Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Interview with F*ck Inner Beauty

Hey Everyone!! So I was approached by a blog titled F*ck Inner Beauty (F.I.B. for short) to be a featured skin care and grooming guru! The feature included a short questionnaire and I wanted to share it with you here as well. My answers contain some product recommendations and might answer questions you've had yourself :) Enjoy!!

Header Ross

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Ross (if you didn’t already know, ha!) I am a Pennsylvania native and I recently moved out to Los Angeles, California in search of my first job as a Registered Nurse and endless summers. I believe Nursing chose me as a career, as I have always had a natural drive to help others and a passion for education. Combine this with my interest in skin care (and a touch of vanity) and you have the birth of MensSkinCareWithRoss, a YouTube channel devoted to sharing straight-forward and honest skin care advice. I have been creating videos and managing my channel since 2009 and I cannot believe the amount of support and feedback I receive from my viewers. I know I am helping people and that makes it worthwhile.
How important is grooming to your overall style?
I’d be lying if I said my outward appearance was not one of my top priorities. Although I will be the first to admit my grooming practices are far more extensive than the average male, I try not to obsess about it. A person’s style is much more than physical appearance. Which is why I believe grooming habits speak to an individuals level of self-esteem and morale. A well-groomed person is self-motivated, confident, and projects positive energy. Above all, never forget “you are never fully dressed without a smile”.
What skincare products do you use every day?
My skin care routine is split into AM & PM (and yours should be too!) Never wash your face more than 2x per day. Here’s the breakdown:

Cleanser: Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin
Moisturizer: Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15 fragrance-free
Set with a sheer powder for a shine-free finish and overall polished look. I like Maybelline Shine-free loose powder.

Cleanser: Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin
Toner: Neutrogena Alcohol-free Toner
Serum: Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum Fragrance-free
Moisturizer: CeraVe Moisturizing Face Lotion PM or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream

What are you favourite brands and why?
Most brands have products that are great and some that should be avoided. However, there are a few brands that I trust in general. For example, the strong majority of products by Olay are either outstanding or better than average. Olay formulates their products with science in mind, ensuring that the most important ingredients are included at levels that will actually benefit your skin. Additionally, they do not use exotic ingredients as a marketing scheme unlike other brands like Kiehl’s. Other brands that I believe in are Paula’s Choice (available online only), Neutrogena, and CeraVe.

What do you think of men becoming more interested in skincare and their appearance?
I think its great! There has been an evolution in the past few years that has allowed men to be more comfortable with the concept of good skin care and grooming. Not only for the sake of their health (i.e. preventing skin cancer) but also to maintain their youth and improve their appearance! I hope my videos were able to help a very small portion of men come to this realization! There is no shame in taking good care of yourself.

What product can you not be without this festive season?
For me, the seasons are not all about changing up your skin care routine, although some individuals might find it more than necessary. I like to switch up the cologne I use every season. Right now I am loving L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent. It has notes of amber and ginger, and is just plain sexy!