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Travel-Size Skincare Products for Men

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The Best Men's Travel Skincare Products

Men’s travel-size skincare products from designer or boutique brands can be pretty difficult to find. While transferring facewash and moisturizer into travel-size containers is an option, it’s a hassle.

So, below I’ve compiled all of the most popular travel-size products including cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and more. These are all products I or my fellow travelers have personally tried and love!

luxury travel-size skincare products

With these recommendations, you can avoid the stress of deciding which personal skincare products you should bring on a trip.

Everything mentioned below is 3.4 fluid ounces (100 ml) or less. No need to worry if you can pack them with flight carry-on luggage. You can bring these anywhere!

Exfoliants & Travel-Size Scrubs

Especially after a day of traveling, it’s always a good idea to exfoliate your skin. Clear out the grime and pave the way for fresh, radiant skin cells.

best travel-size skincare products

My go-to travel-size exfoliant is the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub, quite popular among men. 

I love this product in particular because it’s heavy-duty and includes menthol for a cooling effect. The granules are relatively coarse, which I like to use on my back and shoulders.

For something gentler, try the Lumin Exfoliating Rub with activated charcoal. It works differently than other exfoliants; as you rub the gel onto your face, it balls up as it dries, gently exfoliating.

Lumin exfoliating rub

Clinique’s travel-size Face Scrub for Men is among the most popular exfoliants out there. It’s great for before shaving, too.

Chemical Peel Exfoliants

A chemical peel might be an even more compact travel-size exfoliant option. I use The Ordinary AHA Peeling Solution once a week. It’s an acid that helps to remove dead skin cells on your face’s surface. Don’t be afraid of the red color, it doesn’t stain!

AHA peeling solution exfoliant

Salicylic acid masks are another common way to chemically exfoliate your skin. I prefer to use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque (I actually switch each week between this mask and the AHA peel mentioned earlier).

This mask works especially well for oily and acne-prone skin. A 10-minute treatment once a week will keep your skin even and free of clogged pores.

travel-size salicylic acid mask

Travel-Size Face Wash Products

A quality facial cleanser makes all the difference, but finding those cleansers in a carry-on size is sometimes cumbersome.

For dry skin, some cleansers can be a little too harsh. For those with oily skin, a cleanser that’s not strong enough can leave behind impurities.

Face Wash for All Skin Types

Good for all skin types and fragrance-free, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser is an easy choice. It’s a velvety liquid formula that won’t over-strip skin, yet thoroughly clears away impurities.

travel-size facial cleanser

I highly recommend the travel-size CeraVe cleanser, a 3 oz version of their popular foaming facial cleanser. This cleanser is recommended for normal to oily skin, but in my opinion, it’s completely fine for any skin type. I love the refreshing feeling of using a foaming face wash.

Travel-Size Face Wash for Oily Skin

The Lumin Charcoal Cleanser has recently soared in popularity and it’s fantastic as a travel-size face wash. Oil and dirt don’t stand a chance against this stuff. A little goes a long way too, meaning it’s well worth the price. The black container is pretty chic, too.

travel-size charcoal cleanser

The Charcoal Face Cleanser Stick by Disco is another great option that smells fantastic and gives a deep facial cleanse, best for oily skin. It’s cost effective too; my Disco cleanser stick lasted for almost an entire year! 

I also recommend the travel-size Clinique Oil Control Face Wash for men with oily skin. It’s incredibly inexpensive and trusted.

Travel-Size Face Wash for Dry Skin

Gentle facial cleansers are better for dry skin, or if your face isn’t really that “dirty.” The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is perfect for either instance. I like to use a squalane facewash if I don’t have much of an oil buildup on my face.

travel-size facial cleanser

Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser Liquid is another fantastic facewash to use while traveling. You’ve probably seen these little bottles before in department or drug stores. It’s the most basic and affordable skin cleanser around.

Travel-Size Serums & Oils

Using specialized serums and oils can be one of the most daunting parts of a good skincare regimen. But utilizing a couple of serum solutions can really make a difference in your appearance.

Most come in smaller sizes too, making them some of the best travel skincare products you can buy. I’ll make it easy for you with the recommendations below.

