Dec 28, 2023

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Stick to your skincare routine on the go

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Planning a getaway means stocking up on your favourite travel-sized skincare goodies that allow you to stick to your skincare regimen while on the go. They take up little space, making it easy to throw them into your purse or gym bag. Not to mention, they are carry-on friendly and you can never have enough of these sacred skincare saviours. Nearly every brand has released a travel-sized product and these are some cult classics that you’ll want to add to your cart ASAP.

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Best lip mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Editor-approved eye patches: Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye PatchesBest travel mask: Summer Fridays Mini Jet Lag Mask Top-performing: Paula’s Choice Mini Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid ExfoliantCelebrity-approved: Fenty Skin Pore Essentials Mini Face Mask + Toner DuoCult classic: Tatcha The Water Cream Travel SizeBestselling French serum: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance SerumCanadian must-have: Ilia Bright Start Retinol Alternative Brightening Eye CreamOne-of-a-kind foam toner: Benefit Cosmetics Mini The POREfessional Tight ’n Toned Pore-Refining AHA+PHA TonerGame-changing sunscreen: Supergoop! Mini Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Best lip mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Features: This leave-on lip mask provides intense moisture and is packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, including berry fruit complex, murumuru seed and shea butter. It’s best used overnight or on long flights to wake up with baby-soft lips in the AM.

What they’re best at: Laneige is a Korean skincare and beauty brand that prides itself in using water science. One of their bestsellers is the cult-classic lip mask that doubles as a lip balm. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Kate Hudson and Nina Dobrev swear by the product, raving about the incredibly moisturizing lip mask.

Price: $29Where to buy: Amazon

Editor-approved eye patches: Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

Features: These luxe eye treatment patches with 24K gold and colloidal gold lift and firm the look of the eye area. The product includes hyaluronic acid for intense hydration, hydrolyzed collagen to target fine lines and wrinkles and caffeine to reduce a puffy appearance. These eye masks really work wonders on my puffy eyes and all it takes is 10 minutes for a youthful radiant glow.

What they’re best at: When it comes to effective eye patches, Peter Thomas Roth is a game changer. They offer an instant fix for the day and are best on long flights or when you need a quick refresher. While this is a splurge, beauty editors and writers (myself included) swear by this.

Price: $98Where to buy: Sephora

Best travel mask: Summer Fridays Mini Jet Lag Mask

Features: One of my skincare travel must-haves is this Jet Lag Mask from Summer Fridays. It instantly renews tired skin and can be used overnight as amask, a daytime moisturizer or, one of my personal favourites, as an in-flight skin saver. The formula is packed with ingredients like niacinamide, glycerin and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores and provide hydration for glowing skin.

What they’re best at: This mask is one of the cult skincare brand’s bestsellers – one tube is sold every two minutes. It’s easy to use on the go and you can see results almost instantly. The product is also vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and comes in recyclable packaging.

Price: $34Where to buy: Sephora

Top performing: Paula’s Choice Mini Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Features: This leave-on exfoliant contains two per cent salicylic acid that quietly works away on dead skin cells, unclogging pores and visibly smoothing wrinkles — almost overnight. Created with salicylic acid, green tea and methyl propanediol, the product works to hydrate while visibly enhancing the skin’s glow, and clearing up blemishes.

What they’re best at: The brand has become a cult classic due to its highly effective skincare products. The exfoliant saw a meteoric rise on TikTok last year, with overwhelmingly positive results and was soon sold out on Amazon. You apply it like a toner and will soon see why it’s called liquid gold in a bottle.

Price: $17Where to buy: Sephora

Celebrity-approved: Fenty Skin Pore Essentials Mini Face Mask + Toner Duo

Features: This set from Fenty Skin offers two mini skincare essentials that are highly effective. The Cookies N Clean Pore Detox Face Mask is a whipped clay and charcoal formula that helps purify pores and extract dirt and impurities. The Fat Water Toner Serum combines the power of a serum and a toner in one step. The product is adored by fans as it works to tighten the look of pores, leaving skin plumped without stripping moisture.

What they’re best at: Rihanna created Fenty Skin knowing what was lacking on the market and after their beauty line, the skincare is all the rage thanks to the cushy feel on the skin. Plus knowing it’s Riri-approved, makes it all the more special.

Price: $33Where to buy: Sephora

Cult classic: Tatcha The Water Cream Travel Size

Features: This oil-free, anti-aging water cream is packed with Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals that deliver optimal hydration for pore-perfecting skin. The Japanese wild rose visibly tightens pores and smooths skin texture; the Japanese leopard lily controls excess oil; and the anti-aging hadasei-3, made with green tea, rice and algae, restores radiance.

What they’re best at: The geisha-inspired luxury brand is beloved for its efficacious formulations and chock-full of pure ingredients like fermented rice water and green tea, thus earning cult status in the skincare realm. The products are also shelfie-worthy and include celebrity fans Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston.

Price: $31Where to buy: Amazon

Bestselling French serum: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Features: Caudalie’s bestselling brightening serum is a lightweight formula that corrects discoloration due to sun damage, acne scars and melasma for all skin tones. It is formulated with a patented vine sap-derived viniferine, an ingredient that the brand reports is 62 times more effective than vitamin C. This works to brighten and diminish dark spots and even skin tone. It also contains olive squalane for hydration and moisture.

What they’re best at: The French skincare brand uses extracts from grapes and grapevines, a powerful source for dark spot correction. Customers (myself included) swear by it – one is sold every 30 seconds around the world.

Price: $100Where to buy: Sephora

Canadian must-have: Ilia Bright Start Retinol Alternative Brightening Eye Cream

Features: For a quick wake-me-up, this brightening eye cream does the job with a plant-based retinol alternative to help reduce the look of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles. This travel-friendly tube has a cooling ceramic tip that works as a massage tool and can be used on the go.

What they’re best at: Beauty gurus vouch for this clean Canadian beauty brand that aims to make beauty and skincare as inclusive as possible, targeting every age bracket. Their eye cream is formulated with sea fennel extract, upcycled avocado extract, caffeine and peptides to visibly reduce dark circles, puffiness and revive the look of tired eyes.

Price: $62Where to buy: Sephora | Ilia

One-of-a-kind foam toner: Benefit Cosmetics Mini The POREfessional Tight ’n Toned Pore-Refining AHA+PHA Toner

Features: This foaming toner contains both AHAs and PHAs to gently exfoliate the skin, allowing the pores to shrink over time. The fragrance-free foam is weightless, easy to apply and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. The lemon extract works to visibly shrink pores while the yuzu extract smoothes skin.

What they’re best at: Having conquered the brow market, the brand is now betting on skincare for pores. The gentle, fragrance-free formula refines pores using hero ingredients like glycolic and citric acid and the foaming pump means you don’t need to use cotton pads, which makes it easy to use on the go.

Price: $26Where to buy: Sephora

Game-changing sunscreen: Supergoop! Mini Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Features: This antioxidant-rich broad spectrum SPF 40 sunscreen is the perfect primer to prep skin for makeup while also protecting from blue light, the light emitted from screens all day. Customers love the oil-free formula that glides smoothly onto skin, which is perfect for those who opt for dewy looks in summer.

What they’re best at: This product has a cult following on TikTok and rightfully so. It leaves no white cast on any skin tones and doubles as a primer. Due to the velvety texture and ease of use, it can be worn all year round and is a must for travel.

Price: $29Where to buy: Sephora

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