My Favorite Self-Care Products from 2018

favorite self-care products 2018

2018 was all about self-care for me.

During my quest to treat myself a bit more than I had been, I purchased several self-care products and services and had other ones gifted to me. Here’s a round-up of my ten favorites (plus a few honorable mentions) that I’ll continue to use in 2019 and beyond. Consider gifting these to yourself or a friend this holiday season.

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Keep the Summer Vibes Going with these 10 Tips!

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Have you ever noticed how early your favorite stores switch-over to selling fall products? It’s typical to see Halloween candy on shelves in August and sweaters on racks by September and I find that to be slightly depressing. What’s the rush? Let summer live!

Of course I love some aspects of autumn, but I wish I could float down a lazy river of warm summer vibes all the time. There’s something about summertime that’s just so rejuvenating. Someone take me to the nearest beach ASAP – the pumpkin spice lattes won’t find me there.

If you’re a summer person like me, here are ten ways to stretch your favorite season and keep the beachy vibes going all year long.

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9 Acts of Self-Care to Try in Your Dorm Room

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Student life can be really challenging. College students juggle multiple classes, extracurricular activities, and internships all while attempting to have a social life.

It can be particularly tough on first-year students who are testing out the collegiate experience away from home for the first time. Having that kind independence can be overwhelming to say the least.

That’s why it is essential to practice acts of self-care from the first day of class through finals week.

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20 Inexpensive Products to Treat Yourself To!

20 Inexpensive Productsto Treat Yourself to!

One of my most popular posts listed 50 Ways to Treat Yourself For Free. What about those wonderful moments where you find that extra $5 sitting in your Venmo account? Consider splurging for a little pampering.

Here’s a list of 25 inexpensive products on Amazon to treat yourself to!

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1.) O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

If you work a lot with your hands, don’t forget to show them some loving! This hand cream will help heal dry and cracked skin.

2.) Celavi Essence Facial Mask – 12 Pack

Popping on a face mask is one of my favorite ways to pamper myself, so I try to buy packs of face masks to save money. This 12 pack has a nice variety, ranging from cucumber to charcoal.

3.) Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish

If you love wearing nail polish but find your nails are looking a little dry and brittle, try this Sally Hansen polish that includes argan oil! You’ll hydrate your nails while still rocking some color. I like the iridescent vibes of Reflection Pool, the shade above, and there are plenty of other shade options to choose from.

4.) Ariel EDGE Plush Hot/Cold Eye Mask

A cold eye mask can really put me in spa mode. I use one to reduce under-eye puffiness. These can also provide some relief to sufferers of migraine headaches!

5.) Don Sknarinyon 100% Cotton White Long Bath Robe

Nothing like a fresh robe! This unisex cotton one is light enough to wear in the summer months.

6.) ArtNaturals Bath Bomb Gift Set

Give yourself the gift of self-care by indulging in this 6-pack of bath bombs! The essential oils will turn your bath time into aromatherapy, and shea and cocoa butters will leave your skin feeling soft.

7.) Tone Fitness 1 Pound Walking Dumbbells

Walking is a pretty simple way to exercise, and it happens to be my favorite thing to do. These dumbbells could amp up your walking workout by throwing some strength training into the mix!

8.) Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book

Step up your coloring game with this sarcastic and affordable option. You’ll chill out and get a laugh while you color this book. 

9.) YIHONG Set of 8 Stainless Steel Straws

Drinking seltzer or iced coffee from a straw feels like a tiny act of self-care, but plastic straws are terrible for the environment. Try this set of reusable straws that includes both straight and bent ones with cleaning brushes.

10.) Photo Clip String Lights for Hanging Photos, Cards, Memos and Artwork by EIISON

Hang up your polaroid photos in style with these photo clips that double as string lights! Your cute decorations will also make you feel warm and fuzzy whenever you look at them.

11.) Premium Activated Charcoal Scrub for Face & Body

Charcoal beauty products are certainly having a moment, but my favorite way to use charcoal is in a scrub like this one. Use it in the shower for smoother skin. You’ll feel SO clean after rinsing.

12.) Field Notebook Pack of 5 – 3.5″x5.5″ Lined Memo Books

There’s no better feeling than writing in a fresh journal. These sturdy little notebooks are small enough to bring anywhere, and the cover designs are so cute!

13.) Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Gel

I do my best to avoid sunburn, but the sun does sneak up on my fair skin every so often. Aloe vera is my go-to relief aid for sunburn. This gel will cool you down and hydrate your skin.

14.) NatraCure 5-Toe Gel Moisturizing Socks

If you have dry feet, cracked heels, or calluses, you should probably give these moisturizing socks a try. This at-home spa treatment will soften those tootsies right up, and you can add your own foot lotion to the socks as well!

15.) Lotus Cotton Swab/Q-Tip Holder

How cute is this cotton swab holder?? This tiny decoration will bring you joy whenever you reach for a fresh q-tip.

16.) Sweese Porcelain Tea Mug with Infuser and Lid

Enjoy a relaxing cup of loose-leaf tea in bed with this handy mug. You’ll reduce waste by ditching tea bags, and the lid will help your tea really steep by keeping in the steam.

