I need this ... and that ... ooh! and one of those ... and a refill on this other thing ... Does that sound like your experience on Amazon? Sounds a lot (cough, exactly) like mine. I find myself visiting everyone's favorite online retailer multiple times a day for this thing or that. I mean, what could be better than a veritable treasure trove of goodies that get delivered right to your door in two days or less? (The answer is nothing.)
But, there's an extra-special place in my heart for products that can be major life savers. I'm talking Sambucus complex that can boost your immune system, blue light blocking glasses that protect your peepers and even an at-home wrist blood pressure monitor so you can check things out regularly to ensure everything is A-OK. It's a whole other level of Amazon shopping; in fact, think of it as Amazon shopping 2.0. To get you started, I've compiled 37 life-saving finds that'll take care of everything from itchy skin to an aching back. Amazon is life ... (or at least life-saving).
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Add Some Light To Your Life
Light therapy is important in the treatment of many types of ailments, including seasonal affective disorder. But, it's not always possible to head outdoors or find alternative light sources that are convenient. This light therapy lamp brings the "sunshine" into whatever setting you find yourself in, with 3 levels of adjustable brightness and multiple timer options in a small package you can take anywhere.
Defeat Dry Skin Days
Dry skin got you down? This moisturizing oatmeal lotion is Amazon's own brand and a true lifesaver for those of us who battle dry, chapped, or cracked skin. The inclusion of oatmeal is especially soothing, and it's free from fragrance, which can sometimes be an issue for people with skin sensitivity. The best part is, it's never tested on animals, so you can feel good about buying it while you feel good using it.
Soak Those Tired Tootsies
This is one of the best purchases I've made in the past six months. After a recent trip to the salon for a pedicure, I decided, "Why can't I have one of these pedicure chairs in my house?" O.K., so the reason is, they take up a whole lot of room. The next best thing is a foot spa, like this one from HoMedics, to simulate that warm, bubbly foot experience for less than $25 without ever having to leave the house. Now, who's going to paint my toenails?
This Retinol Moisturizer With Tons Of Vitamin AApply a thin layer of this retinol moisturizer to your face day and night — vitamin A can help reduce the frequency of breakouts, as well as speed up healing. It's safe for all types of skin, and there's even some hyaluronic acid in there to help lock moisture into your skin.
Are You Ready For This Jelly?
If you've been sleeping on basic everyday petroleum jelly, you are missing a world of functionality in these plain-looking little containers. Petroleum jelly is great for soothing dry skin, treating minor cuts and scrapes, preventing diaper rash, removing eye makeup, and so much more. This pack of four from Amazon's very own brand will only cost you around 10 bucks.
Tone And Firm With Gua Sha Tools
The concept of gua sha derives from Chinese culture; in fact, the term "gua sha" comes from the Chinese word for "scraping." But it's not as painful as it sounds. Instead, it's actually pretty soothing. These gua sha tools are made of jade and have numerous benefits with usage, ranging from reducing undereye circles to reducing puffiness and wrinkles.
Sock It To Plantar Fasciitis
If you've never experienced plantar fasciitis pain, let me just liken it to thousands of tiny needles pressing on your foot every time you try to walk. Good, good times. If you have experienced this, you know you'd try just about anything to stop it. These compression sleeve socks are designed to ease the pain and discomfort associated with this condition and can easily be worn under socks all day.
Give Your Immune System Extra Support
There have been a lot of germs floating around the past 12 months or so, huh? Thanks a lot, pandemic that shall not be named. But, that's not all — there are also colds and flu to worry about as well. Give your immune system a shot in the arm (not literally) with these Sambucus complex gummies. Each serving contains vitamins C, D, and E, zinc, and elderberry ... and that's nothing to sneeze at.
Your New Cold and Flu BFF
There's no harder time to have a cold or flu than at bedtime when all you want to do is rest, but you can't because ... achoo! ... cough ... sniff ... your body won't let you. Nighttime Cold and Flu medicine will become your new best friend. No, it won't bring you chicken soup like your actual best friend, but it will dial down the sniffles, coughing, and fever so you can get some rest and feel more like a normal person.
Scale Back Your Weight
Are you still trying to lose your COVID 19? A lot of us have dealt with weight gain over the past few months, especially since we've all spent more time indoors, likely on the couch with our hand in a giant bag of Doritos. (Hey, I'm not judging.) This smart scale won't break the bank but is packed with features like body fat monitor, BMI, muscle mass, body water, and more.
A Must-Have Box Of Bandages
Bandages. Dressings. Booboo covers. Whatever you call them, it's imperative that you have adhesive bandages on hand (and likely within reach, if you have kids) at all times. There's nothing worse than needing a bandage and not having one. You can add this box of adhesive bandages (all one size) to your existing Amazon shopping cart for just a few bucks, so they'll always be convenient.
