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    27 Self Care Products Under $20 Worth Buying In 2021

    Because after 2020, we could all use a little R&R.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An exfoliating body bar equipped with jojoba meal and crushed olive seed that'll give you the invigorating, dead-skin-removing cleanse of your dreams.

    Baxter of California

    I personally use this exfoliating bar once or twice a week and it smells SO good. It leaves my skin super soft and rinses off *without* leaving an annoying residue like most bar soaps. I especially love using it after a sweaty workout because it makes me feel extra clean and fresh.

    Promising review: "I first tried this soap when it was sent to me from one of the "monthly box" subscriptions. I fell in love with it after my first use. The smell, the texture, the gentle exfoliation, the lather. Just fantastic. I recommend it to everyone." β€”RAR8558

    Get it from Baxter of California for $6+ (available in two sizes).

    2. A jade roller and gua sha set designed to help your face absorb skincare products. It's effectively like giving yourself a little at-home facial treatment!

    A reviewer holding the green double-sided roller and gua sha

    Promising review: "So far I'm really enjoying this product! Both the roller and gua sha tool seem to be made out of real jade and are high quality. I got these because my face tends to get really puffy, especially during allergy season. They come in neat a package with clear instructions. I watched several additional YouTube videos about how to use them. I used the gua sha tool once a day and go through the full routine, and the jade roller throughout the day, while I'm working or watching TV in the evening. I've had them for a pretty short time but I feel like I'm already noticing a difference. If nothing else it's a very soothing and relaxing habit. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend or give the set as a gift in the future!" β€”Grace KB

    Get it from Amazon for $11.94+ (also available in a rose quartz roller).

    3. A Boie face scrubber you can use to gently exfoliate and cleanse your face (ICYMI: that washcloth you use several times a week is a hotbed for nasty bacteria).

    Urban Outfitters

    All you've gotta do is add a few drops of your favorite facial cleanser, lather it under some water, and then gently cleanse your face in circular motions. Better yet, Boie's products are antimicrobial AND sustainably made.

    Promising review: "Awesome product! I was buying the face exfoliating sponges for the longest time and thought I would give this a try instead β€” I LOVE IT! I use it everyday at least once a day and it has really improved my skin. I swear my pores have shrunk and I have been breaking out less. Buy it!!!" β€”mags p

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8.

    4. And a scalp massager with soft, thick bristles designed to stimulate blood flow to your scalp, while also cleansing and exfoliating any unwanted dead skin or dried shampoo that might be hanging out up there. It'll also just feel soooo relaxing.

    Promising review: "I have suffered from dry scalp and dandruff for years. I recently shaved my head and realized just how bad my scalp really was. Red irritated spots everywhere that became very easy to see with my short hair. After using this product along with a coconut oil moisturizer for three days, my scalp is already healing. The product is easy to hold, easy to clean, and feels great on an itchy scalp. I also don’t have dandruff flakes at all anymore. Trust me, you won’t regret purchasing this product!" β€”Britt

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

    5. A bottle of Teddie Organics rose water toner spray to hydrate your neck and face, immediately giving you a more vibrant complexion. It'll also help alleviate redness, and is suitable for all skin types.

    It'll also restore your skin's pH balance and absorb excess oil. It's everything you want your toner to do, except now you can use it WHEREVER. Plus it's organic and suitable for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I have been using this rose water for about three weeks now. I am in shock! The redness in my face is gone! I used to put on foundation almost every day because of my redness and acne scars. I now go out of the house with zero makeup on and feel confident in doing so. My face is super soft! My husband actually thought I was wearing makeup because my face was so clear. I'm so happy I took the leap and bought it!" β€”crystal

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two sizes).

