This content was created by Girlboss, in collaboration with OLAY.
You only have a few short, precious hours in the day when you’re not working, so why not spend your 5 to 9 indulging in all of the things that you love? Setting your phone on airplane mode, changing into comfy pajamas, whipping out a jar of edible cookie dough and slugging your face with a concoction of creams. Sounds like the perfect night to us. Here are some of our favorite post-work wind-down essentials. Remember: It’s productive to rest.
The Hardworking Night Cream
Retinol24 + Peptide Night Face Moisturizer, OLAY, $29.99
You work hard. Shouldn’t your night cream work hard too? This innovative moisturizer from OLAY hydrates your skin for 24 hours and visibility improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, pores and dark spots. You’ll wake up with younger-looking, radiant skin that’s smoother, brighter and firmer. It’s not magic. It’s the powerful and hydrating retinol complex, amino peptide and niacinamide. In just four weeks, you’ll notice visible results.
The Sunny Pajama Set
Matching Printed Pajama Set for Women in Yellow Stripe, Old Navy, $36.97 (originally $49.99)
As soon as 5 p.m. hits, you can guarantee that our bra has been unhooked and flung across the room. The first step of any wind-down is slipping into something comfortable, and these yellow striped pajamas are our loungewear of choice. They’re a blend of cotton and modal, making them super-easy to clean (machine wash cold, tumble dry low) and breathable for hot sleepers.
The Candle to Help You Snooze
House of Wise Smells Like Sleep, Girlboss Goods, $39
To be clear, we are not recommending burning this *while* you sleep (seriously!). But as a pre-sleep wind-down, this candle’s mix of dewy greens and citrus, soothing lavender and white musk, and sandalwood and vanilla can’t be beat. If the smell of cotton sheets and open windows on a breezy night was wrapped up in a candle, this would be it.
The Luxurious Alpaca Wool Socks
Lake Blue Alpaca Bed Socks, Piglet in Bed, $29
Name a better feeling than hopping out of the shower, slathering your body with moisturizer and putting on cozy socks like these ones made from the softest alpaca wool. Talk about luxury, dahling. Alpaca wool is antibacterial, moisture-wicking and thermo-regulating so your feet will stay just the right temperature and they won’t get smelly and sweaty after one wear.
The Hydrating Hair Mask
Amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask, Sephora, $32
While you’re cozy up in bed under the covers catching up on Vanderpump Rules, why not multitask with a hair mask? This one from Amika is packed with jojoba seed oil and sea buckthorn which gives your locks a boost of antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acid omega 7 (fancy talk for ultra-rich moisture). Get ready for your softest, shiniest hair yet.
The Instantly Calming Scent
Tranquility Relaxing Room Spray, Saje, $24
With just a few spritzes of this relaxing room spray, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a spa (when in reality, your room has a faint smell of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and iced coffee). Notes of calming lavender, lively orange and delicate Roman camomile will help you switch from work mode to unwind mode (and deodorize any questionable smells at the same time).
The Stress-Reducing Journal
Little Daily Gratitude Journal Thanks, Papier, $35
Fact: You can’t feel stress and gratitude at the same time. Therefore, practicing gratitude is like an instant antidote to stress and anxiety. Inside this mood-boosting journal, you’ll find uplifting affirmations, morning and evening prompts, 30-day reflections and activities to help you find gratitude on both the good days and the bad. A bedside essential, if you ask us.
The Salon-Quality Nail Polish
The Lazy Genius Trio, Olive & June, $27
There is something so relaxing about putting on a chill playlist, lighting a candle and giving yourself a manicure. Looking like you went to the nail salon without spending $75? Yes please. This vegan and cruelty-free polish comes with a wide, fan-shaped brush for easy painting, and the gel-like finish is long-lasting but comes off easily with regular nail polish remover.
The Tension-Relieving Massage Balls
Release and Recover Ball Set, Lululemon, $28
Surprise, surprise: Sitting like a curled up shrimp at your desk for eight hours a day isn’t all that great for your body. Work out any kinks or muscle knots with these foam and rubber textured massage balls. They come in three sizes (small, medium and large), depending on the part of your body that you want to work on—from your quads to your traps to your feet.
The Powerful, Portable Vibe
Zee Bullet Vibrator, Dame, $30
We can think of one way to forget about a stressful day at work, and it feels like 🧨💥🌋. Don’t be deceived by the size of this itty bitty toy—it delivers mind-blowing pleasure in three speeds. And unlike most bullet vibes, it’s USB-rechargeable so you can get it juiced up during the workday next to your phone and laptop.
The Edible Cookie Dough
Would a self-care routine be complete without a lil’ something sweet? You can eat this edible cookie dough straight from the jar or—if you even have any batter left—turn them into cookies. Birthday Cake, Chocolate Chip and Space Brownie? Don’t make us choose a fave! Plus, they’re gluten-free, vegan and packed with aloe vera and vitamin C for a collagen boost.
Yes, you can have a self-care night every night with OLAY’s Retinol24 + Peptide Night Face Moisturizer, and say hello to younger-looking, more radiant skin. It’s not magic, it’s science.
Written by Liz Guber + Victoria Christie