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If there’s one thing the pandemic taught us (besides the importance of hand washing), it’s that we can literally find anything we could want or need online. Wellness became an overall theme (with sales of zinc and Vitamin C skyrocketing) and lockdowns and shuttered stores forced people online more than ever.
In 2021, people were purchasing more goods and services online, making e-retail sales surpass 4.7 billion dollars in the U.S. alone, according to Statista. Now that many areas have reached herd immunity and life is returning to normal, one thing is for sure: We got a taste of the convenience that shopping online offers.
With millions of products flooding the online marketplace, all promising better health, immunity, skin and hair, and fewer aches and pains, it’s important to think about your purchases of health and wellness items.
Here’s our guide to how to shop for wellness products online safely and effectively — and how to know which ones are right for you.
How To Shop For Wellness Products
Keep these two parameters in mind:
- Do your research: Scour the internet for online reviews, reading key ingredients and checking the accuracy of any claims. The FDA does not regulate many products and ingredients, so it’s important to do your research. Same goes for an imported product. While we might deem something illegal or unsafe in the U.S., that may not be the case in another country.
- Talk to your doc or other health professional: A doctor can help discern which products are right for you and weed out any that might make erroneous claims. Same goes for other categories like skin care — an aesthetician can make recommendations specific to you.
How To Find a Quality Wellness Product
- Choose a reputable website: Shop a trusted, accredited website. Even Amazon uses third-party sellers, so that means the product you’re getting might not be authentic or necessarily safe. Check the website’s seals of authenticity or other accreditations. Also, check the return policy. Just in case you don’t like it.
- Read reviews: Reviews provide red flags or warning signs you should look for as they come from previous consumers who may or may not be happy with the product they received. Often, the reviews will tell you everything you need to know.
- Brand-name doesn’t always mean better: “With price representing such a barrier, quality private labels from trusted retailers have emerged as an appealing value equation for many wellness shoppers,” according to a 2019 study by The Hartman Group. The study also found almost half of consumers use private label health and wellness brands, representing a 10% increase from 2013.
Now that you’re armed with information, check out our picks of the top wellness products available online.
Best Skin Wellness Products
1. For Natural Serum
Good for all skin types (and containing natural ingredients), this serum has an intensive concentrate of Repechage’s exclusive, nutrient-rich, sustainably harvested Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract that helps replenish moisture and provide glowing skin benefits. Use alone or under moisturizer for an extra boost of hydration.
Why We Love It: Skin will feel and look smoother with improved elasticity.
Things To Consider: Nearly $70 for the 1.7-oz. size, so may not fit all budgets.
Price: $69 at Repechage.com
2. For Eczema Cream
Exederm Flare Control Cream is the only paraben-free hydrocortisone cream available in the U.S. It helps heal eczema flare-ups and provides fast, soothing relief of itchy, red skin
Why We Love It: Awarded the coveted National Eczema Association ‘Seal of Acceptance’ with a 5/5 score from the expert review panel — the first and only product of its kind to receive this honor. Maximum strength is available without a prescription. Plus, it’s a travel size so you can throw it in your bag and have it with you at all times.
Things To Consider: Suitable for adults and children over the age of 2, so if you’re looking to use it on a baby, look elsewhere.
Price: $10.99 at Exederm.com
3. For All in One Body Serum
An all-in-one, full-body beauty serum with 47 ingredients, including Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, diamond dust, green coffee, hibiscus, bitter orange and a blend of essential oils, to leave skin plumped, tight, dewy and rejuvenated.
Why We Love It: Founder Orianne Collins (mom to three boys, two with music legend Phil Collins) actually created it in her bathroom during quarantine because she wanted one oil that does it all instead of having to use a bunch of different ones. It’s great for women who don’t have a lot of time for self-care. It’s quick and easy to apply straight out of the shower.
Things to Consider: The smell can be a little off-putting to some.
Price: $49 at OrianneCollins.com
4. For CBD Eye Cream
The award-winning BRIGHT Eye Cream is a must-have for every skin care routine. The peptide formula not only boosts collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and dark circles, this silky cream is soothing, regenerative and incredibly hydrating. It’s perfect for warding off inflammation caused by harsh environmental elements.
Why We Love It: It works quickly and naturally at an affordable price point.
Things To Consider: CBD products aren’t currently regulated by the FDA.
Price: $46 on ColorUpCo.com
5. For Peel-off Mask
Made in France and newly launched in the U.S., Bel’Océane products have fresh, natural ingredients taken directly from marine sources. Containing activated carbon and wild mint essential oil, this masque has powerful purifying and detoxifying properties, which effectively tone and energize the skin. This mask draws out impurities and prevents breakouts.
