DIY Brightening Face Mask

You guys know we are firm believers of treating ourselves! Whether your idea of *treating yourself* is indulging in our Dark Chocolate No-Bake Espresso Bites or getting a pedicure,­­ it’s important to take time for YOU. For those summer nights when you want to sit in your PJs + pamper yourself, we have just the treat for you: DIY Brightening Face Mask!

Spa products can be very expensive [+ not to mention, full of unnatural chemicals + additives] ­­that’s why we are fans of making our mask at home with natural ingredients. This way, you’ll know exactly what is going into them +­­ chances are, you have most of the ingredients on hand! Being out in the summer sun can affect your skin more than you know, which is why we are sharing an exfoliating + brightening face mask recipe. This face mask will help hydrate your skin, as well as rub away dead skin, ­­leaving your skin feeling brighter, glowing + gorgeous [just like you!].

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Plain, Greek Yogurt

1⁄4 cup Rolled Oats

1⁄4 cup Brown Sugar

1 tbsp Honey [melted]

1 tbsp Coconut Oil [melted]

1 small//­medium sized Mason Jar [for storage]

*to get best results use raw honey

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WHY WE LOVE THEM

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

GREEK YOGURT: MOISTURIZER + SKIN BRIGHTENER

Greek Yogurt is a natural moisturizer + skin brightener. It works well with dry, sensitive skin + 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 do not necessarily moisturize the skin, when paired with a moisturizer it helps your skin retain moisture + give it that glowing, gorgeous shine!

BROWN SUGAR: EXFOLIANT

You have probably seen sugar scrubs at every spa + beauty supply store you’ve been to, but did you know how good it actually is for your skin? Sugar is the absolute best scrub for your face + when applied to the skin, it reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, exposes the live skin cells + allows for your skin to become even more moisturized.

HONEY: HEALING AGENT

Not only does honey taste great, but it is very helpful when trying to attain glowing skin for the summer! Honey has natural healing properties + like the oats, helps the skin retain moisture, allowing your skin to be more supple + glowing. 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 helps work as a moisturizer + when combined with an exfoliating agent like the brown sugar, it can successfully scrape off the excess dead skin + clean out the blockage of the pores without irritating the skin + brightening it as well!

HOW TO DO IT

The great thing about this recipe is that it takes very little time + like we said before, you probably have most of these items on hand! This recipe will only need you to use a food processor [or a blender] so it’s easy clean up for you too!

#1] Combine all ingredients in a food processor.

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# 2] Blend until the mixture is smooth//creamy.

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#3] Once the mixture has reached a smooth consistency spoon into a mason jar. *The mixture can be stored in the fridge for as long as the Greek yogurt is in date!

#4] Using your hands [get ready to get messy!] begin spreading the mixture across your face. Leave + let sit for 10-­15 minutes + take a selfie why you’re at it. #aerieREAL + #inCHAARG ; )

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#5] Then using warm water, begin scrubbing the mixture off your face moving your hands in a circular motion + using a warm rag begin to wipe the mixture off of your face.

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#6] Hello gorgeous skin!

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*If you are looking for more of a scrubbing face mask, simply put more sugar into the mixture. If you are looking for some extra healing, add in extra oats to soothe your skin. Because of the moisturizing//exfoliating properties, this recipe is great for helping relieve sunburned skin.

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

+ Morgan [@morgsimp_inchaarg], LSU CHAARG

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