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32 Personal Care Items People Are Swearing By In Quarantine

Shopping·Updated 1 minute ago. Posted 1 hour agoMaybe you can’t get to a salon or spa right now, but handy eyebrow razors, a moisturizing Bio-Oil, and light-blocking sleep mask will turn your room into one.We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know,…

32 Personal Care Items People Are Swearing By In Quarantine

Updated 1 minute ago. Posted 1 hour ago

Maybe you can’t get to a salon or spa right now, but handy eyebrow razors, a moisturizing Bio-Oil, and light-blocking sleep mask will turn your room into one.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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A set of itty bitty dermaplaning razors you can use to take care of those lil’ unibrow hairs that keep dodging your tweezers or work whatever face fuzzies you might want to take care of in a gentle way — an especially handy tool when many of us can’t head to a salon like we normally would.


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This tool also helps soften skin by gently exfoliating as you use it!

Promising review: “I will start by saying that I am someone who is used to getting regular facials that include dermaplaning. I bought this because this service was no longer available to me during COVID (social distancing). I needed something to clear away dead skin and fine hairs. This product did NOT disappoint. The first time I used this blade/product I was absolutely amazed at the results. I washed my face and hands before using this. Once my face was dry, I used this to clear away dried skin areas and fine hair. My face felt amazing. I then proceeded to follow my moisturizing routine. It literally felt like I came from the spa. They came three to a package so this was a great buy for the amount of money spent. I have used one blade roughly three to four times and still don’t feel the need to switch to a new blade yet. Excellent purchase.” —Valerie Denison

Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.99.

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A moisturizing lavender and coconut hand soap made with aloe vera and a blend of lavender and orange essential oils so you can get your hands squeaky clean without your skin feeling shriek-y clean.


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Promising review: “Love this soap! I never thought I’d have a favorite soap but here it is! It’s gentle and doesn’t dry your hands out! With COVID and the mass hand washing this has really help to reduce my hands from cracking and drying out! Even my husband and kids are excited about this soap!” —Stephen K.

Get a three-count pack from Amazon for $12.78.

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A streak-free anti-fog spray you can quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields, to prevent them from fogging up while you’re wearing a mask.


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Promising review: “I bought this product because wearing a face mask makes my glasses fog, even with the metal strip to form around the bridge of my nose. It works all day with only one application, unless I have been doing a lot of activity, then I might have to re-apply. Just spray it on the clean lenses of your glasses then wipe dry with a clean dry lintless cloth, as simple as that. I was so impressed that I gave my second bottle to my team members for them to use. Delivery was fast. I highly recommend this product from this company. I would not hesitate to buy this again when I need more in the future.” —Tonya Crippen
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Get it from Amazon for $10.55.

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A suuuper popular Bio-Oil made with vitamins A and E, chamomile, and lavender — you may recognize it as a product a lot of people use to help fade scars (both old and new), soothe cracked and dry skin, and help moisturize without affecting your pores, but people are also using it in quarantine to help with dry and painful skin on their hands from hand-washing and sanitizing.


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FWIW re: scars, though, this stuff really works. I had thyroid surgery a few years ago and Bio-Oil took me from looking like I’d stumbled out of the Red Wedding to virtually no detectable scar within a few months. All I did was apply it once in the morning and once at night.

Promising review: “I bought this for my scars but because of the current COVID-19 crisis I have been washing my hands so much that they are painfully dry. Hand cream hasn’t helped enough so I decided to use the Bio-Oil on them and even after the first application they felt SO much better! I’m glad I bought the big bottle!” —L. Strand

Get it from Amazon for $8.89 (available in three sizes).

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Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind concealer, a popular lightweight multi-use concealer for anyone who wants to quickly touch up before Zoom calls or walks around the neighborhood, but doesn’t want to commit to a whole layer of foundation. This also helps cover dark circles without caking and reduce puffiness.

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Promising review: “This stuff is great. I have fair sensitive skin but decided to try this. I previously used a Clinique concealer for years and a beauty blog recommended this stuff so I went for it. For the money it’s great. It’s medium coverage I would say so if you need a really full coverage concealer you’d have to play with it a little to see if layering it would make it work for you. Since COVID I kind of stopped wearing foundation so I use this under my eyes and in my T-zone and just spread it with my fingers to blend and it looks natural and not cakey but brightens under my eyes. 10/10 will be buying again.” —Amazon Customer

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Concealer for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $7.49 (available in 18 shades).

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A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp. Not only will it feel decadent, it’ll help tackle dandruff and promote healthier hair growth at the source — which comes especially in handy considering a lot of us are knocked off our usual haircare routines.


