We delve into new skincare brand Q+A’s products, which have just hit Aussie shores.
Oh boy, as if our wallets needed any further assault. News just in, is that cult British skincare brand Q+A has launched on Aussie soil, bringing its affordable skincare to beauty shelves near you (at Priceline, FYI).
Likened to our tried-and-true skincare go-to The Ordinary, Q+A focuses on natural, clean, skincare that does what it says on the label.
You can find some of your favourites Niacinamide, Hyaluronic acid, peptides, AHA’s and more in the line – so there really is something for everyone.
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Having done the research on this new brand, something we really love is the way it breaks down and demystifies the world of skincare. This is ESSENTIAL as you can often feel like you need a biochemistry degree just to figure out what order you should apply your products in let alone which ones you should pick for your skin type.
Q+A actually have a really easy to follow skin quiz, which will help to break down what products will be best for you. All of the products also have a little checklist so you can see what properties it provides and what skin types its good for.
As someone who suffers psoriasis with combination skin (patches of scaly and patches of oily) I found this super useful to target the different areas of my skin and its needs.
With its Hyaluronic acid coming in at just $13 AUD and the most expensive products at $24, its safely on the affordable list. Unlike other cheap skincare items though, its not full of crappy fillers and artificial chemicals – and you’ll feel pretty comforted reading the label as it’s easy to digest.
For our animal friends out there – the line is also not tested on animals and suitable for vegans. The products are made in England where the brand originates.
So – want some first impressions? We’ve taken a few of Q+A’s cult skincare products for a trial ride and here’s what we think. Overall, let’s just say we’ll be making a Priceline trip pretty soon.
Grapefruit Cleansing Balm, $18
If you wear high coverage foundation or water proof mascara this cleansing balm is the bomb dot com. Suitable for all skin types this cleanser is calming, cleansing and hydrating.
It does leave a slight film on your skin, being oil-based, so if you have combination or oily skin I’d recommend cleansing with something more purifying afterwards.
Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser, $15
This is the cleanser that I follow the Grapefruit cleanser with. Suitable for all skin types it uses moisture-binding hyaluronic acid as the key ingredient to keep skin plump and hydrated.
This left my skin feeling clean but not stripped and really firm and hydrated, which is absolutely lovely!
Niacinamide Daily Toner, $16
I would say I usually like to apply my Niacinamide in a serum format, but if you’re after a toner that isn’t too drying, this is a good option. It helps to calm redness and inflammation.
If you have the time, I’d give this guy a little while to sink into the skin as I found it sat on top of my skin for at least 5 minutes.
Peptide Facial Serum, $18
This is my new holy grail. It’s a water-based serum that sinks right in and delivers peptides to your skin.
Collagen naturally breaks down in our skin and we are left with peptides, which signal to your body that more collagen needs to be produced. So if your collagen production has decreased (which happens as we age), adding peptides to your regime can stimulate collagen production – leading to firmer, more youthful skin.
I am obsessed with how this made my skin feel and will be repurchasing.
Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum, $13
I am not personally a fan of The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid as I find it creates a sticky layer on the skin. You won’t find that here. This serum sinks right in and is a great way to bring added moisture to the skin.
Caffeine Eye Serum, $13
In a funky roller-ball applicator, this eye serum has caffeine for de-puffing, Green Tea antioxidants to protect skin and pomegranate extract to tone it. I like using it in the morning to make my eyes look more awake and the thin serum doesn’t mess with your concealer which is ideal.
Collagen Face Cream, $24
Containing vegetarian seaweed collagen, this wrinkle-preventing cream helps improve skin elasticity. This cream also includes shea butter, a deeply moisturising product – so it can feel a little heavy. Don’t fret, it’s the last step in your regime so just leave it to sink in (and it will eventually).
I found it best to apply more heavily in dry areas of my skin and just take the excess left on my hands around the rest of my face where it’s prone to breakouts i.e. less on my chin.
Super Food Facial Oil, $16
If you’re keen to rid yourself of dry patches look no further. The main ingredient is Jojoba oil, which has a very similar composition to natural skin oils making it easy to absorb. It also has a range of berry oils for its antioxidants including Strawberry, Raspberry and Cranberries. Finally, Prickly Pear oil is rich in Vitamin E and K – to sooth any majorly dry patches.
This is a perfect night-time rejuvenator and boy oh boy did it work wonders.
For more information on the full line of products, check out the Q+A website.