    6. A foot file and callus remover that'll make your feet shinier and smoother than ever. Period.

    Reviewer photo showing before-and-after photos of their dry, cracked heel looking shiny and smooth after using Colossal foot rasp

    Promising review: "To say the least, I was pretty apprehensive about using what is advertised as a 'Colossal Foot Rasp.' Pretty terrifying labeling if you ask me. But HOLY CRAP this thing works. I had to do a before and after shot. It looks Photoshopped but it absolutely is not!" β€”Derrick

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    7. A foot scrubber to add to your shower routine because, let's be real, washing our feet is actually a lot of work (and low-key dangerous, like, helloooooo slippery tile!?).

    reviewer photo of their foot being washed with the scrubbing pad

    Promising review: "This works well. We are barefoot all summer and this is great for washing up quickly and easily. My kids love it and so do I. No more facecloths hanging to dry or bunched up in a ball on the edge of the shower. I read reviews that said the bristles are too soft. For us it works well to get off a full day's worth of dirt, but it isn't meant to work as a loofah or pumice stone. I'm 50 and it makes reaching my feet much easier." β€”Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    8. A satin pillowcase that'll keep your bedhead to a minimum and prevent excess oil from forming on your face (which means you can spend less time tending to those things and more time asleep in bed).

    stock photo showing two blue satin pillowcases on a bed

    Promising review: "Sleeping on satin is easier than any cotton. This helps the pillow stay cooler. It also leaves my hair less tangled in the morning. I wake up with fewer indents on my face when I sleep in my side. The color also looks nice with my other charcoal/gray bedding." β€”Judith Roberts

    Get one from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four sizes and 23 colors).

    9. An exfoliating body polish with a whipped texture that is guaranteed to feel a lot more expensive than it actually is.

    jar of exfoliating body polish
    Dove / Via

    Promising review: "Best smell and feel I've put on my skin in a year (strike that, probably ever). It's time to let myself enjoy the small things in life. Thank you, Dove." β€”KMRL

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94.

    10. Or, a shea sugar scrub made with 100% shea butter and ingredients like safflower seed oil and avocado oil to prevent dryness and provide your skin with a refined, healthy glow.

    Promising review: "This has been a great addition to my self care routine. It is a gentle scrub that smells delicious and leaves my skin moisturized and smooth. A little goes a long way, too...Your skin deserves this small, at-home indulgence on a weekly basis." β€”Nourisha K.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.48.

    11. A Disney-themed bath salt that'll detoxify your skin, soothe sore muscles, and give you a spa-like experience fit for a princess.

    four different Disney-themed bath salts
    Natural Amor / Etsy

    Natural Amor is an L.A.-based small business specializing in all-natural personal care products.

    Get it from Natural Amor on Etsy for $7.22+ (available in five themes and two sizes).

    12. A stress-relief candle infused with natural lavender essential oils and topped with organic lavender and chamomile to create a calming, relaxing scent while you journal, take a bath, read, what-have-you.

    photo showing candle surrounded by natural lavender and chamomile
    Psyche Awakening / Etsy

    Psyche Awakening is a small business specializing in authentic aromatherapy gifts based in Benson, Arizona.

    Promising review: "Wow does this smell soooo wonderful!!! I’m definitely buying this again. I recommend to everyone, it brings clarity and happiness into the room <3" β€”savannah

    Get it from Psyche Awakening on Etsy for $9.99.

    13. A tea sampler, because you've been wanting to experiment with different blends for a while now and this is an easy, *affordable* place to start.

    reviewer photo showing the tea sampler box open with a variety of different teas in it

    Each sampler comes with 48 individual tea bags in a variety of these flavors: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Decaffeinated Breakfast, Lemon & Orange, Pure Assam, Green Tea with Jasmine, Organic Peppermint, and Organic Chamomile.

    Promising review: "The Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea Variety Box arrived and I could not be more excited. The bags of tea were organized nicely and placed in their own compartment within the black Taylors' box. The effect is classy and elegant. There are six bags for each blend with a total of 48 tea bags...Each blend of tea produces a different flavor depending on which you choose. I place one tea bag into a tea cup. I prefer to use a tea kettle to heat my water to boiling. Then I pour the hot water over the tea bag and let the tea steep for five minutes. I discard the used tea bag and then add a splash of cream or milk to my tea. Now my tea is ready to sip and tastes wonderful." β€”Dr. K

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    14. A golden under-eye mask if you, like me, look like a zombie in the a.m. Whether it's puffy eyes or dark circles (or both!), these are guaranteed to be a welcome addition to your skincare routine.,

    Promising review "I was a skeptic about these in general but I kept seeing all the Real Housewives wearing them while getting their makeup done so I thought I must be missing out! The skin below my eyes got really puffy, dry, and dark within a quick two-week period. I thought it was just the joys of middle-age until my doctor suggested a warm cloth three times a day. I bought these to help too and was so relieved they worked. The puffiness, dryness and discoloration subsided. I’ll be adding these to my evening prep before an event going forward!" β€”MoonRep

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $13.97.

