Hailey Bieber’s Rhode skincare line is hard to get — it’s usually sold out, though a new drop of Barrier Restore Cream is launching August 30 — and I can see why. The collection includes a “freezing” serum, a moisturizer and a lip balm, offering a three-step route to the frozen donut skin that Bieber went viral last year.
Although the glazed donut skin may seem sticky, it’s really about mimicking the smooth, rosy look of the pastry. With the launch of Rhode skincare in June 2022, the model and beauty founder sought to make the glazed complexion accessible to everyone. The collection is based on supporting the skin barrier – something important for all skin types – and features dermatologist-tested formulas that rely on scientifically proven skincare ingredients.
With the popularity of glazed donut skin (and nails, too) on social media, Bieber has undoubtedly started a quest to achieve a dewy, healthy look for many — and with Rhode’s moisturizing and plumping formulas, I I was eager to put them to the test. .
Rhode is Bieber’s answer to skinimalism – the three-product line consists of everyday staples meant to support the skin barrier. In addition to the minimalist packaging, the formulas it contains are meant to simplify your skincare routine. Developed for all skin types, the products are non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog pores), non-irritating and non-sensitizing.
Bieber wanted to focus on effective, high-quality ingredients at an accessible price (each of the products cost less than $30) and worked with cosmetic chemist Dr. Ron Robinson and dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali to develop Rhode. Aiming to make skin “happy and hydrated”, the products contain proven beneficial ingredients including peptides, niacinamide and shea butter. “[These ingredients] are widely considered safe for all skin types and are found in a wide variety of skincare products,” says Amy Peterson, medical esthetician and founder of Miami medspa Skincare by Amy Peterson.
Before we dive into each of the products, let’s establish how I reviewed the line. As a 25 year old with normal to combination skin – I usually get oily in my T-zone by noon – I wanted to see if Peptide Glazing Fluid and Barrier Restore Cream could keep my skin hydrated throughout the day for the glazed donut look without becoming greasy.
I replaced my usual moisturizing serum and moisturizer with Rhode products three weeks ago and I use both every night (sometimes the morning serum as well). Because Rhode’s skincare is all about hydration, I kept the same steps in my skincare routine. After cleansing, I use a vitamin C serum (currently Joanna Vargas Rescue Serum) and SPF (The Sunscreen from Curology) during the day, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel pads every other night, and the Shani Darden Retinol Reform twice a week.
With that in mind, let’s get into Rhode skin care products, all of which I would consider winners.
As the name suggests, this is the first step towards achieving glazed donut skin. Gel-weight serum imparts a dewy look, while peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and marula oil plump and hydrate.
Rhode recommends using one to two pumps after cleansing, but I’ve found that it takes at least three to feel like I have enough product to cover my face and neck. Once applied, the fragrance-free serum is light and soothing. It didn’t cause any irritation (and it shouldn’t, as the ingredients are generally safe for sensitive skin), and it blended easily into my skincare routine without reacting negatively with the other actives ( vitamin C, retinol, AHA/BHA) that I use.
“[Niacinamide] works well with your skin and other skincare ingredients,” Peterson notes of the key ingredient. Along with peptides, she adds, niacinamide helps protect the skin’s lipid barrier. The expert claims that both ingredients target fine lines and wrinkles, which can be beneficial for people with aging skin. I also liked seeing hyaluronic acid in the ingredient list because it’s a proven hydrating element and a component I like to keep in my skincare routine. “Hyaluronic acid is an amazing ingredient that helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles by helping skin retain moisture,” confirms Peterson. “This ingredient is used to keep the skin hydrated and can make it look plumper.”
Since I have an oily T-zone, I was a bit concerned that marula oil would exacerbate it, but it didn’t (although it didn’t decrease my usual level of oiliness either) . Peterson says marula oil is “typically used to smooth, soften, and hydrate the skin,” adding, “It contains amino acids, fatty acids, and antioxidants that have anti-aging, moisturizing, and protective qualities.” It’s also a non-comedogenic oil, so it can help seal in moisture without clogging pores and leading to breakouts.
