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How to Make the Most of Your Summer Staycation: Fresh Face Masks

This summer your skin will be enduring lots of sunscreen, possible sunburn, chemicals and sweat, and you’ll need to take care of it. There’s no need to pay for fancy scrubs and facials though. Try these three homemade, all-natural face masks that will rehydrate and nourish your face using items you can find in your fridge!

Rehydrate and Cool

Karen and Brad Emerson

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 5 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera (try to find pure aloe vera, not just the green Banana Boat kind)
  • 2 drops of vitamin E extract (optional)

Steps:

  1. Mix the Greek yogurt and aloe vera together in a bowl.
  2. Chop up the cucumbers as small as possible and leave two round slices for your eyes. If you have a juicer, food processor or mechanic chopper, use those; otherwise, chop the cucumbers by hand.
  3. Add the cucumbers and vitamin E.
  4. Mix the mask and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Wash your face and dry it before applying the mask.
  6. Leave the mask on for as long as you want and relax.

Nourish and Repair

Bee Pollen Hub

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 ounce of oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt.

Steps:

  1. After making the oatmeal by mixing oats and water and letting it cool, add the honey and Greek yogurt in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Wash your face and towel dry.
  3. Warm the mask in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Apply over your entire face (without eating a majority of it) and let cool.
  5. Leave it on for 30 minutes or until the oatmeal feels dry.

Cleanse

Grailbeard

Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of Greek yogurt

Steps:

  1. Spoon the Greek yogurt into a bowl.
  2. Cut the tomato in half and squeeze the juice of both halves into the yogurt.
  3. Grate the lemon rind into the yogurt until most of the rind as been grated off.
  4. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze both halves into the yogurt.
  5. Mix the mask thoroughly and apply to a clean face.
  6. Leave on for at least 30 minutes.

What’s your favorite home remedy? Comment below or tweet us @dbmojo.

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Culture

How to Experience Summer in LA for Free

Casey Bradford / Daily BruinIf you are one of the many students taking summer classes or staying in L.A. for a job or internship, you’ve probably already started feeling your wallet shrinking in the last few weeks. You never realized how expensive it is just to keep yourself fed and you wear the same clothes every day.

Well, maybe your situation isn’t that dire, but mine is, so I’ve compiled this list of all the thing to do in L.A. for free this summer.

Beaches

One of the most attractive things about California is that it’s one big long coastline. You can never run out of new beaches to explore, and laying in the sand is completely free of charge.

Music

During the summer, the Santa Monica Pier hosts free concerts on Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. This week’s lineup includes alternative rock bands Terraplane Sun and Surfer Blood!

LACMA also holds free jazz shows Fridays at 6 p.m. and the Hammer Museum has live music on Thursday nights.

Museums

Another great way to get out into L.A. without having to spend much at all is taking advantage of the following free admission days at museums.

The Getty – Every day

The Griffith Observatory – Every day

Hammer – Every day for UCLA students, Thursdays for non-students

LACMA – The second Thursday of the month

MOCA – Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.

Also this Thursday and the second Thursday of every month, check out the Downtown Art Walk, a collection of art exhibits and galleries open for the public to browse from around 12 p.m to 10 p.m depending on the specific gallery.

Shopping

You don’t have to to save up much to enjoy a few thrift stores or flea markets. Check out the Melrose Trading Post flea market every Sunday at Melrose and Fairfax and the Pasadena City College flea market the first Sunday of every month to find a few treasures in your price range.

What’s your favorite free summer activity? Comment below or tweet us @dbmojo.

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News

UCLA Students Attend Protest on July 4

On July 4, protesters met in Pershing Square in Los Angeles to join the nationwide rally against the NSA’s use of technological surveillance and the government’s abuse of the civil right to privacy. UCLA graduate students and protest participants Jeremy Kauffman and Laura Finch share their thoughts.

Reporting by Jermaine Abrantes.

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Science & Health

Fun Ways to Stay Active Over the Summer

Finally, summertime is here! We made it through finals, and another year at UCLA is complete. After vegging out on the couch for a few weeks (yeah, I’m looking at you) it’s time to turn off the TV and go do something.

Here’s a list of some ways to stay active during the summer:

Hiking

Hiking is a good way to get to know an area and enjoy some fresh (not smoggy) air. You don’t need any fancy gear for beginner hikes, just a pair of athletic shoes, comfortable clothes and a water bottle so you can stay hydrated.

If you’re staying at UCLA for the summer, check out some of these LA hiking trails:
Griffith Park (25 minute drive from UCLA)
Escondido Falls in the Santa Monica Mountains (45 minute drive from UCLA)
Will Rogers State Historic Park (15 minute drive from UCLA)
Hollywood Sign Trail (25 minute drive from UCLA)

Beach Volleyball

What screams summer more than a game of volleyball on the beach? Grab some friends and drive (or hop on the bus) to the beach for the afternoon. Running on the sand is more difficult than running on pavement, so you’ll get a little bit of an extra workout.

Whitewater Rafting

There are plenty of rivers to raft in Northern California (not so much in the Los Angeles area), and whitewater rafting is one of my favorite summer activities. It’s a fun way to enjoy nature, and a great upper body and core workout. Not to mention it’s the perfect way to cool off from the summer sun! Whitewater rafting is a little bit pricy. However, you can go on a weekday rather than the weekend to get a lower price.

Swimming

Swimming is probably the most refreshing summer activity and provides a full-body workout and is a lot of fun. You can swim almost anywhere, whether you’re taking a dip in the pool at Sunset Rec, heading to the ocean or hanging out at a lake.

Biking

Whether you’re on the road or in the mountains, biking is a great way to enjoy the summer sunshine. If you’re looking for some routes around UCLA, check out the UCLA Cycling team’s ride routes. They range  2.5 to 77 miles, so you’ll be able to find something no matter how much experience you have. If you’re back home for the summer, you can research some local routes or just get on your bike and ride somewhere! Discovering new trails around town, biking with friends, and possible stopping for a frozen yogurt on the way is a great way to spend a summer day.

Training for a Race

One of the best motivators to get in shape is to register for an event that requires you to have a certain fitness level. There are so many different types of races that you can sign up for all over the world, whether you enjoy walking, running, biking, swimming or climbing over obstacles. All you have to do is find one near you this summer, and get training!

How do you plan on staying in shape this summer? Tweet us @dbmojo or leave a comment below!

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News

Letter From the Editor

Hello Mojo readers, UCLA students, internet princes and princesses,

Many of you probably don’t know much about Mojo, except for the fact that we bring you awesome stories about foodhealthfashionprofessorscampus happenings and other generally useful or entertaining things. Mojo stands for Mobile Journalism and the Mojo bloggers are constantly on the look out for new, fun ways to keep you all informed.

Anyways, I’ll be editing all of the content you’re reading on this site in the upcoming year, so I just wanted to briefly introduce myself.

I’m a second year Design | Media Arts student originally from East San Francisco Bay (the very small and boring town of Moraga to be specific). My favorite methods of procrastination are making collages, listening to music and eating peanut butter and honey sandwiches. I’m an avid thrift shopper and cheapo at heart.

I started working for Mojo last fall and had a lot of fun with my time as a writer, stalking stylish students, creating Mad Libs, talking to some rad professors and wearing a gorilla suit around campus. I know that you guys have lots of amazing ideas about what you want to see on Mojo, and I want to hear them!

Tell me what you’re thinking by commenting below or on our Facebook page, tweeting us @dbmojo, or even making a Vine (or Instagram video) telling us what you want to see!

And remember that if you’re ever looking for a super cute coffee date, you can always come to Mojo for your morning cup of joe on the go!

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