14 Best Self Care Products That Hydrate, Soothe, and Detoxify (Moms and Healthcare Workers).
I was browsing the web and found a meme of a battery emoji with a lightening bolt in it that said:
“you wouldn’t let this happen to your phone. Don’t let it happen to you either. Self-care is a priority, not a luxury.” –me.me
I thought about the many times I let my phone die. What does this say about my self-care? What is self care?
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What is self-care?
Everyone has their own definition of self-care. Self-care comes in many forms and is defined in many ways. One thing I found common is that they all consist of at least 5 to 7 similar categories that pertain to your mental and physical well-being, preventing risks for disease, and your general lifestyle.
You can skip over this next part and jump over to the self care products for moms and healthcare workers list using the table of contents above
Self-care from a medical standpoint
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) (2020), self-care is when either you, your family, or your community is able to promote and maintain health, prevent disease, and cope with a disability and/or illness with/without the support of a healthcare worker. You’re active in managing your own health in these 5 areas: health promotion, self-medication, controlling/preventing disease, providing care to others who need your assistance, and rehabilitation/palliative care.
However, not all self-care needs to be seen medically and if not seen medically, it can be difficult to understand or even accomplish. Why?
Self-care from a detailed standpoint
According to the International Self-Care Foundation (ISF), self-care can become difficult to understand and accomplish because of the variety of definitions regarding self-care. ISF proposed a framework that consists of 7 domains. These 7 domains are to help you better understand the different aspects of self-care so that self-care becomes more practical according to how you view it.
The 7 domains consist of health literacy/mental well-being (understanding and engaging in your own health), physical activity/healthy eating (adopting a healthy lifestyle through diet and moderate physical activity), risk avoidance (avoiding risks by limiting self-harm such as wearing sunscreen, limiting alcohol/smoking, practicing safe sex, etc.), good hygiene (practicing good hygiene regularly), and rational use of products and services (understanding/rationalizing between using and not using certain products that may cause harm and using them responsibly such as understanding the medications and/or vitamins you are taking, how to take the, and what they’re for.)
However, for some, too much detail can be overwhelming.
Self-care given to you straightforward
Aside from WHO and ISF, Planned parenthood (PP) explains self-care more simply and is straightforward. Self-care is defined in 6 categories:
- Emotional -Activities that consists of connecting, processing, and reflecting on your emotions
- Practical -Activities that involve completing core aspects of your life to prevent future stressors.
- Physical -Activities that improve your physical well being
- Mental -Activities that stimulate your mind
- Social -Activities that nurture your social relationship
- Spiritual -Activities that nurture your spirit allowing you to better yourself
Although we narrowed self-care down to it’s simplest form, why is it that some people lack self-care?
Why is self-care so hard and what causes a lack of self-care?
While WHO, ISF, and PP provide their own definitions for what self-care is, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) believes we’ve got the wrong definition.
According to NAMI, self-care, as it is today, is not what it use to be – which was medical related. Self-care is seen to be something luxurious that it becomes easier to push back on your things-to-do list because it’s not seen as a priority. So, this new version of “self-care” requires more effort and energy (NAMI).
Did you know that a person can be engaging in self care without even knowing it?
I learned that I make self-care harder than it is when in actuality it doesn’t have to be. We have the tendency of making excuses for ourselves or simply just making it seem like we don’t have the time to do it/we can’t afford it.
- Self-care doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Example: Taking 5-10 minutes in the morning and before you go to sleep to deep-breathe, stretch, and reflect.
- Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. Example: Instead of working out at a gym, you can work out from home.
- Self-care doesn’t have to be so hard. Example: Play some music and have a dance party with your kids.
- You can even add a little boost to your self-care with some humor. Example: I like to browse funny nurse memes when I’m feeling stressed from work.
In fact, NAMI concluded; “the moment that self-care produces reluctance, it is no longer self-care. It is self-growth and while there is a time and place for self-growth, it doesn’t have to happen at the same time as self-care.”
Can I get an Amen?
What does self-care look like for my moms and healthcare workers?
Working in healthcare, we are taught that the first step in minimizing health risk is to prevent the disease from ever occurring. This is what we educate our patients on.
Same goes for mothers. We teach our kids how to control their feelings when they’re throwing tantrums.
Do we practice what we preach? Eh..
As both a mother and a nurse, I find myself adopting unhealthy coping mechanisms. Example: When i’m stressed, I tend to overeat or drink copious amounts of wine.
From my experience, being a mother and a nurse has many similarities. If you think about it, the job requirements of a nurse and mother are somewhat similar because we constantly having to think and care for multiple people. So, the fact that we are in constant care for someone, we often feel guilty when we want to do something for ourselves thinking it’s taking time away from them.
