It’s not all too often that a man winds up on a pedestal for his awesome, flawless skin. Nothing against dudes; it’s just more common to fawn over a female’s skincare regime. But that hasn’t stopped musician Pharrell Williams from opening up about how he maintains a youthful glow. It’s actually pretty easy.
First, let’s start by pointing out that Pharrell is 44 years old — yes, the big 4-4 — but he could easily be mistaken for a millennial. You’ve got to imagine that with such a baby face, the singer gets carded, and often. Want a lottery ticket? Let’s seem some ID, please, Mr. Williams — if that is your true identity.
Pharrell’s secret to looking 20 years younger? Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. And often. Oh, stay hydrated, too, but mostly, remove dead skin, always.
“I exfoliate like a madman. When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you. To me, the key is just exfoliating, like a monster,” he said in an interview with Dazed. “There’s a lot of dead skin. All the time. Like a narcissistic madman.”
Taking care of the skin he’s in isn’t anything new for the musician. A few years back, Pharrell revealed that it was supermodel Naomi Campbell who encouraged him to get serious about skincare.
“You have to take care of your skin. Years and years and years ago, Naomi Campbell pulled me aside and said, ‘Listen, this is what you have to do—you have to go to a dermatologist; you can’t keep using drugstore products.’ Well, you can, but with the store products you have to be really diligent. At the end of the day, you just have to take care of your face. I’m being honest with you,” he told Into the Gloss.
Okay, Pharrell, your music is respectable and now, so is your beauty advice.
New to exfoliating? Here are six of the best options for any budget, plus one DIY.
St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Facial Scrub
This exfoliant has been around for what feels like ever, and will definitely still do the trick of removing dead skin. Plus, the price is right. Find it at nearly any drugstore across the country or online.
St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Facial Scrub, $4 at Amazon.
Korres Wild Rose Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser
This gorgeous cleanser not only exfoliates with natural rice grain, it moisturizes, softens and heals skin with wild rose oil, a natural source of skin brightening vitamin C.
Korres Wild Rose Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser, $32 at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1.0 Twice A Day Exfoliator
Find that alcohol in skincare products drys you out? Clinique’s clarifying lotion and exfoliator is both alcohol-free and paraben-free, perfect for those with dry skin who still want to reap the benefits of buffing.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1.0 Twice A Day Exfoliator, $18 at Sephora.
Marcelle Gentle Cleansing Exfoliating Cream
For sensitive skin folk, exfoliating can be daunting, but Marcelle’s gentle cleansing exfoliant is just that, gentle and soothing. What the line calls “advanced micellar technology” makes the product texture more milky soft than some coarser exfoliants.
Marcelle Gentle Cleansing Exfoliating Cream, $13 at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique.
Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant
If money ain’t no thing, consider Dermalogica’s exfoliant. It’s rich and glorious, albeit pricy.
This exfoliant is formulated with both lactic and hydroxyl acid as well as aloe vera to soothe, smooth and calm. Plus, it’s paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free.
Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, $60 at Dermalogica.
Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask
The granddaddy of all exfoliants, this ultra luxurious overnight mask will change the way you exfoliate. How? It works as a chemical exfoliator while you sleep, using salicylic acid to promote cell renewal and sand lily to fight hyper pigmentation, all while you catch those well deserved z’s.
Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask, $155 at Omorovicza and select Nordstrom counters in October.
DIY Coffee and Milk Scrub
Craving something more cheap and cheerful? Look no further than your pantry. This DIY exfoliant uses coarse ground coffee, milk, honey and lemon (though some dermatologists might advise skipping the lemon part). Bonus: it smells heavenly. Happy scrubbing!