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    34 Products Reviewers Say Gave Them “Instant Relief”

    Including a pair of summer-friendly "recovery sandals" for heel and foot pain that thousands of reviewers swear by.

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    1. A pair of popular cushioned "recovery" sandals perfect for anyone who is craving all the cute summer fashion with a side of ridiculous comfort (and pain relief!). Not only are these super adorable, but reviewers with pain from plantar fasciitis, bunions, spondylilothesis, and other chronic conditions absolutely swear by them, with a ton saying they're like walking on ~clouds~. 

    reviewer in cream colored slide on sandals
    reviewer in caramel colored version

    Promising review: "Total comfort and instant relief from plantar fasciitis. I will order more." —mrs flores

    Another promising review: "I have ordered several pairs trying to find the one that lives up to its hype, well this one is it. Super cushy, fits true to size — I ordered the mauvish pink colored one and love it. I will be ordering a black pair. I have a heel spur and planters fasciitis so regular flip flops bother me after wearing several hours, these do not. Very pleased with this purchase and highly recommend." —leah

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in women's sizes 5–12 and 21 colors). 

    2. A set of cooling towels that get chilly the moment you soak them in water and wring them out — a godsend for when you're looking for quick ways to cool down when the temperature outside starts to spike.

    A blue, pink, green, and gray cooling towel rolled up next to their carrying cases, which come with keychains
    Reviewer with blue towel slung around their neck

    It also keeps its chill for hours and will immediately get chilly again when you soak it in water and repeat the process.

    Promising review: "These are wonderful and work! Purchased to use for Disney trip and they were perfect. They have no chemical smell. You just add water and ring them out. Each comes with its own case and clip. Stayed cool for hours. Great for heat and nausea. Just wrapped around neck and instant relief!" —Christina Hatfield

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in nine pack combos).

    3. A delightful little tool called the "Bug Bite Thing" — it suctions on all kinds of bug bites to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness. 

    A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    This works on mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, sea lice, and more (although TBH, if this list of bugs gets any longer I may just stay indoors forever!!).

    Promising review: "I cannot stress to you enough how much better this simple little tool has made my quality of life during summer in Ohio. It rains a lot. There are a lot of mosquitoes. I have horrific allergic reactions to mosquito bites. We're talking bumps swelling to the width of softballs within minutes of the bite. This tool doesn't make those bumps go away, but it stops the itch IMMEDIATELY. I was a huge skeptic; how could a little suction cure this agonizingly itchy allergic reaction? I'll be honest. I still really don't know how it does, but it provides instant relief that no pill, cream, or injection ever has ever achieved for me. If you live anywhere where insect bites are common, you need to own one of these." —Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    4. A handy as heck sunburn soother you'll probably want to stock up on now to have on hand this summer — it's made with aloe and coconut oil to hydrate skin and gently relieve pain from the sun's unforgiving rays within just a few hours.

    Psst — a lot of reviewers mentioned this also helped prevent peeling and itching!

    Promising review: "I bought this product to take on our vacation. I am so glad I did. I got burnt on my lower legs and tops of my feet. I thought I had put enough sunscreen on. I didn't. That night I woke with my legs and feet both burning and itching. The instant I put this on I had relief. OMG I cannot say enough about this stuff. Buy it. Keep it on hand. Great product. Thank you Burt's Bees!" —D.S. 

    Get it from Amazon for $11.40.

    5. A nipple cream made with a blend of extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, and shea butter to combat the *menagerie* of nip nonsense that comes with breastfeeding, from chafing to cracking to dryness. The all-natural ingredients mean you don't have to time it out and remove it before breastfeeding, either. 

    A one ounce jar of Motherlove nipple cream

    Promising review: "This has been a lifesaver. My daughter was born and was labeled an aggressive eater and we were having latch problems because of it. She destroyed my nipples in a 24-hour period and my lactation consultant gave me the Medela stuff. It just wasn't helping much and my nipples were scabbed and bleeding. So I took to the internet to look for some magic cure and stumbled across this stuff. Lots of great reviews from bloggers and the reviews on Amazon seemed promising. So I ordered it and waited in anticipation. Once I received it I immediately applied it and felt instant relief! Fast forward a week later and I'm healed up! I still use it because the nips get dry but it's a godsend." —Victoria Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97

    6. A facial ice roller you can stash in the fridge or freezer to help with all *kinds* of miscellaneous ouchies, like migraines, sinus pain, and jaw pain.

    reviewer's hand holding a plastic ice roller which is shaped like a shaving razor but with a bar that rolls at the end
    Reviewer using the ice roller on their face

    Psst — a lot of reviewers swear by this for relief from the heat and for puffiness! 

