Pharrell and GP Talk Clean Skin Care

Pharrell and GP Talk Clean Skin Care


To say that Pharrell Williams’s skin is glowy and youthful has got to be the understatement of all time. “Yes, people have always asked me about my skin,” says the Miami-based record producer, fashion designer, rapper, and now clean beauty and fashion entrepreneur, in an amazing conversation with GP on The goop Podcast. His new brand, Humanrace—which includes skin care—is, in typical Pharrell fashion, deeply considered, sleek, future-forward in terms of sustainability, and incredible on every type of skin. “It’s so beautiful,” says GP. “I love the packaging, the sustainability—it’s so good.”

  1. Humanrace Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator, goop, $46

    Humanrace
    Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator
    goop, $46

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  2. Humanrace Rice Powder Cleanser, goop, $32

    Humanrace
    Rice Powder Cleanser
    goop, $32

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  3. Humanrace Humidifying Cream, goop, $48

    Humanrace
    Humidifying Cream
    goop, $48

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Humanrace is a totally refillable, three-product line of essentials that people—of any skin type or color, age, or gender—can use alone or in conjunction with other skin care. It’s the second category of Humanrace products, after a Humanrace x Adidas sneaker collection. “We’re all pluralists,” says Williams. “I think it’s just a natural thing for an artist, or anyone who’s chosen different mediums or disciplines to express themselves in, to turn something they’re interested in into a business. Why would you not want to apply your artistic lens to some new product, process, experience, or design?”

Williams gathered top experts in the industry and even brought on his New York dermatologist and friend Elena Jones, MD, to help bring the line to life. “We considered everything, from the color and texture and sensation of the products on your skin to how it feels holding the bottles in your hand,” he says.

The result is a three-step routine for beautiful, fresh skin that works no matter what your skin type. “My fourteen-year-old son, Moses, stole it from me; he’s so into it,” says GP. “It’s a perfect microcosm—skin care that both mother and son are excited about using.”

  1. STEP 1:

    The Rice Powder Cleanser—it starts out as a powder and builds to a foamy lather when you activate it with water—dissolves oil and makeup with kaolin clay, rice powder, and fruit-derived alpha hydroxy acids, plus it hydrates with snow mushroom extract.

    Humanrace Rice Powder Cleanser goop, $32

    Humanrace
    Rice Powder
    Cleanser

    goop, $32

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  2. STEP 2:

    A thorough, pore-smoothing detox, the Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator combines glycolic acid and exfoliating enzymes with antioxidant lotus leaf to smooth away dead cells and resurface skin. It’s gentle enough to use every day and leaves skin feeling silky and refreshed.

    Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator

    Humanrace
    Lotus Enzyme
    Exfoliator

    goop, $46

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STEP 3:

You finish off with the Humidifying Cream, an intensely moisturizing blend of plant-based squalane, hyaluronic acid, and calming tiger leaf that’s rich and featherlight at once. The name hints at the gleamy radiance the cream deposits—similar to the sexy warmth skin might radiate after a tropical vacation.

  1. Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator refill

    Humanrace
    Lotus Enzyme
    Exfoliator Refill

    goop, $42

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  2. Rice Powder Cleanser refill

    Humanrace
    Rice Powder
    Cleanser Refill

    goop, $30

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  3. Humidifying Cream refill

    Humanrace
    Humidifying
    Cream Refill

    goop, $44

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All three formulas are unscented, gentle yet powerfully skin-balancing, and gender-neutral—a touchpoint for Williams, whose famously epic style (hot-pink cardigans, piles of pearl necklaces from Chanel, retro cat-eye sunglasses, giant fedoras) eschews binary gendered rules. It’s also inclusive: “Our packaging has braille on it,” he says. “How can you be ‘Humanrace’ without braille?”

Humanrace is as clean as possible—in formulation, as well as in its imprint on the planet. “We wanted to do everything more than right,” says Williams. “Let’s use far more PCR [postconsumer recycled plastic] than we do virgin plastic. Let’s make sure we’re refillable. Let’s make sure we go beyond what Europe allows.” Humanrace follows the European Union’s guidelines in excluding ingredients deemed unsafe (1,300 ingredients are banned from beauty and personal-care products in the EU, whereas a total of eleven are banned in the US), and it’s also fragrance-free and vegan, and it contains no essential or mineral oils, nuts, seeds, or plastic particles.

The outer packaging—a gorgeous “heart-chakra green,” notes GP—holds refill containers made with over 50 percent postconsumer recycled plastic. And the containers are sealed with heat, instead of a plastic cap, a process that saves roughly 1,200 single-use plastic caps per hour during manufacturing.

“If we’re going to be in this space, we have to make it better than we found it,” says Williams. “And we have to be friendly to the other brands, the ones that are doing well that we can learn from. We’re going to be competitive—like we’re running a race, a human race—but we’re not looking to our left and right to beat anyone. We’re running our asses off forward. And we’re pushing things forward.”

    10 (More) Miracle Gender-Neutral Skin,
    Hair, and Body Essentials

  1. Once-a-week pink-salt shampoo

    goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo, goop, $42

    goop Beauty
    G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp
    Scrub Shampoo

    goop, $42

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  2. Hydrating daily cleanser

    Pholk Beauty Glow Replenish Face Wash, goop, $20

    Pholk Beauty
    Glow Replenish
    Face Wash

    goop, $20

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  3. Multipurpose oil

    Kreyol Essence Haitian Black Castor Oil Light, goop, $50

    Kreyol Essence
    Haitian Black Castor Oil Light
    goop, $50

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  4. Invigorating body brush

    goop Beauty G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush, goop, $20

    goop Beauty
    Dry Brush
    goop, $20

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  5. Foaming eucalyptus-scented shower gel

    Nécessaire The Body Wash in Eucalyptus, goop, $25

    Nécessaire
    The Body Wash
    in Eucalyptus

    goop, $25

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  6. For the closest, smoothest shave

    Fur Shave Cream, goop, $28

    Fur
    Shave Cream
    goop, $28

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  7. Shine-boosting hair care

    Sangre de Fruta Garden of Earthly Delights Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner, goop, $104

    Sangre de Fruta
    Garden of Earthly Delights
    Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner

    goop, $104

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  8. Clinically tested firming supercream

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream, goop, $95/$86 with subscription

    goop Beauty
    GOOPGENES All-in-One
    Nourishing Face Cream

    goop, $95/$86 with subscription

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  9. Overnight peel for glowing skin

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel, goop, $125/$112 with subscription

    goop Beauty
    GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid
    Overnight Glow Peel

    goop, $125/$112 with subscription

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  10. Sexy moisturizing massage bar

    Kate McLeod The Sex Stone goop, $45

    Kate McLeod
    The Sex Stone
    goop, $45

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