Nothing gives us flashbacks to junior high quite like the week that everyone returns to work after the holidays and what we did on vacation may as well be written all over our faces. Half the room is glistening with tanned skin as they recount tales of all the sexy foreigners they met on the beach down south. “Is that what happiness personified looks like?” the rest of us wonder, as we pull up our turtlenecks in pasty shame and involuntarily remember the highlight of our own holiday: Drunk Uncle’s whiskey-fueled reading of The Night Before Christmas.
Just because some of us didn’t go south doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have the most talked about skin at the office (and not in a “Is that what eczema looks like or is it snowing outside?” kind of way). That’s why we’re all about Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night ($48). Described as “an intensive retexturing moisturizer,” this cream’s patented formula works its magic while you get your zzz’s to time-release potent glycolic acid into your skin to minimize the possibility of irritation. When you wake up, you’ll feel newborn baby soft and ready to turn heads with your porcelain visage. Use this stuff for a month and you will notice even fine lines seem less visible than they ever did before. While your coworkers’ tans are flaking off, the $48 you spent on your winter’s trip to Sephora will seem like the right decision after all.