    Promising review: "I was in the habit of rolling a cold can of soda on my forehead to help with tension headaches and sinus pain but that was cumbersome and not always cold enough. This ice roller works so well to ease the pain from sinuses and tension. It froze very quick and I felt instant relief. The rolling motion even cleared my sinuses and I could breathe better right away. I love this. Would highly recommend." —DT

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in nine colors).

    7. A pack of the internet-beloved Mighty Match Pimple Spot Treatment, a hydrocolloid sticker that you can apply straight onto a zit to flatten it, reduce redness, and even suck the gunk out of individual trouble spots overnight. Personally *love* to see a problem magically disappear while I'm snoozing. 

    Promising review: "I’m not typically one to write a review but these are so awesome I have to. I had a white head pimple the other day that was sore — like, it hurt — and I put one of these one and it was like instant relief. Left it on overnight and next morning it’s all sucked out. The day after it’s a little dry on the spot where I had a gross pimple the day before, but it’s gone. So awesome. Worth it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. A stick of Body Glide anti-chafing balm you can apply between your thighs so you can keep wearing cooling clothes like dresses and shorts without worrying about irritating your skin.

    A model applying the balm to her inner thigh

    Promising review: "I used this stuff on the Appalachian trail and it works amazing. Like marble on marble and instant relief. A must-have for any trail hiker." —Draco

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A suuuper popular Bio-Oil made with vitamins A and E, chamomile, and lavender — you may recognize it as a product a lot of people use to help fade scars (both old and new), soothe cracked and dry skin, and help moisturize without affecting your pores, but people are also using it in quarantine to help with dry and painful skin on their hands from hand-washing and sanitizing.

    FWIW re: scars, though, this stuff really works. I had thyroid surgery a few years ago and Bio-Oil took me from looking like I'd stumbled out of the Red Wedding to virtually no detectable scar within a few months. All I did was apply it once in the morning and once at night.

    Promising review: "Provides instant relief for itching, growing pregnant bellies. I quite like the smell and love the fact that it is not very oily and doesn't leave oil stains on clothes. I use this on my face and sometimes for my hair as well. Calms frizzy hair and works great for combination skin. I love this product." —Rohan

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92 (available in three sizes).

    10. A foot file that'll remove calluses and hard or cracked skin from your feet with some gentle, pain-free rubbing. It works whether your feet are dry or wet at the time, and will leave your heels feeling gloriously soft.

    Promising review: "I don’t typically write reviews, I’m lazy! I usually write them if something is really great or really bad. Well this product is really great!! It offered me instant relief with ease!" —Brooklynn

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    11. A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp, so you can get all of the relaxing decadence of feeling like someone is massaging your head without physically going to a salon. Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this has also helped with psoriasis, dandruff, and scalp tenderness!

    BuzzFeed editor holding pink scalp massager with silicone bristles
    editor showing other side where there's a gripper for fingers
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I recently started using one of these and WOWZA, it really helps you get extra mileage out of your shampoo. I have a whole lot of hair on my head so sometimes it's a struggle to feel like I've soaped up my whole scalp thorough, but this was a very effective way to spread out the suds and really get them to the roots. I was worried it might tangle in my hair, but it was totally fine on that front, too. I've noticed that my hair has been a little less greasy at the roots since I started using it a few weeks ago. And I'm echoing a ton of reviewers here when I say it just feels reeeeeally, really nice.