Serums for Overall Healthy Skin

A serum with copper peptides can improve your skin’s health. They help produce connective tissue, promoting smooth skin.

travel skincare routine recommendation

The Ordinary Buffet Peptide 1% Serum is one of the most important steps in my travel skincare routine every morning. It’s light and dries smoothly.

Niacinamide is a fantastic nutrient that helps retain moisture, regulate oil in your sebaceous glands and minimize blotchiness. I mix a bit of niacinamide + zinc solution with my buffet serum in the morning.

CeraVe makes a vitamin C & hyaluronic acid serum which is fantastic for skin brightening, general hydration, and skin texture. If you’re not looking for anything too fancy or complicated, this serum is a good bet.

travel-size skincare serum

Something similar that also contains vitamin C is The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution. This is a brightening serum that has a stabilized vitamin C derivative.

Serums for Pigmentation & Puffiness

Inexpensive and effective, The Ordinary Caffeine Solution + EGCG works great for puffy under-eye skin. This one is a no-brainer travel-size skincare product. I personally use it every morning. It tightens the skin, brightens, and feels super light.

traavel-size pore refining serum

The Effaclar Pore-Refining Serum by La Roche-Posay is a popular pore control and anti-aging serum. It’s a little on the expensive side, but nonetheless highly-rated. This product goes on in combination with a moisturizer.

Serums & Oils for Nighttime Skincare

Before bed is the perfect time to give your skin a boost to prepare for the day ahead. At night, I prefer using oils—the kinds that don’t clog pores (and I have oily skin). Night creams and serums are other lighter options.

The Ordinary retinol in squalane

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane is one of the travel-size skincare products I absolutely swear by. After washing your face at night, rub on some of this oil to help your skin cells turn over faster.

1% is about average strngth. If you’re sensitive, choose the 0.5% option. Otherwise, you can always choose regular plant-derived squalane for hydration.

If high-strength is what you’re after, try The Ordinary’s recent;y developed Granactive Retinoid 5%. I’ve switched to this and my oily skin has never looked clearer.

La Roche-Posay skincare products

The Glycolic B5 Serum by La Roche-Posay is an anti-aging concentrate that fights dark spots and discolorations. A few drops of this serum each night helps to slough off skin cells, driven by the glycolic acid.

Travel-Size Moisturizers for Men

The right type of moisturizer is crucial to your travel skincare routine. Even if you have oily skin, you’ll still need a light moisturizer. Otherwise, you might experience acne resulting from a cleanser that strips your skin of all moisture.

If I could only bring two products with me while traveling, one would undoubtedly be their Natural Moisturizing Factors + Hyaluronic Acid formula.

travel-size moisturizer

This stuff keeps your skin hydrated without looking or feeling greasy for such a long time. I haven’t found anything better for such a good price.

Lumin’s Moisturizing Balm is another excellent travel-size skincare product to keep your skin hydrated. I like it especially for nighttime and love the scent.

In my opinion, Lumin’s moisturizer is just a tad bit heavy for daytime wear, but if you have dry skin, you might love using it all the time.

Anti-Aging & Eye Creams for Men

Lumin’s Dark Circle Defense eye cream treatment contains all the must-have ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide with a clean, citrus scent.

The product also includes Argireline as an ingredient, which actually isn’t so common. Argireline produces effects similar to Botox and stimulates collagen production

travel-size eye cream

Shiseido’s Total Revitalizer Eye Cream for men is also quite popular. I love the sleek little container. At just over half an ounce, it’s small enough to fit right in your pocket!

Mattifying Moisturizers

Is your skin shiny post-workout, even after showering? You’ll want to use a special mattifying product.

Effaclar Mat a mattifying moisturizer for everyday use. Made by La Roche-Posay, this fragrance-free moisturizer is great for oily skin. While the price is higher than average, this product’s stellar reviews might just convince you to invest.

Sensitive Skin Moisturizers

For highly sensitive skin that needs a hefty infusion of moisture, try the Toleriane Ultra Night Cream by La Roche-Posay. There are a ton of nourishing ingredients inside, including squalane, niacinamide, and neurosensine, which helps with skin irritation and discomfort.

toleriane night cream

La Roche-Posay actually published a clinical study proving that this nighttime moisturizer formula helped improve rosacea-prone skin!

