On the whole I’m pretty solid with my skincare routine. There is the odd occasion when a face wipe comes out very, very late at night when I’m too tired to even put on PJ’s and I whine out to Mark ‘Please don’t even tell anyone about this, especially Caroline‘ – it happens. But on the whole it’s a multi-stepped routine that I quite enjoy doing each evening, usually with my laptop propped up at the side showcasing an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race to entertain me as I buff, massage and smooth away. But when you’re holiday ain’t nobody got time for that. Sure there are a few extra layers of sun, sea and SPF that you need to remove at the end of the day, but you want it to be quick and easy and you definitely don’t want to lug your super sized routine overseas. So I’ve compiled a little 5-step travel-friendly skincare get-up. Mini pots at the ready – all you need are these six products…

1) Makeup Remover. I’m taking away with me the smallest little bottle of the Bioderma Crealine H20 Micellar Solution that ever was, but if you’re unable to source this teeny tiny vessel then just decant your makeup remover of choice.

2) Cleanser. For this step I just had to go with the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser into a pot that I found in Tiger. Seeing as I use one pump for morning and two for evening I just measured out the exact amount I needed (with one pump extra for luck).

3) Toner. Into a mini spritzer that I found in MUJI, I poured out my favourite freshener-upper, Omorovizca’s Queen of Hungary Mist, with a little extra than I thought I needed so I have some left over as a hydration option for while in-flight.

4) Serum. Here I filled up a bottle that once held a foundation sample from Estée Lauder I think and I just added a few drops of my current AM and PM serum which is the Oskia Super 16 Serum.

5) Moisturiser. You want to go for something that’s light enough for during the day, but heavy enough so you feel like it’s getting to work during the night. To fit that bill I went for Zelens’ 3t Complex Essential Moisturiser.

6) SPF. My sun protection choice this summer comes from the Zelens Daily Defence SPF 30. It’s thick in a way that you know it’s getting the job done, but isn’t too heavy and provides a good base for makeup when required.

‘But Anna’, I hear you say, ‘that’s six products?’. Indeed, but here’s how you put them into play…

MORNING: Cleanse // Tone // Serum // Moisturiser // SPF

EVENING: Makeup Removal // Cleanse // Tone // Serum // Moisturiser

Six products, five steps, done. And Caroline, I promise that face wipe episode only happened once.

  • Velveteen Rabbit

    That is actually the smallest bottle of Bioderma Ive seen haha. Oh my, you and your Oskia, I have yet to check this brand out but you are making a convincing case! Have fun in Paris :)

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  • Chaitra

    Such a shame we dont get bioderma in the US :( Loveely choice of products anna! x

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  • francoamerica

    That is indeed the teeniest tiniest bottle of Bioderma I’ve ever seen! So cute! How many days’ worth d’you think you get out of that, if you used it morning and night?

  • Sophie

    Lovely routine, I always end up taking far to much skincare away with me so this sounds perfect! That bioderma is so cute! x


  • Irene Stetska

    This is a great routine, Anna. I think it’s great both for holidays and for normal days every day. Where on earth did you get this tiny bottle of Bioderma? It is lovely.

  • Clementine Buttercup

    Didn’t think I’d need a toner on holiday but immediately noticed a difference without it and had to rush out to buy one! Sephora to the rescue!

  • Avanti

    I love to know what other people’s skincare routine is like. Your routine is amazing which completely explains why you have such lovely skin.


  • karen_

    That mini Bioderma is adorable…I have a weird thing about travel mini’s, haha! :)


  • Maia

    I love the Micellar Cleansing Water, I absolutely swear by it those nights after college when I’m so tired!

    Maia |

  • byClara

    I’m really not a “miniature” kind of girl simply because I am not organised at all. I wish I was though. But other than that the products I take are similar to yours except I did not take my serum with me oh oh my skin is really happy to be back home so it gets it daily serum treat!
    Enjoy your holidays you deserve them!

  • Manouk

    Does cleansing with a balm count as actual cleansing. Andddd is a toner the same as a miscellar water? x

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  • Victoria Macgregor

    this post is very handy for those of us who are about to go on holidays… Even if for me it was 2 months ago already.. So, for next time, I keep that in mind ! :)

    Love from France, Victoria

  • Anoushka Urban

    That is precisely measured out Anna! Even when I go away with work, I can’t help but take everything with me, just in case! I need to learn from you!

