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Skimm Faves: January’s Bestselling Winter Skincare and More

the most popular products Skimm'rs bought in January
Photo: Amazon, Cozy Earth, Sanuk | Design: theSkimm
Feb 7, 2022

Is it just us or does January always feel like the longest month of the year? As we jump into February (hello, Valentine’s Day), we’re taking a look at all the must-have products that got you through last month. Aka the most popular things Skimm’rs added to cart in January. And if you’re looking for a last-minute V-Day gift for your partner, best friend, or even yourself, we’ve gotchu covered too.

Plus, for some of our absolute must-haves, from cold-weather essentials to products to get you goal setting for the new year, check out our top Amazon picks. We’ve got anything and everything you need to live your life (and shop) a bit smarter. Let’s get to it…

A portable white-noise machine for rest and relaxation…

Looking to get some extra Zzz’s or want to add a more relaxing vibe to your WFH sitch? Add this portable white noise machine to your daily routine. Setup is super easy — it’s powered by a rechargeable battery and an included USB cord. Leave the machine on all night for sweet dreams or set the timer in 30-minute increments. With 36 sounds ranging from crackling fireplaces to cozy rainstorms, you’ll be saying ahh…in no time. ($20.99, Amazon)

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A detangling hairbrush for all hair types…

Tangles, knots, and tender-headedness? No thank you. This brush makes detangling your locks hassle-free. The unique cone-shaped plastic bristles separate knots sideways instead of downward, so they detangle gently without any discomfort. Flexible bristles are easy on the scalp, and the ergonomic handle allows you to really get in there. It can be used on all hair types, either wet or dry, plus it comes in lots of cute colors. Pop it on your bathroom counter. Rapunzel, Rapunzel… ($11.99, Amazon)

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A jewelry cleaning brush that’ll make your diamonds sparkle…

Rihanna said, “Shine bright like a diamond,” and we do whatever RiRi says. This genius budget-friendly tool will make your earrings, rings, and necklaces look as good as new. The secret is in the cleaning solution and brush tip that'll gently remove dirt and grime. Bling-bling. ($7.98, Amazon)

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A KN95 respirator mask that’s FDA-authorized and ideal for travel or highly populated areas…

The Powecom KN95 has head straps, can be worn alone, and filters out around 95% or more of airborne particles. The mask is multi-layer, has a nose wire, and also comes in a black option. The most important thing is to make sure the fit is snug to your face. The mask can be worn multiple times, but you should toss it once there’s visible dirt or you feel some breathing resistance. ($15/pack of 10, Bona Fide Masks)

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A tablet that’ll clear buildup in your dishwasher…

Yep, even your dishwasher needs cleaning. Oh, the irony. Once you start seeing those streaks on your glassware…you know it’s time. Drop in a tablet to power away leftover detergent and mineral buildup. And it'll get rid of some weird odors. You can add a tablet to a full load or run it solo (sans dishes). ($5.99, Amazon)

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Hyaluronic acid intensive face cream from one of our fave brands…

The team behind these insanely popular pimple patches also happens to make one of our favorite winter moisturizers. If you want to deeply nourish your skin, look no further. This cream locks the moisture right in (thanks to hyaluronic acid) and provides genuinely long-lasting hydration that’ll leave your skin feeling supple and smooth. Plus it’s great for anyone with sensitive skin — it’s hypoallergenic and free of parabens and sulfates. ($27, Amazon)

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Mini candles that’ll burn for 20 minutes so you can unplug…

Think of ’em as an easy way to dedicate a bit of time to yourself and step away from your phone, other people, work — literally whatever it is that hogs your attention. As the candle burns, do something that centers you: read, stretch, meditate, color, or maybe do a quick workout. Once the candle has burned out, you can step back into your daily responsibilities with a much clearer mind. ($28+, 20MinuteCandles via Etsy)

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A cult-fave renewal lip mask to wear overnight…

Skimm HQr’s love — and we mean love — this famous Laneige lip mask. Put it on right before bed and wake up with smooth, supple lips in the AM. It’s as simple as that. Plus, you can wear it during the day too for a glossy, healthy look. Your obsession will be real, promise. ($22, Amazon)

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Unscented sanitizer that the internet’s obsessed with…

And for good reason: It’s fragrance-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and made with aloe vera and essential oils. Oh, and it comes in mist form. Yep, that’s right. No more ‘whoops, I accidentally squeezed an entire bottle of sanitizer onto my hands’ nonsense. Just mist your hands a few times and voilá. Psst: If you do happen to prefer a fragranced option — they’ve got plenty of delicious scents too. ($9, Touchland)

