Q: Which Q+A products should I be pairing up this Valentines?


All of them.

That’s the post, thanks for reading.  

Oh of course not! Just like in life, not everyone is bound to get on and not every combination is a happy union. Finding the right product for your skin is equally as important as building a routine of compatible products which work as well with each other as they do with you.  

With that in mind, the team at Q+A have put together some lovable couples to pair up this Valentines, and consider for your own routine!  

Peptide + 5-HTP = Childhood Sweethearts 

These two have been in love since before you were born, and don’t feel a day older than when they were married. In each other’s eyes, and after regular use of this pair, you’ll be thinking fine lines? Never heard of them.

They say opposites attract, and these two sweethearts bring their own unique benefits to an anti-age routine. Peptide is the peppy adventurer; using Magnesium PCA to fight fatigue and energise your skin. Hyaluronic Acid keeps you hydrated, and is ready to catch you when you fall, metaphorically speaking, but 5-HTP swears he’s the best healer she knows. Plus he’s packed with Pure Peptides, which aids collagen synthesis; renewing the skin and firming any pesky wrinkles.  

5-HTP is more the fierce protector, making sure her love is shielded and safe. Delivering that essential morning caffeine boost, she boosts circulation and reduces puffiness ready for the day ahead. Grape Seed Oil is absorbed quickly into the skin, and can fight both dry and oily patches in one fell swoop. Her favourite trait (ingredient) is Griffonia Seeds, which allows her to protect you from extreme UV exposure (she’s never one to forget sunscreen though!), and give Peptide a serotonin boost whenever he’s feeling a little grey. She knows you’re endgame, and will continue to surprise you with benefits throughout your long and joyful union.  

They can attribute their continued romantic success to both being soothing, rich in Aloe Vera, calming irritation before it can become a big problem. That, and working as a team to tackle your biggest skin ageing dilemmas. “It’s us against the problem” is their personal mantra. 

Liquorice + Collagen = Date Night Ready

These women are ready for their date tonight, and will make sure you are too! Think bomb selfies before you head out, and looking runway ready as you head inside the venue to meet your match.

Want your lips to look as alluring as possible?... Liquorice has you covered. Back from her travels abroad in Morocco and sporting a glowing tan, she knows exactly how to moisturise, plump and shine. She’s brought home Moroccan native Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which is rich in Vitamins E & K to soothe and nourish your lips, making sure they’re not too sore before the night even begins. Liquorice Root Extract is in tune to your own body, lending a hand in healing and collagen production. She pairs it perfectly with Soybean Extract, which only amplifies the powers of Liquorice Root, giving your lips the volume they need to draw your date’s eye. Maybe she’ll even score you a kiss before the night’s up…

Her girl Collagen is all about flawless, glowing skin. She loves her Shea Butter, deeply nourishing any and all dry patches and leaving the skin irresistibly soft. Collagen is not like your other collagen creams though, she’s 100% natural and derived from seaweed, because she knows that you can be an eco warrior without compromising on decadence. Hydrating and plumping, seaweed Collagen can enhance your complexion for brighter, firmer features. She’s also got one more trick up her sleeve, the wonderous Magnesium PCA. With its anti-fatigue and skin energising properties, Collagen is prepared for wherever the night takes her, even to the early hours of the next morning.

A vegan and a vegetarian walk into a bar… We think they’ll get on effortlessly.

Niacinamide + Zinc PCA = Match Made in Heaven

Since before the dawn of time, Niacinamide and Zinc PCA were destined to meet and fall in love. It’s only fate that the popular one would be paired with the nerdy all-rounder, or have I just been watching too many high school romcoms?

If you’ve ever wondered how to achieve Niacinamide’s popularity, I’m afraid to say that vitamin B3 (Elsewise known as Niacinamide) isn’t produced in your own body, which is why he’s the one everyone either wants to be, or be with. Lucky thing he’s compatible with all skin types. Niacinamide knows how to deescalate a tense situation, with anti-blemish, anti-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory traits to even out skin tone, and most importantly, make you feel cool. A radical combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera keeps him, and you, super hydrated, because to him every day is game day, and you’ve got to be at your best.

Zinc PCA might be that shy serum you overlooked, but she’s got the smarts to help you out of a bind. For her, balancing oil levels is as easy as balancing extra classes and that optional assignment, whilst managing to reduce redness and minimise pores. That’s what I call over-achieving! After a summer subject researching native Asian plants she can tell you all about the benefits of Reishi and Shiitake Mushrooms, notably their anti-ageing properties and antioxidants. Oxidative stress? She doesn’t know her. Zinc PCA also loves her greens, with plenty of Vegetable Collagen to improve firmness and elasticity of the skin.

Sometimes these couples are inexplicable, but not Niacinamde and Zinc PCA. Once you’ve seen them together, it’s impossible to imagine them apart. They bring both their A games to the relationship, and my, oh my do they have a lot of A game to bring.

 Not sure who to pair with yourself? Don’t forget to take the skin type quiz, or ask us at Team Q+A on any of our social platforms for a wingwoman experience like no other! Whether you’re loving your partner, your family, yourself or your skincare this Valentines, we wish you a good one.❤️

See you next week,

Amy @ Team Q+A

Amy Robson
Online community coordinator at Q+A and rosé lover

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