Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams

R&B singer Frank Ocean, left, wants to know the secrets to Pharrell Williams’ daily skincare regimen. In a rare interview with GQ magazine, the 31-year-old New Orleans native said he asked the "Happy" producer to share "more keys" to the secret of his youthful skin.

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell (pictured) has long been admired for his flawless skin which makes him look much younger than his stated age of 45.

Pharrell previously said his youthful appearance is the result of good exfoliation and drinking plenty of water.

"I exfoliate like a madman," Pharrell told dazeddigital.com in 2017. "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 added. "There's a lot of dead skin. (I exfoliate) all the time. Like a narcissistic madman."

But Frank is convinced there's more to Pharrell's skincare routine than just scrubbing off dead skin cells, and he wants the super producer to let him in on the beauty secret.

"It's been all these years, and Pharrell still hasn't given us the keys yet," Frank tells GQ. "He just says 'exfoliate,' but it's not just 'exfoliate': We need more keys."

Frank Ocean

Frank (pictured) revealed his own multi-step facial routine to help him maintain his boyish image and "beautiful" skin around-the-clock.

"I feel like men just go to sleep," he explains. "They may wash their face or they don't even bother - they go to sleep with the day face on. You really need to do a gentle wash and put a night moisturizer on."

"I really do believe in night cream," Frank says. "I need (it) because when I wake up I feel very beautiful, moisturized, and ready to have people making eye contact with me, ready to look above my eyebrow, below the eyebrow. That's the life hack right there.

The singer, who came out of the closet in 2012, advises men to use a retinol-rich cream to fight wrinkles and give their skin a healthy glow. But it should only be applied at night - right before bed.

"You can't have the retinol in your creams in the day because it makes you more sun-sensitive, so you wanna throw that on at night," he said.

Photos by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, Larry Busacca/Getty Images

  • AmericanDream

    ‘I need it because when I wake up , I feel very moisturized ‘

    Well Franky you been moist without the cream anyway .

  • hi-liter

    Pharrell got that “Glass Skin”

  • SweetTEE

    Oh may..lol

  • Indies beauty

    Frank Ocean is a very interesting artist. I love his music and his approach to fame. This man has dedicated cult like followers yet he's always humble and lets his talents shine seperate from his sexuality and other group members.

  • Topic Influencer

    Vampire Blood nigga. You from NOLA. I expect you to know about a gris gris, a hex, and shamans. Like...Imma need you to rep the bayou better Francis, instead of this attention seeking. Go find out which historic cemetary he frequents, get your gay ass skin together...and move around.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Back then he said he washed his face with Cetaphil. Same week, it was flying off the shelves everywhere. I understand he won't give anymore free publicity

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    ???

  • SweetTEE

    That good skin may be genetic lol. I know one of his cousins and her skin is gorgeous.

  • SweetTEE

    That Cetaphil is the business too..

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Lets start with actually building skincare routines based on our skin type. If you cant afford to talk to a dermatologist google is your friend. I cant believe that women my age still use regular soap/shower gel on their faces and regular lotion. No. No chilay

  • KcoolMuziq

    Pharrell(whom I met at a screening of a movie he did the soundtrack for) secret also is his positivity he doesn't have a NEGATIVE bone in his body.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    R.KELLY HAD A CLUB APPEARANCE AND SOLD OUT!! SHowed up with his latest 20 year old girfriend and women were screaming "Take me Hostage"....

    What kind of ABUSED WOMEN WORLD WE LIVE IN??

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    I used to swear by it, but my skin get used to it so I switched from time to time with Netrogena

  • Applebum

    All my life I’ve been told that I have beautiful skin, no pimples, no pores whatsoever. I don’t really do much. I started using retinol and serums lately. I like the results.

  • CookieMobster
  • Renee26

    It's genetics that you don't have Frank

  • Renee26

    Smdh

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    Rub lemon on your face at night...leave on for 5 minutes then rinse

  • EyeEmJai

    His secret? His genes lol. Pharrell looks a lot like his mother. Although Frank doesn't look like an elder, he looks a little older than his age. I will be 37 soon and people tell me often I look no older than 23 years old. I don't exfoliate or anything. I just wash my face as suggested by Frank men do lol. I just think it's one's genes [and never smoking, drinking alcohol regularly, and/or doing drugs].

  • EyeEmJai

    I can agree with this, too. Being negative and stressing often can age an individual as well.

  • Realnigga101

    What's your I.G darling?

