All celebrities have skin, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all celebrities should have skincare lines. That hasn’t stopped many of them from launching beauty and grooming brands with the fervor of a particularly...let's say "enthusiastic" fan banging down the doors of Sephora. But if there is one celebrity who should have a skincare line, it’s Pharrell.
I mean, the dude is 47 years old (yes, you read that right). He’s also been famously tight-lipped about what he does to keep himself looking like a modern-day Dorian Gray. Over the years he’s attributed his youthful, glowing mug to “drinking a lot of water” and Cetaphil face cleanser. At one point, he said Naomi Campbell told him to wash his face with cold water and “listen to experts.” The most forthcoming was when he admitted back in 2017 that he exfoliates “like a madman.” It was like he always knew we were desperate to know what he did and never wanted to fully let us behind the curtain. Until now.
Williams is finally adding skincare mogul to his endless résumé with the launch of Humanrace, a genderless skincare line that, you guessed it, is heavy on the exfoliation. Created in partnership with his personal dermatologist of 20 years, Elena Jones, MD, the line will feature three products: Rice Powder Cleanser, Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator, and Humidifying Cream. The simple routine was designed by Pharrell and Dr. Jones to be appropriate for all skin types and “engineered for optimal exfoliation and hydration to support lasting skin health,” according to the press release.
But apparently the products go beyond just what they can do for your skin. It was important to Pharrell when designing them that they be earth friendly, too. The gentle products use clean, vegan ingredients and the packaging is made from 50 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. In addition, all the product containers are able to be refilled to further cut down on plastic waste.
The line hits all the buzzwords that a skincare line should hit these days: genderless, clean, sustainable, transparent. And while I can’t speak to the efficacy of the products yet (they don’t launch until November 25), I’m excited by the simplicity if apprehensive for the amount of exfoliation. But hey, if it works for Pharrell, it very well could work for me—and you. And if they can help me get even a fraction of the youthful glow he has, I’m willing to try.
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