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Your medicine cabinet is probably chock-full of over-the-counter remedies like ibuprofen and cold medicine, but you might also want to consider stocking it with products that promote self-care. Items like fragrant essential oils, soothing Epsom salts and luxurious hair care items can make your wellness routine feel more indulgent and will go a long way towards helping you feel less stressed. Start your shopping list with these eight essentials.
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1. An essential oil diffuser to breathe in the calm
Don’t overlook the power of scent and its ability to keep you grounded: A diffuser and some calming essential oils can turn any room in your home into a relaxation haven. We think the Airomé Serenity diffuser is the best essential oil diffuser out there. It comes in multiple designs to fit any space, and is quiet and simple to use. Our tester used the Airomé for eight hours and reported that it evenly diffused a fine mist that made the room smell pleasant but not overwhelmingly so.
Fill it with the fan-favorite O’Linear oils, which have 4.6 stars and more than 8,500 reviews on Amazon. Reviewers say these oils are strongly scented, which helps the bottles last longer than other less fragrant brands.
2. Spa-worthy face masks for radiant skin
The act of applying a face mask and sitting around while it dries basically forces you to slow down and take a breather. For a highly rated and recommended clay mask, try the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask. To use, you mix a spoonful of the dried calcium bentonite clay with water or apple cider vinegar to form a spreadable clay mask. The resulting formula is a refreshing blend of exfoliants that smooth your skin while controlling excess sebum production, making it a great option for those with oily skin. This mask has more than a whopping 16,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating on Amazon. Our tester loved the immediate results she saw after using the mask and says she only has to use it at most twice a month to continue enjoying great skin.
A great hydrating mask for drier skin is the Farmacy Honey Potion Plus Ceramide Hydration Mask. Reviewers on Sephora love how moisturized their skin feels after using it and say it gives their skin a lovely glow.
3. Epsom salts for a relaxing soak
Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfate, are believed to provide the same benefits you get from eating magnesium-rich foods, including better sleep and less stress, just by soaking in them. Simply add a scoop to warm bath water and start relaxing.
For a well-reviewed option, try Dr Teal’s. Their lavender-enhanced salts have a 4.8-star rating with more than 7,100 reviews on Amazon. Reviewers say the salts smell wonderful, dissolve quickly and provide a relaxing experience.
4. Nail care essentials for tidy fingertips
Taking the time to care for your nails can reward you two-fold. First, the act of taking the time to spiff up your hands can be indulgent in itself—and then you get to put your best, er, hands forward as you go about your day. For a worthwhile, comprehensive nail-care kit, consider this one from Yougai. It gives you all the tools you could possibly need for under $10: These 18 pieces include two sets of nail clippers, a file, a cuticle clipper, a cuticle pusher, tweezers, scissors and more. It has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with nearly 22,000 reviews, and reviewers say it works well and the tools hold up well over time.
Soothe and smooth your skin with the best hand cream we’ve tested, the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. It keeps skin moisturized all day without leaving your hands feeling greasy, thanks to its shea butter, avocado oil and sesame seed oil infused formula.
5. Smooth-applying nail polish for home mani-pedis
Follow up your nail trimming and filing by investing in some quality polish for home manicures. We tried Olive & June, a brand that claims to give you salon-worthy nails at home, to beautiful results. The colors apply smoothly, and our tester particularly admired the opacity of the polish, which delivered even coverage with just one coat. The consistency of the polish remains like-new longer than some other store-bought brands: Our tester found that after months of use, her most frequently used shade still applied smoothly and evenly without any streaking or clumping.
6. A moisturizing mask to prevent chapped lips
Avoid dry lips with the Lawless Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask. It contains hyaluronic acid for hydration and ceramides to protect your skin barrier. Reviewed’s beauty editor attests that it leaves lips silky smooth and supple, without any stickiness or residue left behind.
7. A fragrant bath bomb for some bathtime luxury
Taking a warm bath can be a great way to relax and unwind your body and mind after a long day, but sometimes you want one that makes you feel giddy and carefree. Though there are plenty of scented, moisturizing bath bombs that allow you to dissolve stress and ensure soft skin, we love the Capri Blue bath bomb for its fragrance that smells exactly like the “volcano” candle the brand is known for. Though it doesn’t utilize colorful dyes or surprise flower petals to make a splash in your tub, its wonderful fragrance is enough to get our seal of approval.
8. Silk scrunchies to protect your tresses
While any hair tie will work wonderfully to keep your hair off of your face, helping you avoid breakouts, they often pull on your strands, which can be uncomfortable, cause breakage and leave creases behind. When pulling your locks back at night, consider silk scrunchies, like these from Slip. Silk tends to be gentler on the hair compared to other materials. We love the Slip silk scrunchies for their elegant look and smooth fabric that protects hair without sacrificing efficacy.
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