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Frequently Asked Questions

Q - How do I care for my new linen products?

A - Taking care of your Flax Linen bedding will ensure you protect your investment.  

When laundering use a mild detergent that doesn’t contain optical whitening agents, such as The Bare Home liquid laundry detergent or the Tru Earth Laundry Strips we offer.  Whitening agents and bleach will strip the colour out of your beautiful bedding.  As well, if you have hard water you might consider using a softening agent to preserve your colours.  this is particularly important for the darker items

You can hand-wash your linens but avoid wringing, twisting or scrubbing the cloth.  Machine washing really is preferential.

Q - What temperature should I wash my linen at?

A - When new, wash your linen in cool water to set the mercerization process.  Wash separately for the first wash to prevent colour transfer.

Unless your linen has a stubborn stain, resist using hot water (40°C, 10

4°F). A warm water will be sufficient for everyday laundering and will preserve the smoothness of the flax fibres.

Q - How can I ensure my linens last a very long time?

A - Avoid over-crowding the washing machine and if possible select a higher water level to prevent twisting and pulling of the bedding.  This could affect the shape.

Bleach is very hard on fabric and can weaken the fibres causing thinning and pilling. It shouldn't be used on coloured linen at all; the only colour suitable to use bleach on is white as it won’t strip the colour but it will shorten the life span of your linen.

Q - Should I hang dry my sheets or put them in the dryer? 

A - You can hang to dry or tumble dry, your choice.  Using the dryer at extremely high heat can weaken the fibres somewhat and hasten wear so use the least amount of heat you can get a way with.  All our linen products have been pre-washed and shrunk so minimal shrinkage is expected (less than 3%) however an extremely high heat in the dryer will contribute to wear and possible additional shrinkage.

Remove from the dryer when finished promptly to reduce wrinkles.  If you are pressing your linen remove from the dryer when while slightly damp and iron immediately for smoothest results.  Otherwise, smooth and fold the dry linen, or re-apply to the bed immediately to prevent wrinkling.

Q - How does Retinol help my skin?

A - Retinol is vitamin A, a skin restoring ingredient and an antioxidant.  Retinol is a wrinkling-firming and smoothing agent due to it's ability to improve skin collagen production.  Retinol may help reduce future wrinkles when used daily with sunscreen.

Q - How Does Vitamin C serum improve my skin quality? 

A - Vitamin C is one of the most well researched of the vitamins with respect to benefits for your skin.  When used over time, it has been shown to help reduce dark spots by brightening dull skin and evening out skin tone.  Vitamin C is also an anti-irritant thus it can minimize irritation and inflammation caused by environmental influences.

Q - What do peptides do for my skin?

A - Peptides are part of the building blocks of proteins. Because your skin is primarily composed of the protein Keratin, adding peptides to your skin care regime may offer a skin-soothing effect, and may improve the appearance of wrinkles.

Q - How will hyaluronic acid contribute to better skin quality?

A - Hyaluronic acid can improve your skin’s moisture content.  It is capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it an optimal hydrator for all skin types.  Hyaluronic acid can also provide antioxidant benefits against environmental damage.

Q - What is MSM and how does it improve my skin?

A - MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is essential for proper functioning of amino acids, the building blocks of your entire body!  It inhibits the breakdown of collagen, making it an important contribution to any anti-aging regimen. 

Q - Why do I need glycolic acid in my skin care products?

A - Glycolic Acid is a form of alpha hydroxy acid and works as an exfoliant.  It can help shed dead skin cells that can cause dull, flaky skin, blocked pores and blemishes, and an uneven skin tone.  Cleaning up the skin cells can smooth the skin's surface, reduce wrinkles and potentially provide some tightening of the skin.Glycolic acid is a preferred ingredient for skin which is sun-damaged.

Q - Is vitamin E a beneficial ingredient?

A - Vitamin E is a well known, well researched, anti-oxidant.  anti-oxidants defend your skin agains environmental stress. Ironically, your natural vitamin E stores can be depleted due to sun and environmental exposure thus adding it to your skin care regimen is very beneficial.