We used common household items to store our self-care products in a small space
We used common household items to store our self-care products in a small space
Self-care practices go beyond the occasional at-home spa night, especially during the winter. Shorter days and colder nights can lead to unwanted seasonal depression, and taking care of yourself can keep your mind at peace during the winter months. Indulging in self-care practices can boost serotonin and give you time to reflect on your feelings and your overall well-being. It's important to check in with yourself, address your needs, and figure out what you can do to feel your best, no matter what time of year it is. If you're looking for ways to treat yourself to some serious self-care, this list of ideas will help you put yourself first. From diving into a comforting book to reflecting on your feelings in a daily journal, keep reading to find the best practices that you can start doing today. Make yourself your number-one priority right now. - Additional reporting by Lauren Harano Related: 5 Things I Learned While Watching the Headspace Guide to Meditation on Netflix
Living the small space lifestyle is an ongoing battle of trying to do more with the less. Sometimes, after an exhaustive search, we strike the furniture jackpot with a piece that nails our spatial, stylistic, and budgetary trifecta. But just because such home buys are a rarity, doesn't mean that there aren't multiple viable options out there — it's just a matter of finding the time to hunt them down. Small-space-furniture hunting as a full-time job isn't for everyone, so we took it upon our-shop-for-a-living selves to lasso the best buys in budget, size, and statement-making potential.From chic nesting tables to decorative room dividers, work-from-home space solutions, sleek units with extra shelving, and beyond, these under $150-furniture finds will maximize tight spaces while keeping minimalism and aesthetic top of mind. Click ahead to shop, decorate, and relax without ever leaving your tiny abode (since you probably weren't planning on leaving it anyway).At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Mistana Jed Hall TreeWhen "coat closets" are a foreign concept: Turn to a compact, free-standing entryway rack to hold your coats, bags, and shoes in maximized space-saving fashion.Mistana Jed Hall Tree, $, available at WayfairHashtag Home Brantley Floating DeskWhen your bedroom is also your office: Meet the space-saving champion that is this wall-mounted desk meets vanity — built to support everything from your workspace essentials to your beauty routine in elevated style.Hashtag Home Brantley Floating Desk, $, available at WayfairEtsy Window Hanging Plant ShelfWhen you don't have a window sill to plant an apartment garden on: Try taking those green friends to your sun-soaked windows with this sweet acrylic hanging system that looks as if it's suspended in sunshine.IndoorWindowGardens Window Hanging Plant Shelf, $, available at EtsyOrren Ellis 3 Runner Piece Nesting TablesWhen you need (but can't sacrifice) more table space: Go the nesting-table route — this compact side-table trio is ready to open up surface area wherever you need it and stack up wherever you don't.Orren Ellis Runner 3 Piece Nesting Tables, $, available at WayfairCostway Brentwood Stacking StoolsWhen the accent chair of your dreams just won't fit: Invest in a set of these Scandinavian style stools instead as a modern accent that stacks up to save space.Costway 18-inch Bentwood Stools, Set of 4, $, available at AmazonWoodek Designs Cube Floating NightstandWhen your floor square footage is nearly nonexistent: This floating bedside table and storage unit will elevate your essentials where cramped floor space can't.WoodekDesign Cube Floating Nightstand, $, available at EtsyMadison Collection Two Door Wall CabinetWhen your bathroom can't contain your beauty routine: This wall-mountable bathroom cabinet is the answer to containing your overload of personal products — from hair to skincare, beauty essentials, and more.Madison Collection Two Door Wall Cabinet, $, available at TargetX-Chef Magnetic Fridge ShelfWhen countertops and cupboards are out of the storage question: Turn to this streamlined magnetic rack that's designed to stick right to your fridge.X-Chef Magnetic Fridge Rack, $, available at AmazonUmbra Tristian Skinny Trash CanWhen there's no available area to hide the bin under: This clever trash receptacle boasts a "skinny" frame and minimalist matte-black sheen that you can discretely tuck in tight spaces. Umbra Tristian Skinny Trash Can, $, available at Urban OutfittersWilliston Forge Bowie Corner DeskWhen you'd like to work somewhere