Self-care is a term that means something a little different to everyone. For Reddit users, it's mostly about convenience and pooping comfortably. At least, that's what I learned when I researched
random but amazing self-care products on Reddit. It would seem as though this online community needs only a great cup of coffee and a variety pack of hair masks to achieve optimum levels of happiness.
According to Wikipedia (and we all know that's the low-key end-all-be-all of internet knowledge),
self care is defined as "any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated." Apparently it's got a lot to do with "preventative medicine," which essentially just means taking the factors that you can control and using them to your advantage in order to improve your health. This could be anything from managing your stress levels, exercising often, feeding your body nutritious foods, or just creating a zen space. It could also mean elevating your legs while you poop.
That's why I took some time to scan through Reddit boards about
relaxation, self-care, and the great products they use to do both. These users had great things to say about a few select items that worked way better than they expected, and improved their lives on a daily basis.
A Full Body Massage Without Anyone Else’s Help
Thera Cane Massager, $29, Amazon
“This is what my wife and I use for our backs,” says Reddit user
marker_sniffer about the Thera Cane Massager. “It actually works pretty well.” And it's not just popular on Reddit, it also has a cult-following on Amazon. It’s extremely popular because it uses the leverage of your own body to remove knots and loosen tense muscles, and the six treatment balls allow you to massage any body part after long work days or strenuous activities.
The Notebook That Lets You Organize Your Life
Always Satisfied Daily Planner, $27, Amazon
"A good notebook and pencil," says
SiTheGreat. "Jotting stuff down just doesn't feel so satisfying if the stationary isn't up to par." The Always Satisfied daily planner lets you plan out most of your day by the hour in order to promote organization and decrease procrastination. However, it's also got quotes, affirmations, habit trackers, daily gratitude exercises, monthly calendars, and project planning pages — all in a hard cover book that comes with a gel pen.
These Fast-Drying Towels That Care For Your Hair
Turbie Twist Hair Towels (4 Pack), $40, Amazon
"One of my clients gave me one of her multi pack
Turbie Twists when I asked if they worked," says laniferous. "They're great! I dont wash as many towels cause I'll use it on my clean wet hair weeks at a time. Sucks the water from my very long hair quickly, too." This pack of four is super absorbent, made from 100 percent cotton to keep your hair damage-free, and stays in place with a loop. They also come in a mix of cute hearts and solid colors.
This Awesome Shaper And Trimmer For Your Most Sensitive Areas
Panasonic Bikini Shaper And Trimmer, $28, Amazon Loseitbetty is a huge fan of the Panasonic bikini shaper and trimmer. “I love the damn thing. It covers enough surface area that it doesn't take an hour to get the job done, you can change the length, you can totally remove it for a relatively clean shave. I didn't expect it to be great, being a cheap looking $20 trimmer, but I'll be damned if that thing didn't cut through my nether afro like a champ.” Best of all, it’s safe on sensitive areas and won’t cause irritation.
Foam Rollers For Tightness And Stretching
Reehut 2-in-1 Foam Roller, $23, Amazon
"I'm an athletic trainer and use [foam rollers] all the time," says user
spiderman6969. "I foam roll my it band and back every day and I make my patients do the same if they have tightness or need a good back stretch." This Reehut 2-in-1 foam roller is made from EVA material that outlasts all other brands. It's durable, comfortable, and insanely effective, and the middle pops out to give you two separate rollers: one smooth for stretching and one with trigger points to ease pain.
The Toilet Attachment That Refreshes You
Luxe Bidet Neo 120, $34, Amazon
"Bidet attachment for my toilet. That thing has completely revolutionized my bathroom game. I don't know how I ever lived without one," says
thechemistofoz. The Luxe Bidet Neo 120 is sleek, high-quality, and extremely hygienic. It's got a self-cleaning feature sanitizes the nozzle and retracts when not in use. It also installs in minutes without any hassle whatsoever, and you can adjust the water pressure for ultimate cleanliness and comfort for your butt.
This Mat That Eases Tense Back Muscles And Promotes Deeper Relaxation
HemingWeigh Acupressure Mat, $20, Amazon Kronik85 weighed in on a conversation about acupressure mats, saying, “I use one from Hemingweigh… It's great for relaxing tense back muscles.” The secret is the thousands of acupressure spikes that stimulate pressure points to relieve endorphins, resulting in deepened states of relaxation, pain relief, and a better sense of wellbeing. “If you hunch over a lot at work it could help undo some of that stress.”
This Stainless Steel And Silicone Toy For Subtle Fidgeting
Don’t Stress About Smelly Shoes Anymore
No Residue Like Waxing And No Stubble Like Shaving
R.E.M Spring Facial Hair Remover, $18, Amazon
R.E.M Spring is designed to remove any unwanted hair easily on the face, and it’s safe for all skin types. That’s why incredib1yclose swears by it: “Pulls the hairs out, no residue like waxing, no stubble like shaving, and no tugging in the hair like threading. Both my sister and I use this and haven't gone back. Read the reviews to figure out how to use it properly.”