Stop The "Blues" With These Glasses
I honestly thought blue-light-blocking glasses were a bunch of hogwash until I tried them for myself, and holy moly, I take back any negative thing I ever said about them. I spent hours — like eight to 10 — a day sitting in front of a computer screen, and I noticed my headaches and eye fatigue virtually disappear when I (remember to) wear them. This set of five is handy because you can leave one at home and another at the office, with a few spares.
The ABCs of Muscle Recovery: BCAAs
Let's talk turkey about working out and muscle recovery. If you go to the gym much, you've probably heard people talk about pre-workout supplements, but what about post-workout options? BCAAs can be added to water and consumed while working out (or just after) to support muscle recovery and growth. Xtend makes some of my favorite flavors, of which blue raspberry ice is near the top of the list.
Soothe Sore Muscles With A Massage Pillow
Remember a few products ago when I said I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting in front of a computer screen? Cue this massager because I know my posture is terrible, and my muscles pay the price. You can use this deep-kneading shiatsu massager on your neck, back, or even feet. It even has a gentle heating function to deliver a soothing temperature while you're getting a relaxing massage.
Diffuse Bad Vibes With This Aromatherapy Machine
This is a good old-fashioned aromatherapy diffuser that comes with six popular essential oil fragrances to get you through stressful days, colds or better nights of sleep. I'm constantly buying new scents for this thing, and my home has never smelled better.
Heat All The Things
This is the product that my grandma probably could've seen coming because that woman loved her some heating pads. I hit the big 4-0 a couple of years ago, and I'm convinced 40 should automatically come with one of these bad boys. This heating pad is extra-extra-extra large (their wording, not mine) in size, has six temperature settings, and can be used as dry heat or moist heat. Every part of your body will be glad you made this investment.
Keep Your Sugar In Check
People with diabetes know the importance of monitoring their blood sugar regularly, but there are so many options to consider; where to start? This blood sugar kit from Amazon has everything you need to effectively take charge of your health, including a meter, lancets, test strips, and a handy bag to keep everything together. The manufacturer has even gone the extra mile, creating instructional videos to ensure you're using the device properly.
Get Started Stopping Smoking
The idea behind nicotine replacement therapy is to wean yourself (and your body) from cigarettes. Basic Care nicotine gum from Amazon is just as good as the more expensive name-brand stuff you've seen at the big box stores and drugstores, delivered discreetly to your door. Fun fact: Just one hour after you stop smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure both start dropping to normal ranges. Cool, huh?
I Give This TENS Unit A 10
I first discovered TENS therapy some years back while doing physical therapy. I never thought it was something I could buy to have in my house and use at my discretion. Then came Amazon. This TENS unit features 24 modes and 12 large electrode pads that can deliver relief from muscle aches, joint pains, and tension, and you don't need an M.D. to figure out how to use it.
Don't Be A Pill
I've reached that stage of life where it's no longer "I think I could take some ibuprofen," and it's more "I need to take this slew of pills at this set time every freaking day." I've never met a pill organizer I love more than this one, mainly because each pod has three sections for morning, dinner, and bedtime, and you can pop out a single day's worth if you're going to be out and about. It's a win-win for me.
Energize With Gummies
I'm a big fan of Olly products. I started with the Sleep gummies and slowly branched out into their other products. I've found I especially enjoy Olly Daily Energy, which includes vitamin B12 and CoQ10 for cellular energy and goji berries for a steady flow of energy. Each of Olly's gummies has its own distinctive (and delicious) taste; this one, which is caffeine-free, tastes like tropical passion.
Support Your Wrists For Cheap
Wrist injuries are no fun. Trying to function with a wrist injury is even less fun. This adjustable wrist support from Amazon's own line, Solimo, will provide support and relief for weak, injured, stiff, sore, or sprained wrists. It works for either wrist and is designed to be comfortable enough to wear all day. One reviewer stated: "If you wake up a lot with numb or tingling hands, wearing this to bed can fix that."
A Natural Sleep Remedy
Truth be told, if I didn't take melatonin every night, I'm not sure how much sleep I'd actually manage. So, for me, melatonin is a real lifesaver. This brand offers a dose of 5 mg, which is safe, effective, and not habit-forming. Pro tip from my doctor: Take melatonin as the sun is going down, not at bedtime, so it works naturally with your body's own circadian rhythm when melatonin levels naturally rise.
This First Aid Kit May Literally Save A Life
Everyone should have access to a first aid kit, which means you probably need at least one. It's a good idea to have one in your home and even in your car because you never know when an emergency might pop up. This kit is OSHA compliant (that's a good thing!) and contains disposable gloves, adhesive bandages, burn cream, tweezers, and more. It's a no-brainer for just $15.
