Ohhhhh, we’re halfway there. It happened in a flash, but we're already more than six months into 2021. In our quest to help you shop smarter, we've given you tons of recs this year for the products that'll make your life easier and more enjoyable.
And now, we're taking a look at Skimm'rs favorite self-care products of the year so far. We’re talking things that’ll upgrade your beauty cabinet, wellness routines, sleep and relaxation time, and more. We've rounded up the stuff that you've added to cart the most (plus a few of our personal self-care faves). It's time to sit back, focus on yourself, and unwind.
Because sunscreen = a necessity. This dual face and body option from La Roche-Posay has broad spectrum protection — so it’ll protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. It’s also oil-free, fragrance-free, water resistant, and works for all skin types (sensitive skin included). Plus it’s fast absorbing, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist recommended. Don’t miss it. ($21.99+, Amazon)
Okay, maybe you’re working from a table. But chances are your chair doesn’t feel too comfortable (office chairs, we miss you). This lumbar pillow is designed to relieve back pressure, while the seat cushion can target hip pressure. Both will improve your sitting posture. And both are made from extra-dense memory foam. No more groaning when you sit down. ($64, Cushion Lab)
Stress breakouts, we’re looking at you. These hydrocolloid patches cover breakouts and reduce inflammation. They work to extract pus, healing the skin along the way. You can apply one before heading to bed and then remove it in the morning. We’re talking minimal effort. ($12.50, Amazon)
This nighttime (or daytime — we’re not here to judge) essential is made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton, comes in three colors, and is machine washable. Oh, and did we mention it has pockets? Because it does. Instant calm, coming right up. ($109, Parachute)
For all types and textures. This shampoo and conditioner work to nourish and hydrate strands, combatting frizz along the way. Packed with antioxidants and essential oils, the combo is also 97% naturally derived, so no silicones, sulfates, artificial dyes, or parabens. Hello, good hair days. ($49, Briogeo)
So you can deep clean those brushes that are matted with foundation. The different textures and grooves mean you can really get in there. If you’re in need of a good cleanser, we’ve got ya covered. Satisfying and functional. ($4.99+, Amazon)
To alleviate the discomfort and sleep issues that come with clenching and grinding, we turned to mouth guards. And wow, do they really help. These come in a pack of 10 (or 16), and each can be worn up to three nights in a row before tossing. You won’t need to boil or cut them. Just rinse after opening and pop one in. Happy snoozing. ($14.99/10 pack, Amazon)
And no, you don’t have to be an expert. Consider this a brush and hair dryer in one. It features three heat and speed settings, plus a cool option for styling. The oval design helps to smooth your locks and create volume. Hair for it. ($39.99+, Amazon)
Yes, even your weekend ones. The Arc by Dame has five different intensity levels and vibration patterns so you can pick and choose your fave. It’s waterproof and features their strongest motor (but you didn’t hear that from us). Pssst...Skimm’rs get 20% off. Time to send that ‘sorry, can’t tonight’ text. ($115, Dame).*
Pollen, we meet again. If you’re one of those people whose allergies tend to go crazy around this time of year, look no further. Hilma supplements are made with ingredients thought to strengthen the immune system, like nettles, tinospora, butterbur, and spirulina. The herbal blend is created by doctors and backed by clinical research. So you can breathe easy. Goodbye, stuffy nose. ($28, Hilma)
Maybe you wanna stop using your phone after 8 pm. Or drink less caffeine. Whatever your goal is, this calendar will help you stay aware of your daily, weekly, and monthly habits. It’s broken down into different categories like sleep, movement, finances, and organization. So you can stay on top of things and set yourself up for success. ($18, Free Period Press)
These are formulated with hyaluronic acid and collagen to moisturize and plump the skin under your eyes. All you have to do is wear them for up to 15 minutes at night. And it doesn’t hurt that they come in the cutest packaging. ($24.99/5 pack, Violet Grey)
IOHO (in our humble opinions), these tools are best used when they’re cold. But you can keep them out if you prefer ’em at room temp. Use the jade roller across your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead, rolling outward and upward. The stimulation is said to decrease puffiness, help blood flow, and reduce sinus pressure. The gua sha tool can be used when you need a deeper massage, and works in the same fashion as the jade roller. Hello, relaxation. ($16.99+, Amazon)
This internet-famous mask from Glow Recipe is made with watermelon and hyaluronic acid. It’s designed to hydrate, smooth, and exfoliate. Apply it right before bed and wash it off in the morning for best results. Dew it right, dew it tight. ($24+, Amazon)
No more money spent on products every time your period rolls around. This pair of underwear is absorbent and can hold up to eight tampons’ worth of liquid. Once you’ve worn them, just toss them in the washing machine. If you’re a bit skeptical, fear not. The material is made from triple-layer technology. The first layer blocks odors and keeps you dry, the second layer traps the liquid, and the third layer covers you from any leaks. Goodbye, unwanted spots on your pants when you stand up. Phew. ($30, Knix)
This one is water-based and formulated with natural ingredients. Aka it’s meant to mimic natural moisture, keeping your pH level balanced without the use of synthetics or fragrances. No more sticky hands or sheets. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and gynecologist-approved. Because the last thing you want is sudden burning and itching when you’re just trying to get in the mood. ($14, Lola)
Hello, watching TV from bed in peace. These glasses filter out the light that can cause things like dry eyes, headaches, and sleep disruption. The lenses have double-sided anti-glare coating and 100% UVA/UVB protection. And they come in prescription, non-prescription, and reader options. So you can wake up bright-eyed. ($95+, Felix Gray)
And some other things that may be holding you back. It’s packed with funny, sometimes profane prompts that’ll help you get outside your head. Because harping on grudges or moments of regret can only weigh you down. It’s 2021, and we don’t have time for that. ($8.99, Amazon)
The lavender mask is designed to restore softness by exfoliating dry and calloused feet. It’s naturally formulated and made with orange, grapefruit, sage, and chamomile extracts. Just pop the booties on for an hour and let the peel work its magic. You’ll see the (oddly satisfying) results over the next week. It’s like bringing the best part of any pedicure directly to your bathroom. ($25, Amazon)
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Skimm’d by Lindsay Schneider, Alexandra Napoli, Emmy Favilla
We rounded up the top reads Skimm’rs (hi, that’s you) added to cart. Plus a few of our personal faves from the past six-plus months too. We’ve got thrillers, cookbooks, love stories, and more.
We’ve got gadgets that’ll aid with cleanup, stuff that’ll help you meal prep, things that’ll make your feta pasta leftovers so much easier to store, and more.
We’re looking back to see what Skimm’rs loved most the first half of this year. And to clue you in, we put our top sellers and most popular products across categories into one handy list just for you.