    Anoushka x

  • Hope Richardson

    Love hearing about other people’s skincare routines and what they think are good, this routine sounds great too!

  • Hollyzee

    Love that you’ve got everything in little pots! I wish I was that organised, I’d leave it till last minute and end up taking the full sizes with me.

  • Sunaina Kapoor

    Love this! The importanc of skincare is so underated and your routine seems so perfect! x

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  • Nina Zane

    I love the little pots, makes for a not to waste or carry bulky products with you :) xx

  • Bygabriela

    If you like travelling check out my blog! Xxx

  • Ann Baghdasaryan

    Loved this! Absolutely helpful tips!

  • emily couture

    love using my travel size bottles when I go on holiday :)

    emily xx

  • Oresiri teru

    I’m always so lazy with my skincare when I go on trips
    I just deal with it when I get back

  • Rachel White

    This routine looks great for on holiday, especially as it seems to get the job done quick! Just been on the hunt for a new serum and just looked at the Oskia one. It is very it worth investing in?

    Rachel xx

  • Rachel Polansky

    the mini bioderma is adorable!

  • TanjaWhatsername

    That sounds pretty much like my usual routine, not my holiday routine! Still, great post of course, and that baby bottle of Bioderma is just adorable! 😀


  • Charlotte Roberts

    I recently started decanting my products when I go away and its really helped me cut down on the packing! :)

  • Mehar Singh

    Really enjoyed this post! Check my blog out:

  • Kristiana

    I have a baby bottle of Bioderma too and it basically lives in my travel bag. I’ve been lucky that I’ve found mini sizes of most of my skincare products and have a pretty good travel stash

    Kris |

  • Elif Karamehmetoglu

    That mini Bioderma bottle!!! So adorable! I have to say i never do my routine everyday as i keep forgetting it but your posts make me wanna be more persistent when it comes to skincare.

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Perfect picks, Anna! Luxurious products stored so handily. Your holiday skin must be glowing! xo

  • Lux Veritatis

    Perfect! That Bioderma bottle is soo cute:)

    Also, please check out my blog, I’m new to this thing and it would mean a
    lot to me if anyone peeked into it a little bit . Thanks:))

  • Hannah Marie

    So organised haha! I don’t use serum in the mornings but I have just recently started using it in the evening. What a difference it makes!

  • Caitlin Confidential

    I am obsessed with organization. They just opened a new Muji in Santa Monica and I have been frequenting it weekly. Love these posts!

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  • Sophia Charles

    That mini bioderma is adorable! x

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  • Cheryl Sharing

    Really need to try that Omorovizca’s Queen of Hungary Mist!

  • Louise Smith

    This makes me so excited for packing!

  • Linda Libra Loca

    I get the same “Don´t tell Caroline” feeling and I didn’t even meet her in person. Impressive woman.

  • Lauren S

    I always add an extra pump, you never know what extra grime you need to remove! Great basic steps, and it’s always nice to strip back the routine sometimes :)

    Lauren x
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  • Sara Fleming

    The mini Bioderma is so cute! All these products sound amazing though, must check a few of them out!

  • Margery Ho

    Love the bioderma!!!

  • The Tea Lady

    RuPaul’s Drag Race! Hooray! x

  • Angeline Lee

    Bioderma’s Cleansing Water’s the bomb!! xo

  • Eileen

    Anna, can you post what you bring on long and short flights? I really need help in that department Thank you!!

  • Anne

    Try Aromatherapy Associates overnight repair mask for when you’re on the plane. It’s the most nourishing stuff for overworked skin! I just wrote about here:


  • PeonyandPeach

    Love the little Muji spray bottles, they come with me everywhere filled with toner.

  • Gem

    I need that teeny bottle of Bioderma in my life.

  • Julie

    When I was on holiday recently I experienced the same thing: you really don’t want to bother for a long time. Although I’m a sucker for my skincare routine normally.. (I even wrote a blogpost on that topic Good idea (and so obvious..) of pumping the exact amount into small pots, I always wonder how much I’ll really need when I decant..
    Great selection of products!
    x Julie

  • Nabila Fajri

    travel friendly is good