that isn't your kitchen table: This compact desk is designed to tuck into a corner — transforming an otherwise neglected area inside your small-space into that designated WFH office you've been craving. Williston Forge Bowie Corner Desk, $, available at WayfairA&D Home Brea Convertible ChairWhen you don't have sun OR room to fit a dreamy daybed: Make your own small-space lounging retreat by investing in an oversized chair that converts into a compact bed for luxuriating. A&D Home Brea Convertibe Chair, $, available at WalmartCB2 Barker Vertical Wall Mounted Coat RackWhen your entryway is a cluttered heap of bags, coats, and hats: Get them off the ground and streamlined with this tree-style organizer that attaches easily to the wall.CB2 Barker Vertical Wall Mounted Coat Rack, $, available at CB2Dotted Line Bruno Garment RackWhen you consider closets to be a thing of myths: The closet-less small-space plague need no longer trouble you — instead, try out a streamlined, free-standing rack for clothing and shoe storage.Dotted Line Bruno Garment Rack, $, available at WayfairJungalow Natural Hamsa Quilt SetWhen you want to flex your interior design muscle but don't have a lot of room for it: Here's the easy, one-step home decor upgrade you'll thank us for later — Use your bed as a decorative anchor by dressing it with a stylish throw. Jungalow Natural Hamsa Quilt Set, $, available at JungalowAakiyah Wall Mounted Vanity MirrorWhen making space for a vanity is done in vain: Not all vanities are cumbersome sets — this wall-mounted system was made to be a small-space readying star with its storage drawers for stowing away hair tools and daily accessories, and built-in mirror for getting gussied up. Ebern Designs Aakiyah Wall Mounted Beveled Vanity Mirror, $, available at WayfairNaomi Home Tuftec Futon Sofa BedWhen your apartment won't fit a pullout sofa: This affordable, stylish, and adjustable futon-couch has compact bonus sleep space covered.Naomi Home Tufted Split Back Futon Sofa, $, available at AmazonLotus Bamboo Storage BenchWhen the "mudroom" is your "living room": This storage bench is made from bamboo and has a cushioned seat for resting your caboose while changing shoes and space underneath for storing them.The Container Store Lotus Bamboo Storage Bench, $, available at The Container StoreOver And Back Benton Wall Mount Utensil CrockWhen you don't have a drawer to store your silverware in: Mount this multipurpose basket on your kitchen wall to make a utensil-catching statement instead. Over and Back Benton Wall Mount Utensil Crock in White, $, available at Bed Bath & BeyondDakota Geometric BookcaseWhen your apartment is your bedroom (and vice versa): When small spaces don't leave room for walls, create your own boundaries by sectioning off the room with a sturdy bookcase unit that offers stylish geometric separation. Hashtag Home Dakota Geometric Bookcase, $, available at WayfairUmbra Conceal BookshelfWhen your book collection is out of a Hoarders' episode: Streamline all your favorite paper to hardcovers and magazines with the ultimate minimalist's solution — a set of invisible, wall-mounted bookshelves.Umbra Conceal Book Shelf, $, available at The Container StoreUrban Outfitters Wicker Corner HamperWhen you don't have a closet to hide a hamper in: Instead of letting your dirty laundry pile up on the floor, store it inside a space-savvy wick hamper designed to tuck into an empty corner of your room.Urban Outfitters Wicker Corner Hamper, $, available at Urban OutfittersJonah Toilet Paper Storage StandWhen you don't have a laundry room to stash all those extra TP rolls in: This slim unit was designed to hold extra rolls of your toilet-paper stock AND slide neatly into that tight space next to your golden throne.Urban Outfitters Jonah Toilet Paper Storage Stand, $, available at Urban OutfittersLakeside Wall RackWhen you're rich in mugs but poor in cabinet space: Let everything from your prized Ruth Bader Ginsberg to trendy glazed stoneware and chipped alma-mater cup dangle in organized style for all to behold.Lakeside Collection Wall Rack For Coffee Mugs, $, available at TargetMetal Leaner Blanket LadderWhen you don't have space to spare for drying delicates: This leaning ladder rack is the vertical solution to hanging wet laundry without sacrificing the little floor surface area you have left.AllModern Metal Leaner Blanket Ladder, $, available at AllModernBedshelfie Bedside ShelfWhen your bed is now your desk: This bedside attachable shelf-table is ready to support your from-bed business essentials. Bedshelfie Bedside Shelf, $, available at AmazonOrla 9 Bottle Wall Mounted Wine RackWhen a bar cart is too big (but so is your booze