To all my moms and healthcare workers, yes our jobs are stressful. I’ve learned that taking a minute or two to pause and take a deep breath gives me a minute or two to myself. I’ve learned that taking 20 minutes to make my coffee every morning and drink is 20 minutes to relax and have time to myself. I’ve learned that journaling or writing for me leads to positive feelings about myself. These are some ways I learned to self-care being both a mother and a nurse.
My purpose in explaining self-care before taking you straight to a list is because I wanted to let you know that I’ve learned that self-care doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. Self-care can even be free.
Unfortunately, the list that I’ve curated is not free, but it is a list of self-care products for moms and healthcare workers that are affordable, that hydrate, soothe, and detoxify. Again, this is with my mom’s and healthcare workers in mind.
Your time is limited and I took that into consideration when choosing which products to recommend. I also chose products that hydrate because we’re often too busy we forget to pause and drink some water, products that soothe because being a nurse and a mother results in tension and stress, and products that detox for all that wine/alcohol you’ve been drinking from all that stress!
Keep in mind that this is a thoughtfully curated list of my favorite self-care products that worked great for me as a working mom and that will be awesome self-care gifts for moms or for those of you who have friends that are healthcare workers.
Self-care products that soothe, hydrate, and detoxify list:
Self care products that soothe and detoxify
1. RoselynBoutique Jade Roller for Face and Gua Sha Set – Beauty Cosmetic Facial Skin Roller Massager Tool – Original Handcraft Natural Green Jade – I love my Gua Sha tool and it’s ability to really relieve tension all around my face. It’s like a facial massage! I especially like to use it around my forehead and jaw where the tension is worse. It’s even better when you keep it in the fridge and it offers a cooling effect. It’s therapeutic and relaxing.
It’s said that the Gua Sha tool even helps increase circulation and aid in lymphatic drainage. There is a particular way to use the Gua Sha tool. You can find out how here. I like to use the jade roller around my eyes, especially when cooled. What I like most about this product is that I can use it while sitting down watching TV. Note: Roll upwards when using these tools around your face except for when using it around your neck, then you would roll downwards.
2. Dry Skin Body Brush – Improves Skin’s Health and Beauty – Natural Bristle – Remove Dead Skin and Toxins, Cellulite Treatment, Improves Lymphatic Functions, Exfoliates, Stimulates Blood Circulation -I never believed in dry brushing until I actually started doing it. It’s really good at exfoliating. My body is smoother and has less in growns after I dry brush. Just like the Gua Sha tool, it increases circulation and aids in lymphatic drainage.
Because of this, there is a specific way to use this tool. You start from your feet up using 6 long brush strokes each towards your heart. You do this until you worked your way up towards the upper part of your body.
I go by this order: feet, legs, stomach, back, arms. I especially love the fact that I am able to use this product sitting down while watching TV. Important to note: don’t push down too hard where you find that you’re scratching yourself and turning bloody red. Very relaxing and therapuetic if you do it correctly.
3. Yogi Tea – DeTox Tea (4 Pack) – Healthy Cleansing Formula With Traditional Ayurvedic Herbs -I’ll either take 1 in the morning and 1 at night or drink 2 packs of these at night before bed. It’s relaxing and tastes good and I can really tell the difference when I don’t use it. When I use it, the next morning I pee a lot more than usual. It’s like my body is really flushing itself out. Disclaimer: Do not take this as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before using products you question may cause harm to your health.
4. Miss Spa Facial Sheet Mask Deep Clean – This mask is not for the faint of heart for first-timers. It bubbles up, you hear popping sounds, and it tickles like crazy. You get used to it and it becomes soothing. Your face feels oh so clean right after using it. The best part is that you just open it up and apply the sheet on your face. No messy gunk. Easy peasy.
Self-care products that hydrate
5. Hyaluronic Acid Essence – Skin Plumping Formula – 2% Hyaluronic Acid – Prep for Superior Absorption of serums and moisturizers by Naturium – My favorite Hyaluronic Acid (HLA) product. So, I have combo oily/dry skin -more on the oily side. I like to use this product on days I’m at home and don’t want to put other face products on. I just wash my face and apply this on my face and immediately I feel hydrated. It’s very hydrating and I can tell a big difference when I’m not using it. It’s an essence meaning it’s more of a liquid consistency, so you just gently pat it all around your face.
6. Vitamin C Face Oil – 1oz Deep Hydration, Brighten Skin, Even Complexion, With THD Ascorbate, Squalane & Desert Date Seed Oil by Naturium – I purchased this by mistake thinking it was the Vitamin C serum; however, I learned that I actually loved the oil more than the serum. I use this product at night as a last step to all my other serums and when I wake up the next morning, my face looks plump and hydrated.
