January was a busy month for me that saw me away from home quite a bit for work trips and so on, and whilst exciting trips away help to keep things interesting, the skin on my face definitely is the first place to show fatigue and general travel-associated weariness. As a rule, I try to stick to a morning and evening cleansing routine, even when I'm busiest, every day in winter - the cold and central heating tend to wreak havoc on my skin and dry it out a treat. So when considering what routine to employ and which treatments to carry while I'm away, I want hydrating multi-taskers that are perfectly pocket-sized. Very often space is super limited, so I managed to streamline everything down to these five key products for day and night, which all fit into a handbag just as easily as a rucksack.

First up - my travel-sized cleanser is the Eve Lom cleansing balm - a cleanser which melts down to an oil and really agrees with my parched winter skin. It's deeply hydrating, emulsifies well and doesn't leave any residue on the face. I use it for a daytime or nighttime cleanse - it's the business and my skin is always much softer and plumper after use.

Until my dreams of picking up a travel-sized Pixi Glow Tonic are fulfilled, I'm using this Hydrating Floral Essence from Tata Harper which is light, smells like walking into a really relaxing spa, and doesn't sit awkwardly on the face after spritzing. The write up on this describes it as a moisturiser in itself - I wouldn't go that far, but it's definitely soothing to parched winter skin needing a drink.

My daytime routine concludes here, with REN Evercalm Global Protect Day Cream. This moisturiser is light, but still creamy and luxurious enough to be very hydrating - it leaves my skin plump and glowy and I have 0 problems with that. I gave some to my friend who also suffers with sensitive skin and it worked a treat for her too - if you have skin concerns, this could be a great option for your new daily moisturiser.

On to my evening routine, and my favourite pick of the bunch (and the most well-worn in the picture above) is the Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream - the texture of this might seem a little weird to the touch, but don't let it alarm you. As someone who suffers from itchy, dry eyes (damn you central heating!) in winter, this is the perfect, soothing balm to comfort them. This helps with dark circles under my eyes, cools them down if they're feeling irritated, and helps to repair and heal any broken skin in this delicate area. For those with dry or eczema-prone skin - look this up. It's a pocket-sized saviour.

In lieu of day cream, I use this teeny tiny (and completely adorable) sample size of the Clarins Blue Lotus treatment oil, which really agrees with my skin. It's hydrating, sinks in very quickly and doesn't pool on the skin like some treatments do. In fact, it sinks in so quickly that those who like to really massage oils into the skin might find it a little irritating - my skin just drinks this up! I love it as an overnight treatment and wouldn't hesitate to buy the full size - it really lends a dewy, glowy look to the skin without it just looking artificial.

So there you have it! What makes the cut when you go travelling? Are there any genius pea-sized products I'm missing out on?


  1. That's a really good post idea and some really good picks as well! I've been loving Skyn Iceland lately, so, naturally, the Relief Eye Cream is what sounds the most appealing to me, my eyes aren't as sensitive as the rest of my face yet I'm still always looking for comfort in an eye treatment and in winter, as you said, it's a must!


    1. Aw man, if you love Skyn Iceland, you NEED to try their cooling under eye patches if you haven't! I LOVE them but it's forever devastating to me how expensive they are! Then again... I guess you pay for quality. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! T xx


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