This week’s video is about musician and producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes, NERD and “Happy” fame. He’s well known for never seeing to age (often attributed to the fact that he may be a vampire). Here he is at 43:
He’s revealed bits of his skincare routine in dribs and drabs in interviews throughout the years, so I decided to have a look at what ingredients feature in his products, and whether the rest of his skincare advice is solid.
The specific products he’s mentioned in interviews:
- Glytone Acne Self-Foaming Cleanser
- Glytone Acne Clearing Toner
- Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths
- Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
Of course, the products he says he uses might not be the products he actually uses, or what actually makes a difference to his skin (hello undisclosed celebrity partnerships, unreliable self-reporting and hidden procedures), but that’s all we have to go on.
He also talks a bit about “exfoliating like a madman” and drinking water, both of which I have lots of thoughts on.
More about exfoliation: The Essential Guide to Exfoliation
Overall his routine looks like a pretty good routine for oily skin, and his non-product-related advice isn’t totally off-base, which is pretty rare! There are a couple of things he could add to his routine to make it better, but on the whole we’re on solid ground.
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(It’s also possible that there’s a little bit of botox going on there too, since his dermatologist is an expert on the topic.)
Check out the video for the full rundown!
Are there any other celebrity routines you’ve been eyeing?
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