Humanrace: Everything you need to know about the skincare line from Pharrell Williams
Humanrace Skincare is a gender-neutral skincare line from Pharrell Williams – here’s everything you need to know
Celeb skincare and beauty lines are no longer the reserve of women thanks to the likes of Fenty Skin’s gender-neutral collection, yet there hasn’t been a mainstream range created by a male celebrity – until now.
Pharrell Williams (of N.E.R.D fame) recently launched Humanrace, a skincare brand designed to be gender-neutral and described by the rapper and producer as a “universe of products and people dedicated to the pursuit of wellbeing.”
The site adds that Humanrace believes “every individual has the potential to understand themselves better and wake up every day feeling empowered to turn good intentions into actions” and while this sounds a tad worthy, the brand is most definitely coming from a place of inclusivity. Something that has been largely lacking in beauty and grooming circles.
Here we explain more about the products and their ingredients, plus where to buy Humanrace skincare.
It’s no surprise that Pharrell Williams has launched a skincare range as he is widely revered for never seeming to age. His skin is flawless and despite approaching 50, he looks almost identical to how he did when he first became famous in the early 1990s.
The singer credits this to the fact he’s been looking after his skin since his mid-20s, thanks to support from his own dermatologist, Elena Jones. Jones was instrumental in helping Pharrell create and curate the Humanrace skincare range.
“What struck me most about my first meeting with him was how committed to his skin and health he was at his age,” Jones told Allure. “He wanted a routine to follow, and he’s dedicated to a skincare regimen. He wanted explanations for everything.”
In addition to the gender-neutral, natural formulas, the packaging is made from post-consumer recycled plastic – which means it uses 50% less plastic than it would do normally – and each product has a removable inner chamber that can be exchanged for a refill. The cap is embossed with a raised logo, which is mirrored with the brand’s name written in Braille.
Humanrace officially launched at the end of 2020. It sold out almost immediately, was restocked in December and then sold out again. At the time of writing, we’re still waiting to find out when the next restock will be and we’ll update this page once we find out. You can also sign up for updates on the official Humanrace site.
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Humanrace skincare products
At launch, Humanrace sells just three products. This is deliberate. In an attempt to stop skincare from being so overwhelming, Humanrace has been curated to fulfill the most basic requirements: Prepare, repair, protect.
Pharrell is rumoured to be working on a sunscreen, too, but has not revealed any more details about this crucial skincare step.
Prepare: Rice Powder Cleanser
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Humanrace’s Rice Powder Cleanser comes as a powder that you mix with water to create a milky cream. When you massage this onto your face, it gently exfoliates by getting rid of dead skin cells, using what’s known as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), alongside kaolin clay. Clay is well-known to draw out impurities and detoxify the skin.
Humanrace description: “A gentle powder-to-foam cleanser that you control with water. Packed with rice particles, fruit AHAs and snow mushroom, it leaves skin purified, balanced and brighter every day.”
How to use: Humanrace recommends wetting your hand and putting a coin-sized amount of powder into your palm. Rub your hands together to create a lather and massage in circular motions over your face. Rinse with warm water and repeat twice a day, in the morning and at night.
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Repair: Lotus Enzyme Exfoliant
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Once your skin has been cleansed, Humanrace recommends using its Lotus Enzyme Exfoliant to refresh the skin. It’s what’s known as a chemical peel that uses glycolic acid to further remove dead skin cells, build-up, and congestion.
This stimulates and encourages new skin cells to form, which helps your complexion look fresh and clear.
Humanrace description: “A unique, triple-acting exfoliator that combines glycolic, enzymatic and rice particles to remove dead skin cells and reveal even, more balanced skin.”
How to use: Put two-three pumps of exfoliator into the palm of your, rub your hands together and then gently massage it into clean, damp skin for about 60 seconds. Try to avoid the eye area, as the skin is more delicate and fragile, and only use two-three times a week. If you’ve not used an exfoliator before, try doing it weekly and then upping the frequency once your skin is used to it.
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Protect: Humidifying Cream
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Finally, to protect the skin, Humanrace sells a moisturiser made from snow mushroom extract, an organic ingredient that acts a little like hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a hugely popular skincare ingredient because it’s able to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in moisture, which leaves the skin plump and hydrated.
Snow mushroom is growing in popularity because it’s made up of smaller particles, meaning it’s more easily absorbed into the skin.
The Humanrace Humidifying Cream also, separately, contains hyaluronic acid, plus rice water to soothe, and niacinamide to balance skin tone.
Humanrace description: “Recreating the positive effects that humidity has on your skin, this cushioning cream contains snow mushroom and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, soothe and lock in moisture.”
How to use: Massage the moisturiser onto clean skin, on both your face and neck, in the morning and at night.
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Where to buy Humanrace skincare
You can buy the Humanrace skincare line at humanrace.com. Sadly, it’s not yet available direct in the UK or via a third-party retailer.
The Rice Powder Cleanser costs $32, Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator is $46, the Humidifying Cream is $48 or you can buy a bundled Routine Pack for $100.
Humanrace also offers subscription options, which lowers the price each time. Under the Subscribe and Save scheme, the prices are as follows:
- Rice Powder Cleanser is $28
- Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator is $40
- Humidifying Cream is $42
More recently, the brand launched its Limited Edition Routine Pack with ceramic tray. It’s super pricey, coming in at $350 but for that you get:
- 1x Rice Powder Cleanser
- 1x Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator
- 1x Humidifying Cream
- 1x Hand-Crafted Ceramic Tray, Made in Japan
The reason it’s so expensive is because the tray is hand-crafted in Japan. As the brand explains: “At Humanrace, we believe in creating products that are both beautiful and functional for your home. Hand-crafted in Arita, Japan, the ceramic tray was created to elevate your home space and provide a place for your Humanrace routine. Gift this limited-edition set to someone close to you, or to yourself and your home. Enjoy with care.”
There are only 300 of these packs available and once they’ve gone, they’ve gone. We’re eyeing one up for our Father’s Day gift recipient…
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