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Promising review: “I’m not washing my hair as often as I should be during quarantine, and after a while my scalp started getting dandruff/flaking skin and was itching. No matter how much I scrubbed the shampoo in with my fingers, my hair still felt oily after showers. I got this and I noticed a BIG difference in my hair after using it. This felt AMAZING while scrubbing my scalp to work the shampoo in (at first I was afraid it wouldn’t get to my scalp through my hair or would pull my hair out but neither of those happened) and once my hair dried, I noticed that it wasn’t oily at all and my roots were superrr soft. I’m going to recommend this to everyone I know!” —Megan

Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

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A foot file just as effective — if not more so! — than going to a salon. This will remove calluses and hard or cracked skin from your feet with some gentle, pain-free rubbing. It works whether your feet are dry or wet at the time, and will leave your heels so soft you might start petting them.


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Promising review: “Okay, I was skeptical because there are so many to choose from and everyone has an opinion on what works and what doesn’t. I have extremely crusty feet and because COVID was going on, I hadn’t been able to get to the salons so I bought this and tried it at home. IT WORKED! I am very pleased. My feet are hella soft and I ain’t embarrassed wearing flip-flops. This product 100% works so if you are looking for a product like I was and taking forever to make a decision … then stop and buy this one.” —Serlencie Vick Abram Jr

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

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A jar of Aztec healing clay masks to calm your acne and skin, which can really come in handy if wearing face masks makes you break out.


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People in the reviews are also singing its praises for reducing the size of their pores! A heads up that many of them advise mixing the mask with apple cider vinegar for best results.
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Promising review: “As a healthcare worker during COVID-19, the increased mask wear has both myself and my partner breaking out. This has been a welcome addition to our routine. Thanks for having a product that actually works!” —Brytnee

Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

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Or a set of popular acne patches that’ll spot treat the worst of your maskne, and help reduce not just the redness and size of large spots, but also the pain.


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Promising review: “Wow. I am a healthcare worker and due to the current pandemic I am wearing a face mask 43+ hours a week… this has caused my acne to be out of control!! I did some research and came across these and I always read the reviews closely before buying something and these had a lot of mixed reviews but I was desperate for a fix so I just figured why not and purchased these.. and wow. These really cut down on the total time a pimple lives its ‘life’ on my face. It’s wild to see all of the gunk sucked right out but it really does its magic. I read reviews that these only really work on so called “formed ready to pop pimples” and so I tried it on only those ones on my face and it really worked. Those cystic pimples where you can feel a significant bump and hurt are the ones that really bother me anyways, and these little sticky covers fixed it. The bump is gone! There’s still a little redness but like I said the bump and the pain is gone, and there’s nothing a little cover up can’t do. These really fulfilled what I was looking for and it’s very entertaining to look at the patches after to see all of the gunk it soaks up.” —Hayley Jones

Get a set of 96 patches from Amazon for $15.99.

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A contoured sleep mask designed to alleviate pressure from your eyes and plunge you into total delicious darkness, while staying put on your head without any Velcro snagging in your hair.

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Promising review: “I don’t require complete darkness when I sleep, so I hadn’t thought I’d ever want a sleep mask. Then 2020 happened! The pandemic and its associated anxiety have messed up my sleep in a major way. I often get to sleep just fine but wake up later unable to get back to sleep. I’ve decreased caffeine, established a regular bedtime, avoided screens hours before bed, and tried melatonin. I guess it’s all mental for me, but when I wake up like that, heart racing and sweaty, and I can’t see anything — no clocks or moonlight, no dozing form of my beloved next to me, no cat demon staring at the foot of the bed—I tend to settle down easier. It’s like wearing the mask reminds me I’m supposed to shut my eyes and sleep. And I usually do, right until the alarm goes off. I like the molded cups around the eyes. A flat mask would make me feel like I’m rubbing off all my eye cream and lash serum through the night. I have not washed this mask yet, but I think it’ll hold up just fine gently hand washing it. The adjustable band is soft and doesn’t slip out of place. If you’re on the fence about trying a sleep mask, you might as well get a really nice one! Give this a try, especially if you have anxiety like I described.” —Anna

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

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A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you’ll finally stop losing sleep over your love-hate relationship with your WFH chair.


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Promising review: “I’ve purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined-at-home desk job. Highly recommend.” —Bellarosa555

Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

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A time-marked water bottle with a latch lid that protects the spout so you don’t have to touch it — especially handy for essential workers and and anyone worried about disinfecting things as they’re out and about in the socially distanced world.


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This bb also comes with a no-leak lid and the ability to infuse your water with fruit to jazz things up, if that’s your speed.

