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24 Wellness Products if You’re Not the Best at Self-Care

the best wellness products for self-care
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Brooklinen
Sep 29, 2022

This post was originally published in March 2021 and has been updated.

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If you’re dealing with burnout, countless to-dos, and what feels like a never-ending schedule, it might be time to incorporate some self-care into your routine. But don’t sweat. You don’t need to overhaul your entire routine. Instead, you can find little pockets of time to do something that feels good just for you — whether that’s taking a quick walk, cooking a delicious meal, journaling, or adding a fun step to your skincare routine. So we rounded up products that’ll help you figure out how to develop your ideal wellness routine. Just remember: It’s okay to take some time for yourself.


An oil-free daily facial moisturizer to prevent flaking…

Because picking at the dead skin on your nose is actually a bad habit. This formula is fragrance-free and non-greasy. So you won’t look sweaty after applying. You can use it both morning and night. It’s also got probiotics to keep your skin balanced. Meaning less redness, inflammation, and dryness. ($30, Ghost Democracy)

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Wearable wrist and ankle weights you can use on your AM strolls…

Or for your at home yoga class. Because exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy. All you have to do is wrap the Bala Bangles around your wrists or ankles and you can be on your merry way. They’ll add a comfortable one-pound resistance to any movement you love. You can even wear ’em around the house to turn chores into a workout. Talk about killing two birds with one stone. ($55, Ban.do)

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Shower steamers that’ll bring a calming vibe to your bathroom…

Fact: No one’s ever complained about having a fancier shower routine. All you have to do is drop one of these little cubes in your shower. It’ll leave behind a relaxing scent. Pick from lavender for relaxation and focus or eucalyptus for breath and release. Bringing the spa to you = priceless. ($12/3 pack, Urban Outfitters)

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Reusable eye patches that can last a year…

Great for slipping on while you WFH or anytime you need a quick bit of R and R. These reusable ones from Dieux hold gels, serums, and creams close to your skin so you can absorb it right up. Dieux it. ($25, Dieux)

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A hair mask that can boost shine and prevent strands from breaking…

Specifically designed for hair that’s feeling dry, this plant-based mask can increase moisture and elasticity. It’s great for chemically or color-treated locks (and works on all textures). Plus, it has a scalp-soothing ingredient to help with itching. Use the mask up to four times per month, depending on how parched your strands are feeling. ($32, Sienna Naturals)

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A before-you-go toilet spray to get rid of some nasty odors…

If you’ve ever been worried about the smell of your bathroom, this spray is for you. It’s a great hack for roommates (or couples) who share a space. You just spritz the bowl before you go, and voilà. Odors are stopped in their tracks. And whatever happens in the bathroom stays a secret. Phew. ($10, Amazon)

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A humidifier that doubles as aromatherapy…

Small upgrades, FTW. This one from Canopy will l help keep your skin healthy and alleviate cold, flu, and allergy symptoms. Its super-sleek design, comes in four pastel shades, and is even dishwasher safe. Plus, you can add on an aromatherapy kit for some extra relaxation. Say ‘goodbye’ to clunky, heavy humidifiers that take up a ton of space. ($125+, Canopy)

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A waffle robe that’ll become your go-to pajamas…

Because robe life should exist beyond your hotel stays. Having one to unwind in at the end of a day can feel straight up luxurious. And this one is made from 100% Turkish cotton, so it’s lightweight and breathable. The waffle texture absorbs water quickly, so you can throw it on post-shower. We didn’t choose the robe life, it chose us. ($89.10, Brooklinen)

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A toilet stool that can improve your bowel health…

Not the sexiest product out there...but trust us when we say this is a must-have. The height of this stool shifts the angle of your body while you’re on the toilet so you’ll be able to go more comfortably. Instead of sitting (like you do now), you’ll be in more of a squat position. So you can release more easily. Goodbye, straining. ($69, Tushy)

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An organic herbal tea blend to sip in the morning…

Maybe you’re looking for something more calming. Or maybe you want a minty energizing boost. Just pick the one that speaks to you most. All are individually made from a specific blend of herbs and spices. If you’re looking to cut back on coffee, here’s your solution. ($14.50+, Golden Flourish)

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A room and linen spray to keep things smelling fresh…

Made from nontoxic ingredients, you can use this spray after making your bed. Lingering smells on the couch thanks to a pet? A few spritzes will help eliminate stinky odors. It smells just like clean laundry and can instantly uplift your towels too. ($16, Amazon)

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A pair of leggings so buttery soft, you’ll never wanna take them off…

