I like to buy gift sets containing smaller versions (usually sample size) of products that I take with me.
This one is from the professional specialist skincare line Medik8 containing:
Hydr8 B5 Serum (15ml)
The ultra-lightweight gel-textured serum infuses skin with softening Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic Acid, which retains up to 1,000 times its own weight in water for maximum moisture retention. Suitable for daily use, it leaves skin feeling refreshed and supple with enhanced protection and improved regeneration.
gentleCleanse Mild Foaming Cleanser (40ml)
This delicate, non-exfoliating yet deeply purifying foaming wash is designed to suit all skin types, especially sensitive skin. The mild, fragrance-free and pH balanced formula effectively removes make-up and built up congestion on the skin due to impurities, pollution and perspiration. All this without stripping the skin’s natural, essential moisture; leaving even the most sensitive skin feeling refreshed and glowing.
CE-Tetra® Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum (3ml)
Delivering high concentration with low irritation, the potent formula contains stabilised Vitamin’s C and E to regulate natural collagen production and improve elasticity levels. Rapidly absorbed and non-greasy, the lipid soluble format ensures optimum penetration and efficacy, working to combat free radical damage with synergistically enhanced antioxidant protection. Pigmentation marks and premature wrinkles appear visibly reduced.
Retinol 3TR Advanced Night Serum (3ml)
Tackle wrinkles with the refining properties of the Retinol 3TR Advanced Night Serum, a potent formula infused with 0.3% Retinol (a form of Vitamin A that is clinically proven to fight first signs of ageing). It rapidly absorbs with advanced encapsulation technology delivering Retinol slowly into skin to help build up tolerance with effective penetration and minimal irritation. Skin contours appear smoother and remodeled with the appearance of redness, lines and age spots visibly reduced.
Hydr8 Day 360 Total Anti-Ageing Moisturiser SPF 15 (5ml)
Lightweight yet powerful, the Hydr8™ day cream works to moisturise and soften skin while combating premature signs of aging. Enriched with the Anti-A.G.E complex, it actively protects against glycation, with Vitamin C and Moisture Magnets™ increasing optimum moisture levels. Providing SPF 15 protection as well as free-radical shields, skin is left feeling smoother and nourished with a natural matte finish.
It also comes with a pouch and a mirror.
The good thing about these sets is that due to their size, you can easily bring it with you while travelling and is also a good introduction to the brand.
I’ve had some mini/travel size sets from Lancôme (foundation and mascara) and Shiseido (a gift set).
Another item that I pack with me are face masks:
They are compact and easy to pack and can be reused again since there is enough serum.