collection): Try going with a wall-mounted bar instead that will display your bottles (and glasses) in elevated style.Williston Forge Orla 9 Bottle Wall Mounted Wine Bottle and Glass Rack, $, available at WayfairIconium 2 Piece Quilted Storage OttomanWhen extra seating, tabletop, AND storage space all compete: This compact set of chic velvet poufs not only serves as bonus seating AND tabletop surface area, but it boasts bonus interior storage, too — and can nest together when not in use. Everly Quinn Iconium 2 Piece Quilted Storage Ottoman (Set of 2), $, available at WayfairMaxyoyo Japanese Floor Futon MattressWhen you don't have a guest room (let alone room for guests): Fold up and tuck this twin-sized, traditional Japanese futon-style mattress underneath your bed to use as a pull-out sleep space for your guests in a pinch.MAXYOYO Grey Triangle Japanese Floor Futon Mattress, $, available at AmazonLotus Leaning Storage Rack When your bathroom isn't built for storage: Take advantage of an empty wall with this incredibly functional and space-efficient leaning tower with a built-in laundry hamper, towel rack, a shelf.Anthropologie Lotus Leaning Storage Rack, $, available at AnthropologieUrban Outfitters Rainbow Bamboo Beaded CurtainWhen you don't have a door to hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign on: Make your own doorway by hanging this artfully beaded bamboo panel up for a little extra-stylish privacy. Urban Outfitters Rainbow Bamboo Beaded Curtain, $, available at Urban OutfittersThe Container Store Bello Pegboard System When you don't have space for a workspace: This pegbaord-modular wall system will stash all your home-office essentials in an elevated style.The Container Store Bello Pegboard System Components, $, available at The Container StoreUrban Outfitters Preston Shower CaddyWhen your dream bathroom beauty #shelfie is just a dream: This over-the-shower-head solution is ready for its Instagram closeup, displaying everything from your enviable skin to hair-care routines and even your favorite tiny succulents. Urban Outfitters Preston Shower Caddy, $, available at Urban OutfittersElyona Floor Lamp With End Table When your tiny apartment is also a dark tiny apartment: Allow this stylish lamp to light up your dark apartment while also playing the double-duty role of living room storage unit and side table.Elyona Floor Lamp With End Table, $, available at AmazonAlec Laptop Table With Shelf When you don't actually have a living room: Tuck this small-space version of a side table and desktop beside a compact love seat to create your own studio apartment-style "living room."Cost Plus World Market Alec Laptop Table With Shelf, $, available at Cost Plus World MarketPEVA 8-Pocket Purse File When you can't sacrifice space for spices: Pick up a slim unit with major storage potential — like this hanging rack with pockets that can neatly store all of those handbags and tote bags that have been collecting in a pile on your floor.The Container Store Peva 8-Pocket Purse File, $, available at The Container StoreUrban Outfitters Barkley Kitchen CartWhen you don't have a "real" kitchen: Tiny apartments usually don't come complete with separate kitchen spaces — or any kitchen space at all — which is where a multi-storage-capable unit comes in handy.Urban Outfitters Barkley Kitchen Cart, $, available at Urban OutfittersWorld Market 3 Tier Gold Wire Basket Rolling CartWhen your office is your bedroom/dining room: This elegant rolling cart looks just as smart in your bedroom as it would in an office setting. It can hold anything from hardware to pantry goods or both, of course.World Market Gold Wire Basket 3 Tier Antonia Rolling Cart, $, available at World MarketHuanLei Macrame Fringed Double Hammock When an outdoor oasis isn't in the building plan: Hang a cotton hammock from a nook inside your small space to bring the breezy outside vibes inside.HuanLei Macrame Fringed Double Hammock, $, available at EtsyMolly Boho 3-Tier Hanging Basket When your kitchen countertop space is limited: Take advantage of empty wall space and hang these chic boho style woven baskets to house your fruits and veg.Wayfair Dorn Wall Storage Organizer With Baskets, Set of 2, $, available at Gracie OaksIWELL Coffee Table With Drawer And Storage Shelf When you need some extra living room storage: Store your remotes, books, and WFH office supplies in this coffee table with drawer and shelf. IWELL Mid-Century Coffee Table With Drawer And Storage Shelf, $, available at AmazonHomemaxs Side Table With Storage BasketWhen you don't actually have a living room: Tuck this small-space version of a side table and bookshelf combo beside a compact love seat to create your own studio apartment-style, "living room."Homemaxs Side Table With Metal Storage Basket, $, available at AmazonLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Wayfair's July 4th Sale Is Up To 70% OffOur Readers' Top Stay-At-Home Buys Are On SaleFound: The Comfiest Chairs To WFH In