    15. A gratitude journal designed to help start your days on a positive note by listing three things you're grateful for. It also includes inspirational quotes and space for additional notes and reflections.

    reviewer photo showing gratitude journal with pen next to a cup of tea

    Promising review: "I am grateful for this book. Sometimes it’s hard to get out of the negative thoughts in your mind and look at the positives. Doing this everyday gives me a different perspective on life and lifts my mood." β€”fefe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    16. A sheet mask variety pack equipped with vitamin E and collagen to keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated. They might look a lil scary while you have them on, but once you peel one off, your skin will be glowing like never before!,

    Promising review: "I love sheet masks, I buy one every time I am at a store and it's a wonderful way to relax. But these are on another level of great. The price for them is fantastic and the saturation of product in these masks are comparable (if not better) than some of the high end masks I have purchased in the past. I use one every other night and my skin in GLOWING and I no longer experience harsh breakouts. I also like the variety. I pair one with my skin routine depending on what type of day I've had. Too much sun? Aloe vera mask to the rescue. Need to feel like a million buck? Gold sheet has got your back. This is a great way to up your skin care game and honestly just do some much needed self care." β€”Tj

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

    17. Dr. Teal's Soothe & Sleep that'll not only give you a bunch of delightful bubbles when bath time rolls around, but will also help you relax and unwind thanks to its glorious lavender scent.,

    Promising review: "Just wow. I wanted to take my first bubble bath. Glad I went with Dr. Teal's. The bubbles were long lasting and so much bubbles. The smell was great. My body smelled amazing and super smooth. Can’t wait for another bath. You won’t be disappointed. Promise." β€”Fabian

    Get it from Amazon for $4.87.

    18. Or a bath bomb so pretty, you might never muster up the strength to actually use it and have to watch such a beautiful thing dissolve right before your eyes.

    product photo showing several bath bombs
    Bath Bomb Factory / Etsy

    Promising review: "Quality bath bombs! I got these as a gift, and they are beautiful. I also love that they are organic and vegan: icing on the cake!!" β€”Julia

    Get one from Bath Bomb Factory on Etsy for $6+ (available in 16 scents).

    19. A tube of Weleda Skin Food, a creamy moisturizer that has a cult following for a reason. It's especially great for dry skin, and you can use it on your face, elbows, hands, and even your feet!

    reviewer photo showing their skin before and after using the cream, revealing much brighter and hydrated complexion after using it

    Promising review: "I've been reading about this cream in magazines for like a decade and finally gave it a try when I got a chemical peel because it's supposed to be like industrial strength moisturizer. It definitely lives up to the hype. Aside from the fact that it smells like putting straight up gin on your face, it's super emollient and has tons of hydrating oils in it. It's a little on the harder side to rub in just because it's such a thick juicy cream but it's great for dry patches and is definitely the kind of all-purpose fix you'd want to have in your bag. I've only used it during summer but I can not WAIT to take this bad boy for a spin this winter. (Also Rihanna likes it, allegedly, if that does anything for you). β€”Rory Gephart Leahy

    Get it from Amazon for $16.96.

    20. A Tweezerman nail block equipped with four panels to help you file, buff, smooth, and shine your nails. This is great for people who don't regularly wear polish but feel like they're missing out on the luxury of at-home manicures.

    reviewer before-and-after photo showing their nails considerably shinier after using the nail file

    Promising review: "I have thickly ridged fingernails and this blew me away. With minimal time and effort, I had a glass effect with my nails (even to the next day). I was dubious about spending over $2 for a product that buffs nails but I'm fully on board with spending $9 now. Do yourself a favor: toss all the laughable buffers you own and just buy this." β€”Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A mini coloring book designed to help you destress with its over 100 pages of geometric patterns, flowers, and friendly animals waiting for you to give them your artistic, colorful touch.,

