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Self-Care Products to check out

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Self-care is a critical factor when it comes to reducing stress eating. In this article, we go head-to-toe showcasing our favorite self-care items available on Amazon. Be sure you’re signed up for AmazonPrime to get the best deals and free shipping! 

As a registered dietitian with a certificate in functional and integrative nutrition, most of these products contain minimal carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. If you’re looking for other products on your own, check out the Environmental Working Group.

As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn commission from qualifying purchases if you use the links below. This does not affect how much you spend.



Shampoo & Conditioner

  • Jade Roller and Gua Sha Tool – This easy-to-use tool helps relieve tense muscles and facial puffiness. I love using the jade roller particularly around my jaw line, since I tend to clench my teeth at night.
  • KORA Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask – This mask can be used up to 2-3 times per week according to KORA, which makes it easy to implement into your routine.

  • Collagen Under-Eye Patches – Now, these don’t make the cut for the EWG list. BUT, I love using them as part of my self-care routine. I keep a couple in the fridge (not freezer) and then apply them for a few minutes when I need a pick-me-up.
  • Nighttime Eye Mask – Light interferes with your body’s melatonin production, so keeping the lights dim before bed and while sleeping is important. I prefer the silk eye masks because they are softer.

You may have read this header (ears) and been like… what?!

But noise-cancelling headphones are a must for me as part of my self-care routine. 



When I think of self-care for my body, I typically think of things like joyful movement, aka moving my body in a way that brings pleasure (such as hiking, dancing, gardening, etc.). 

But body also includes our skin. 

  • Dry brush – Dry brushes are used to  exfoliate the skin, promote blood flow, and promote lymph flow/drainage, Brush in sweeping motions TOWARDS the heart. After dry brushing, I lather up with some body lotion or coconut oil to keep my skin feeling soft.


Relieving achy muscles is absolutely a form of self-care.

I love this massage gun for several reasons:

  • It gives me a way to relax without the active movement of stretching (aka I can lazily use this on my couch while watching an episode on Hulu or Netflix)
  • It has 3 speeds and comes with 5 head attachments 
  • It gives my hands a break because personally, my husband has huge muscles and I don’t know how massage therapists have the hand strength!
  • It’s lightweight (1.8 pounds) and TSA-approved as part of your carry-on


Combine use of the massage gun with a magnesium soak in the tub to feel even better!


Tacklin' the toes

When we think of self-care, a lot of us may think about getting a pedicure. Those can require time and money, so here’s an at-home alternative for easier, more frequent self-care routines:

  • Foot soaker with heat and massage – Who said working at home from a desk all day had to mean sacrificing self-care?! Pop this under your desk to easily build self-care into your day. Use the magnesium salts to make this even nicer! Then, dry off and use coconut oil (followed by cotton socks to prevent sliding on the floor) for a restorative balm. 

Other Self-Care Tools

Pura is a fragrance diffuser that utilizes essential oils. It holds up to 2 fragrances at a time and is connected to an app. I’ll admit – at first, I wasn’t a fan of needing an app to use the diffuser. But, it’s actually been incredibly beneficial. I scheduled a relaxing scent for nighttime (about an hour before bed) and a bright, invigorating scent for the morning (about 15 minutes before I wake up). 

Use this link and the code MARYC15 to get 15% off.

Activities-Based Self-Care​


Self-Care Workbooks and Journals

I hope this article has helped you learn about some of the best, Amazon-available products to make self-care easier at home.

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About the Author

Mary-Catherine LaBossiere, MPH, RD, LDN is a military spouse, registered dietitian, and the owner of Defy Nutrition. She started her career working in obesity and diabetes clinical research while earning her Master’s in Public Health. Mary-Catherine then transitioned to working in behavioral health. Now, Mary-Catherine helps individuals eat like human beings and develop healthier relationships with food. She is on a mission to empower women to ditch diet extremism and focus instead on sustainable habits. In her free time, she loves being active and exploring the outdoors with her husband and their dogs.

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