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    14 Products That Relieve Your Sore Muscles, Aching Head, And Sensitive Skin

    Compression socks, an eye mask, and a memory foam pillow that might just fix that aching back for good.

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    (Note: We haven’t tested all of these products and can’t say they are safe to use for every type of pain. It’s a good idea to check with your doctor first before trying them.)

    1. A set of lacrosse balls that can be used to loosen muscle knots all over the body.

    Promising review: "So, I am super tight in my upper back as well as other spots, but that’s the major trouble zone. I’ve been getting 90–120-minute massages at least monthly for, well, way too long due to constant migraines. I heard talk about these little balls and decided to give them a shot! Last night, I was going on to day four of a migraine and decided I was going to test the balls out. I lay on the floor and went to town on my shoulders and upper back, and boy, I was popping knots left and right. AH-MAZING it was! Today I feel like I've had a deep tissue massage. Ohhh it HURTS SO GOOD." —CW

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. These compression socks that are loved by nurses, athletes, travelers, pregnant people, and BuzzFeed editors., Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    With over 8,000 reviews and a 4.7-star rating, it's safe to say these compression socks have a cult following. Reviewers note how the socks have helped them find relief after injury, 12-hour hospital shifts, pregnancy swelling, and a 24-hour flight.

    Promising review: "I'm currently eight-months pregnant and wear these beauties every single day. I could only afford one pair on our budget, but I come home from work, take them off, wash them, and hang them to dry for the next day. I never knew how painful the swelling in my legs and feet could be until recently, and these socks were a complete game-changer. I stand for over nine hours a day at work, so I can't begin to explain how badly my legs and feet ached. The difference is tremendous!" —Olivia Stockdell

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in sizes S/M and M/L in nine color combinations).

    3. A neck, back, and shoulder pillow that relieves muscle pain with heat and four different massage settings.

    This one has great reviews, a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, a B on Fakespot, and people we know personally have tried it and loved it.

    Promising review: "I'm a violinist — I've played for 28 years so far. I practice for hours on end and that does a number on my trap muscles and puts a lot of pressure on my spine when those muscles spasm. This massage pillow has really helped loosen up my tight back, shoulders, and neck every day. I think the pain is really bad because I also have stenosis and that's not a good thing combined with playing violin. I've had much less pain because of using this massage pillow. I can sit in a chair and read a book or watch TV while it goes to work on my knots. It's really great." —wryminks

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    4. A soothing bath soak with natural ingredients that offer pain relief for hemorrhoids, or after childbirth or surgery.

    This organic soak includes epsom salts, lavender, coconut and sweet almond oils, vitamin E, witch hazel, and frankincense. This bath treatment is said to promote healing and provide natural pain relief.

    Promising review: "TMI WARNING: This organic Purasoothe Sitz Bath Soak is meant for moms healing after a vaginal birth, but it has done WONDERS for me as someone trudging through her third trimester of pregnancy and all of the gross symptoms that come with that. Turns out babies give you hemorrhoids and they're really disgusting and painful. Another fun fact: There's not much you can do about them, which really sucks when you're already uncomfortable and achy in other places. This sitz bath has been the only thing that gives me relief. You dissolve it in a shallow bath of warm water and literally soak your butthole for 15-20 minutes until it feels better. I hear the witch hazel is the ingredient that really helps!

    One other thing I love: It smells amaaaazzzzziinnngg, which is such a nice perk when you're not feeling your best. I got into bed one night after using it and my husband said, "Mmm, you smell so good!" Thanks, hunny! It's my butt bath..." —Erin Phraner

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97.

    5. And a highly rated bidet that will be gentle on your butt and leave you feeling cleaner than ever.

    Promising review: "I shouldn't have waited so long to buy this! I have hemorrhoids and had a eczema breakout on my sensitive areas, and this has been a dream to have! I hate ~going~ anywhere but home now, because nothing suffices." —Lisa Z

    Buy this one (a best-seller that BuzzFeed readers and editors LOVE!) from Amazon for $34.75.

    6. An orthopedic memory-foam leg pillow that may ease knee, hip, and back pain, as well as provide relief during pregnancy.

    Promising review: " I had to write a review for this product because I've been a sciatic pain sufferer for over 20 years since I injured my lower back in my early twenties. I also have five herniated discs in my back and arthritis. I'm only 44, so you can imagine how difficult it's been to wake up with stiffness and pain for so long. ... When I saw this pillow on Amazon, I remembered my doctor telling me when I sleep at night to lay on my side and put a pillow between my legs. I had originally tried to do that with regular pillows, but it never worked so I stopped. But constantly waking up in the middle of the night to pain and stiffness and having to turn to my other side is something that interrupted my sleep pattern, which has been affecting my other health issues. So, I bought this pillow just to see if I could get some relief — I am ecstatic with the results! Ever since the very first night, I haven't woken up to any pain at all." —Emma I.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.90.