    Promising review: "I have dermatitis and when it strikes my entire head, not just scalp, hurts. After hearing it from a group about remedies for dermatitis, I bought this. One day when the pain struck again, I used this with my regular shampoo and washed. The massage gave instant relief and my headache was gone in less than 20 minutes. I would definitely recommend this product not just for people with my condition, but also for regular hair massages. Easy to hold, doesn’t slip off the hand and soft enough on the scalp." —Ro

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

    12. A bottle of tea tree essential oil that reviewers use for a whole bundle of reasons, including to help soothe red patches, inflammation, and irritation on their skin.

    Reviewers also use it to help cleanse buildup on their scalps, prevent dryness, strengthen their nail beds, and just generally ~breathe in~ because it smells so darn relaxing.

    Promising review: "I love my tea tree oil, the scent is pleasant and the multiple uses I get from this product is amazing. I use it for my dry scalp, knee pain, in my oil burner also place it behind the ears of my small niece who had a stuffy nose. Instant relief, you can’t go wrong." —Kebble Edison

    Get it fro Amazon for $9.95.

    13. A set of Sea Bands, which target an acupuncture point on your wrists meant to help reduce nausea. Basically, if you're someone who has motion sickness, morning sickness, migraine nausea, or even nausea brought on by cramps, this may the be thing to take you from 🥴to 😊.

    Promising review: "These were awesome! My entire family suffers from motion sickness, especially car sickness. My little one gets sick in the car on a regular car ride through the city. So I knew that a long road trip was going to be a disaster. I was amazed at how well these bands worked for everyone! Not one single person complained about being sick for 12 hours in the car. At one point I did have one child remove their bands because they said they were getting too tight. But after only a few minutes without them, a headache started to come on, so they immediately put them back on and the relief was instant. I have suffered for decades and now I know better. I will never travel without mine again!" —1SmartCookie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.59 (available in adult and children's sizes).

    14. A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone and back that you can decide any chair in the house is your work-from-home chair now, no matter how determined it looks to bug your spine.

    Promising review: "This cushion is really wonderful! I teach virtually and am in a chair for a good part of the day. I thought I needed a new chair to get help, but this cushion provides instant relief. I highly recommend it!" —Beth S. 

    Get it from Amazon for $36.68 (get this price by clipping the 20% off coupon on the product page).

    15. A hip belt designed for sciatic, pelvic, lower back, and leg pain you can wear to help stabilize ye olde sacroiliac joint (aka, the joint in your lower back that causes pain in a lot of these areas when it's inflamed). It's super lightweight and breathable so you can wear it for long periods of time, too.

    Reviewer wearing wide black hip belt around their hips
    Closeup of reviewer in belt to show velcro straps

    (Psst — you should consult with your doctor before trying anything new involving your neck/back area to make sure it's safe for you!)

    You can extra personalize the fit based on your needs, too, because there's not only the wraparound belt, but a secondary belt installed over it so you can control the compression you need in certain areas.

    Promising review: "I have been having sciatic nerve pain for years due to inflamed sacroiliac joint. This belt helps tighten up my loose hips, I felt instant relief after I put it on. Since the pain is more from my left hip, I am able to use the elastic secondary belt to give more compression on that side. It’s worth the price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in two colors and three sizes).

    16. A pair of compression gloves designed to help alleviate pain from carpal tunnel and arthritis, so you can type at your keyboard without an internal monologue of "ow OW ow owwwww" for the majority of your workday.

    Promising review: "36-year-old. I have carpel tunnel and many other issues. These gloves provided me instant relief from shooting pain that is very distracting, painful, and hard to live with. Whenever the pain is at its worst, I wear these to provide instant relief. These gloves provide great relief while also not constraining blood flow. My circulation is not cut off at wrist or tips of fingers. When you first put on the gloves, wiggle them around your fingers to find what works for you as everyone’s comfort level is different. I strongly recommend these gloves and will be buying a pair for my mom. I don’t wear mine all day as I don’t like to be dependent on medication or health products, but these things are amazing and a true blessing of relief. Thank you so much." —honest reviews only

    Get a pair from Amazon for $16.97+ (available in three sizes).

    17. A neuropathy cream made with castor oil, valerian root, peppermint, and cayenne, ginger, and turmeric that may help if you've got localized pain spots to deal with.

    A jar of naturally neuro plus cream with ingredients on it
    Body Essentials Herbal Care/Etsy

    Body Essentials Herbal Care is a Colorado-based, woman-owned Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in zero-waste hair and skincare.