You Need This Seat Cushion, No Ifs, Ands or Butts
Do you do a lot of sitting? Same. I've noticed if I sit for too long, my booty gets super sore after a while. This seat cushion works well for both office chairs (home or business) and vehicle seats, relieving pressure from your tailbone, legs and back. An added benefit is that it helps correct your posture, which can improve soreness and stiffness in other areas of your body.
Take The Temperature Of This Deal
Thermometers were like hand sanitizer and toilet paper in mid-2020. Now's your opportunity to grab a non-contact thermometer at a great price that is effective for adults, children, and even babies. In less than one second and with the press of a single button, you can allay your fever fears. It also has color-coded technology, memory recall, and a fever alarm for less than 10 bucks.
High Blood Pressure? It's All In The Wrist
I've always been curious about the old-school way that they check your blood pressure at the doctor's office, but this at-home model will accomplish the same task with no medical training on your part. For less than $20, grab this wrist blood pressure monitor and keep an eye on both your blood pressure and pulse rate. Just promise me you won't use it after the kids track mud through the house, O.K.?
You Knee-d This Ice Pack
Ice is great for injuries and inflammation, but in today's busy world, who has time to sit down and really ice sore muscles or joints? This ice pack was designed specifically for the knee to help with arthritis, patella issues, meniscus injuries, chronic knee pain, sprains, and sports injuries. The best feature is the elastic straps that hold the ice pack in place so you can get on with life.
Take Hand Sanitizer On The Go
We don't need to discuss the popularity of hand sanitizer since early 2020, do we? Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that bottled hand sanitizer has been like liquid gold. These hand sanitizing wipes are probably more convenient than the bottled version because they're perfectly portable and ideal for frequent use. After all, they lack a bunch of harsh chemicals. This Amazon listing includes 300 towelettes, which should last you through at least the next, um, month?
Add A Pulse Oximeter To Your Arsenal
Pulse oximeters increased in popularity with the surge of COVID-19, but that doesn't mean you need to rush out and buy one to add to your medicine cabinet. Doctors usually recommend this at-home add-on for patients with lung disease because monitoring their oxygen saturation and heart rate can be critical, according to Yale Medicine. Regardless, if it makes you feel better to have one on hand, Amazon has you covered.
Be Extra Hydrated With Electrolyte Mix-Ins
This is your reminder to drink more water! You haven't gotten enough today, have you? Me either. I'm seriously considering these electrolyte drink mixes. Simply add a packet to your morning water (that's a thing, right?), and you'll get three times the hydration that a traditional sports drink might offer. It'll only cost you 25 calories from your daily budget, too.
This Back Stretcher Looks Scary But Feels Amazing
This back stretcher looks like a medieval torture tool, but it's legitimately one of the best purchases I've ever made for relieving pain in my upper and lower back. A few stretches in five minutes a day or less, and you'll feel like a new person. This unit has 10 magnetic points, 86 plastic "needles" and three height options.
Shut Off The Noise With These Ear Plugs
I never said the life these products might save would be your own. These sleep earplugs might save the life of your significant other. If you've ever slept next to a snorer, you know exactly what I mean. Anyway, this set offers interchangeable memory foam tips that sit comfortably in your ears.
Stash The Important Things In This Running Belt
My mom is a runner, which I think is great. But, I'm always concerned about her safety when she's out pounding the pavement. What if she falls ... or worse? She wears one of these running belts, which gives me some comfort in knowing she has her medical information and phone (at a bare minimum) with her at all times. This one comes in multiple colors in a one-size-fits-most design.
This Posture Corrector Will Remind You To Sit Up Straight
Do you ever find yourself slouching at your desk? I'm guilty, especially as the day wears on and I get more tired. This posture corrector might look uncomfortable but is both surprisingly comfy and shockingly effective. An additional benefit of wearing this contraption is that it helps you build the muscle memory necessary to kick poor posture for good.
Rub Arthritis Pain Away
Once available only by a prescription known as Diclofenac, this topical remedy for arthritis relief is now sold over the counter and marketed under the name Voltaren. It has been shown to significantly improve arthritis symptoms when used consistently for at least a week and offers long-lasting relief when applied four times per day. It has more than 17,000 glowing reviews on Amazon to boot.
These Greens Are Super And Super For You
Now, just hear me out. A Super Greens supplement like this one has numerous benefits in your diet. It can boost energy levels naturally and also fuel your brain to help support focus and clear thinking. You're also getting great support for your digestive system (it has prebiotics!) and immune health (antioxidants and herbs give you a boost of micronutrients!). Have I convinced you yet? One reviewer stated: "I can seriously feel a difference; I have a lot more energy."
Bio-Oil Battles Scars And Wins
You've probably heard about Bio-Oil or at least seen an advertisement for it in a magazine or online, but did you know this magical little bottle has superpowers? Packed with natural oils, Bio-Oil improves the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and the 75,000+ reviews on Amazon are littered with comments like this one: "Bio-Oil is the BEST skin product on the market."