Why We Love It: This mask really “hugs” the areas where it’s applied (face, neck, etc.) and offers a fun DIY element of mixing the mask together yourself.
Things To Consider: It has a “cooling effect” when applied, which may be off-putting to those with sensitive skin.
Price: $18 on BelOceane.com
Best Baby Wellness Product
6. For Soothing Balm
Made with just six all-natural ingredients, this non-sticky balm is soothing and healing for even the most sensitive skin. It treats eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash and razor burn.
Why We Love It: It’s safe and amazing for the whole family, even babies.
Things To Consider: For severe cases of diaper rash, you may need something stronger or medicated.
Price: $24.65 on Amazon.com
Best Wellness Supplements
7. Supplement for Sleep
Uleva Sleep is an over-the-counter sleep aid that blends Melatonin and premium quality CBD from hemp to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, encourage homeostasis and smoothly send you into a restful night’s sleep.
Why We Love It: Uleva is an effective sleep aid that helps you to fall asleep peacefully with the help of CBD and Melatonin, leaving you with a good night’s sleep without the groggy morning-after feeling. Uleva boasts fantastic reviews from users, including a raving review from POPSUGAR writer Avery Johnson, resulting in “a near-perfect week of sleep.”
What To Consider: Not intended for individuals under 18. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medications, or have any medical condition, consult your doctor before use.
Price: $19.99 at Uleva.com
8. Supplement for Immunity and Digestion
When taken as a whole-food supplement or mixed into a smoothie, you can get a day’s worth of nutrition in a single serving. Mix the powder with water or add to your favorite juice or smoothie.
Why we love it: Sun Chlorella has as much chlorophyll as about 2 to 2.5 cups of spinach or kale.
Things to consider: While you can take Sun Chlorella anytime for a boost, it’s most effective when taken daily. For people who don’t like that taste, it also comes in tablet form.
9. For Beauty Supplement
Dermal Repair Complex is Beverly Hills MD’s advanced anti-aging, dietary supplement. It’s specifically made to fight common causes of visible aging in women over 40. This supplement can help prevent the sagging, fine lines, wrinkles and dullness that come with age. Formulated using an advanced blend of scientifically backed nutrients, Dermal Repair Complex helps combat the key causes of dermal breakdown.
Why We Love It: Created by top Beverly Hills plastic surgeons Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour, this product fights the effects of skin-aging hormones, decreased body moisture and collagen loss, Dermal Repair Complex claims to help combat sagging, wrinkles and skin dullness at the deepest level.
Things To Consider: Typically supplements aren’t regulated and there’s no guarantee of their efficacy.
Price: $58 at BeverlyHillsMD.com
10. For Multitasking Supplement
They strategically designed Balance Powder to support hormonal balance, weight management, complexion and fertility. Enjoy restorative sleep, improved energy levels and more.
Why We Love It: It tastes good. Just mix it with water for an easy and delicious way to take your vitamins.
Things To Consider: Consult a doctor before adding supplements to your routine.
Price: $59.99 at Alaninu.com
11. For Plant-based Protein Powder
Made from the protein isolated from yellow peas by True Nutrition, Pea Protein Isolate is naturally vegan and hypoallergenic — perfect for almost any diet. Pea Protein mixes extremely well with water and has a pleasing taste and texture compared with other plant proteins. Pea Protein Isolate is also a terrific source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) and contains all nine essential amino acids (EAA).
Pea Protein Isolate is the highest quality using non-GMO yellow peas from Belgium, and third-party labs test for consistent quality you can trust. The result is a clean-tasting protein powder that digests easily at an intermediate rate to support your health, muscle and diet goals.
Why We Love It: This plant-based protein powder doesn’t taste like a protein powder and is easy on the stomach — plus you can customize your flavor.
Things To Consider: Some plant-based proteins are high on carbs — not ideal for someone following a low-carb diet.
Price: $11.49 at TrueNutrition.com
12. For Mushroom Infused Coffee
This fresh brew coffee infusion helps you get your creative juices flowing. Each Good Pharma Pour-Over Infuser contains roasted Arabica coffee blended with our proprietary Rxtract containing Organic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract, Glycine, Rhodiola Extract and L-Theanine to help you on days you need it most! These alchemized particles infuse focused clarity through a precisely potent serving of key ingredients to help you on a sustained jitter-free journey.
Why We Love It: Good Pharma’s Pour-Over Fresh Brews engages the senses in a satiating ritual elevating you to the top of your game.
Things To Consider: It may taste slightly different from regular coffee.
Price: $24.50 at MyGoodPharma.com
13. For Period Supplement
OVA MOON is the first-ever proprietary blend of essential vitamins, minerals and Chinese and Western herbs that improves energy levels and balances hormones before and during menstruation.