17.) Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

Take time to know yourself with this inspiring interactive journal. It could help you bust through that creative block and self-reflect.

18.) Zodiac Sign Moon & Star Keychain

Celebrate your astrological sign with this adorable keychain. Seeing it on your key ring will remind you to check your daily horoscope!  

19.) 6 Owl Pots – 2.5 Inch Container for Plants

Objects that make you say “awww” are in their own self-care category. These tiny owl pots will be the perfect home for your next succulents, cactuses, or tiny bonsais.

20.) Radha Beauty Aromatherapy Essential Oils 100% Pure & Therapeutic grade – Sampler Gift Set of 8

Essential oils are a huge part of self-care for me. This gift set comes with Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Frankincense, and Rosemary, so you’ll have plenty of scents to choose from and combine!

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Must-Haves in Your Self-Care Travel Kit

must-haves in your self-care travel kit

When it comes to keeping yourself comfortable on a long flight, train, or bus ride, it’s essential to pack a few extra items for self-care purposes.

A Self-Care Travel Kit, previously mentioned in my guide to Practicing Self-Care While Traveling, can help you handle the stress of getting to your final destination. Here are a few essentials, including some that are in my kit!

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Luxury Toiletries

By luxury, I mean toiletries that aren’t the typical toothbrush, deodorant, etc. Think the special pampering and beauty items that help you unwind or feel clean on the go.

J.R. Watkins Hand Cream with Shea and Cocoa Butters, Lavender, 3.3 Ounce

Trying to catch a few zzz’s on a red-eye? Studies have shown that lavender can aid sleep and reduce stress, so consider slathering on this lavender cream before take-off. Made with shea and cocoa butter, this cream won’t feel greasy and will soften you up while the scent chills you out.  Plus, this container is small enough to bring through security!

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cucumber and Sage – 30 Count

The grime that builds up after a long flight is one of my least favorite feelings. Avoid that yucky situation by stowing wipes like these Burt’s Bees ones in your carry-on. The cucumber and sage will help you freshen up!

OLAY Complete UV Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, Sensitive Skin 6 oz

I pack this daily moisturizer by Olay on every trip I take! It includes SPF 15, so it will protect your skin from the sun when you arrive in your destination. Just squeeze a bit into a FDA-approved travel bottle like the ones in this set: Silicone Travel Bottles Set, RockBirds Large Leak Proof Travel Bottles, FDA Certificated, TSA Approved (89 milliliter 3 Pack)

Sleep Accessories – Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow Airplane Travel Kit With Ultra Plush Velour Cover, Sleep Mask and Earplugs

A neck pillow, sleep mask, and ear plugs can all help you get coveted rest while on the go. Save by purchasing all these items in one kit! Memory foam will help you stay comfortable for the duration of your flight.

Entertainment Material

The key to having an enjoyable flight is distraction from the customary unpleasantries. Tuning out turbulence, snoring neighbors, and the roar of the plane engine can be achieved with adequate reading, listening, or watching material.

CozyPhones Sleep Headphones & Travel Bag, Lycra Cool Mesh Lining and Ultra Thin Speakers. Perfect for Sleeping, Sports, Air Travel, Meditation and Relaxation – BLACK

Trying to lull yourself to sleep with a pre-downloaded podcast? Try these CozyPhones on your next trip. They lay flat against your ears, making it more comfortable to relax while listening.

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

I personally like to pack a paperback, but e-readers are great storing numerous books, magazines, and news sources. My mom swears by her Kindle. Check out this sleek option from Amazon that provides the paperwhite tone readers love.

Protection – Zoppen Mulit-purpose Rfid Blocking Travel Passport Wallet (Ver.4) Tri-fold Document Organizer Holder, 1 Black

Knowing my travel documents are safe makes feel feel secure. This wallet has plenty of pockets for your passport, tickets, and other documents, and is made from material that will protect you from identity theft. Double win!

Smart Snacks & Drinks

Here are some of my favorite snack suggestions to keep hunger at bay.

15 Piece Game Jerky Alligator-elk-buffalo-kangaroo-ostrich-pheasant-venison-wild Boar Gift Pack

Protein is the best bet in terms of making me feel full. Check out these Game Jerky Sticks which come in a 15-piece pack. There’s enough to try a different flavor on multiple trips!

RxBar Real Food Protein Bars Variety Pack, 7 Flavors

Looking for a non-meat protein source to bring on board? Rx Bars are my personal favorite. Egg-whites and nuts provide protein while dates and figs make these super tasty. I love the blueberry flavor, which is also Whole30-compliant!

Simple Modern 17 oz Wave Water Bottle – Stainless Steel Swell Hydro Metal Flask – Wide Mouth Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Reusable Small Kids Coffee Leak Proof Thermos – Fiesta

Don’t forget to refill your water-bottle once you’re through security! These bottles by Swell come in a variety of colors and sizes. Pick your favorite variety and pack it to stay hydrated wherever you go. 

What are your must-haves in your Self-Care Travel Kit? Share them below in the comments and I’ll consider adding your suggestions to future blog posts!