Dry Face? Rejuvenate And Moisturize With Snail Mucin
Use Coconut Oil For Everything From Massages To Hair Treatments
Earth's Essentials Fractionated Coconut Oil, $16, Amazon
emopest, coconut oil is a self-care lifesaver. "You can use it for everything." Earth's Essentials coconut oil is pure and made from 100 percent natural coconut oil. However, because it's fractionated, it retains all of its nourishing qualities without stains, grease, or hardening. It also comes with a complimentary spray bottle and stainless steel funnel for all your DIY beauty projects.
A Workout Tool That Gets Your Adrenaline Going
Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Sport, $20, Amazon ImQuibits swears by ab wheels. "It looks like a infomercial gimmick for bored housewives, but I swear on me mum that is the best ab workout I've ever had, crunches, L sits, leg raises etc. be damned." The Perfect Fitness ab carver sport has awesome reviews because of its extra wide stability wheel, non-slip tread, ergonomic handles, and rugged build.
This Robotic Vacuum Lets You Clean Your Home The Lazy Way
ILIFE Robotic Vaccuum Cleaner, $150, Amazon
fire_n_ice, a " robotic vacuum" does wonders. "My wife and I are kinda lazy, so we would only get around to vacuuming a couple of times a month. Now our house gets vacuumed twice a week and all we have to do is empty the bin after its done. It's amazing just how much dust a house can accumulate in a matter of days." This one is ideal for picking up pet hair, and easily goes underneath beds or couches, where the dust really hides.
This Blender That Stops One User From Skipping Breakfast
Ninja Professional Blender, $83, Amazon
Ninja blender!" says user rssmitty13. "I put all the ingredients together for a breakfast smoothie/shake the night before work, then I drink it once I arrive in the morning. I have a substantial breakfast that's incredibly quick - just add milk or almond milk and blend - and I don't get hungry until lunch. It saves time and actually keeps me from skipping breakfast, as I'm usually not hungry until a while after waking up." It's exceptionally powerful, crushes everything within seconds, has safety features in place, and most parts are BFA free and can go in the dishwasher.
This Portable Sauna, So You Can Sweat In The Comfort Of Your Own Home
AW Portable Sauna, $80, Amazon
coconutkiwixx recently invested in a portable sauna, like this one from AW. "It folds up tiny enough that you could fit it under a bed! I didn't know how well it would work, but omg, it's better than a normal sauna! First of all, it's in your house, so you can do it whenever you want. Your head comes out of a little hole so your hair isn't dried out. There are optional arm holes if you want to read, and you still get a good sweat if your use them. I love it." This model comes with a box to put essential oils in to really enhance the experience.
This Cream That Gets Rid Of Calluses
PurSources Urea 40% Healing Cream, $14, Amazon
If you have thick, cracked calluses, this
healing cream that's 40 percent Urea will take care of them for you — and has soothing ingredients like tea tree oil and chamomile to relax you. TertiaryPumpkin writes on a self-care Reddit thread, "Urea is a miracle for feet - it exfoliates rough skin and simultaneously hydrates." This particular cream also repels fungus and has a cooling sensation when you apply it.
The Toothbrush That Improves Your Daily Routine
Oral-B Black Pro Electric Toothbrush, $40, Amazon
frogbrigade says that an electric toothbrush has seriously improved life on a daily basis. "Just the simple upgrade from manual to electric has not only saved me time brushing, but has whitened my teeth way better than brushybrush ever has." This Oral-B Black Pro Electric Toothbrush has CrossAction bristles that clean way more plaque than your average brush, an in-handle timer, and 3D cleaning action that oscillates, rotates, and pulsates. It's also really affordable, and over a thousand reviewers love it for its rechargeable battery, durability, and simplicity.
You Didn’t Realize You Needed This Massage Pillow Until Now
Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager, $40, Amazon
Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager is the perfect size for any chair, heated, and can target any part of your body. It offers 3-D deep-kneading nodes that automatically change direction, and it’s got convenient straps to secure to your car or office chair. Needless to say, SarahFTM is psyched about theirs: “Whoever recommended the Zyllion massage pillow, You're my hero! Amazon delivered it an hour ago and DH already ordered another one for himself. I didn't realize how much I needed this until now! Thank you!!!!”
A Face Mask Pack You'll Never Get Bored With
Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Facial Mask Sheet (16 Pack), $8, Amazon
this Reddit thread, taking good care of your skin is an easy way to feel a little bit better about yourself. Many readers look forward to treating themselves to an occasional face mask in addition to their daily cleansing routine, and these sheet masks are perfect for that. This variety pack comes with a bunch of collagen-boosting masks that will keep your skin looking lively — and unique added ingredients like vegetable placenta, wine, and bee venom means you'll never get bored. Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.