    7. Or a tension-melting acupressure mat that can alleviate back pain, muscle tension, stress, and poor circulation.

    There are so many ways to use this acupressure mat, whether it's during meditation as a relaxation tool or to find pain relief in a particular area. Together the mat and pillow have almost 8,000 acupressure points that can provide relief almost anywhere on your body.

    Promising review: "My absolute favorite online purchase ever. And that's saying a lot, because I live on Amazon. I was a little intimidated at first as the plastic discs are quite pointy out of the box, but the instant pain relief in my shoulders is beyond amazing. A million thank you's for this amazing product!" —Rebecca Horan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A compression eye mask that's a lifesaver for anyone who regularly gets hangovers, headaches, or migraines.

    This highly rated eye mask blocks light and provides instant relief with weighted compression beads. Read more about the eye mask here and (spoiler) keep it in the freezer for extra pain-fighting power.

    Promising review: "I suffer from migraines almost daily. This eye pillow is perfect. It's adjustable and gives the perfect amount of compression for migraines. It also keeps light out which is essential when you are trying to get rid of migraines. There are bead-like balls inside, which help to conform to your face's natural curves. I would definitely recommend this product if you are a migraine sufferer, or just like to relax." —Erin Coyne Killeen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.64.

    9. And a heating pad that's beloved by people with back pain, arthritis, and menstrual cramps.

    This pad has three heat settings, a washable cover, and is "king size" at 24 inches by 12 inches, making it the perfect size to cover your back, hip, thigh, or shoulder. If you prefer wet heat, it also comes with a sponge insert that can be dampened.

    Promising review: "I love this heating pad. I use it for menstrual cramps and stomach aches. It really provides a lot of relief and is very soothing. It's also great for snuggling in bed during the winter." —Grace

    Get it from Amazon for $13.60.

    10. A pair of cushy knee pads that will protect you while you garden, DIY, or, you know, rollerblade down a steep incline.

    Promising review: "I'm very pleased with these knee pads. I stock shelves in the middle of the night, so I am on the floor as much as not. I have osteoarthritis in both of my knees and, in fact, one of them is near needing a replacement — the other soon to follow. I was looking for knee pads that were not only reportedly comfortable (as I always read reviews before I buy anything), but sturdy as well. These knee pads are both." —Cherub106

    Read more about why these knee pads are so useful for anyone who gardens, does chores, or does any sort of DIY here, and then grab these from Amazon for $24.99.

    11. An anti-chafe and -blister balm that might finally put an end to your hot weather and workout pain.


    Promising review: "This saved my sad, chaffing thighs. After having such horrible chaffing during the hot weather I tried this product out and it is GREAT.

    The product itself is deodorant-style and easy-to-use and rub across problem areas. When you put it on, it feels very silky and light — you honestly don't feel it at all, except for the relief it brings. I was able to wear dresses and short shorts in 100-degree NYC weather and not have any rashes at the end of the day!" —Samantha McCallion

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    12. And a natural skin salve formulated to help heal eczema and psoriasis, and treat dry skin and cuticles.

    This herbal salve is made with calendula, comfrey, thyme, licorice root, and more to naturally treat a whole range of skin conditions. It's unscented and suitable to use on the most sensitive of skin.

    Promising review: "My husband struggled with eczema on his hands, that left his fingertips cracked and bleeding. It has been very painful few years for him. He went to top dermatologists and was prescribed hundreds of dollars worth of prescriptions, that really didn’t help him at all. I bought this salve off Amazon after reading the reviews and looking at the pictures. I really didn’t have much hopes for it especially after failed prescriptions, but decided to give it a try. My husband loved the consistency right away. He immediately said that he loves this stuff because it’s not greasy and gets absorbed very quickly into the skin. He would bring it everywhere with him for a couple of weeks and his cracked bleeding hands started to heal! I couldn’t believe it! Then the last few weeks, he has only been applying it at night, right before bed and you guys, he hasn’t had a split bleeding finger in weeks!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57.

    13. A wooden foot massager that will bring relief after a long day of standing and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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    This portable foot massager is great to keep near the couch or under your desk at home — simply roll your feet over the massager and feel aches and pains start to fade.

    Promising review: "If I could have given this seven stars I would have. I have horrible plantar fasciitis, and for two years have been taking anti-inflammatory medication twice a day and having regular cortisol shots directly into the sole of my foot. Since I have this easy, practical, fast, and enjoyable wooden massager, all that pain is over. Buy it, take your time to get use to it, and stop suffering." —patrizio

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    14. And a foam roller that will relieve sore muscles and can assist during some kinds of physical rehabilitation.

    Promising review: "I go to the gym about four times a week, and started developing some lower back pain. I got some good advice from a friend that a foam roller would help. My hamstrings are often tight, which leads to me using my lower back too much. The key is to stretch, but a foam roller also does wonders to help loosen those tight muscles. I started using this foam roller before the gym about three times a week for the last month now, and I'm already seeing great improvements with my lower back pain." —woofy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors and four sizes).

    Reviews may have been edited for length/clarity.

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