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At Prevention, we take pride in picking the best products for our readers. Our mission has always been to highlight top-rated, expert-backed selections that truly solve a problem for you, make your day easier, or bring joy to your life.
That’s why we curate Prevention Picks each month, where our editors hand-select products that have genuinely made a difference in their lives. From brand-new launches to tried-and-true favorites, we shout out beauty products worth your money, fitness gear that will elevate your workouts, convenient gadgets for your home, healthy food that stands out from the rest, and so much more.
The month of November, of course, means gearing up for Thanksgiving and embracing gratitude; for that reason, we’re sharing all the products that we’re thankful for this season. There are practical finds and wellness products that we’re grateful for making our lives easier or more comfortable, from a weighted blanket that helps us sleep to a sturdy carry-on suitcase that one editor swears by for travel. We also can’t forget the beauty essentials that have earned a well-deserved spot in our daily routine, like a nourishing hand cream that saves dry skin, an ice roller that helps reduce redness, and a lip gloss that hydrates chapped lips.
The best part? These picks make for great Christmas gifts (and some would be affordable stocking stuffers!) as we’re heading into the holiday shopping season. Ahead, find all the best products that we’re thankful to have in our lives this November—we’re sure you’ll be thankful for them, too.
Despite its scientifically-backed benefits, I never really got the appeal of weighted blankets—until I finally tried one for myself. Gravity Blankets sent me their popular weighted blanket to test out, and it didn’t take me long to love that warm, cozy feeling when I’m under one (it feels just like a hug!). At 15 pounds, it’s the perfect amount of weight—I do think the pressure really does help me to relax and calm down, and I’m super grateful to have one now for those days and moments when I’m anxious or stressed and can’t get to sleep. I also love that it has a nice, soft texture and is machine washable! —Hannah Jeon, Associate Commerce Editor
Best of Maracuja Juicy Lips Set
It might sound weird to be grateful for lip gloss—but I am. I get incredibly chapped lips but *love* adding a colorful pout. These maracuja lip sets are incredibly hydrating and add a nice wash of color that you can actually see. 10/10 would recommend. And this cute little gift set makes a great stocking stuffer! —Emily Goldman, Deputy Editor
I try not to hop on any skincare trends too quickly, because my cart definitely can’t keep up! With that being said, this ice roller has been an unexpected game changer. Many people love it to wake up their skin in the morning, but I usually use it to calm my skin (and my mind) at night. A quick cooling massage before bed has helped so much with my redness, not to mention my headaches, too! I did not expect to feel all the hype, but I’ve absolutely jumped on the ice roller bandwagon. —Madeleine Haase, Assistant Editor
Fresh Milk Hand Cream
Using Fresh Milk Hand Cream is my new favorite way to nourish the skin on my hands. I like everything about its plant-based formula: so light and creamy without any stickiness and a really subtle scent. It continues to protect my dry hands even after repeated washings—and I wash my hands a LOT. —Sue Kakstys, Production Coordinator
My carry-on suitcase from Roam is one splurge I’m thankful to have every holiday season when my frequent flyer miles always increase. Incredibly sturdy and fully customizable for a unique design you’ll never miss while waiting in baggage claim, this piece of luggage is worth the hefty price tag. I’ve had mine since 2019. Since then, it’s survived countless cross-country trips, European cobblestones, and New York streets without so much as a dent. Best of all, its compression boards make it easy to pack everything you need without testing the limits of overhead compartment storage, making it an ideal companion for both quick getaways and extended vacations. —Christie Calucchia, Senior Commerce Editor
My feet are terrible for all kinds of reasons, starting with genetics and ending in poor choices in footwear on my part. What really helps after a long day of existing with these feet is my Toe Spacer Rock Mat, which is basically a small floor mat with smallish rocks (the size you’d find on a New England beach) molded into the firm foam. I stand on it barefoot in the morning and at night as I brush my teeth and it is like a warm-up and mini-massage. “Firm foam applies pressure to specific parts of the sole of the foot and releases tension,” the company claims, and it feels true to me. I also do balance poses on it, because it adds a little challenge, which strengthens the muscles of the foot and ankle. They make my feet feel less achy, especially first thing in the morning. —Stephanie Dolgoff, Deputy Director, Hearst Health Newsroom
