Beauty Babble

Beauty Babble #72 Angelo Lemon

Let’s start the day with a new fantastic #beautybabble with Angelo! He is a dermatologist resident who also writes about skincare so go follow him @dermangelo and check out his blog at so happy to have him share his favorite products!


Lets to get to it!


BB: Tell me, what are your all-time favorite beauty products for face, body, and hair?

D: Anyone I talk to (friends, patients, strangers) knows I never shut up about

topical retinoids for facial skincare.  They have the power to clear

acne, even skin tone, shallow wrinkles, increase firmness and even prevent

skin cancer! Why wouldn’t you want to use one?!  I personally use over-the-counter

adapalene 0.1% gel nightly to get all the benefits with

minimal irritation for my finicky, sensitive, combination skin.


For the body, my boring-dermatologist answer would be unscented gentle bar soap

.  My self-care-loving wannabe bougie alter-ego would say artisanal

Marseille soap.  I’ll pick some up any time I travel to France or request

it as a souvenir from friends.  While it’s definitely more stripping

than my everyday soap, it’s blocky, brutalist aesthetic makes my

shower ten times chicer and it comes in scents like lavender and rose that transport

me to the French countryside (oh la la).


While I have really strong opinions about my own personal skincare, I

get kind of scatterbrained about my hair.  I’ve been using the same $20

hair dryer for the last 10 years because it’s weak enough for my easily-damaged

, super-fine hair.  I recently went blond and have been using

pure argan oil to lock in moisture to color-treated locks – now I

know what all the fuss is about.  Lastly, I intermittently use minoxidil

5% foam to try to stave off male-pattern hair loss and preserve my signature



BB: Haha I love your answers, and Argan oil is the freaking best! When you get the chance to be alone, what is your favorite thing to do for self-care?

D: The first step for me is to make sure my phone is set to “do not disturb

” (unless I’m on call).  After tha,t I’ll shower, exfoliate

(glycolic cleanser followed by a gentle scrub) and put on a pore strip

(my guilty pleasure).  I sip on a glass of chilled sauvignon blanc and nibble

some dark chocolate before ripping that bad boy off.  There’s something

so satisfying about seeing the blackheads I’ve just purged from

my pores like so much bad karma.  I feel truly cleansed.


BB: Yes to all of that especially the pore strip thing:)  Here’s the third and trickiest question: If you were a food or drink what would you be?
D: I would, without a doubt, be a lemon.  When I was a kid, if there were lemon

wedges on the table in front of me, I was eating them.  Just like that

with nothing else.  It’s a wonder I still have tooth enamel.  Now that

I’m an adult I can see they’re a great reflection of my personality:

a sharp, bright blast of flavor.


Oh, I love lemons too! Thank you so much Angelo for being apart of this and supporting a beauty blob.