How Hailey Bieber's Viral 'Glazed Donut' Trick May Be Ruining Your Skin

Every day thousands of makeup and beauty tips are shared on social media by influencers and celebrities, usually advertising their own products with tutorial videos, or promoting an item they've been paid to advertise.

One of the latest beauty trends, labeled the "glazed donut" technique, was first made famous by Hailey Bieber, after a YouTube video where she showed fans her step-by-step nighttime skincare routine.

Her routine includes double cleansing, followed by the application of Vitamin C serums, omega repair creams, and moisturizing oils.

The 25-year-old said: "If I'm not getting into bed looking like a glazed donut, then I'm not doing the right thing."

But is it really healthy for your skin? Experts argue that skincare does not have a one size fits all routine, and what works perfectly on some skin types, might not be the best choice for others.

Below are a few skincare tips that dermatologists have shared with Newsweek.

Can skincare have damaging effects on your skin?

Shopping for skincare products in 2022 can be daunting. There are millions of products available, and choosing the right product for your skin can be extremely difficult.

Some products can contain heavy chemicals and preservatives in their formulas. These substances can clog pores, trigger acne or irritation, and can even cause allergic reactions in more sensitive users, which used over time can make your skin dull.

The FDA says that parabens, the most common types of preservatives used in cosmetic products, are used to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mold. The parabens most commonly used in beauty include methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben.

According to scientists on the Environmental Working Group (ewg), these substances can disrupt hormones in the body, harming fertility and reproductive organs, as well as affecting birth outcomes, and increasing the risk of cancer; and they can also cause skin irritation.

Even when products are organic and safe, every skin is different, and the same skincare routine is unlikely to work well on all skin types.

British dermatologist Emma Coleman, said: "As much as it sounds good, [the glazed donut] routine is unlikely to be suitable for every single skin type."

She told Newsweek that such a routine would probably suit dry to normal skins, which would be more capable of absorbing this variety of rich, heavily moisturizing products; while hormonal, oily and combination skin types could find this routine too heavy.

She added: "I see many clients in my clinic with all skin types who react to overuse of Vitamin C, and it is important to select a good quality product. Depending on skin type, this regime could lead to greasy, shiny, and dull skin as opposed to beautiful dewiness.

"If you are trying this for the first time, I would advise using the regime 2 or 3 times weekly for the first month before building up to daily use, which will allow you to assess how your skin responds to the new products."

On the other hand, Dr. Amanda Doyle from Russak Dermatology is a big fan of Hailey Bieber's skincare routine! She says that skin care is a personal and individualized part of so many daily routines, and you just need to find the products that work for you.

She said: "There's a plethora of amazing products and lines and it's really about finding the right one for your particular skin. I recommend doing this in conjunction with a board-certified dermatologist.

"A lot of excellent lines are developed with the help of dermatologists so this is something to look for as well. Hailey's line was actually developed in conjunction with a board-certified dermatologist."

Glazed Donut Reviews

Influencer and makeup artist Mireya Rios, tried the skincare set sold by Hailey Bieber's brand Rhode, and said it gave her "glazed donut vibes".

The beauty routine also got positive feedback from Danielle Marcan, who used products from a different brand, but still managed to get her skin "looking glazzy."

@daniellemarcan this @Clinique UK moisture surge got my skin looking glazzy 🍩 ad #glazeddoughnut #moisturesurge #skincare ♬ The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz

Hailey Bieber's skincare routine, also got greenlighted by beauty influencer Rachel D'Aguanno, who said: "the oilier you skin is for the summer the better it is, you all want to look like glazed donuts."

What to look for when buying skincare products

Experts agree that when it comes to skin, less is more, and for your bedtime routine, they suggest looking for products that have natural, nourishing ingredients, and very few of them. It is generally advised to go for brands that are oil-free, and non-comedogenic, meaning they don't clog pores and are dermatologically tested.

Coleman said: "I always recommend using a light moisturizer containing an spf with nourishing ingredients such as Vitamins C and E For day, and Vitamins A and B3 (Niacinamide) for night time.

"Your skin type defines what moisturizer you should use, with oily, red, and combination skin types requiring lighter water-based formulations, whilst mature and dry skins can opt for oil-based products.

"Whether it's the first time you use products on your face or the hundredth, once you start a new skincare routine you should always monitor how your skin feels after application, and change products if you're experiencing side effects.

"If you experience any excessive greasiness, dullness, or feelings of tightness on the skin, this skincare product is probably not for you. Try to avoid changing your skincare routine on a regular basis. Instead, stick to one regime for 3 months at a time."

Dr. Doyle believes the best way to keep it safe is to get a proper assessment of your skin and make sure you work with a trusted dermatologist to find the right products and/or prescriptions for your particular needs.

She added: "At the end of the day, so many of us want that healthy, dewy, glazed donut look and there are many ways to safely achieve this with the right guidance."

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