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Your hands are dry and ashy from using hand sanitizer every five minutes, you’ve been switching off between staring at your phone and computer, and you're actively avoiding doing the mental math to figure out how high your screen time is. Maybe your skin threw some curveballs at you last year, and you ended up stocking up excessively during Black Friday and Cyber Monday... only to realize you don’t need half the products you anxiously tracked on the postal website. You don’t have to admit any of this to us — we’re already here to give you the guide we think might help you stay ahead of the skin-care phenomena we predict will gain more traction over the next eleven months. Ahead, the top trends and products to keep an eye on in 2021, and the best dermatologist tips for getting in on them.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Minimalist RoutinesWhile you can't deny the aesthetic value of the shelves of beauty products in the backgrounds of our favorite influencers' videos, the rest of us might be questioning if we really need a skin-care tower just as high in our own bathrooms. Sometimes, less is more — and if you feel overwhelmed by the constant marketing and #texturetuesday images on social media, a minimal skin-care set might be exactly what you need. Caroline Robinson, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Tone Dermatology in Chicago, says that when dermatologists' offices and spas closed at the start of the pandemic, consumers started exploring more skin care on their own time, which led to a lot more products filling their nightstands. But now, she says, “I feel like people are backing off of that and they’re like, ‘Do I really need this stuff? Could I find one Holy Grail product, or can I find a three-step routine and minimize a little bit?'" Your skin — and your wallet, too — might just thank you for settling down with a solid few products instead of an ever-growing collection.Versed Haul of Fame Best of Versed CollectionIf you want to simplify your routine but the idea of paring it down to just two or three products gives you FOMO, this kit from Versed has you covered with a range of six. The limited-edition collection gives you a chance to pick and choose what products work best for your skin, and the brand's cult-favorite Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen SPF 35 comes included, so that's one less product you have to scour the web for.Versed Haul of Fame Best of Versed Collection, $, available at VersedAmie Soft & Smooth RegimenThis affordable regimen is all about attaining — you guessed it — smooth and soft skin. The Cleansing Balm, Exfoliating Polish, and Nourishing Moisturizer make for the perfect trio, and the gentle Cleansing Cloths have vitamin B5 to help even out your complexion while refreshing skin.Amie Soft & Smooth Nourishing Moisturizer, $, available at Target.comBubble Hydrating BundleThe right hydrating products can turn dry, tired skin into a healthy, supple complexion, even if you have combination or oily skin. The customer reviews for this buzzy hydration lineup from Bubbles note clearer and smoother skin, shrunken pores, and fewer blemishes. Complete with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, the colorful set makes your introduction to a simpler regimen less of a chore and more of a part of your daily routine to look forward to.Bubble Hydrating Bundle, $, available at BubbleBlue-Light ProtectionBy now we know that sunscreen is imperative to keeping our skin protected against cancer and visible signs of skin damage, but wearing SPF at home is just as vital as when we were able to go to the beach — even if your closest beach was Coney Island. Blue light, like the kind that emanates from our computer screens, can impact the skin similarly to ultraviolet light from the outdoors.Board-certified dermatologist Corey L. Hartman, MD, founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology, explains the domino effect as follows: "When blue light penetrates the skin, reactive oxygen species are generated, which leads to DNA damage, causing hyperpigmentation and sagginess." Protecting your skin from photoaging and UV light overall can make you proactive in supporting your skin’s health.Unsun Everyday Mineral Tinted Face SunscreenJust like the product name says, you need to wear sunscreen every day — and Unsun's tinted