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    28 Affordable Things You'll Want To Add To Your Self-Care Routine

    Just a list of little things that may help make a difference in your mental clarity and happiness.

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    1. An inspiration- and joy-sparking weekly journal perfect for anyone who loves nothing more than to make lists — but rather than the usual to-do lists, you have to think about the things and people you love., Amazon

    Promising review: "This book is absolutely perfect to have as a guide, and it has so many creative writing prompts that inspire happiness. I haven't completed the entire book yet but I know I'll be sad when it ends. I hope she comes out with a second edition! This book really inspires you to find happiness in your life and to create more of it, and it's fun too." —Riley

    Get it from Amazon for $10.22. You can also get The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Togetherness for even more inspiration.

    2. A soothing ice roller that'll keep things extra chill, whether that's your face (it's the perfect wake-up call), wellbeing (also a great headache/migraine symptom reliever), attitude, life, etc. — and it helps keep redness and puffiness at bay.

    Promising review: "I use this whenever I feel tired and always after I’ve cleansed my face. I use rubbing alcohol to clean it after each use and then put it back in the freezer in its own ziplock. I notice it’s helped with redness on my face, as well as migraines. They start behind my eye so I roll it over whichever side of my head is in pain and it seems to help." —maihiro

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three designs).

    3. Handy acupressure rings to roll up and down your weary fingers and massage the reflex points after a long day of typing, working, running errands, climbing. Ahh, just right.


    Promising review: "These little guys made a believer out of me. I struggle with inflammation in my fingers and wrists due to being on the computer so much; I was having a lot of problems with my thumbs especially. My husband bought these for me and I was pretty skeptical at first, but they work. I use them almost every evening for 10–15 minutes and I have to admit I'm not having near the pain in my hands that I used to." —Diane L.

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. An ergonomic scalp massager with Goldilocks-approved bristles — not too soft that they're ineffective and won't get rid of buildup/dandruff/itchiness, and also not too rough that they'll pull on your hair and/or irritate your scalp — as a relaxing shower moment your fingertips alone can't provide., Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot explain how good this feels! It relaxes you and for sure is better than just using your fingertips to shampoo your hair. It actually gets down to the roots and makes sure that it gets into all the spots to clean your hair. My hair has never felt smoother than after I started using this product." —Romie Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    5. A plush fleece blanket you'll want to burrito up in at all times — especially when you'd like to pretend that the outside world doesn't exist.


    Promising review: "It's a lightweight blanket that's still very fluffy, soft, and super cozy. It's light enough to be a summer blanket but it also keeps you warm enough during the chilly summer to fall nights. It also has two different kind of textured sides, one side is more 'sleek' and the opposite side is more 'fluffy.' It has become one of my favorite bIankets, and I would definitely order again!!" —Emmy Liang

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in throw and twin–king sizes and 13 colors).

    6. Sheet masks all day — specifically a Facetory sheet mask subscription box to recharge dull, tired skin with lots of hydration, vitamins, and antioxidants, so you live your dewiest life possible. And, best of all, you can't really do much while you have on a mask — it's like a mindful 15–20 minute timeout.,

    I never get bored of using the same masks because this box does the curating for me and introduces new brands I would've never known otherwise into the mix. Each kit comes with a detailed info card explaining the benefits of each mask too!

    Get a curated box from Amazon for $9.52 (for four entry-level* masks) or $15.92 (for seven premium* masks), both with free shipping.

    *Entry level masks means mostly fabric masks made out of cotton or cellulose, while premium masks include hydrogels and multi-step masks.

    If you'd rather stick to *one* brand of sheet masks, you can try out multipacks from popular K-beauty brands like Nature Republic, The Face Shop, Innisfree, and Neogen.

    And check out our picks for best beauty subscription boxes on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. A thoughtful book about defining and actively creating coziness that goes beyond material goods and spills into the spaces you and your loved ones occupy.


