Travel size serums that work wonders

Supple skin on the go

Using an effective serum is a daily ritual of my skincare routine. A good serum really makes a difference to the skin’s texture, and the science behind it isn’t just complicated words. And when it comes to traveling, I make sure I have at least 2 travel-size serums with me. When you’re using a good serum consistently, even 1 night without can make a difference.

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The Ordinary travel size products

On first glance, the range of skincare from Canadian brand, The Ordinary, may seem a little misleading. There’s no colorful labeling, products are fragrance free, and the packaging resembles something from an old-style apothecary. However, as the adage goes, never judge a book by its cover, because this brand is far from ordinary.

When back in Italy, it’s not always possible to have the facial treatments I’m used to finding in London. Staying in a smaller city like Vicenza has many benefits, but not necessarily the most up-to-date skincare products. That said, since discovering The Ordinary travel size range, it’s easy to continue a routine even when on the move.


Travel size serums - The Ordinary


The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

If you’re scratching your head and wondering what this title even means, you’re not alone. I’d never heard of matrixyl before stumbling across this product. In simple terms, matrixyl is a high potent ingredient with anti-ageing properties. Yes, I’m in that age group.

There’s a combined concentration of 10% of the 2 generations of matrixyl in The Ordinary Matrixyl meaning double the chance of it working. The result, is a serum that helps to stimulate collagen and keep the skin looking plumper and youthful.

For reference, my skin type is normal/combination, and I used it for over 2 months. I used a few drops day and night, and massaged into my face and neck. You only need to use a small amount as a little goes a long way.

What’s more, the 30ml bottle is an ideal size for traveling, and is packaged so well, leaking isn’t an issue.

Travel size serums at an unbeatable price

I’m always a little sceptical of products that are very affordable yet make big claims. Yet a bottle of Matrixyl 10% + HA, along with other products in the range, start from £5 (€7;$7).  

Travel size serums: Alpha H Liquid Gold

I have to confess, I was a latecomer to trying Alpha H Liquid Gold. This potent concoction is a favorite among skincare junkies, and I completely get it.

It includes the star ingredient of glycolic acid (5%), which works to remove dead skin cells. It leaves your skin looking brighter, fresher and with a healthy glow. If that isn’t enough, glycolic acid also has anti-ageing properties, helping to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
Another reason why Alpha H Liquid Gold works so well, is that it helps to reduce the skin’s pH balance. It reduces it from 5.5 to 3 gets the cells working again, helping them to repair and renew. Its multi-purpose properties act as an exfoliator, toner, moisturizer and serum! It’s especially good if you spent a little too long under the sun, and want to diminish any brown spots.


Travel-size serums - Alpha H Gold


I was so impressed with the results of Alpha H Liquid Gold, that I also bought the Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask. It’s great at removing dead skin cells, and the 20% combination hydroxy acid blend leaves my skin with a healthy glow.

How to apply Alpha H Liquid Gold

Cleanse your face as normal, and gently pat dry. Using a cotton pad, apply the serum over your face and neck, but avoid the eye and lip area. I suggest leaving it on overnight to reap its full benefits. Use at least twice a week to see visible results.
Alpha H Liquid Gold comes in a handy travel-sized 100ml bottle, and will become a skincare staple abroad and at home.

Have you tried any of these 2 travel-size serums? Are you intrigued to give it a go for yourself? Let me know in the comments below.

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