The travel-size Cetaphil Daily Oil-Free Hydrating Lotion is a second suitable choice for those with sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid in this moisturizer will keep skin hydrated all day long.

Travel-Size Moisturizers with Sunscreen

Using a moisturizer that includes sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to prevent skin aging, especially in summer when the sun’s rays are strong.

One of the most widely used travel-size moisturizers with sunscreen is the CeraVe AM Moisturizer with SPF 30. It’s oil-free, contains ceramides for your skin’s lipid barrier, and is super affordable. 

The larger but still travel size 3 oz bottle is perfect for longer trips.

cerave travel-size moisturizer

The Clinique for Men SPF 21 Moisturizer is one of the few moisturizers with sunscreen made specifically for men. It’s good for all skin types and provides decent sun protection.

Packable Body Creams

For dry or irritated skin on any part of the body, consider La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm. It’s oil-free, won’t clog pores, and comes in a convenient 1.35 oz tube. You can use this cream anywhere, from your face to your feet!

travel-size skincare cream

Want a skin cream that’s a bit more affordable? You can’t go wrong with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream.

More Popular Travel-Size Skincare Products

My favorite acne spot-treatment product is Kiehl’s Breakout Control formula. I take this tube with me no matter where I’m traveling. 

The main ingredient is sulfur, which has natural antibacterial properties. A little bit goes a long way, so the tube lasts quite a while.

Kiehl's breakout control

Super compact at only 1 oz, I frequently take my Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask on the road. You can also use this product as a cleanser, which is pretty neat.

If you’ve got an event where you need to look your absolute best, invest in a pack of Shiseido Pure Retinol Eye Smoothing Sheets.

After just one session, puffiness disappears and your under-eye skin looks flawless. This is one of the best under-eye mask products you can buy.

Shiseido under eye sheets

Toner seems to be one of the most difficult skincare products to find in a travel-size! One of the few widely available toners is from Dermologica. Everyone loves their anti-aging Antioxidant Hydramist Toner for daily use.

Body Wash & Travel-Size Soaps

If you don’t like relying on hotel soap, consider picking up a bar of “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap by Kiehls. Nothing will leave you feeling cleaner!

Bar soaps are ideal for backpackers or anyone that needs a long-lasting and dependable soap. And since it’s not a liquid, you don’t have to worry about the 3.4-ounce rule.

men's bar soap

Cremo’s exfoliating Palo Santo Body Bar soap is my absolute favorite. These also last for literally months. 

A few other products to try are the Marlowe Body Scrub Bar and the all-natural zero-grit Dr. Squatch bar soap.

Travel-size body wash can be hard to come by—but I recently found 3.4 oz Method Men Body Wash

Travel-Size Skincare Sets

Does choosing individual skincare products feel overwhelming? Travel-size skincare set are easy for those who want a one-stop-shop.

Here are a couple of skincare travel sets you might like, some of which are bundles of products I’ve mentioned in sections above.

The Ordinary Travel-Size Skincare Sets

My top travel-size skincare set recommendation is made by The Ordinary. It’s called The Balance Set and contains four items that are great for people with any skin type. 

The Ordinary travel-size kit

You get the gentle squalane cleanser, a salicylic acid face peel masque, a niacinamide serum for oil control, and my all-time favorite Moisturizing Factors product. All of this comes at a reasonable price, too.

The Ordinary sells a couple of skincare set variations, too. Most are around the same price. The Bright Set is also fantastic, which includes a glycolic acid toner as well as a caffeine solution + EGCG, which is incredible for your skin’s glow!

Lumin Travel-Size Skincare Sets

The Classic Maintenance Collection for Men by Lumin is another great option, probably the best travel skincare set for men. One great advantage is that these screw-cap containers pretty much guarantee no spills!

travel-size skincare set

The set includes the highly popular charcoal cleanser, the gentle exfoliating rub, and a container of moisturizing balm. If you don’t want the cleanser (or already have it), go for the Correction Trio set, which includes the dark circle defense cream instead.

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