  • Realnigga101

    Black women have no pride nor respect for them damn selves.

  • Judge Mental Will

    I had the biggest crush on Frank, until he wore see thru glittery pants ??fems

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I see ya Frank, tryna shoot your shot! Oldest line in the book. Smdh

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Sea men

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    Argggghhhh lol

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ? ? You remind me of my jeeeeep
    I wanna ride it
    Something like my sooouuunnnd
    I wanna pump it ?

    Chile....

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Works for Don Lemon too???

  • Gloria

    I love Frank Ocean ? that is all

  • Li-Wright

    I read that Pharrell washes with Cetaphil.

  • Peppermint Patty

    usually I don't do this but uhh keep the party goin.....??now I'm not tryna b ruude the way that u do the things u do?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    R U serious??

  • Logan Roberts

    For me personally : Dove soap, no drugs, plenty of water & no f*cks to give over stress or toxic people?

  • ALLMINE?

    Here u go..people tell me shit. ???? frank looks in his age range and nothing is wrong with that..

  • ALLMINE?

    Frank doesnt look old

  • ALLMINE?

    Why niggas act like pharrell is the only youthful looking 45 year old. ?

  • KcoolMuziq

    Well then U don't need to see The R. live. Women & girls throw themselves at him & go grab his crotch. It was a woman & her daughter trying to get back stage to meet him. They both had see through lace outfits on. He doesn't have go very far at all to find any suitors.

  • ALLMINE?

    "IM ABOUT to be 57 and people tell me I look no older than 32" i can't stand this shit..???? GTFOH

  • ALLMINE?

    He probably doesn't even wash his face..

  • ALLMINE?

    Thiiirrstyyy

  • Psychic Lulu

    ???

  • Psychic Lulu

    Uh plum fool gul???

  • Psychic Lulu

    ?????

  • Wyteprivilege

    Really? Wooooow!

  • Stan4NoOne

    Pharrell ain't looked younger than his age in YEARS.

  • pure_rachet

    I wash with Seba-Med and use Nivea heavy cream. The less I do, the better.

  • pure_rachet

    LMAO.

  • pure_rachet

    Pharrell's brother (whom I've met several times) is also very nice and has dreads and looks nothing like him.

  • Blak

    this is so damn gay

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ??Now yo body got me feeling like spending
    With a backroom I could come to live in
    And yo hair weave's looking kinda purtty (purtty)
    The way you back it up on me baby Lord have mercccyy!

    This is my song for reeaall no doubt??

  • Topic Influencer

    Either he all in or all out.

  • Coy little wink

    I'd like to know pharrells secrets

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    Lololololol ?

  • ALLMINE?

    Pharell looks like he's apart of the Nelson Mandela tribe..

  • RICHIE_RICH

    I just got it ??????????????? ????

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Don loves it , with a ?

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Yes saw it on Chicagomediatakeout

  • RICHIE_RICH

    ??????????????? Right

  • RICHIE_RICH

    It gives me real dry and shitty?

  • leapyearpisces

    True, now Ronnie Devoe...now that negro need to be kidnapped and held hostage until he gives us DA KEYS!!!!!

  • leapyearpisces

    So funny, people think I am in my late 20''s and I'm 42, (43 next month GOD) willing and people ask me what's my secret, I sat alcohol and nicotine. LOLOLOLOLOL. I think skincare routine can only take you so far, and it's just plain ole genetics. My parents are 66 and look no older than 48. Downside is I still have acne like a 14 year old, but I manage. LOL.

  • Ling

    Agreed! Those high cheekbones and that long face.....

  • Ling

    Hahahahahahahaha love it!

  • Ling

    LOL! Was that before or after he came out as bi?

  • Stan4NoOne

    Facts.

  • Love Luv
  • lovelygamour

    i was ready to disagree with you but then i read the write-up. ocean gave good advice but the delivery was awful. lol.

  • lovelygamour

    literally he doesnt have to do anything. he doesnt have to drive around. they find him. even when he was hiding out they found him.

  • lovelygamour

    if i was pharrel or frank i never wouldve told my real age. pharrel just seems like peter pan now.

  • Judge Mental Will

    Way after at his Birthday party. probably a year ago. $3900 women pants https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16b241a89de5f93f1fba85c0e1ee95fce2cff5714364f727d41c0815d2ad79ed.jpg

  • free

    i'm dying on this post lololol.

  • free

    yall ain't sh!t lol

  • free

    jesus take the wheel and drive me to popeyes smmfh.

