everyday.

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Leslie: I love the idea that Aerie is more honest with its idea of what’s beautiful.  Everyone has imperfections and it’s great when we can easily accept them, enhance our best features, feel great and get on with living a beautiful life.

Show us your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie products with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Our Beach-Ready Beauty Faves

Heading to the beach soon and looking for a low maintenance beauty routine? Our new Beauty for Real for Aerie and Sun Bum products have got you covered.

Begin by exfoliating with our yummy Sugar Rush Scrub. Next, protect your skin with our favorite SPF lotion + lip duo. And lastly, finish your beach prep by dabbing on our dewy Glow Stick on your cheeks for the perfect, healthy glow.

Fashion & beauty blogger Alex from Beautyosaurus Lex shows us how she gets the perfect beach ready look in just a few easy steps.

Shop Alex’s Look: Sugar Rush Scrub | Sea Spray | Glow Stick Sun Bum SPF Lotion Sun Bum Flavored Lip Balm

Show us your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie products with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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How To Make A Reverse French Braid

We’re always looking for a quick and simple hair DIY for the weekend! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we’re opting for a reverse french braid.  We asked our studio hair stylist, Julie M. to give us the inside scoop. Follow her tips below to learn how to style a reverse french braid like a pro in no time!

Step 1: Untangle any knots to make braiding easier.

How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 2: Divide a section on top of your head into 3 equal strands.  You can start at the very top or if you have bangs or front pieces you want out, start a little further back leaving those out. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 3: To establish a secure braid, start by taking right section and go underneath the center strand and pull it to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 4: Now take the other end strand and go underneath to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 5: Do this one more time with the other end strand, going underneath to the middle. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 6: Now it’s time to start pulling additional hair from the sides. Like a typical french braid, start pulling equal slices of hair on each side of the head, adding it to the outer strand and taking it to the center…but instead of going overtop the center strand, take everything underneath.

Keep repeating from side to side, taking equal sections of hair from sides of head and taking it underneath the center strand.  This creates a braid that sits on top of the head rather than underneath.

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Step 7: When you reach the nape of the neck, do a traditional three strand braid to the bottom. How To Make A Reverse French BraidHow To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 8: Secure with elastic. How To Make A Reverse French Braid

Step 9: Viola! How To Make A Reverse French Braid Looking for other great hair DIYs? Check out how to make a waterfall braid or learn how to make a fishtail braid!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk with Amber – #AerieREAL

Real Talk with Amber – #AerieREAL

Meet Amber! The newest addition to our Aerie team. Beautiful inside and out, click to watch what makes Amber #AerieREAL.

Have you heard about Aerie REAL? Well, we think it’s time for a change. We think it’s time we get real and think real. We want every girl to feel good about who they are and what they look like, inside out. This means no more retouching our girls and no more supermodels.

Why? Because there is no reason to retouch beauty. We think the real you is sexy.

Shop our new Bra Guide and see bras in YOUR cup size!

Tweet us at @Aerie and tag your images with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter to share the love!

xoxo,

Aerie

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