    Promising review: "Gillies' book is part memoir, part how-to, and all cozy. It takes us on a personal tour of the places, activities, and personal touches that have made her own life better and have created warmth and joy for her family. This book is a love letter to New York City, parenting, cooking, and practicing thoughtful self-care — a useful and relaxing reminder that anything can be made cozy if you set your mind (and your heart) to it." —Sarah C. Durham

    Get it from Amazon for $11.55+.

    8. Moisturizing gel socks for softening rough, weathered stompers while you lounge around and/or sleep — it's like applying lotion, but way less messy!


    Get a pair from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors, as well as gloves and a gloves/heel sleeves set).

    9. A durable, non-slip Gaiam yoga mat that'll cushion your joints as you get your workout or meditation session on.


    Promising review: "I'm the type of person who reads a lot of reviews and agonizes over every purchase. This mat is as nice as a brand-name yoga mat I received as a gift many years ago, and it's just like the mats at my yoga center. It does not slip and has a nice grip to it. I have absolutely no complaints and am quite happy with it. Plus, it's a bit thicker than regular mats, which helps my aging body a lot on wood floors. It lies completely flat on the floor and the color is pretty and much like what my monitor depicted. Go ahead and buy it! :)" —Valiant

    Get it from Amazon for $29.05+ (available in 35 patterns).

    This is our low-priced pick for the best yoga mat on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    10. A satisfying physical exfoliator like My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel, because you deserve to see ~real results~ instantly — the clear gel transforms into little balls of cellulose as soon as you start rubbing it in, and voila, off come dead skin cells and surface debris!

    And despite its intense nature, it's totally gentle enough for sensitive skin and it's packed with calming ingredients like honey, black willow, and aloe.

    Promising review: "Good heavens, this stuff is amazing! I tried it for the first time last night on my dull, wintery skin and I could not look away from all the dead skin being lifted off my face. Every single dry and dull patch gone, and even my roughest spots felt like baby-soft skin! My over-50 enlarged pores were immediately reduced and hardly noticeable — they have not looked this good since my thirties! And that's after one use. Bonus for sensitive skin — no sensitivity, tingling, or redness during or after. Sign me up for the gallon size!!" —Paula

    Get a 4.2 oz bottle from Amazon for $10.99.

    11. A bath spa pillow that'll provide padded support for your head, neck, and shoulders, so you don't have to lean against a cold, hard tub and essentially negate the effects of a relaxing bath.


    It's made with 2" of padded foam and has seven suction cups, so no slipping or sliding occurs. It has a waterproof and nonporous surface (duh) and it's super easy to wipe clean.

    Promising review: "The best...and so damn affordable!! Got it for a close friend who loves her bath time, she has reported back that it is the absolute best spa pillow she has ever had for her personal tub. She says, 'It never slips, never deflates (cause duh, no air needed), is extremely comfortable, easy to install, easy to clean, and helps make bath time what it's supposed to feel like — a relaxing escape.' It was definitely a 'winning' gift Idea!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (also available in a "premium" version).

    12. A bottle of The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Wash so you can envelop your body in a rich, lathering concoction of organic bladderwrack seaweed, antimicrobial neem oil, algae, and aloe vera — your body will feel as soft as a cloud and clean as a sidewalk after a storm.

    Promising review: "So I bought this on a whim because I like other Seaweed Bath Co. products and this one comes in a fragrance-free option. Now, I am hooked and here's why: it's the silkiest shower gel I ever used, the ingredient list is super great, the lather is amazing, and harvested seaweed grows back quickly. If you love luxury bath items, I sincerely recommend this as a cheap indulgence. My other favorite shower gel costs five times as much, but if I had to give up one of them, it wouldn't be the seaweed. Love this stuff." —M. Kaiserin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.35+ (available in four varieties).

    13. A pocket-sized self-care guide filled with little prompts to remind yourself to spend time doing things you truly care about and make you feel whole — there's also plenty of space for you to jot down your own ideas/thoughts.

    Free Period Press / Etsy

    It measures 4.25" x 5.5" and contains 48 pages!

    Get it from Free Period Press on Etsy for $6.

    14. A reusable red bean warming eye mask that'll help soothe your worn-out peepers after a day of staring at screens — they're basically like an express spa treatment, and each mask stays warm for 10–20 minutes!