Why We Love It: The supplement gives women the ability to feel so much better during that time of the month! The naturopath formulation contains the most bioavailable forms of each ingredient (i.e., magnesium, vitamin C and B vitamins).
Things To Consider: OVA MOON is designed for everyday use, but not recommended for those who are pregnant.
Price: $49.95 at OvaMoon.com
14. For Menopause Supplement
MenoFit from MenoLabs is an all-natural menopause relief supplement. It is an advanced 28-ingredient formulation with probiotics, herbs, vitamins and minerals to help reduce hot flashes, support weight loss, boost metabolism, balance mood and reduce night sweats.
Why We Love It: This menopause supplement is unlike anything else we’ve seen! MenoFit includes a very specific blend of probiotics that have gone through clinical trials and other scientific studies to be associated with immune support, heart health, weight loss, reduced adipose tissue, reduced waist circumference and improved sugar metabolism. It focuses on the things women in all stages of menopause need a little more of.
Things to Consider: All-natural supplements often aren’t as effective in relieving menopause symptoms as hormone therapies. Discuss with your doctor.
Price: $39.99 at MenoLabs.com
15. Vitamin For Hair, Skin and Nails
An ingestible little miracle that delivers a combination of 28 powerful herbs and vitamins to create the ultimate foundation for maximum hair growth. FoliGROWTH was developed using clinical research at the Evolution Hair Loss Institute. Specifically designed to target nutrition hair loss, the most common type of loss, FoliGROWTH helps to maximize the absorption of vitamin D3, iron and B complex.
Why We Love It: FoliGROWTH helps promote hair, skin and nail health, as well as improves other bodily functions. It’s both gluten-free and vegetarian, allowing those with dietary restrictions to reap the benefits.
Things to Consider: Continuous use is required to reap benefits and see results.
Price: $39 at Amazon.com
16. Probiotic for Gut Health
Jetson is the world’s ONLY seasonal probiotic subscription, based on the concept of seasonal eating. It also keeps up with the speed of science to integrate ALL the current studies about gut health with each seasonal launch.
Why We Love It: A year’s worth of Jetson’s seasonal probiotics provide 20 strains — way more than the one or two strains offered by market leaders. It also provides benefits beyond gut health, such as calming eczema, acne, rosacea, and psoriasis flare-ups.
Things to Consider: Requires at least a monthly commitment.
Price: $42 at WeAreJetson.com
17. For Supplement Organizer
The single dose is a convenient, mess-free solution for taking your powder supplements on the go! Use the wide funnel for a seamless transfer from container to pouch and from pouch to liquid. They can safely store the pouches in a zip-up bag that’s compact to fit into a purse, gym bag, tote or glove compartment.
Why We Love It: The 7 single-dose pouches allow you to pre-organize your supplements and color-code them for convenience.
Things To Consider: Hand-wash only.
Price: $26 at MumiDesign.com
Best Eye Wellness Products
18. Drops for Dry Eyes
Before LUMIFY, redness relievers used the same ingredients for decades and they had certain side effects. But then there was a breakthrough: Eye doctors figured out that low-dose brimonidine tartrate could help relieve redness with a lower risk of certain side effects when used as directed.
Why We Love It: As someone who suffers from chronic dry eye, previous eye drops only had a short-term effect, whereas these seem to provide longer lasting relief.
Things to Consider: Pricey compared to other eye drops.
Price: $20.67 at Walmart.com
19. For Blue Light Glasses
Staring at a screen all day? You could do irreparable damage to your eyes. I Heart Eyewear Shelby computer reading glasses stylishly block 60% of harmful blue light to reduce digital eyestrain, fatigue, migraines, and dry eyes with an AR coating on lenses.
Why We Love It: Computer glasses filter blue light to reduce eyestrain caused by long periods of time in front of computers, smartphones and digital devices. They feature an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare and a slight tint that helps increase contrast for easier viewing. Wearing also prevents eye strain, redness and soreness, improves sleep, boosts alertness and elevates mood and aids cognitive function.
Things To Consider: These are a preventive product and won’t repair or reverse any damage that’s already been done.
Price: $35 at DiscountGlasses.com
Best Hand Sanitizer Product
20. Gor Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is an essential nowadays and can often be dry and harsh on skin. The Power Mist is the first skin-friendly hand sanitizer that leaves your hands soft and smelling great. This spray-on, fast-absorbing hand sanitizer eliminates 99.9% of harmful germs, without leaving your hands dried out or leaving any sticky residue.
Why We Love It: The vegan and cruelty-free formula has good-for-you ingredients, including aloe vera and a blend of essential oils, to leave hands soft and feeling healthy. Better yet: the eight amazing scents (Aloe Vera, Citrus, Forest Berry, Lavender, Neutral, Mint, Vanilla Cinnamon, Watermelon) mean there’s no lingering alcohol smell. The sleek bottle fits in your pocket and contains 500+ spritzes.