    Promising review: "A great therapeutic way to spend a little quiet time. The pictures are beautiful and detailed. What I like about this book is that its pages are smaller, so it isn't as large a time investment as some of the bigger books are. Also, it fits nicely in a pocket book if you want to take it on the road with you. I have found that using colored pencils or gel pens yields the best results based on the size of the pictures." β€”Acakris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    22. A hydrating lip mask from I Dew Care that'll leave your lips smoother and softer than you ever could've imagined. Use it throughout the day to help nourish your lips, OR at night for an extra boost of moisture while you sleep. πŸ‘„,

    Promising review: "I love this product. I just ordered a bunch of products in the I DEW CARE line and this is one of my favorites so far. It's helped my dry lips and reduced the my fine lines a lot. When applied it is smooth and comfortable and feels like a lip butter. I wear it day and night and I find it appropriate for use in both - but with day wear, it does require reapplication, just like a normal lip gloss would. It's summer time now so my lips aren't as dry as they are in the winter - but so far this is the best product for my lips I've ever used. I don't know why people would ever use ChapStick after trying this. Instead of sealing in (sometimes nonexistent) moisture like ChapStick is supposed to do, this actually adds the moisture to your lips." β€”R

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    23. A clay mask sample set that includes an activated charcoal mask for cleansing, a French green clay to refresh and hydrate your complexion, and a French pink clay to soothe away irritation.

    three clay mask samples
    Motherland Essentials

    Motherland Essentials is a Black woman-owned business specializing in natural skincare products. Each sample contains about 2-3 uses and pairs well with rose or lavender water as a refresher.

    Promising review: "I loved getting to try out different face masks with these mini versions! My favorite was the "Refresh" but all of them are wonderful! Super cute packaging too!" β€”Katie C.

    Get it from Motherland Essentials for $15.

    24. Or, this clay mask that, last I checked, had an impressive 25,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon. Its deep-cleansing formula is great for everything from facials to body wraps to foot soaks, and'll have your skin feeling renewed in just a matter of minutes.

    Promising review: "This right here is something you should have on hand for your weekly self care. I felt it working from the minute I put it on. It's a game changer for sure, I wish I could use this everyday on my face but I feel over doing it may not be good. But once a week or even maybe twice a week. You will love this product especially the quality and price!" β€”Arlene Yanogacio

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    25. And a handy face mask brush so you can paint on your clay mask *without* making a giant mess in your bathroom.

    Promising review: "I love these! I no longer dread putting on my face products. I was using my fingers to apply the product to my face, it was so messy and got in my nails too. When I came across these silicone brushes I knew I had to have them. They are amazing and the low price is a steal. These brushes really changed my routine. I use my facial products more often because I'm no longer worried about the annoying mess. The silicone brush is very flexible and spreads the product on my face nicely. Cleaning the brush is a simple task, just rinse and pat dry. Highly recommended!" β€”Wells Family

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98.

    26. A conditioner bar that'll pair perfectly with a hot, relaxing shower. It's made with natural oils and nutritious vitamins guaranteed to leave your hair feeling silky smoooooth.

    model holding stack of conditioner bars
    The Earthling Co.

    The Earthling Co. is a small business specializing in products that are "safe for you, the planet, and everyone that calls it home."

    Promising review: "I am so glad a friend mentioned this company to me. I've long been trying to find more responsible and sustainable ways to fit my lifestyle goals. The smells are fantastic, yet gentle and my hair seems healthier. My hair is soft, shiny and I've noticed it seems less stressed, less weighted down, and less shedding (I have very fine and straight hair). So far after two months of use this seems to be a good investment..." β€”Julia O.

    Get it from The Earthling Co. for $14 (available in 13 scents). Check out their shampoo bars, too!

    27. And, a pair of fuzzy slippers to keep your piggies nice and cozy after using the bath bomb you just ordered (while wearing one of your new sheet masks, of course!) and trying a new tea blend. Self-care kings and queens only in 2021!! πŸ‘‘πŸ’…

    reviewer wearing leopard slippers

    Promising review: "The coziest, softest slippers ever! And adorable! Great rubber traction on the bottom. Yet, soft and lightweight." β€”Lauren Fuquay

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in women's sizes 5/6-9/10 including narrow sizes and 19 colors).

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