Straight men, are you guys OK? You don’t wash your faces. You don’t moisturize. Some of you even think that a “3-in-1” bubbling blue sludge is all you need to wash your body, shampoo, and condition. Don’t lie to me! I’ve been in your bathrooms. I’ve seen the hand soap with the tropical fish on it — lost valuable minutes of my life staring deep into its lifeless eyes as I wondered how much I’d regret using a dollop of its synthetic “sea breeze” nectar to take off all my makeup.
Thankfully, Frank Ocean has decided to bridge the aisle, preaching the gospel of skincare somewhere straight men might actually hear it.
In a new interview with men in suits pin-up mag GQ, published Thursday, the singer-songwriter reveals what he does every night to make his skin glow in the morning.
“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 tells Blonded Radio co-hosts Emmett Cruddas (a.k.a., Roof Access) and Vegyn. “That's the life hack right there. It's been all these years, and Pharrell still hasn't given us the keys yet. He just says ‘exfoliate,’ but it's not just ‘exfoliate’: We need more keys.”
Elsewhere in the interview, he talks about photographer Peter Hujar — whose portraits of Warhol superstar Candy Darling, drag legend Divine, and gay men cruising at the pre-Giuliani/Bloomberg Chelsea Piers are really worth seeing if you ever have the chance — living in LA vs. living in New York, and the songs that keep him coming back. Go read it — especially if you are Kings County Assistant District Attorney I slept with last year! Wash your fucking face!