How To Use Prairie Hawk's Actually Natural Skincare Line
It's Actually Natural. Yup. Really, really. You can be beautiful without harsh ingredients, perfumes, or dyes.
The Prairie Hawk Actually Natural Skincare line pampers your skin with truly natural ingredients like raw honey, rich organic oils, natural clays, and essential oils. It helps to heal skin problems, nourish and protect, and fight the effects of time.
This kit is your foundational set for natural face care. It includes a Honey Cleanser, facial oil blend, exfoliating bean cleanser, and a month's worth of clay masks, everything that you need to start taking care of your face gently and naturally. Free of synthetic ingredients, perfumes or preservatives, all of the products in the set were designed by me, clinical herbalist Jennifer Capestany, and are handmade in small batches. Mother Nature's bounty all the way. Pretty cool, huh?
So, you've got your set (If not, order here). Yay! Not sure how to go about using your new regimen? Never fear. I shall tell you. Read on.
The Cleanser: Honey Cleanser
The Honey Cleansers are raw honeys infused with various herbs designed to enhance and specialize the already wonderful properties of the honey, which include being antibacterial and humectant. When you ordered, you chose from Wise Honey (oily, acneic), Bright Honey (normal, all skin types), or Relax Honey (dry, aging, stressy skin). What do I mean by stressy? If you tend to break out in acne or rashes as a direct result of experiencing stressful periods in your life, or if you feel like your skin is easily irritated by outside factors, including environmental ones, then your skin is what I'm talking about when I say "stressy." All 3 are safe to use daily, as I do, including twice a day as your morning and evening cleanser.
Okay, wet your face with water. This is sticky honey after all, and it will pull on your skin as you try to apply it if you don't wet down first. Use DRY fingers or a spoon to scoop out a very small amount, about half a teaspoon usually being more than enough. I personally use two fingertips and barely cover them in Honey Cleanser. A little goes a long way. Spread this onto your wet face and throat. Wipe off gently with a moistened washcloth. Finish with a splash of cool water, and you're done! You can use a toner at this point if you like. Some natural options are diluted apple cider vinegar, sage tea, or pine needle tea. As my skin tends to run dry, I do not use a toner. You know your skin best. Give it what it needs.
If you want to use your Honey Cleanser as a mask, just leave it on for about 10-15 minutes before wiping gently off.
Note on shelf life: The Honey Cleansers are shelf stable, and so it can live by the bathroom sink. Take care to NEVER introduce water or foreign substances into the jar. Water equals rot with this product. The jar is sized for it to be used up within 90 days, so solidifying is not likely to be an issue. It is raw, unfiltered honey, however, so if you do notice that it's crystallizing a bit, just transfer the product into a glass container and gently heat back to liquid form.
The Moisturizer: Serenity Facial Oil Blend
Now for the moisturizer. Give the bottle a shake. Serenity is a blend of oils designed to be absorbed quickly into the skin. It's a mostly noncomedogenic formula (Vitamin E is mid-range on the comedogenic scale), and high in linoleic acid, known to be beneficial for oily or acne prone skin. All skin types benefit from products that don't clog pores though.
Serenity is used by the drop. Your bottle has a European style dropper, so turn it over and wait for the drops to come. A good starting point is to apply 1 drop each to your forehead, nose, each cheek, chin, 3 drops to your neck area (left, center, right), and 1 to your decolletage area (focus on the part your upper chest area that's often exposed to the sun). Spread in gently using upward motions. Let your face dictate how many drops you need, and where. Done! It should absorb quickly. You can apply your makeup over it.
Note on shelf life: As with all natural products that aren't made for use right away, like teas, never introduce water into the bottle. If you do, it will develop mold. Some of the oils in Serenity (hemp seed, rosehip seed) are best kept fresh by being refrigerated. I have added Vitamin E and lemongrass essential oil, which slow down rancidity, but you should still keep the bottle refrigerated and use it up within 90 days. This by the way is why the huge beauty corporations load up their moisturizers with preservatives, because they want you to be able to keep the bottle on the bathroom sink, but they don't want to be sued. I won't do that to you, but you'll have to do your part to keep the contents fresh, and use up the bottle. If you suspect that the oils have gone rancid (it will smell very skunky), then discard the bottle and get a new one.
The Exfoliator: Beanie Cleanie
Beanie Cleanie is your exfoliator, a blend of organic bean powders that will gently remove dead skin cells and debris. You won't use this daily! Skin, all skin, needs time to heal after exfoliating, usually 3-4 days. Once or twice per week is more than enough, regardless of skin type or age.
Beanie Cleanie can be used alone, or added to Honey Wash (recommended use). Here's how. Wet your face down. Put a small amount of Honey Cleanser in the palm of one hand. Using dry, non-honeyed fingers, add a pinch of Beanie Cleanie to the honey in your hand. Mix it through, and apply to your wet face, rubbing lightly with your fingers to exfoliate. Hey, I said lightly! Be gentle with your skin. You've only got one face. Avoid the tender under-eye area. Wipe away with a moist washcloth. Finish with a splash of cool water. Done! Apply Serenity facial oil as directed above. If you wish to use it as a stand-alone wash, add a pinch to a little water or liquid of your choice (apply cider vinegar or milk come to mind), and use as directed above.
Note on shelf life: You know what I'm going to say. No water or foreign substances in the jar! Like the Honey Cleansers, Beanie Cleanie, if kept dry & unpolluted, is shelf stable, and will keep well beyond 90 days, for up to a year even.
The Detoxifier: Clay Masks
Clay or mud masks are excellent for detoxing, clarifying, tonifying, and softening your face just to name a few benefits, to say nothing of their frequent ability to reduce the appearance of pores and brighten the look of the face (if temporarily). These fantastic benefits make clay masks extremely useful skincare tools to be used regularly (once or twice a week is fine) and most definitely before going to an event. Your kit will include 4 single use clay mask packets. To use it, empty the contents of the packet into a small bowl. Add 1-3 tablespoons of your liquid of choice (water, whole milk, or apple cider vinegar come to mind), and stir to form a smooth, thick paste. You can have a little fun with your mask if you like by adding a teaspoon of honey, mashed up banana or avocado. There are lots of possibilities, so feel free to experiment. Of course, you can keep it simple, and just use the packet and liquid if you prefer. Whatever you choose, wet your face and neck area down a bit to make the mask easier to apply. Spread the mixture onto your face and neck area, avoiding the eye area. You can take it down to your decolletage area as well, and even the armpits for those who like to regularly detox that area. Leave the mask on until it begins to dry, usually 10-15 minutes, and then remove gently with a warm washcloth. Moisturize and you're done.
Referral Plan: Refer 5, Get Your Next 1 Free
Would you like your next Prairie Hawk Actually Natural Skincare set for free? Get 5 people to purchase a skincare set at regular pricing, listing your name as having referred them in the comments section or private note section of their checkout page, and I'll give you your next skincare set for free. I'll even eat the shipping & handling. Note that the free set is not retroactive, so does not apply as a credit for previously purchased sets, and you cannot refer yourself. Also does not apply to any other product in the shop, including the products in the Prairie Hawk Actually Natural Skincare Set that are listed for individual sale. Be sure to have your referrals list "Referred By: [Your Name]" in the comments or private note section in their checkout screen, so that I can keep proper track!
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I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.