Travel size skin care

Hi all, 

I go on holiday in the summer only going for a week but don't want to lug my skincare products with me for both space and weight. 

I know I could decant my products into small containers, but I was wondering if anyone could recommend somewhere to get a weeks worth of product? 

I've managed to get 7 days of foundation free in the past at a beauty counter in JL and boots but wondered if it's possible to get a day cream, night cream, toner and maybe a serum? Make up remover would be brilliant but think that might be pushing it. 

Make £2023 in 2023 (#36) £3282.13/£2023


  • Nyarlathotep
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    I'd recommend buying a pack of facial wipes for make-up removal and cleansing on your holiday.

    If you're going by air you don't need to put these in the liquids plastic bag either, they can go in your hand luggage
  • Floss
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    edited 24 June 2022 at 7:38PM
    Have a look in Ebay - sample sizes can often be picked up on there from free-with-purchase gifts, or ask at your skincare store for travel / trial sizes.

    Or if you're not precious about brand, look in Boots, Superdrug & supermarkets at their travel ranges.
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  • MsMoon
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    All the major pharmacies - Boots etc have always done travel sizes, especially in the summer.
  • Neil49
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    Try Savers (if you have one nearby). I was in there yesterday and they had a range of travel sized packs. 
  • comeandgo
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    I read the OP as hoping somewhere gives enough free samples to use on a weeks holiday.  I did get some moisturiser from a Clarins  counter once but now have enough small containers to just decant what I need.  I would never buy the small travel size as they usually cost nearly as much as a full size product.
  • diystarter7
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    Wear a hat, sunglasses, full sleeved tops and cover legs fully then you only have to use you creams on hands bits of face and feet.
  • annabanana82
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    Sorry only just seen these replies, free would be nice but not essential. 

    I'd had a brief look in the shops and online but ranges seem limited, seems there may be a gap in the market for holiday size skin care routine sets.

    I'm cruising rather than flying so don't have to worry about weight limits or restrictions but I like to travel as light as I can.

    I shall see what samples I can acquire on the beauty counters in Boot's and John Lewis 
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  • pattycake
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    What I do is save up my normal products when they only have a small amount left in the pot/tube. Enough for a short trip.  
  • Daliah
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    edited 25 June 2022 at 8:28PM
    I found the best places are UK airport Boots or similar, and Duty Free shops. It's a bit of pot luck what you get there, though, and they are generally pricey, so your safest bet is decanting.

     Larger Boots, Superdrug and Tesco shops off airports also do a range of travel sizes but I rarely find all the products I like.

    You mention Clarins - - - no chance for decent travel sizes. Their samples are ridiculously tiny, and limited in range. I always decant from the posh Clarins pots and bottles into "pauper" containers  B)
  • MalMonroe
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    I think I must be weird. (Oh, okay, I am.) I really enjoy decanting things, especially when it's for a holiday. I know I'm not the only one, though. Right?
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