In the era where celebs are an open book, Frank Ocean keeps things mute. He just came out of social media hiding and made his Instagram public in mid-November 2018. And with a GQ cover story for the February 2019 issue, Ocean does some oversharing. He talks about his return to IG, living in New York City and skincare.
What I took away from his interview is that men have no idea about skincare. Being knowledgeable about skincare is why Pharrell looks like a vampire who doesn’t age and other men are out here looking like Johnny Depp.
He says, “I really do believe in a night cream. I feel like men just go to sleep. 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. 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. I need the night cream 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.”
Ocean also acknowledges Pharrell as the GOAT of not aging but he believes men need to do more. Ocean states, “He just says ‘exfoliate,’ but it’s not just exfoliate. We need more keys.”
I agree, rough skin mixed with a beard is not cute. I do think Pharrell should do a skincare line for men, that would be epic.
And who knew that Ocean’s mother, Katonya Breaux, created a sunscreen for black skin called Unsun? And Unsun has been out since 2016?
I’m totally late.
Unsun is a sunscreen that has safe ingredients but is also slightly tinted which is great for darker complexions because some sunscreens will leave you with chalky skin.
Breaux doesn’t have a background in skincare, but told The Cut in an old interview, that she put in two years working in collaboration with a lab to come up with a formula that makes sense for people of color.
The article also points out that Breaux has “amazing skin” (as the filter free IG photo below reveals) and when asked, she explained some of her beauty routine, which includes daily use of GlamGlow Supercleanse cleanser and C E Ferulic serum.’