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A washable, tufted rug to help you avoid any floor cold spots…

Like by your front door, in the kitchen, and that narrow hallway. Pop this skid-resistant runner in spots that don't have the room for a full-sized rug. Talk about easy and snug. Your chilly feet will thank you. ($30, Target)

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A coloring book if you’re looking to get out some pent-up frustration…

Time to color it out. PSA: This book contains swear words. And just the right amount of insults to help you release whatever negativity is bubbling inside. Yes — sometimes yelling at the top of your lungs helps, but have you ever tried intense coloring? Pick up some markers and get to it. ($9.69, Amazon)

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The 2-in-1 hand lotion–sanitizer combo…

Vaseline never misses. In this duo you’ll get the benefits of a daily moisturizing lotion with a sanitizer that kills unwanted germs. Its non-greasy formula will keep you hydrated and help prevent that dreaded cracked skin. Plus it’s made with glycerin, which helps bring water to the outermost layers of your skin. Hydration station, here you come. ($17.90/4 pack, Amazon)

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Sanuk slip-on slippers with a wool and tencel shearling lining…

These slippers are the definition of cozy. They’re perfect for indoor wear, but since they have a SugarMat outsole, they can also be worn to run errands comfortably. One Skimm HQ’r owns these and adores them. And a tip: If your feet get too warm while wearing, you can collapse the leather heels and wear ’em like backless slippers. ($85, Sanuk)

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Almond shower oil that’ll make your skin feel like actual heaven…

Lather this up, now. Trust us. The oil (when it hits the water) transforms into a milky foam that’ll gently cleanse your bod, leaving behind a velvety softness that you’ll absolutely adore. One HQ’r said that it feels like you’re rubbing pure softness on your skin…which sounds exactly like what the doctor ordered. We’ll take 10, please. ($25, Amazon)

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Plush lounge socks to wear with winter boots…

What’s great about these socks is that although they’re warm, they won’t make your feet overheat. They’re made from a breathable and moisture-wicking viscose (from bamboo), so they’re a bit cooler than traditional cotton. Since they’re constructed with a certain weave, they’re safe to machine wash and won’t pill. If you don’t like them (spoiler: you will), Cozy Earth lets you return items up to 100 days after purchase. They’ll cover shipping and you’ll get a full refund. ($38.40/3 pack, Cozy Earth)

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An irritant-free, unscented cream you can use all over…

This dermatologist fave can do it all. It’s got hyaluronic acid and ceramides and will make your skin feel like pure butter, sans greasiness or stickiness. We love that you can use this one on your face, body, or hands — so it’ll never go to waste. Just slather this everywhere and be on your merry way. Plus it's noncomedogenic (aka it won’t clog your pores) and hypoallergenic too. ($16.25, Amazon)

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A tool that makes cleaning your makeup brushes hassle-free…

Because the struggle is real when it comes to getting old, caked-on foundation off your brushes. This silicone tool suctions right on to your sink. And its different textures and grooves really help you get in there for maximum results. Once you buy it, you won’t believe you never had it in your life before. Trust us. ($5.99, Amazon)

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An undated budget planner to help you with your bills…

Fiscal responsibility, here ya come. This planner helps track payments, bills, income, and more in a digestible way. Scoop it up for yourself, or gift it to your S.O. who might need a little help in the money department. Their wallet says ‘thanks’ in advance. For more of our fave journals for planning budgeting, and more, click here. ($9.99, Target)

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A handheld massager to soothe aching muscles…

Whether you're sore from an intense workout or aching from your WFH setup, this deep tissue back and body massager can help. It beats at up to 3,700 revolutions per minute and comes with six interchangeable heads to provide relief where you need it most. It’s kinda like your own personal masseuse. Except much more affordable. ($79.97, Amazon)

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A plush towel that stays soft after countless washes…

There’s nothing worse than walking out of a warm shower to a scratchy towel. Forget buying a new set every year. With a special cotton technology, these towels remain fluffy after every wash. One-third of its plushy real estate is for quickly drying the body, while the other two-thirds are more gentle for your face and hair. Plus, the colored hanging loop is great for shared spaces —because no one wants to grab the wrong towel. Eek. Oh, and Skimm'rs get 10% off with code SKIMM10. ($55+, Havly)

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