Promising review: “Bought this water bottle for my dad since he’s delivery personnel and has to work during this pandemic. Needed a water bottle that latched and unlatched so he doesn’t have to touch the spout and get it dirty — he loves it and uses it all the time!” —Joselyn Sanchez

Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in two colors).

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A vitamin C-based face serum for brighter, firmer skin, which some of us might be in the market for now that we’re spending a little less time outdoors and a little *more* time circling Netflix’s drain in the dry air of our bedrooms.


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Promising review: “Since COVID, I have been staying at home and my skin has gotten a little dryer. I think the dry air in my home, not getting up and putting on makeup, moisturizer, serum, etc. took its toll. So, I’m going back to putting time into taking care of my skin. So, I began using this product along with a vitamin c cleanser and bam, back to pre-COVID glow. I hope that if you buy it that it works for you as well.” —Indy Reader
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Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A conditioning and healing castor oil full of vitamins and fatty-acids that won’t just strengthen weak hair, but will help you maintain hair health over time. Reviewers mention seeing improvements in growth and strength within a week, with noticeable results within a few months.


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FWIW, it also helps condition and strengthen eyelashes, eyebrows, and skin, so it really just shows up for you no matter what the task.

Promising review: “Love this product! I’ve been using it for a few weeks and I’ve already seen growth in my hair. My hair has seemed to be growing very slowly due to me always bleaching it and then going back to dark hair. With this quarantine, I’ve decided to work on getting it to be healthy again! This product has helped so much. All I do is every other day, apply a little more than a quarter sized dot in my hands rub them together and then apply onto my roots. Whatever is leftover I’ll drag it onto my ends. I then tie my hair up into a bun and do my workout or nothing for an hour (haha) and shower as usual. Right after showering I noticed my hair actually had a shine to it and felt a lot smoother than normal. The smell definitely isn’t pleasant and I would not recommend putting this on and then doing errands. Side note: I also used this on my eyelashes to prepare them for my lash extensions and I’ve also seen growth as well! I put a little drop on my finger tip and then put that onto my little disposable mascara wands I bought on here. Overall very pleased and excited to continue using.” —Laura Marie

Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

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A cordless, rechargeable hair cutter and trimmer designed to be beginner-friendly, so you can give yourself *and* other people decent haircuts if you can’t get to a salon. It comes with color-coded combs to guide you to the precise length of hair, along with a mode for cutting hair near the ears, so it’s as close to foolproof as a nonexperienced hair-cutter can get.

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Each set comes with color-coded blades that correspond to the trimmer, two combs, a scissor, and a carrying case to store it all. Psst — dog owners!! A lot of people are also using this on their furry friends, if they haven’t been able to get to the vet or a groomer.

Promising review: “Bought this for the COVID shutdown, and my wife has used it to give five haircuts total to me and our teenage sons. It comes with directions that help a lot, tons of height selectors, and even scissors and comb: a very complete haircut kit. She’s never cut hair before, but we look about like what we did coming out of our $15/cut local barbershop, so…” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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Plus a vanity mirror equipped with lights, 180 degree rotational views, and up to three times the magnification so you can see what you’re doing to the back of your head if you decide to tkae the plunge and YouTube tutorial your own layers.


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Promising review: “This is perfect for in home haircuts, we ordered one to support at home haircuts during COVID-19 and it works perfectly.” —Sudeep

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A travel-sized whipped shower frosting so even those of us without bathtubs can feel decadent as heck while we’re getting our suds on in quarantine. Each of these comes with three unique layers of soapy ~frosting~, in so many combos that it might actually make your mouth water.


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Indulgence Spa is a Maryland-based, Black woman-owned Etsy shop established in 2015 that specializes in soaps, hair care, and body products.

Psst — I recently started using this myself in the Three Wishes Tea flavor (a combo of tea leaves, peaches, rosebuds, and marigolds) and the smell alone is swoon-worthy, but I love love love how it feels in the shower. It has a satisfying creamy whipped texture, but suds up when you use it so you get that nice satisfying squeaky clean feeling, too. It’s also lasting a long time (which is great, but means I have to wait a little longer to try the other flavors 😂).

Promising review: “It smells so good, all the different scents in this one blend together to create a sophisticated perfume-like scent. Light and not over-powering at all, the scent makes a regular shower into a real spa experience. The lather is really nice and it leaves my skin noticeably soft after I dry off. It is the perfect treat to make working from home during the quarantine a little less dull. I would recommend it!” —purpleicemusic

Get it from Indulgence Spa on Etsy for $5 (available in over 50 scent combinations).

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