The Secret Behind Pharrell Williams’ Ageless Skin

By Megan Decker

Pharrell Williams is an enigma — at 44 years old, he has the skin of a teenager. And while most celebs credit their seemingly ageless complexions to having good genes and a great facialist, Williams revealed that his best-kept skincare secret is actually feasible: daily exfoliation.

That’s right. The singer and songwriter gets his youthful glow by simply scrubbing his face. In an interview with Dazed, Williams said, “I exfoliate like a madman — when you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you.” It’s sage advice, if you ask us, considering the beauty ritual promotes healthy skin turnover and helps get rid of dull, dead cells sitting on the surface. And if there’s a link between exfoliating and turning back the clock on your skin, then you can bet we’re going to start exfoliating way more often.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite options for every skin type. Use ’em accordingly, and hopefully you’ll end up as “Happy” about your skin as Pharrell Williams.

For Sensitive Sets

Gentle enough to use every day and works just as well as the best of ’em, there’s a reason this Clinique scrub has more than 700 positive reviews on Sephora.

Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, $22, available at Clinique.

For Dull Skin

For a lackluster complexion, exfoliating helps fade any lingering dark spots. A good place to start: This face polish, which is loaded with brightening turmeric.

Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish, $38, available at Sephora.

For The Acne-Prone

“Acne-prone, oily skin tends to have a greater amount of sebum production compared to normal or dry skin,” says dermatologist Dennis Grossman, MD. This gel is great because it contains natural ingredients that helps clarify and combat pimples without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser, $22, available at Credo Beauty.

For Dry Skin

The goal of exfoliation is to slough away dryness sitting on the surface, yes, but you also want to infused moisture back into your skin. This one is hydrating, and is also packed with vitamin C — so your face will look as fresh as it feels.

Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser, $28, available at Sephora.

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