Pharrell’s Humanrace Ventures Into Suncare

Pharrell Williams is making his first foray into sun care. His product company Humanrace will debut two refillable SPF 30 products, which are both made from mineral-based formulations. The expansion continues Humanrace’s commitment to formulas for all skin types.

This venture has been two years in the making, and with it, Humanrace seeks to tackle the misconception that sunscreen is not necessary for people of color and those with deeper skin tones.

Our Earth’s ozone layer naturally protects us from harmful UV radiation from the sun, but we still need to protect ourselves daily from the UV rays that get through. We believe there is room under the sun for everyone, and we all need to be wearing sunscreen daily.

Pharrell Williams, singer

Developed with the help of Pharrell’s personal dermatologist of 20 years, Dr. Elena Jones, the new line emphasizes that everyone needs to protect themselves from the sun, no matter their skin color.

The myth that dark skin can go without sunscreen originates from the fact that melanin — the substance that produces pigment in the skin, eyes and hair — helps absorb harmful UV rays. Basically: the darker your skin is, the less likely you are to get sunburned. Despite melanin’s protective properties, melanated skin is still susceptible to the effects of sun damage, including dark spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer.

The biggest misconception is that deeper skin tones don’t need sunscreen, but no matter what color your skin is, all skin tones need a daily sunscreen, rain or shine. I have patients every day asking what they should be doing to care for their skin, the easiest thing to do is start wearing sunscreen daily.

Dr. Elena Jones, dermatologist

Because there’s less awareness surrounding the necessity of sunscreen for dark-skinned people, Black patients are more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer at a later stage, resulting in a worse prognosis. In fact, a study conducted by the CDC showed that the five-year- melanoma survival rate among Black folks was 66.2 percent, compared with 90.1 percent for white people.

The launch consists of Ozone Face Protection Daily Moisturizer and Ozone Body Protection Cream, they work in tandem to protect and hydrate your skin from head to toe. Vegan, fragrance-free, with PA ++++ protection, the Ozone Protection Set is the final step in your routine, rain or shine.

Humanrace Ozone Face Protection Daily Moisturizer

Created for daily use, the Ozone Face Protection Daily Moisturizer leads the charge. A mineral SPF 30 made with effective ingredients for your skin. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and the company’s signature snow mushroom extract and blue light protection for a sheer, white cast free finish for hydrated, protected skin.

Humanrace Ozone Body Protection Cream

Next up is the water-resistant (40 min) Ozone Body Protection Cream, a mineral SPF 30 without the white cast. This formula dual-functions as a hydrating body cream. Squalane, jojoba seed oil and aloe work with our signature snow mushroom extract to hydrate the skin.

Refillable

The new refillable products come in bold orange packaging crafted from 50% post-consumer recycled landfill plastic, and consumers will be able to refill their sun care empties at a discounted price. The body cream and face moisturizer will each retail for $58 and $52, respectively, or consumers can buy the Ozone Protection Set, which includes both products, for $94.

The Humanrace Suncare line will officially launch for U.S. and European consumers on the brand’s website on July 14, they will be available before then exclusively for attendees of the musician’s music festival, ‘Something in the Water’, taking place in Washington, D.C., on Juneteenth weekend, June 17 to 19, and to Humanrace subscribers. 

Considering Pharrell’s shockingly luminous skin, you’ll want to heed his advice: sunscreen, always! Come into the beautiful world of Humanrace.

MasterClass Follows the Beat with Legendary Drummer Sheila E.

MasterClass, the streaming platform that makes it possible for anyone to learn from the best, today announced that Emmy and Grammy nominated Queen of Percussion, Sheila E. will teach its first class on drumming and percussion.  Through a series of dynamic lessons, Sheila E. will help members find their rhythm, explore the fundamentals of percussion and drumming and share intimate stories and career advice for aspiring musicians.

Sheila E. is a musical pioneer. Her MasterClass is a rare opportunity for members to learn drumming and percussion from a legend—and you don’t even need a drum set to get started. Sheila E. is nothing short of inspiring and magical.

David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass

Sheila Escovedo, best known to music fans as Sheila E., first picked up drumsticks and started making music at the age of three. Inspired by her percussionist father, she delivered her first solo performance to a live audience only two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionists in the world.

By the age of 20, Sheila E. was already a top session and touring musician, performing with some of the industry’s biggest names such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, and Stevie Nicks. In the 1980s, her undeniable talent and hits like ‘The Glamorous Life’ and ‘A Love Bizarre’ led to her international fame. Sheila E.’s producing, arranging and performance talents have been showcased in the music industry through numerous Grammy nominations and performances with the likes of Beyoncé, Hans Zimmer, Jennifer Lopez and Pharrell Williams.

Away from the spotlight, she co-founded the Elevate Hope Foundation, which helps young people heal from trauma or neglect through music and art. Sheila E. continues to produce and perform music across the globe and her most recent album, ‘Iconic: Message 4 America’, pays tribute to songs that have defined movements fighting for justice and peace.

I am honored to be the first-ever drummer for MasterClass. When you know what your passion is and what your purpose is, no one and nothing can stand in your way. In my MasterClass, I will share my passion and teach members the fundamentals of percussion, drumming and hopefully, inspire them to make their own music.

Sheila E.

Sheila E.’s MasterClass will take members on a musical journey through her dynamic world of rhythm, percussion, and drumming. Rooted in the belief that anyone can learn to drum, she will demonstrate how to find rhythm by moving, clapping, and using household items like pots and pans. Not only will Sheila E. bring the foundational techniques of drumming to life, but she’ll also teach you how to play some of her most beloved instruments, including the congas and timbales, with help from her father, renowned percussionist Pete Escovedo, and her brothers, Peter Michael and Juan.

Sheila E. will share intimate stories and insight from her experiences capturing the spotlight on stage alongside some of the world’s greatest talents, to rising to fame as a solo artist and becoming one of the world’s most famous Latin percussionists. Members will begin by learning the principles of rhythm and basic rudiments on the American drum set, in addition to music theory. The class will also cover intermediate concepts, such as leading a band, training tips, performance techniques and career advice.

MasterClass members at all experience levels will master basic drumming techniques and develop a language for drumming that will inspire them to make music and play with others. 

Sheila E.’s class joins the 85+ classes taught by world-renowned instructors on culinary arts, photography, writing, performance and much more. Each MasterClass has digestible video lessons sized to fit into any part of your day and cinematic visuals with close-up, hands-on demonstrations that make you feel one-on-one with the instructor. The All-Access Pass gives you access to every MasterClass and new ones as they launch. Learn on the go with mobile apps or in the comfort of your home with Apple TV®,  Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku® devices. Subscribe to greatness at MasterClass.com.