    Promising review: "Heard about this item with reserved hope... it has delivered above and beyond my expectations! Instant relief from burning carpal tunnel and muscle soreness. Will be a repeat buyer." —NS

    Get it from Body Essentials Herbal Care on Etsy for $36 (psst — this item ships for free!).

    18. A reviewer-beloved anti-dandruff shampoo to relieve flaking and itching and help prevent outbreaks by getting directly to the root. A lot of reviewers mention that it not only started working from the first use, but it *also* helped with shedding and hair loss caused by dandruff in the first place.

    This shampoo was designed to work for sensitive scalps, color-dyed, and chemically processed hair as well as for all hair types and textures, with reviewers with 3b-4c curls mentioning it worked for them.

    Promising review: "Since school has been online for a good chunk on the year I started to develop dry scalp on my head. It was constantly burning and I even ended up scratching away a chunk of hair! I saw this and immediately bought it. OMG IT'S AMAZING. Instant relief, it makes your hair so soft plus it smells amazing. 20/10 would recommend for everyone with dandruff or dry scalp." —Taylor D. 

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

    19. A compression foot sleeve that'll help manage heel pain and plantar fasciitis that you can sneakily wear right under your socks. The compression is so effective that even reviewers with chronic pain swear by them!

    Promising review: "After five months of plantar fasciitis pain I finally went to a podiatrist. The doctor 'taped' my foot, prescribed anti-inflammation meds and said come back in three weeks. Also she said to remove the tape after three days. My poor foot liked the taping and didn't like it when I removed it. So rather than go back to the podiatrist every few days for a taping I looked on line and saw these sleeves and ordered a pair. It was instant relief. I have worn one every day since. Now it's still early so I cannot say it's a cure but it is very helpful! I will most likely still need physical therapy but at least now I can walk in the grocery store without crippling pain! I have been alternating the washing of the sleeves so I will be buying more of them." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pair from Amazon for $13.95 (available in four sizes and nine colors).

    20. A knee pillow designed to help with better spinal alignment for people with back, hip, knee, or sciatica pain that will make any notorious side sleeper go "Ooohhh" when they try it for the first time.

    Model sleeping on their side with a white slope contoured pillow between their knees
    Four images showing models with their knees braced on it in different ways

    It even comes with an adjustable strap if you're someone who tosses and turns in their sleep (or if you're using it to recover from an injury that may lead to limited mobility). Psst — a lot of pregnant reviewers and reviewers with arthritis pain and cartilage pain swore by this, too!

    Promising review: "Last week I ordered this pillow. Some people know about my knee injury from over 10 years ago. On occasions I still walk with a limp and sometimes I can't sleep because of the pain. There is a strap you wrap around your leg to help keep the pillow in place. I sleep on my side so it's very comfortable when I'm sleeping. Definitely worth the buy. It gives me instant pain relief and sleep quality." —Dashinka

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

    21. A rotating, heated back and neck massager to work out all of the knots and tension in your lower back, shoulders, and neck, because TBH your family and friends are getting a *little* tired of you low key bribing them for shoulder massages.

    Back massager equipped with 15-minute auto shut-off system and overheat protection device, gift neck massager brings you no worries about the safety

    Promising review: "Instant relief. The second I hit the on button, I was in heaven. Super comfortable and easy to use. You can position on your lower back, neck or shoulders. The heat is a great bonus. I felt like I was at my own personal spa." —Tasha P. 

    Get it from Amazon for $33.98 (get this price by clipping the 15% off coupon on the product page). 

    22. A cooling Biofreeze gel made with a menthol blend to help instantly soothe both small *and* large muscle areas, targeting everything from sore muscles and joints to backaches to arthritis pain. 

    A person squeezing a tube of Biofreeze onto their fingers
    A model rubbing the Biofreeze onto their shoulder

    Promising review: "I don’t think I can survive without this gel! Since becoming a mommy, my back and knee joint pain worsened and this gel gives me an instant relief! There are many gels out there but this works the best for me and also does for my mom. I highly recommend you try this!" —Problem Solver

    Get it from Amazon for $12.94.