7. Niacinamide Gel Cream 5% – 1.7oz, Vitamin B3, Minimize Pores, Deep Hydration, Facial Cream with Niacinamide and Coconut by Naturium -They say when your pores are more magnified it’s because there’s dirt trapped in there. This product has shrunk the size of my pores significantly. You can still see my pores but not as bad as before. It’s also hydrating. A good product, especially for my healthcare workers who have to wear face masks all the time.
8. Supergoop! PLAY Lip Balm SPF 30 with Acai, 0.5 fl oz – Reef Safe, Broad Spectrum SPF Lip Balm with Hydrating Honey, Shea Butter, & Sunflower Seed Oil -I learned about this product last year around summertime. It’s soothing, hydrating, and the best part is that it has SPF! Helps your dehydrated lips when you’ve deprived yourself of water or been drinking too much wine/alcohol 😉
9. ILIA – Natural Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 | Non-Toxic, Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Clean Makeup – I have never thought in my life that I would ever be a liquid foundation wearer. Especially because my skin can get really oily. To my surprise, this product actually controls my shine than any other products I have worn. It’s a tint but it’s buildable.
Also, use sparingly while building it. Don’t just start slathering this on your face. There’s a big difference when you apply it correctly and incorrectly and you can really tell when it’s applied wrong.
You have to really shake the product first before using it. You then apply the product with your hands warming the product up in your hands first. I use their finishing powder too, which really melts into your skin.
What’s even cooler is that it has SPF and 3 serums in it – Niacinamide (like product in #4), Hyaluronic acid (like product in #2), and Squalane. Squalane has hydrating effects like the HLA. I hear it has antioxidant effects, but I’m not going to act like I even know what it is entirely.
Aside from its hydrating effects, it’s perfect when you’re on the go, in a hurry, and don’t have time to apply all your serums.
10. ILIA – Organic Soft Focus Finishing Powder – Fade Into You -I have included this product only because it goes hand in hand with the skin tint. I have tried it with the Laura Mercier and Mac finishing powder but none of them worked as well as this one – in my case anyway. This product really FADES INTO YOU, I even remember saying; “wow this really does fade into you,” after my first time using it.
Use sparingly at first, and don’t just start dabbing this all over your face like a pouf ball because you’ll end up like a pouf ball!
11. ILIA – Natural True Skin Serum Concealer | Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Clean Beauty -So I added this to the list because just like the setting powder, it goes well with the liquid foundation.
Just like the liquid foundation, I have never thought I’d be a liquid concealer wearer too. I love this stuff and use one of the sponges to apply the powder to set it. Perfect for the days you just want to feel awake when you’re really tired and exhausted inside.
12. Hydro Flask Water Bottle – Wide Mouth Straw Lid 2.0 -So one of my biggest struggles is drinking water throughout the day. I find that a water bottle with a straw makes it easier for me to take with me anywhere I go, pop up the straw, and drink. I like to use my hydroflask because it keeps my water cold all day and it’s even better with ice. It also has a handle which makes it easier for me to carry around. Note: this thing can leak when lying on its side. Same as my Yeti, but both work great at keeping my water cold all day.
Self-care products that soothe
13. ASAKUKI 300ML Premium, Essential Oil Diffuser, Quiet 5-in-1 Humidifier, Natural Home Fragrance Diffuser -This was one of my favorite soothing products, but my husband swears it makes him not feel good. He’s a big baby sometimes. It has mood lights which really sets the mood and makes your room look pretty at night. I loved using the orange setting and using it with my essential oils that helped with relaxation, headaches, happiness, etc. It also made your room smell good too. Note: Essential oils do not come with the product. When you fill this product with water, it’s important that you don’t pass the fill line. If you do, the product won’t turn on or work properly.
14. Shiatsu Back Shoulder and Neck Massager with Heat – Deep Tissue Kneading Back Massager for Neck, Shoulders, Foot, Legs – Electric Full Body Pillow Massage -My husband kept telling me about a product that I needed to get. I told him that he is the only one that knows how to massage my back to my needs. He brought this home one day and just like everything he recommends, I ended up loving it. You can control where you want it and it even has a heat mode. I am always achy in the neck and all over back, especially after a long days of work. My mother-in-law even uses it when she’s over sometimes. She even recommended it to my brother-in-law.
Self care doesn’t have to be hard, time-consuming, or expensive. You can even benefit from hanging out with friends and family, drinking water, and even just dance to music in your living room with your kids. Remember, the moment you become reluctant to self care, it’s not self-care anymore. I tried to curate my best self care products with my moms and healthcare workers in mind. I considered the time and energy you would have to put in while using these products too.
So, there you have it, my fellow moms and healthcare workers. 14 of my best self-care products that hydrate, soothe, and detoxify.
Let me know if you tried any of these products and how it worked out for you.