Experts Say Big Change Starts With Little Wins—And These 8 CVS Products Can Help You Prove the Theory

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It’s a tale as old as time: You go into the new year with lofty wellness goals for yourself… then a week later you realize there are still only 24 hours in the day, and that having a 10-step skin-care routine on top of taking daily yoga classes and starting a gratitude journal just isn’t realistic for you.

What if this year you focused on smaller, more attainable goals that you can start anytime? Instead of diving into a skin-care routine with tons of products, start by committing to wear SPF regularly. And rather than go from 0 to 100 on a yoga practice, try setting aside 15 minutes a day for some desk yoga.

If your goal is still working up to 10 skin-care products, 30 hours of yoga a month, and a pages-long gratitude journal, that's great—but licensed psychologist Sanam Hafeez, PsyD still recommends starting out small. “Goals are much more attainable when [they] are less overwhelming or intimidating,” Dr. Hafeez says. “Having smaller goals also means you can achieve them and feel intrinsically rewarded for them, thereby increasing the likelihood of continuing to the next step.”

Those feelings of being rewarded are important, and there's science behind them, too. Every time you accomplish a goal, the reward center in your brain lights up, which is why celebrating little wins more often can make you feel happier, Dr. Hafeez says. “Little wins allow us that moment of victory, and set us up for success for the next goal or step,” Dr. Hafeez says. “One small step can get the momentum going.”

The first step to enjoying little wins is finding the supplies you’ll need to build your small habits. So we rounded up some essentials that’ll help you on your journey to accomplishing your goals—all of which can be found at your local CVS, the go-to, budget-friendly destination for supporting your health and wellness.

Keep scrolling for 8 CVS products that'll help you meet your wellness goals through little wins, which are always worth celebrating.

Olly Sleep Vitamin 50-Count, Blackberry Zen — $16.00

If getting eight to nine hours of sleep every night—or, you know, just actually falling asleep once you get into bed—is one of your wellness goals, these blackberry-flavored melatonin gummies are for you. Their blend of l-theanine, chamomile, and lemon balm can help encourage relaxation and assist your drift off into dreamland.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer, Dry Skin, 1.7 oz. — $23.00

Looking to upgrade your skin-care routine this year, preferably without breaking the bank? Start with one all-star product. This sensitive-skin-friendly moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid to help your skin feel hydrated and smooth. And, according to reviews, a little goes a long way, meaning one jar can last you a while.

Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier Electrolyte Drink Mix Packets, 6-Count — $14.00

You know how important it is to stay hydrated, and yet, you still find yourself forgetting to drink water. If that sounds like you, Liquid I.V. packets were made to help support your hydration goals. One packet is equivalent to drinking two to three bottles of water, and because it comes in a bunch of delicious flavors (like passion fruit or acai berry), you might actually look forward to drinking water daily.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Unflavored — $30.00

Sometimes your wellness goal is simply to help your body feel better, because, hey, you’re busy and self-care moments can slip through the cracks. Adding a scoop or two of this collagen peptides powder to your daily coffee, tea, or smoothie is an effortless way to help support your skin, hair, nails, and joints. It’s unflavored, so you can add it to your drink of choice, *and* you can give yourself a pat on the back when you’ve finished something you already drink every day anyway. Talk about a big little win.

Airborne Original, Immune Support Gummies — $11.00

Supporting your immune system may be an overlooked wellness goal, but it shouldn’t be—and these gummies can help make it an easier one to work on. For each serving, you’ll get 750 milligrams of vitamin C, which is a whopping 833 percent of your daily value. They also contain vitamin E, zinc, and selenium to tap into immune support from more than one angle.

CVS Health Professional Clean Power Toothbrush Soft — $9.00

Brushing your teeth is probably a wellness goal you already accomplish every day, twice a day (feel free to celebrate!). If you’d like to level up your daily goal, why not upgrade your toothbrush for next level clean? This plaque-fighting, battery-operated toothbrush comes with a replacement brush head (and fear not: batteries are included).

Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Comfort Plus Dental Floss, Mint — $6.00

Picture this: You go to your biannual dentist appointment and the hygienist doesn’t give you the typical lecture on how you should really be flossing more often. In fact, they even compliment the state of your gums and pearly whites (what?!). Sound like a goal you can get behind? Make it happen (for real this time) with this Oral B floss that can slide into tight spaces up to 50 percent more easily as compared to regular floss.

La Roche-Posay Sunscreen Face Lotion, Toleriane Double Repair UV Face Moisturizer with SPF 30 and Niacinamide, 2.5 oz. — $21.00

This is your year to actually wear SPF every day—because this fan-favorite sunscreen moisturizer from La Roche-Posay feels so silky smooth and lightweight to apply, under makeup or on its own. Not only does it provide SPF 30, but it also contains a veritable cocktail of skin-care lovers’ favorite ingredients, such as ceramide-3, niacinamide, and glycerin. After swiping it on in the morning, remember to give yourself a mental high five for putting your skin health first.

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