Wonder Blading Lip Stain Masque
As someone who is always in search of a long-lasting lip product and the perfect “my lips but better” shade, I was pleased to find this product that checks off both boxes. I’ve also never been a fan of lip stains, as I usually find them too drying and harsh looking. But this lip stain applies like a dream, stays on all day, and looks completely natural. It’s available in so many different shades, but I’ve been loving “Adore,” which is the perfect light mauve-pink. Just don’t be afraid of the dark blue hue that it first applies as—once you wipe it off, you’ll reveal the most beautiful color. —Shannen Zitz, Assistant Editor
Breaks Oat Milk Chocolate Salted Almond Bark (Pack of 3)
I’m the kind of person who has to have a little nibble of chocolate every day after lunch (the darker and saltier, the better). But I am also the kind of person who is trying to eat more plant-based (thanks to the lobbying of my vegan daughter). My experiments with vegan chocolate, however, have not been particularly satisfying. So when samples of Scharffen Berger’s new plant-based Breaks arrived in the mail, I was excited—the company has been making delicious, high-end chocolate for decades. I immediately fell in love with the Salted Almond Bark flavor. It’s made with oat milk and coconut sugar and has the smooth, rich, salty flavor of my favorite chocolates. I can break off a bite-size piece and feel totally satisfied. I sent several bags up to my daughter at college. —Marisa Cohen, Deputy Editor, Health Newsroom
Hand-Crafted Knot Pillow Ball
I’ve really been leaning into “cozy life” this year, and one thing that’s brought me a lot of comfort is the Bearaby Hugget. It’s a knotted pillow constructed to be soft but heavy, so I can cuddle it and enjoy the stress-relieving pressure vibe of a weighted blanket, and I also love to tuck my hands into the knots for even more pressure therapy. Feeling like it helps me chill out isn’t just in my head—experts say that hugging a pillow can provide a sense of safety, comfort, and anxiety relief. The Hugget comes in small, medium, and large (in several soothing shades), so you can find a size and weight that’s perfect for you (or if you’re like me, make it a goal to gather all three!). —Alyssa Jung, Senior Editor
Large Lash Mascara
True to its name, this mascara—created by makeup artist Petra Strand—makes lashes look extremely large! After a few swipes, my lashes are huge and fluttery, yet somehow not clumpy. When used with an eyelash curler, they stay curled better than other mascaras I’ve used, giving a wide-eyed look. The formula also doesn’t run or transfer throughout the day. —April Franzino, Beauty Director
Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones
I am always listening to music (especially Taylor Swift!), so I truly don’t know how I’d get through a day without a good pair of headphones. The sound quality and noise cancellation of these Sony headphones is top notch, so I can hear every note, drum beat, and hum in a song. These headphones come in clutch when I’m working remotely in a busy cafe—and I’m especially thankful for them when I can block out all the noise on my long train rides home from the office. Plus, the design and stone color is so chic that it’s become an extra accessory to all my outfits! —Isabella Cavallo, Editorial Assistant
Baby Cheeks Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick
Over the past few years, I’ve become a cream blush convert. Sometimes I’ll add a powder blush on top to set it if I am doing a full makeup look, but most days I like to swipe on a dab of a pinky shade, blend, and go. Westman Atelier’s cream blush stick is my new obsession, specifically in the “Petal” shade. It’s the perfect soft pink that goes so well with my fair complexion and just makes me look awake and refreshed. The formula is smooth and blendable and plays well with my other face products. I’m sold! —Dori Price, Contributing Beauty Editor
Chicken Recipe in Gravy Dog Meal Topper (Case of 6)
My senior dog started to lose interest in her food, and I hate to see her losing weight. To the rescue: meal toppers, which I mix in with her prescription kibble. These are her favorites (and I’ve tried several). For a very reasonable price, I get to see her perk up at mealtime, eat all her food, and stay well at 16 years old! (They also come in other flavors like beef and lamb.) —Sarah Smith, Editor-in-Chief
I’ll be the first one to say that my brows can make or break my look every day. I need a product I can trust to keep my brows looking shaped, fluffy, and full throughout the day. Using a light touch, I love using this thin brow pencil; it’s very forgiving, easy to use (it’s the first brow product I ever used back in high school when I knew absolutely nothing about doing my makeup, and it has been in my rotation since then!), and delivers great color. The super fine tip mimics real brow hairs, so your brows will never look too overdone. —Catharine Malzahn, Beauty Assistant
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