    Promising review: "I can't sleep without it! I use to have trouble sleeping at night and due to getting few hours of sleep, I also have dark circles under my eyes. The heat helps me feel relaxed and sleepy. The sweet smell of the beans is a plus too." —Patricia Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    15. The Moodrise app, which provides what they call "digital nutrition" — it's basically like a visual ~supplement~ of positive media (images, video, audio!) designed to elevate your mood and impact brain chemistry. Because ditching your phone altogether is hard, so you might as well feed your brain something good.


    Promising review: "Simple. Beautiful. Rewarding. You choose the mental state you want to be more in and voila, you can start a therapy session. Each therapy session is a very short collection of videos that’s visually amazing. This app doesn’t lead with or force you to go through all the science behind what they’re doing unless you want to. I’ve had it with me on my commutes." —bolo-lol

    Get it from iTunes for free.

    16. Downy Lavender Serenity fabric softener sheets, because nothing beats the feeling of sinking into freshly-laundered sheets — especially when they're soft AF and smell like a field of lavender.


    Promising review: "I love this lavender scent! It's not too subtle, not overpowering. I hate the heavy, flowery scents. This is just a nice, calming scent. Softens very well also!" —Jessica and Shane

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $14.97.

    17. A monthly baking subscription box that'll deliver an original and highly delicious recipe to your doorstep, so you don't have to go out and buy the ingredients yourself — and you don't have to share the results with a single soul (unless you want to, in which case, you are a saint).


    Some examples of past boxes include: pumpkin pie with pecan streusel topping, cinnamon buns, glazed orange poppyseed muffins, etc. YUM.

    Promising review: "Every month my daughter gets this 1200 miles away. She opens it with me on FaceTime and then makes it for her roommates. She is happy, her roommates have satisfied bellies, and I am thrilled to have her a little less homesick. This was so much better than a pair of socks! She learns a skill and feels accomplished making something from scratch." —Karen B.

    Get it from Homemade Bakers on Cratejoy for $49.95+ per month (FYI, it seems that you have to get three months at a time).

    18. A Tweezerman nail block with file, buff, smooth, and shine panels (and four replacement pads for each), so you can spruce up your nails and admire their shine — dare I say, clean nails are more satisfying than a manicure?


    I dare to say, because I always screw up my polish.

    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." —Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A compact essential oil diffuser to surround yourself in a relaxing atmosphere, help clear your sinuses, and lull you into a deeper sleep.

    It works with 100% essential oils, runs quietly for up to six hours, and has two mist settings and auto-shutoff when the water runs out.

    Promising review: "I love this little humidifier! The changing colors are lovely, it runs for a long time. and makes the whole room smell great with just three drops of EOs. I actually want to get at least one more, as I find myself moving it from room to room. I like that the color change mode is optional and that there are solid color options too. I can pick a color that reminds me of the scent in it, or to match the room it is in." —Ericca Colby

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors), and get a pack of six essential oils from Amazon for $9.99.

    20. A Chesapeake Bay Peace + Tranquility candle to envelop you in the calming scent of fancy cashmere jasmine as you cozy up to your favorite book or show.


    It has an approximate burn time of 50 hours and the soft frosted finish of the candle container allows the flame to gently shine through while it's burning ✨.

    Promising review: "Guys. I don’t know what ‘peace and tranquility’ or cashmere jasmine are supposed to smell like, but somehow they NAILED it. It somehow smells like a luscious white velvet — fancy and relaxing like a ridiculously luxurious spa but without any hint of business, money, or time. This was my second experience buying a candle online without smelling it first and I went with the same brand as my other one was a success as well. I do actually think the scent is worth the price (and I’m a pretty frugal person) because somehow it relaxes my place, while raising how classy it is. It really is tranquil and is an enjoyable candle to have lit while cleaning, snuggling, having guests, taking a bath, etc. I could pretty much have it going 24/7 but don’t want to use it up too quickly!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in medium, large, and coffee table sizes, as well as a diffuser version, and many other scents).

    21. A cute satin eye mask that'll provide a direct route to your ~happy place~ — aka, eyes shut and snoozing peacefully in bed.

