Small in size but big on hydration, these mini products – creams, moisturisers, balms – are a must for winter travel

1. Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream, $135 (50ml)

When it comes to hydration, hyaluronic acid is your best friend, thanks to its ability to draw moisture to and hold it in the skin; and this day cream from Clarins has it in spades. Throw in shea and mango butter and even the driest skin will be singing.

2. Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis, $19.95

These two best-sellers have been miniaturised but still offer a double-edged attack on dryness. The Divine Oil is rich in macadamia nut oil and avocado and the moisturiser gives all-day hydration. Not bad for a duo that fits in your pocket. See

3. Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol, $25 (60ml)

On its own, this facial spritz probably won’t fix a dry complexion but it’s excellent for a quick moisture hit. The uplifting bergamot and chamomile scent also helps when you’re feeling stressed or tired during longer flights.

4. This Works Turbo Balm, $35 (10g)

Ragged cuticles, chapped lips, peeling noses and scaly elbows – unavoidable at 30,000 feet. If it feels dry, there’s a good chance it will benefit from this multi-purpose balm, which is little bigger than a 50-cent piece.

5. L’Occitane Shea Butter Rose Heart Hand Cream, $12

Aside from our face, our hands are one of the first places to feel dry and chapped in the cold weather. The answer is a no-brainer: pop this pint-sized nourishing hand cream in your bag and re-apply throughout the day.

6. Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour in Rhubarb SPF15, $13.95

Lanolin has been used for centuries as a natural hydrator but it’s taken the Aussie-based Lanolips to really make it sexy. This ultra-refined version goes on smooth, isn’t sticky and comes with a subtle pop of colour.

7. Appelles Vitamin B3 Bath Caviar, $29.95 (4 x 40g)

‘Tis the season for long, hot soaks in the tub but to avoid drying skin further, keep the water temp mild, not scorching, and add a pinch of this. The small beads contain vitamin B3, which nourishes and replenishes skin.


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