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Skincare - super concentrated cleanser

This is a bit of a niche post for those of us who take skincare seriously :)

My favorite cleanser for travel is from the Japanese brand Hada Lobo. The Gokujyun Hyaluronic face wash (in the tube, not the pump) is a highly concentrated formula so the tiniest pea size lathers into the most luxurious foam. This cleanser ticks all the boxes: gentle, hydrating, PH-balanced, fragrance-free, relatively affordable ($16 CAD) and perfect for travel. I used to go to specialty Korean beauty stores to purchase it but now I just order online.

I'm curious to know which products make the cut for others whilst traveling -- especially when faced with carry-on restrictions!
I love reading about other people's routines.

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I'm a Paula's Choice fan and a lot of stuff is available in travel size, or I just decant into travel bottles. I particularly like the Skin Restoring Moisturizer SPF50 and Softening Cream Cleanser.

I also used to take a travel size Aquaphor but I'm now into Weleda Skin Food, which comes in a 2.5oz.

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With mostly a mix of Khiels and Cerave products, I end up decanting a lot of my stuff into travel-sized tubes—the ones from Muji are my favorites.

When I get home I put those containers in the shower and/or medicine cabinet to get through the product before it goes stale in my toiletry kit.

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I use Avène products almost exclusively. They make a cleansing lotion that is very concentrated and makes my 70 year ood skin look wonderful. And I'm a fan of their very pure skin care products in general. And since they are a French company, they are available all over Europe.

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Even the travel size of my favorite cleanser by Clinique is too big for me. So, I’ll be placing some in a contact lens case.

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I use the makeup eraser cloths. They really work great for removing mascara and foundation. I have sensitive skin, and I have not had any problems with them. One less liquid to pack!

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Roubrat: I have heard such amazing things about Paula's Choice! Next time I'm in the USA I plan on trying their SPF and more.
Scudder: Good suggestion to use Muji tubes. Decanting is a necessary evil - and definitely necessary with the giant Cerave bottles!
Cafetista: The Avène Tolérance cleansing lotion is so lovely - especially when my skin is acting sensitive. I agree that their products tend to be very pure and reliable. I also like certain La Roche Posay lines for that reason - and so much cheaper in France!!
Carrie: The contact lens case is actually a great idea because they are leak-proof!
Diane: My sister-in-law also swears by makeup eraser cloths. It seems like dark sorcery to me!

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I use the makeup eraser cloths. They really work great for removing mascara and foundation. I have sensitive skin, and I have not had any problems with them.

Which brand do you use? These have always dried me out and I have sensitive skin too.

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Roubrat. I use the original "makeup eraser" brand. I purchased them at Ulta when they had a sale. The small travel ones were available in a 7 pack. They had the bigger original size, but it's more convenient for me to just take however many I need.

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Thanks, Diane. I'll look into it. I currently use Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm which I put put into a little travel size jar, but it'd be nice to have one less product in the 311 bag.

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edgefield, I don't use waterproof mascara so I'm not sure. I stopped using waterproof because I got tired of all the rubbing to remove it, and liquid removers burned my eyes.

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I use Oil of Olay Facial Cleansing Towelettes. Love them. No need for containers or decanting. Use them on the plane and trains, so easy and refreshing, as well as am/pm routine.

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I second the idea of using Muji containers. They are small and well made!