Moisture-wicking, breathable, and super stretchy? We’ll take it. These leggings are ideal for yoga, but can be worn for any kind of low-impact workout. They reach down to your ankle and have a hidden waistband pocket too. They’re oh-so-soft and easy to move in so they’ll feel like a second skin. We won’t blame you if you keep them on all day long. ($98+, Lululemon)

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A grippy yoga mat to complete your workout gear…

If you’re currently doing Downward Dog on your bedroom carpet, you’re probably slipping and sliding more than you’d like. With cushioned support and a moisture-wicking top coat, this mat will help you stay in positions longer. With less pressure on your joints to boot. And that’s a win. ($48+, Amazon)

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A weighted blanket to help you achieve a more restful sleep…

Because tossing and turning = bad Zzz’s. Evenly distributed weight can lead to a deeper sleep, helping you produce more serotonin and less cortisol. Aka more relaxing vibes and less stress. Unlike most weighted blankets made with beaded fillers, this one’s hand-knit from very soft cotton. It’s a must-have. ($199+, Bearaby)

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A jade roller and gua sha set to keep in your fridge for everyday use…

IOHO (in our humble opinions), these tools are best used when they’re cold. But you can keep them out if you prefer them 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 works in the same fashion as the jade roller and is great for when you need a deeper massage. It’s called self-care sweetie, look it up. ($19.95+, Amazon)

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A hands-free vibrator you can use solo or with a partner...

We’re talking freedom to move around and get adventurous, without any distractions. Not to mention, it’s also waterproof and has three speed settings. So whether you’re solo or with someone special, it’s the perfect addition to your time spent between the sheets. Entering do-not-disturb mode. ($135, Dame)

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A non-greasy deodorant set to keep you covered on sweaty days…

Deodorant, but make it aluminum-free. This set has scents of white cedar and sandalwood, citrus, and tea tree mint. These baddies are made of all-natural ingredients like silica to absorb moisture, zinc to deodorize, and radish root for antifungal properties. No more bathroom trips just to sneakily check if your pits are stinky. ($32.95, Hiki)

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A habit tracking calendar so you can achieve everything you want…

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, Amazon)

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A skincare tool that’s backed by NASA and powered by physics…

The Einstein of self-care products, if you will. Droplette’s award-winning device was created by MIT scientists. It transforms derm-approved formulas into tiny, high-velocity droplets your skin can actually absorb. Because ICYMI, tons of skincare ingredients never make it past the skin’s barrier. Which…kind of defeats the purpose of them. Oh and the best part? Skimm’rs get 20% off today with code SKIMMDEEP. (Droplette, $299)*

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A set of organic cotton sheets to treat yourself (and your bed) to…

Hot sleepers, unite. This percale-weave sheet set is light and airy, so you can stay cool while you snooze. There’s a 30-night, risk-free trial with free returns too. Just in case you don’t like them. The entire set includes a fitted sheet, top sheet, and one pillowcase (depending on bed size). You’ve probably been spending more time than usual in bed thanks, pandemic work-from-home lifestyle. So it’s time to finally upgrade. ($54.50+, Casper)

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An essential oil diffuser that’ll help you set the scene for relaxation…

Adding fragrance to your space = easy mood booster. This essential oil diffuser has seven LED colored-light settings and multiple mist timer modes so you can customize your aromatherapy experience. It also doubles as a humidifier so you can breathe better and keep your skin moisturized. The lowest setting lasts 10 hours, which means you can keep calm all day long. Place it anywhere that needs some chill ambience. ($18.69+, Amazon)

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Soothing microwavable slippers to make WFH nice ’n’ cozy…

Because we’re firm believers that you should have different types of slippers for all occasions. These little guys are filled with 100% natural grains (think weighted blanket vibes, but for your feet). Plus, they’re scented with lavender and mint for added aromatherapy benefits. Just pop them in the microwave to warm ’em up, slip them on, and say 'ahh'… ($13.49+, Amazon)

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A five-minute journal with simple, short prompts…

So you can check in with yourself, even if you don’t have a lot of time. The journal is perfect for anyone who feels intimidated by the idea of freewriting. It aims to help you improve how you feel on a daily basis and can make the sometimes daunting task of journaling and habit-forming easy. It only takes a few minutes — aka the perfect welcomed window of time to take for yourself. ($28.99, Amazon)

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A self-care master plan that’ll help you reign in the happiness...

Whether it's spending free time with the people who matter most or pursuing your favorite hobbies, this book helps you plan out things that spark joy. You’ll be able to note the experiences that promote positive self-care, so later on when you’re feeling down, you’ll have a concise list of how to turn things around. Plus, there are lots of self-reflection prompts, so you can easily track your mood and when you tend to have a lot of feelings. ($12, Free Period Press)

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