When male model and actor Shaun Ross recently revealed his skincare secrets, it got us wondering what other tricks could we steal from the guys we see on the runway, in magazine ads and during TV commercial breaks. (Ross' homemade table salt scrub recipe and sunscreen advice are still blowing our minds.)
The grooming habit he will never skip: Every night before bed, you have to wash your face. That's an absolute rule! If you do it in the morning, that's great. But at night, when everything is built up from the day, you have to get that stuff off, clear your skin and let it breath. I actually wash my face twice a day and use a Clarisonic brush. In the mornings, I do the gentle cleanser, and at night, I use the one with the salicylic acid.
The tool that removes every inch of hair... even "down there": There's a great little trimmer called the Peanut and that is the best trimmer out there anywhere. You can trim anything you need to trim -- your face, your body -- and it gets really close to the skin. It looks like you shaved nearly with a razor. I always use a trimmer before I shave because it makes for an easier shave.
The beauty products he steals from his wife, Becca: I use the same sunscreen that my wife uses, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream 50+. It's the best thing in the world. She threw everything out of our house that had parabens in it. She's big on everything that's super natural. I've also stolen from her Alba shaving cream. I use that on my face and it feels really good.
The dry shampoos that give him great (and clean) hair: I use dry shampoo a lot because I don't like to really wash my hair everyday... it doesn't style well for work. It's better for your hair not to wash it all the time. There's this one called Pssssst! That's one of the better ones. Bumble & Bumble makes a colored one in brown that is the same color as my hair. It makes it so full and nice, and it actually cleans it if you use just a little bit -- sucks up all the excess oil. You can also take vitamins and make sure you get enough protein for your hair.
The reason why he's pro man-icures: I go every once or two weeks for a quick little thing. I go to this place called Pastel on Second Ave and 12th Street and they don't really intimidate you. They love it when a guy comes in and takes care of himself. Occasionally I see a guy in there. I take Becca [my wife] and make a day of it.
The secret to his luminous glow: For modeling, I used to get told to go to the tanning beds. "Go get tan! Go get tan!" Your agent would push you to be tan, and I used to go two or three times a week to get really dark. It's extremely unhealthy. I now use these things called Tan Towel. They're not paraben-free, which Becca hates, but they do give you a natural color and you don't have to go in the sun and get baked. I love the sun and going to the beach, but if I go in the sun I minimum wear SPF 50. I had this little spot on my arm removed because it was precancerous. Ever since then I've been on top of it.
The gross thing he's keeping an eye out for backstage: You have to make sure makeup artists use clean makeup brushes, especially at runway shows because there's a lot of makeup artists but there's also a lot of models. All it takes is one person with an eye infection or something... so I'm kind of picky about who touches my face.
The beauty mantra he lives by: Stick out of the sun, use moisturizer and clean your face.
The product he trusts to keep razor bumps at bay: I swear it's the cheapest stuff and it's called Aqua Velva -- an after-shave. I swear by it because it's the only thing that doesn't give me razor bumps. It's at CVS and it's the best!
The hair removal methods he regrets trying: I tried Nair before and that was really weird. I think I left it on for too long. I did it on my chest and half of my chest was really red. The other half still had hair on it, and I knew I had to find some way to finish it. I also did laser hair removal and I didn't like that at all. I went five times and it didn't work. All that time and money, and you do walk out really red.
The skincare treatment that took five years off his face: I just did microdermabrasion. I went to a spa by myself and I never did that before. I met with the doctor and she said, "You need this today... right now." I was like a shy little kid. I wasn't worry about it hurting, but about leaving and being red. It wasn't painful at all and they were really nice about it, talking me through it.
The hair tool every guy should own: I realized you have to have a hair dryer. I used to think it was only for girls. And then my friend Scott, who's a makeup artist, said, "You need this." I finally went out and bought one. It took a while to figure out all the buttons [laughs]. I still don't know the difference between what hot and cold really does to your hair. I know hot gets it dry quicker.
The embarrassing grooming habit he can't skip out on: I have to pluck my eyebrows. I have pretty bushy eyebrows but I don't just pluck all around. My ex-girlfriend used to go gung ho on my eyebrows. I think she just liked to cause me pain.
The health fad that saves his skin: I do a lot of juicing. I'm really big about kale, spinach, ginger and cayenne pepper. I used to do the lemonade cleanse but I was really grouchy. I don't recommend that. The cleaner my food is, the better it is and the better my skin looks. I can't go to a casting with a breakout, especially when they're judging me. I'm pretty strict, except Friday night is my binge night. That's Billy's Bakery and cookies times ten. But then I always feel bad the next day. I even bought the Vitamix blender because I felt bad wasting all the fiber. Out of like three pounds of vegetables you get a glass. I'm like, "Oh my God, someone would eat this."
The many moisturizers behind his baby smooth face: I wake up in the mornings and just wash my face with an ordinary Kiehl's cleanser and put on an ordinary day cream. Then I'll use a night cream in the evening.
The secret behind his lived-in locks: The only thing I really use is salt water spray, and then I just wash it. I don't wash my hair that often -- every third day -- because it'll get really fluffy and bouncy. The salt water spray gives a really good weathered look and it's easy to handle.
The beauty product he's stolen from a girl's medicine cabinet: Sometimes I've use something to cover up a huge zit. All girls have these good concealers. They work.
The DIY philosophy that keeps getting him booked for gigs: For a lot of the shoots I've done, they always want me to do my own hair. Like the H&M campaign I did, I just showed up. Actually I just had a flight and came in at 9am from across the Atlantic, and I just put it up in a bun like I usually do. And they were like, "We like it, but can you do it a little bit more messy." And I was like, "Sure, I'll do it myself." That's what's good with salt water and not washing it a lot -- you can shape your hair how you want it to.
The physical feature he takes full control over: I use an ordinary trimmer and scissors to fine tune [my beard]. I never take it off. I trim it every second day when I'm working, but when I'm vacation I just let it grow.
The workout regimen that allows him to pig out: I do CrossFit at least four times a week and I run 10K every morning. Because I do that I can eat whatever I want. I actually miss my mother's big home-cooked meals. Swedish meatballs, classic [laughs]. Naturally I don't eat that much processed foods because in Sweden it's a totally different culture than here. I do drink lots of coconut water though!
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