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Summer may be over, but for the vast majority of us, having to go to places never really ends. And if you’re a beauty-head like me, you’ll know that packing your skincare routine into a travel-friendly assembly is no mean feat. Luckily, I’m well practiced at the art of packing skincare for travel, and I’m here today to share my secrets.

For cleansing, powders are a great way to go. You can fly with them without a fuss, and add water when you arrive, which saves on space and weight. By far the best one on the market is the Rodin Facial Cleansing Powder. It, without fail, makes skin look better than it did before. Plus, it works wonders on every skin type.

Another great on-the-go cleansing option is a stick – the Tarte Frxxxtion Stick, to be exact. This is a solid cleanser with little scrubby particles encased within. You wet your face, then scribble it all over for a cleanser and exfoliator in one.

For a more gentle travel cleanser, I love the Glossier Mini Milky Jelly Cleanser. The Milky Jelly is on permanent rotation in my collection, because it can serve as both a makeup remover and a skin cleanser, and thus be used both morning and night. The mini size is TSA friendly and (and don’t pretend this doesn’t matter) undeniably cute.

Taking exfoliating toners while travelling can be a pain – they tend to come in huge bottles which need to be checked in and take up unnecessary space. A good way to manoeuvre around this issue are wipes and pads. These are pre-soaked in the acid solution and are fantastic to toss in your bag for an overnight trip.

The iconic product in this category is the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads. They’re fantastic for streamlining your skincare routine down to two pads, which will exfoliate dead skin plus hydrate and tone. A budget friendly option is the Kiko Pure & Clean Scrub & Peel Wipes. These are beloved by Kim Kardashian, which considering she has literally all the money in the world, really speaks to their effectiveness.

For travel hydration, a total savior is the Milk Makeup Hydrating Oil Stick. Unlike other oils, which come in glass vials with high potential for leakage, this is a solid in a twist up tube. Simply drag it over any dry patches and pat in for immediate nourishment and a beautiful glow.

Another fantastic product for travel is the Mario Badescu Mini Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater. This is great for two reasons – it is small, and thus great for flying, and it is a multitasker. It can be used as a hydrating toner, a refreshing spritz and as a makeup setter. We love a triple threat.

If you’re travelling for longer, you may want to consider packing some extra skin treatments. A clay mask is an excellent choice, particularly if you’re prone to clogged pores. The Origins Mini Original Skin Retexturising Mask With Rose Clay is great for all skin types, as it’s both gentle and effective. Tossing a sheet mask in the basket can’t hurt, either. The Dermal Sheet Masks are some of the best options, particularly when you consider their affordable price tag.

If you’re prone to the occasional blemish, don’t be without the CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patches. These little stickers can be stuck on over any type of spot and will pull out the gunk and make everything look far, far better. They’re also excellent for packing, as they take up negligible space but can make the world of difference.


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