Things To Consider: Vegan ingredients may not be as effective as its alcohol-based counterparts.
Price: $12 at Ulta, Target and Touchland.com
Best Therapeutic Wellness Products
21. For Scar Therapy
Up to 91% of patients are dissatisfied with their scars after surgery, experiencing physical and/or emotional discomfort. C-section rates have more than doubled in the past 10 years, while the trend toward full-body hair removal makes body scars more visible than ever. But there’s been relatively little innovation in scar therapy — until now. This uses heat and pressure to smooth, soften, fade and reduce the itching of old and new scars from C-sections, breast augmentation, tummy tucks and more.
Why we love it: It’s a wellness gadget that really works, it’s easy to wear and noninvasive. It’s also inexpensive compared to other options.
Things to Consider: It’s a commitment, as it needs to be worn every day to see results.
Price: $89 on Amazon.com
22. For Discreet Sensory Adhesives
They thoughtfully designed Calm Strips to help reduce fidgeting, regulate restless energy and increase focus. Every Calm Strip embodies a calming scene in nature and is packaged with an inspiring quote to resonate with its user. They are perfect for those who struggle with habits often related to anxiety and stress, such as picking at the skin and nail-biting.
Why We Love It: These discreet adhesives are perfect for when you want something to fidget with, or want help to reduce anxiety about something that isn’t harmful or distracting.
Things To Consider: It’s not a medication, it’s simply an aid, so anyone with serious habits related to stress or focus may need something stronger besides this.
Price: $11.99 at CalmStrips.com
23. Heat Therapy for Sore Muscles
If you’ve been working from home for months now, you’re probably experiencing pain, knots and soreness in your neck and back. Huggaroo delivers deep, moist heat therapy to your neck and shoulders.
Why We Love It: Ergonomic, soft and luxurious, this cordless weighted heating pad will hug your neck and shoulders, giving you freedom to move around and enjoy it anywhere — at home, at the office or in the car. It’s ideal for neck or shoulder pain relief and used as a general purpose heat pack. It instantly relaxes neck tension, soothes trigger points in the neck and upper back, and eases muscle knots in the neck and shoulder blades.
Things To Consider: For serious injuries, consult a doctor.
Price: $35.99 at Huggaroo.com
Best Subscription Wellness Products
24. For Subscription Vitamin Brand
Care/of is the personalized wellness brand that delivers vitamins, supplements, protein powder, collagen and more right to your door. With Care/of, it’s simple — after taking a quick quiz about your health goals, lifestyle and values, Care/of then recommends your vitamins, supplements and powders, which you can add/remove from your as you see fit. You then receive your personalized box of vitamin packs and powders each month and you’re able to adjust or cancel at any time.
Why We Love It: Care/of is super convenient and it helps you create a vitamin routine that works specifically for YOU. The personalization quiz allows the brand to tailor its recommendation to each individual and everything that Care/of recommends is science- and research-backed. There’s also a Care/of app that will remind you to take your vitamins too!
Things To Consider: If you’re looking for specific brands, you might not find them here.
Price: Prices vary; check Takecareof.com
25. For Healthy Prepared Meal Delivery
Freshly is a weekly subscription service delivering fresh (not frozen), chef-prepared meals you heat and serve in three minutes. With a food philosophy centered on less sugar, less processed ingredients and more nutrients, the menu features 40+ healthier twists on takeout favorites plus classic comfort foods like chicken parm, chicken tikka masala, steak peppercorn and more. Think of it as having a nutritionist/personal chef in minutes!
Why We Love It: Unlike meal kits, all you need is a microwave and fork to get a satisfying lunch or dinner on the table — which means no dishes to clean.
Things To Consider: Weekly subscription with the flexibility to skip weeks or pause.
Price: Starting at $8.49/meal at Freshly.com
26. Subscription Box for Relaxation
Product Description: Dedicated to targeting each of the five senses, Calmbox features six to eight hand-picked items to help keep you grounded, calm and tranquil. From healthy treats to aromatherapy to skin care to meditation guides, there’s something for everyone who is looking for some solo R & R.
Why We Love It: Purchased as a one-off box or as a subscription, Calmbox is an affordable option for receiving full-size relaxation items each month. Calmbox donates a portion of each month’s subscription box proceeds to charity. To date, the company has worked with 50 different charities over the course of 70 boxes.
Things To Consider: Other subscription services require a commitment of a certain length of time, whereas this does not. However, you can’t pick the products you receive like some others.
Price: $37 at TheCalmBox.com
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