This is my favorite product in the line. I’ve been into Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream for over a decade, and Rhode’s Barrier Restore Cream is the closest alternative I’ve tried. Like Kiehl’s moisturizer, it contains squalane in the formula. “Squalane contains antioxidants that can help fight skin damage and free radicals,” says Peterson. “Regular use of squalane may promote collagen production and result in firmer skin.”
Rhode’s moisturizer is super nourishing and makes you feel like you’re the perfect weight all year round. I applied it after Peptide Glazing Fluid or any active treatment as the last step in my nighttime routine. Because it contains shea butter, which according to Peterson “has moisturizing properties and can help seal in moisture from other previously applied skin care products”, it left my skin soothed and hydrated, and my skin looked just as good in the morning after sinking into the night.
The formula also contains the same peptides and niacinamide found in Peptide Glazing Fluid for an extra dose of the benefits of these ingredients.
Glazed donut skin wouldn’t be complete without plump, juicy lips. The Peptide Lip Treatment comes in three flavors: Salted Caramel (my favorite), Watermelon Slice, and Unscented. It comes in an easy-to-carry squeeze tube – I keep one in my purse, one in my makeup bag, and one on my nightstand so my lips never dry out. The lip balm has a glossy, smooth and weightless finish.
Thanks to the formula’s shea butter, peptides, nourishing cupuaçu butter and vitamin E-rich babassu oil, it coats the lips with moisturizing ingredients in a gentle balm. “[Shea butter] can be used to heal and protect dry, chapped lips,” says Peterson. “Many appreciate this ingredient in their lip products because it doesn’t leave lips feeling sticky or greasy.”
While all of Rhode’s products are solid options worth trying if you’re looking for moisturizing products or an entry into skincare, they will need to be combined with other products to target skin concerns. specific that acne-prone or mature skin might want. treat.
“Rhode’s products appear hydrating and calming, but lack some of the more potent active ingredients or heavier moisturizers that would be needed to combat the skin concerns of more mature skin,” Peterson notes. “If someone is struggling with more severe acne, hyperpigmentation, inflammation, they should use skincare with active ingredients that are suitable for treating those skin conditions.”
As far as user experience goes, all products are accessible and well-made (and use post-consumer recyclable materials where possible), but I noticed that the bottle of Peptide Glazing Fluid contains less product than you don’t think so by looking at it (the cork is almost the same volume as the bottle itself).
As with most celebrity-founded beauty brands these days, it’s fair to wonder if Rhode’s products are the real deal or more akin to celebrity face-related merch. Rhode’s products seem to live up to the hype. Similar to Scarlett Johansson‘s skincare line, The Outset (which I reviewed earlier this year), Rhode’s products take a minimalist approach to skincare, focusing on safe, universal ingredients. For all skin types. While both have celebrity founders whose seemingly flawless complexions have access to luxury treatments and high-end cosmetics, the brands work closely with expert dermatologists to ensure the products go above and beyond. their face value. Quality ingredients that are non-sensitizing are a plus, as this means the products are virtually safe for anyone to try with little to no risk. (Of course, if you’re concerned about any of the ingredients, it’s best to consult your dermatologist.) Because Rhode’s line is currently smaller than that of The Outset – which also offers a cleanser, night cream and an eye cream – the latter can offer a more comprehensive skin care plan. However, Rhode has hinted at future launches (like a cleanser), so it might not be that far off from offering a full regimen.
Rhode’s curated line is a great entry point into essential hydrating skincare. It’s easy to incorporate into an existing skincare routine or a great starting point to build from if you’re just getting started.
Plus, all of the products are travel-friendly in that they’re under the TSA’s 100-milliliter carry-on liquids limit, and they’ve kept my skin balanced and hydrated when stopping in various time zones and climates over the past few weeks.
Considering Bieber’s influence among the Gen Z crowd, this seems like a universal line that younger beauty enthusiasts can benefit from. “These products appear to be formulated with ingredients that would benefit a younger Gen Z audience,” says Peterson. “Many of the ingredients in the products also have benefits for acne-prone skin.” Although, she adds, “Even a young client would need products such as a great cleanser, toner, vitamin C, eye cream and SPF to create a skincare routine. more complete.”