Pharrell Williams


“You have to clean your face. You can’t sit around and assume it’s going to be OK.  I wash my face every day—don’t be afraid to wash yours before you go to bed! My dermatologist, Dr. Elena Jones, gave me the Glytone Self-Foaming Cleanser, which I wash off with cold water to close my pores. I follow that with a Toner and Moisturizer, also from my dermatologist. 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. And, no, I don’t wear fragrance.”

—as told to ITG

Pharrell Williams photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on September 11, 2o13.

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  • Kristin

    I second this motion.

  • Sally


  • Sally

    Yo Pharrell

  • Jolien

    Well, I'll gladly take tips from him. It's probably mostly down to genetics, but he looks so darn good! (And he doesn't even looks good "for his age". This man's already 40 but he looks nowhere near that.)

  • Lilly

    Love it! Well, his skincare routine must be really effective because he definitely does not look like he's 40!

    • Ona_in_Barcelona

      PHARRELL IS 40?!?

      I had nooo idea!

      • Lorraine

        I thought he was in his 20s. whoops!

  • lola

    YES! I think the entire world has wanted to know at least one thing he uses on his flawless, ageless face.

  • Cat

    what a boss

  • anywhereivy

    Seriously he looks forever young so I am sure he does take good care of his skin, even a simple routine!

  • Bella

    I love this, haha! "Don't be afraid to wash yours before you go to bed." Well said :D.

  • Nita

    Couldn't have said any better! I know it has to do with genetics, but I hope I could have amazing skin and age beautifully like him when I'm his age.

  • Nicole B.

    His skin is amazing and he is SO handsome!

  • Sam

    You need to do a Topshelf with Naomi Campbelll now that would be huge

  • softy

    "I wash my face every day—don’t be afraid to wash yours before you go to bed!"

    lol, who is afraid to wash their face before bed? thanks for making me smile this morning, pharrell.

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      • emma

        Yep. My husband is really bad at this.

      • softy

        afraid or lazy? 2 different things..i'm occasionally guilty of the latter.

    • eastvillagesiren

      Same with my husband. Will not wash his face at night...too much effort! At least I got him to use a better quality cleanser and exfoliator, and now he even uses a moisturizer. But he also has seemingly ageless skin like Pharrell, so he could probably wash with dirt and he'd look amazing.

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  • sonaluna

    Love this! ITG, you're awesome for sending some really unexpected people our way :) I saw Pharrell up close at a store last November and he looked so good! I'll listen to what he says about skin care.

  • Isata

    This is awesome.

  • Alice


  • j

    I thought he said he only uses Cetaphil....hmm

    • kneelbeforetigers

      Shoot, as you age, you start realizing that you need to get serious about skincare if you want to look good at 40+!

  • JoB

    My favorite guy on my favorite blog =)

  • Katy

    He is such a fucking fox.

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  • Designer Binary

    Love this, as he does look incredibly youthful. I'd be interested to see more men on here especially to shelf. More straight guys skincare too aswell as gay, as so many men take care of themselves these days and I do know a few who love this site but say not enough straight men. Personally a mix is the ideal.

  • Katherine Clow

    Very short and concise. I like it. Always do more and more to take care of your skin and stick to it!

  • Jen


  • The Horticult

    "No, I don't wear fragrance." So...why am I still trying to imagine what he smells like?

  • popartpistol

    Pores don't open and close though. Whatever, he's pretty, he gets a free pass on that one :)

  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    It's crazy - The Telegraph (UK) pretty much lifted this whole interview (even though they say Pharrell was talking to ITG) and re-printed it as its own article by adding 3 lines of the writer's own comments. What the heck - lazy journalism!

  • Baptiste Gibraconi

    I love seeing this amazing Black man on ITG!!! Feature more black people Em!!! xoxo Im such a huge supporter! (Black people have beauty stores and products that need to be shared with the Black ITG fans like me)!! xoxo

  • Isabel

    When I first read this I thought, 'wash your face? Thanks for the ground breaking advice, Pharrell.' But I just read on the Winona Forever post that he's 40?? Now I get it.

  • haha cute

    It's cute how he just washes it and thinks that's the secret for everyone. Like there is so much more to do P but that's ok. We love you.


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