“Come in, come in!” says Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D., ushering me into her airy townhouse in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, enveloping me in a warm hug. I seem to be the lone New Yorker who the famously gregarious Ingleton, clad in a chic Tracey Reese yellow and green dress, does not know. An assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York—whose her clients have included Chrissy Teigen and Iman, as well as Ashley Graham and Adriana Lima—Ingleton’s Jamaican background is everywhere inside her art-filled home. Bob Marley plays on the stereo, while she offers me a plate of island favorites including salt codfish-based Ackee (“our national dish”). Now she’s combining her Caribbean heritage and 23 years of experience into a just-launched skin-care range that features a signature moisturizer plus four boosters to combat discoloration, fine lines, breakouts, and irritation. “Discoloration is the number-one complaint I get from my patients who are people of color,” she says.
Rose Ingleton MD Skincare, as the streamlined system designed for all skin tones is called, is not your average dermatologist brand: “I wasn’t seeking to do prescription-grade products,” says Ingleton, who focused instead on ingredients sourced from her childhood. Each product contains a Jamaican superfruit blend—five botanical extracts, including skin-resurfacing sugarcane—along with targeted additions, such as anti-inflammatory sea whip, a marine organism harvested from the Caribbean Sea. “It’s funny,” she says. “The stuff that really works has been around forever.”
Next up? A sunscreen, and eye cream—for which she says she’ll be using the superfruit blend again. “There’s a reason why Jamaican people have amazing skin,” she says with a laugh.
Originally Appeared on Vogue