Last week we hosted South End store Follain at Forty Winks. We chatted a lot about how important it is to wear well fitting lingerie and to invest in natural beauty products. What we put on our bodies matters!
If you missed it, here are the answers to some FAQs from both Forty Winks and Follain.
How should my bra fit? Your band should fit comfortably but snugly when hooked on the outermost hook. Run one or two fingers between the band and your back, if you can barely fit one, it is too small, if you can fit more than two, it’s too big. The cup fits correctly when the center of the bra is tacking against your sternum, separating your breasts without digging. Your breasts should completely fill the cups, there should be no “double boob” or gapping.
More info here http://www.shopfortywinks.com/fit-guide
When should I get fit for a bra? If you’ve never been fit, now’s the time! Once sized, we recommend that you get refit once a year. Also it’s a good idea to get refit after any hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, or going on or off birth control.
How can I avoid back bulge? Wearing your bra lower on your back will help eliminate this, creating a smooth silhouette. Buying a bra with a large band, to eliminate bulge, will only cause your band to ride up creating a lumpy effect in the back and a saggy effect in the front.
Tell me about the fabrication of my bras and underwear. Most bras are fabricated from Polyamide and Elastane. Polyamide is a great fabric for bras as it is lightweight, easy to wash, quick drying, and resistant to mildew. The fibers guarantee shape retention and are crease resistant. For underwear, look for a cotton gusset for daily wear.
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Is underwire bad for you? No. There is no scientific research that links wearing underwire bras to any harmful outcome. We encourage customers to choose bras that make them feel comfortable and supported.
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Can I wear a soft/lace cup bra every day? Yes! Soft cup bras are often very comfortable for everyday wear. They mold to your body for a supportive, natural shape and work well for small and large busted women alike. You’d be surprised to see just how invisible they are under your shirts!
How many bras should I own and how long do they last? We suggest two basic everyday bras, a strapless, and a sexy bra that makes you feel incredible. Alternating between bras will help maintain the elastic, extended the life of the bra. We recommend reassessing your bras every 6-8 months. The fewer bras you own, the more often you’ll need to replace them.
How should I wash my intimates? We suggest hand washing with a gentle detergent specifically designed for intimate items. Delicate wash contains ingredients that preserve your underwear and that are also kind to your skin.
Why is this bra worth the money? Bras are made from as little as 10 or up to 40 different pieces. Since a bra fits so closely to your body, even a fraction of an inch can throw off the entire fit. Bras are sewn with a zigzag stitch which allows for stretch and movement and will not pop under daily stress. The grade of materials, construction, and labor also impact the price.
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And now from Follain (read more about this awesome shop here www.shopfollain.com)
What is Follain? A new beauty retail store in Boston’s South End, with a curated selection of healthy skincare, hair care, and cosmetic products from 30 U.S.-made brands.
What is the biggest difference between Follain and other beauty stores? Every product at Follain is both clean, beautiful, and effective. The products have no unsafe chemicals, and they are also considered “spa-grade” for their efficacy.
What are the most popular products at Follain now? RMS Un-Coverup; Earth Tu Face and Shamanuti Face Cleansers; Soapwalla Deodorant Cream; Rica Body Butter; and, of course, our refillable hand & body soaps.
What are the ideal steps in a skincare regime? Generally, we recommend the following skincare regimen: 1) Cleanser; 2) Toner; 3) Serum; 4) Eye Treatment; and then 5) Moisturizer. However, each person’s skin is unique and requires its own personalized system. We can help you find a system that suits your lifestyle and maximizes your skin’s health and glow.
What does the name Follain mean? It is Gaelic for “healthy, wholesome, and sound.”
Who founded Follain? Tara Foley, a passionate advocate of skincare education, and a longtime healthy beauty blogger, with experience in skincare manufacturing and lavender farming.
Why is it important to use healthy beauty products? Our skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs the products we apply to it within seconds. Just like a healthy, wholesome diet, healthy and wholesome skincare promotes a healthier you.
Why a healthy beauty store? Other places, like the E.U., ban unsafe chemicals from beauty products, but the U.S. does not. It is up to us, as consumers, to make healthy choices when it comes to beauty purchases, but the search for clean, effective products can be time-consuming and overwhelming. Follain does that legwork for you–all of our products are clean, pure, and effective–and we let you test the products in store before purchasing!
Does Follain sell gifts? Yes. Most of our products are not sold anywhere else in the Boston area, so they make great, unique gifts. Travel kits, candles, body soaps, lotions, bath products, and refillable soaps are all extremely popular gifts. Who wouldn’t love to receive the gift of healthy beauty?
Are Follain products sold online? Not yet! Our goal is to get you into the Follain store, for education and product sampling. We might sell products online one day, but for now our website is purely informational. We also provide regular store updates and industry news on Facebook and Twitter.