Glazed Donut Skin: An Expert Explains How to Get the Look in Cooler Weather

Beauty trend alert! “Glazed donut skin,” a term coined by model Hailey Bieber, has been all the hype on social media for the past year. Just as it sounds, glazed donut skin refers to a shiny, dewy, and hydrated appearance, placing an emphasis on one’s natural skin. When the weather starts to get colder, figuring out how to attain this luminescent skin takes a little more effort. “It’s possible to retain dewy skin if you know how to address your skin’s needs amid seasonal changes,” says Mona Gohara, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Yale School of Medicine and President, Women’s Dermatologic Society. “To achieve dewy, healthy looking skin in the cooler months, consider product-specific ingredients like hyaluronic acid or squalane, an overnight mask for increased hydration, and even slugging if your skin is categorically dry.”

Here are Dr. Gohara’s suggested tips and EltaMD product recommendations to help you achieve Glazed Donut Skin:
Look for Products with Hyaluronic Acid or Squalane

Those with oilier skins should look for toners and serums that contain hyaluronic acid, such as EltaMD Skin Recovery Serum and the EltaMD Skin Recovery Essence Toner. Both help retain moisture and support skin barrier health, which contributes to the dewiness you want.

Dry skin can benefit from facial oils or skin care products that contain squalane, like the EltaMD Skin Recovery Light Moisturizer. Squalane is especially beneficial for dry skin in cooler seasons given that it softens dryness and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which are more noticeable when your skin is dry. 

Include an Overnight Mask into your Nighttime Routine

Did you know your skin goes into repair mode while you sleep, and regenerates and repairs three times faster than during the day? EltaMD Skin Recovery Night Mask combines chronobiology technology and patented AA complex to not only strengthen the skin’s barrier, but also to improve hydration and give skin a well-rested, radiant glow.

Try Slugging

Dry skin might also benefit from the practice of slugging. The EltaMD Moisturizer is perfect for this trend, which involves applying a thick layer of an occlusive moisturizer containing petrolatum. (Note: Slugging may be too moisturizing for oily skin.)

Don’t Forget the SPF

Even in cooler weather, you shouldn’t leave the house without applying sunscreen. The sun is still shining in the colder months and can actually bounce off snow, rain, and clouds. If you’re going for the dewy look, opt for a sunscreen that adds brightness and luminosity while offering sun protection. The EltaMD UV Glow Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ is an aptly named sunscreen that creates the gorgeous dewy, glowing skin of your dreams.

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Telina Cuppari Senior Staff Writer at Beauty News NYC
Telina Cuppari

Senior Staff Writer

Telina Cuppari is a world explorer who loves people and pizza. Originally from California, Telina speaks three languages and has worked in seven countries and traveled extensively in over 30 nations. She now resides in New Jersey where she holds two Guinness World Records for the Largest Collection of Pizza-Related Items. Her husband was kind enough to let her turn their garage into a pizza museum. Telina received her master’s in Edinburgh, Scotland and after spent three more years in the capital writing for one of the country’s largest newspapers about her failed relationships and dating foreign men. She loves anything beauty related, cooking strange food that’s super healthy, and meeting new people. Telina is the founder of Pizza Kindness. An independent, nonprofit dedicated to spreading kindness throughout the tri-state with pizza-related events and campaigns to support college scholarships and other charitable organizations.