  • Brown & Proud
  • jujumanji

    Oh. This is news now? ? well I want Pharell's secret and Nas's. Cause Nas just keeps getting better with time. ??

  • Cannelle

    I co-sign drinking plenty of water + using an effective exfoliate + morning skin moisturizer that contains sunblock. I am brown, but I still
    use sunblock, especially on the face -- I don't want to be the black
    that cracked. Also, I started using night cream in my 30s.

    No smoking. Exercise. Decent diet. The rest is up to genetics! May those of us under 40 be lucky as we age.

  • ?????

    don't try making Pharrell fruity now

  • ?????

    Pharrell is part Asian and Black. Everybody and they mums knows some of them Asians and part Asians don't age, especially if they're dipped in the finest of chocolate sauce.

  • What???

    what in the flaggity crap is happening??

  • Trey

    gay

  • Chicagowise

    LMAO! I had prepared a very serious response... until I read the comments! ?

    Good skin is mostly genetic, part diet, part rest, and part skin care. With all the white DNA in my veins, by 50, I expected to have more lines and bags than a crowded airport! But, here I am, no wrinkles or bags. I don't even have crowsfeet.

    Recently, I ran into an old friend that I haven't seen in decades at a department store. He looked at me an said, "what are you eating, Oil of Olay sandwiches?"

    I have been told there are 3 types of aging... sagging, sinking or a combination of both. I think I'm going to be a sinker. ?

  • Chicagowise

    At first, I was about to challenge your assertion that Asians age gracefully. However, I know a few that are holding up pretty well, but they are prone to heavy under-eye bags.

  • Chicagowise

    I go through a gallon of water within about 2 days; even faster when it's hot outside. I also use sunscreen and I'm always wearing sunglasses.

  • Trace da Ace

    "kanye shrug"....this is news??? smdh

  • Renee26

    I don't think he looks old... He just doesn't have that skin Pharrell has

  • Blue

    This should have been an open post.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    WTF?! I also WAS NOT READY! Sheesh...

  • Renee26

    Mr Miagee comes to mind ?

  • Renee26

    LMAO poor tink isn't working with much

  • WhoYouTalkingAbout

    exfoliating and lots of water intake probably doesnt hurt, but its in his genes..

  • free

    #dead lolol

  • 9 Mind

    Amen. Bottle it up and sell it girl!

  • Cannelle

    Wait,

    "I expected to have more lines and bags than a crowded airport!"

    LMAO!!

    I also once read about sagging vs. sinking, but also wrinkles (lines) and combinations of the three. What I read said that white people tend to get wrinkles, black people tend to get sagging and Asians tend to get sinking. Of course, this is a big generalization, but you get the drift.

  • Cannelle

    I've read the same.

    For darker skinned people, it is typically a combination of melanin + oily skin. For lighter-skinned Asians, many have a slower declines in the production of collagen + oily skin.

    Also: many lighter skinned Asians detest tanning/staying in the sun, either purposely (like white people) or not intentionally but also not protecting themselves more (like black people and not using sunblock). Altogether, it helps for a slower aging process.

    All generalizations of course (I've seen rough looking people of all races and ages), but with some truth.

  • Cannelle

    Me too and I also wear hats. I saw that you mentioned having a lot of white DNA; does that mean you are lighter skinned? I am and maybe that's why I take extra precautions, because I don't want to be The Black That Cracked.

  • Chicagowise

    My skin is very fair. Most people think I'm Greek or Italian.

    Both of my parents had crowsfeet and frown lines by their mid-forties. So, I was ready to embrace my wrinkles, but they haven't showed up yet.

  • Cannelle

    I'm not *that* fair skinned, but still paranoid for some reason.

    Crows feet can be endearing, but usually depends on the person.

  • Chicagowise

    I just don't want to end up like Dorian Gray!

    https://youtu.be/xudVIYMf19E

  • Let them eat cake

    asians age well but then when they do age it usually hits them all at once lol

  • 11pink123

    It’s 2 places that the black celebs go in LA for facials. I know one is called Skin Essence Clinic and The other one Madem something, I can’t remeber but it’s in Beverly Hills. They be getting skin polishes before ther go on TV and take pictures and it be making they skin look bright and clear for a few days.

  • MRiGOThim

    I miss Frank Ocean where he at?!

  • Reenaface

    Pink+White is such a nice song. I teared up a time or two...

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Somewhere getting his back blown out..Excuse my French. ?

  • MRiGOThim

    I hope not...hopefully in the studio lmao :P