sunscreen easily fits in at the end of your routine to keep skin protected from UV damage.Unsun Cosmetics EVERYDAY Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen, $, available at Unsun CosmeticsEltaMD UV Elements Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 44Mineral sunscreens, like this sheer tinted one from EltaMD, rely on ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to act a physical barrier between skin and environmental damage. The hyaluronic acid in this formula helps smooth fine lines, and while it might take a few more months for you to try out its water resistance in the pool, you should be able to count on it lasting around 40 minutes before reapplying. EltaMD UV Elements Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 (2 oz.), $, available at DermStoreGlossier Super Pure SerumIn addition to diligent sun protection, Dr. Hartman recommends this niacinamide- and zinc-infused serum to help defend skin from toxins, pollutants, and sun damage — while also calming acne and soothing inflammation.Glossier Super Pure, $, available at GlossierBarrier RepairConsider the outermost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, the bodyguard of your body's largest organ. This is your skin's barrier, protecting what lies underneath from environmental toxins while holding in essential moisture. When compromised by variables like over-cleansing, external factors (say, constant wearing of face masks), and the natural aging process, that barrier loses its fighting power, leaving skin more prone to redness and irritation.While no product can rebuild your stratum corneum from scratch, certain key ingredients can help reinforce the moisture barrier for happier, healthier, safer skin.Topicals Like Butter An instant cult favorite when it dropped last year, this hydrating mask doesn't offer miracles, but the next best thing: barrier-restoring moisture that soothes inflammations and evens out dry, textured skin. This 2020 Beauty Innovator Award winner will bring lacking skin back to life — and if you can't get enough of it during the day, it works as an overnight mask, too.Topicals LIKE BUTTER, $, available at My TopicalsSENTÉ Dermal Repair CreamWhen your skin just needs a break from the day-to-day wear and tear, a lightweight yet nourishing repair cream is key to have nearby. This green tea-infused formula will do the trick — and if you don’t believe us, the clinical before-and-after photos on the site will back us up.Sente SENTÉ Dermal Repair Cream, $, available at SenteKrave Great Barrier Relief Skin Barrier Restoring SerumIt's all in the name: This head-to-toe serum offers serious relief, with safflower, rosehip, and tamanu oils as your dynamic trio to ease inflammation without any stickiness or residue. The addition of niacinamide helps treat acne, too.Krave Great Barrier Relief, $, available at KraveHand CareWhile our faces are weathering the stress of the past year compounded by constant mask-wearing, our hands have constant washing and sanitizing to deal with. The hands are all too easy to overlook, but you can feel their trauma in the form of painful cracking. Your hands deserve a "thank you" for getting you through late-night text paragraphs, endless camera clicks, and high fives — back when those weren’t something we thought twice about.Karité Shea Butter This dermatologist-approved hand cream is magic in a bottle for its ability to work on all skin types with its rich, hypoallergenic formula. Developed by three sisters from Ghana, the formula uses palm oil and coconut oil to keep your hands nourished throughout the day.Karité Shea Butter Crème Mains Karité Shea Butter, $, available at Karité Shea ButterWeleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich CreamIf you know nothing else about this cream, just remember one word: thick. The plant-derived formula can be used wherever ash usually creeps up, like elbows and heels, but mixing in a few drops of your favorite body oil makes spreading it on an indulgent ritual in between your constant hand-washing and sanitizing.Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream, $, available at WeledaEsas Kolonya Moisturizing Rinse-Free Hand Cleanser A rinse-free cleanser doesn't sound like much, but Esas' Kolonya — named for the age-old Turkish tradition dating back to the Ottomon Empire — is our new favorite way to keep our hands fresh when we're not near a sink. The antioxidant-rich formula keeps hands soft and hydrated despite containing 70% alcohol, and the hints of citrus and mint make using it feel luxurious, not antiseptic.Esas N. 1 The Original Scent Kolonya™, $, available at Esas NYCLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?