    Get it from for $18.

    22. Memory foam slippers to keep your feet comfy after a day of hard work. We put our feet through a lot, so it’s never a bad time to pamper them with something soft.

    Promising review: "I really love these cozy, cute slippers! I read lots of slipper reviews before choosing these, and I'm glad I picked them. They feel really soft and warm on my feet, they stay on well, and they look nice." —Elizabeth O'Brien

    Get them from Amazon for $24.90.

    23. A shoulder massager is the perfect tool to unwind after a tense day. This one has different heat and speed settings for your specific needs, and can even be used on the go!

    Promising review: "I'm a huge fan of massages. I spend a lot of money and time on them every month, but since buying this product, I have found myself going less. When I feel the need to go after a stressful day, I find myself thinking, 'I can use my new massager when I get home.' No joke. Of course, nothing can replace the experience of a personal massage, but I this massager gets all the stress-day knots out. I am definitely getting a second one to leave at work." —BB

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    24. If you’re someone who works out a lot, or you put your body through a lot of strain in general, there’s no better way to end your day than with a nice bath, complete with bath salts and bubble bath. The epsom salt helps ease sore muscles and the lavender will help you relax.


    Promising review: "Best combination for sore muscles and stressful days. I suffer from back/shoulder issues so a hot soak is mandatory most days after work. A nice subtle smell with relaxing epsom salt always makes my back loosen up and my shoulder feel better. It also doesn't make you smell like a flower either, which I appreciate." —Epillon

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99.

    25. A set of bath bombs will make you feel like you’re at the spa. Your bath will bath bubbles, yummy scents, and pretty colors. They also contain ingredients that are good for your skin.

    Promising review: "Each one smells amazing. Perfect for gifting my family or friends. My bath was relaxing and fun, and my skin felt silky. I will definitely continue to purchase!" —Meli Mel

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99.

    26. No self-care day is complete without a face mask, and this sheet mask set will address any and all of your skin concerns. Not only does each mask have a distinct function, they all have distinct scents as well.

    Promising review: "Sheet masks are a great tool in general, perfect for marinating your face in good skincare ingredients. I try to maintain a habit of using cheap sheet masks on a regular basis as part of my overall skincare routine. After noticing these were cheaper than the drugstore masks I pick up sometimes, I looked at the reviews and decided to give them a shot. These are GREAT. They're not miracle masks that give high-end esthetician instant results or anything, and of course they're not. Nothing at this price point could be. But they're well-formulated, they're comfortable, they come with plenty of serum (I like the little corner they notch at the bottom for more cleanly squeezing out every drop), and each one actually does reflect its proclaimed specialty a little bit." —Emerald Bixby

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98.

    27. A jade roller is a great addition to your current skincare routine. Not only will it feel like your face is getting a nice massage, but your skincare products will also be absorbed into your skin more effectively.

    Promising review: "I have quite literally never written a review before until I received this product. It truly is wonderful and I was worried about it not looking like the picture or living up to the high reviews that others have written and am happy to have been proven wrong. The roller itself comes on a thick and sturdy rose gold handle attached to the rose quartz rolling sections. The scraping tool (gua sha tool) is awesome and after rolling I followed the super easy instruction brochure it came with. I could instantly tell the difference: my skin was almost glowing and all of my facial features felt more relaxed." —Monica Thayer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.98.

    28. A crucial part of any self-care day is setting the mood, and these scented candles will help you do just that. They are made with essential oils for stress relief, and each candle has a different scent (rose, jasmine, lavender, and vanilla).

    Promising review: "I love these scented candles! They perfume the whole room. We light them in the living room and it gives a great aroma throughout the house. I lit two of them already and I’ve have them on since the morning when we wake up and blow them off when we go to bed. They lasted three days until the wick was completely gone. The can is easy to clean and it becomes a super cute storage container. There are four distinct scents, and you are bound to have a favorite and a least favorite. You can always gift the one you dislike the most. It’s a great buy!" —The Francos

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    What's the lesson here? This, pretty much:


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    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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