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!


  1. While women are expected to know more about skin care, it is equally desirable in men nowadays. With the many choices available for both gender, it would be easier to address the problem of sagging skin that almost everyone is trying to avoid.

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  2. ^ sagging skin? I use NeriumAD for that. It helps. Ross, have you ever tried it? I'd love to know your opinion on it. It is a breakthrough in anti-aging. No brainer really..... I can get you a sample just send me an e-mail.


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    I came to your site looking for information about washing my face with a micro-fiber washcloth. I heard through the grapevine that one can remove makeup with only water and was wondering if there was a video out there that showed it. It just doesn't seem like it would do very well. Still looking. Might just have to get one and try it myself.

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  8. The skin care routine has always been associated with women. It's amazing that men now openly talk about these things - a good indication that men are now comfortable discussing their healthy skin care rituals.

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  9. Hey guys!

    As a woman, I felt I had to jump in here and say, Yay! It's awesome to see guys taking such good care of their skin, and caring how they look. I myself, tend to stick with Murad products, and noticed that my cleanser has been vanishing a lot faster lately. When I asked my husband about it, he said, "Yeah, I've been using it. What of it?" We've been married for over 16 years now, and this is the first time he's done anything more than run a bar of soap over his face. Could he be taking more pride in his appearance? I don't know, but his complexion sure looks better!

    You go, guys! Women notice when you take pride in yourself! :)

  10. Hello guys,
    I am 29 years old and I started a skin caring routine only 1 month ago (unfortunately). Before, I actually knew nothing and did nothing, never applying sunscreen when going out or moisturizers and washing my face only in the shower.

    Now I read that protecting from the harmful sun rays is a must as Ross have stated in his cool videos many times, so I want to focus on this and get it done the right way. Since in the beginning I bought a moisturizer without spf, I then got a cheap one like "nivea for men protective lotion spf 15 75ml". Now I apply it at least 15 min before I leave the house. I also read that it should be applied generously, as the sun protection factor of 15 is considered the minimum recommended.

    I come back from work 8-9 hours later. I might also leave the office during the day at least one time for a short period. My question is; should I reapply it and when? On the back of the product it says every 2 hours. (it is not water resistant but normally I do not wash face or sweat during work) Or is it enough to apply it only in the morning, since I stay most of the time in the office? Or should I use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to not reapply it during the day (but maybe those with higher SPF tend to leave the face more greasy)?

    So what would be the best routine to follow here in Your experience?

    Your advice is really appreciated,

  11. Hello, I have a page made especially for men to get all of their questions answered and also a comment box for those who are looking for something specific and wants me to research it for them.
    I just written a new blog post about "the top five grooming tips men should follow" to help them get better looking and healthier skin...
    Please take a look at the post along with the others at http://one-stopbeauty.com/mens-corner/

    Thank you

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  12. Hey Ross,

    Great and amazingly helpful videos. Just wondering if you have a second preference for the best foaming facial cleanser? Clean & Clear only sells the NORMAL skin variety here in Australia. I have sensitive skin, hence cannot use it.


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