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DR. DRAY RECOMMENDATIONS - BEST ANTI-AGING SERUMS

TOP 3 ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS FROM THE ORDINARY – RECOMMENDED BY DR. DRAY

TOP 3 ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS FROM THE ORDINARY – RECOMMENDED BY DR. DRAY

 

Antioxidant based products are good to include to your skincare routine. Antioxidants when applied to the skin may help in reducing oxidated stress that is generated upon exposure to environmental stressors like pollution, ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tobacco smoke.

Sunscreen helps block out the ultraviolet radiation from the sun and protects the skin from damage, but it cannot protect the skin a 100% and free radicals are still generated. Therefore, the idea of incorporating an antioxidant-based product will help reduce some of the damage caused by those free radicals. In layman’s terms, these products would be good to use for anti-aging purposes and will help make your skin look smoother, healthier, and by default younger.

It is essential to wear sunscreen on top of any antioxidant product, I have some sunscreen recommendations, that are used and loved by dermatologist Dr. Dray, check the list out here! 

If you prefer a video format, then you can watch Dr. Dray’s original video on this.

There are several antioxidant-based products out there, but as Dr. Dray says, there is no need to spend a ton of money on these products. There are several affordable and effective products with antioxidants on them. The Ordinary as we all know, is famous for providing affordable products and using evidence-based ingredients in their formulation. The brand offers simple, no nonsense skincare products that are easily available.

Click here for TOP 10 Dr. Dray’s favorites from The Ordinary. 

Dermatologist Dr. Dray makes it known that you do not need to use all the antioxidant-based products she recommends. Just pick one and that should be good enough. Dr. Dray recommends the following three antioxidant-based serums that according to her, are the best ones offered by The Ordinary. If I am to listen to anybody with reference to skincare, it will be a board-certified dermatologist, Like Dr. Dray, so keep reading to find out what her top 3 picks are!

Note: The product links in this post are for your benefit and mine. If you use them to make a purchase, I will get a small commission from Amazon, as part of their affiliate program. Thank you!

Looking for retinol recommendations by Dr. Dray? Click here! 

Top 3 ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS BY THE ORDINARY

 

1. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

Dr. Dray recommends this anti-aging serum

 

This product offered by The Ordinary is surprisingly not as talked about as some of the other products by the brand. You get two antioxidant ingredients with this anti-aging serum, Caffein and EGCG. Caffein is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Caffein, therefore is not only useful for reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and skin cancer risk, but also helps in improving the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

 

Caffein also reduces the chances of you developing hyperpigmentation, so it is a preventative measure as well. Caffein has also been known to reduce cellulite, dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends rubbing caffein in areas where you have cellulite to help reduce it. There is no miraculous product to help reduce cellulite, cellulite is extremely difficult to get rid of, but there is data that caffein applied to the skin can result in reducing the appearance of cellulite.

 

Caffein is also helpful for reducing redness, and the appearance of dark undereye circles. Again, like cellulite, dark undereye circles will most likely not disappear if they are hereditary. Be mindful of that before rubbing caffein all around your eyes.

 

The second antioxidant in this serum, is the EGCG, which dermatologist Dr. Dray calls a golden child. EGCG has anti-cancer properties, has been shown to improve the appearance of pores and minimizes oiliness.

 

How to use This Serum – Use a few drops of this product to clean skin in the morning. Make sure you use sunscreen over this product. Failing to use a sunscreen over an antioxidant will take your skin a few steps back instead of forward.

Click here for The best Elta MD Sunscreens recommended by Dr. Dray!

2. The Ordinary Euk 134 Serum 0.1%

 

This product has an enzyme that is naturally present in the skin that helps in converting damaging free radicals to oxygen in water. With age, and exposure to environmental stressors, the levels of this enzyme in our skin decline, and there is evidence that shows that applying this enzyme topically to the skin is greatly beneficial and can help quite a bit in reducing the burden of oxidative stress.

There is some data to support that this is a viable way to reduce oxidative stress in the skin.

How to use this Serum – Use a few drops of this product to clean skin in the morning and put sunscreen on top, just like the caffein based serum mentioned above. Dr. Dray highly recommends using sunscreen on top of any antioxidant-based product. Do not use any acids – alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids, alongside this serum. Also, you should stay away from Vitamin C serum in the morning when you use this EUK 134 Serum.

If that is too many restrictions for you, just try one of the other antioxidant-based serums mentioned in this post.

 

3. The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid

 

This is another serum that offers two antioxidants – Resveratrol and Ferulic acid.

The former is great for people who suffer from sunspots, or hyperpigmentation. There is a lot of evidence that proves that this ingredient works. It is also anti-inflammatory, helps reduce redness and irritation of the skin. When applied to the skin, resveratrol fights off free radicals and boosts up the bodies own antioxidant pathways.

 

Ferulic acid is wonderful for reducing the burden of oxidative stress from the sun. It has natural sunscreen properties, but please do not use it as a sunscreen, it is not a substitute for SPF. It does, however, enhance the benefit of wearing sunscreen by pairing it with this product.

This serum helps people with melasma as well, resveratrol is quite well tolerated, ferulic acid might cause irritation so Dr. Dray recommends doing a patch test with this before putting it all over your face.

 

How to use This Serum – Use a few drops of this product to clean skin in the morning, allow it to absorb fully and then apply sunscreen on top of it. Make sure you use sunscreen over this product. As mentioned before, failing to use a sunscreen over an antioxidant will take your skin a few steps back instead of forward. Do not pair this product with The Ordinary Euk 134 serum.

 

Wrapping Up

 

Dr. Dray suggests it would be best to just buy one of these anti-aging serums. Test them first, and slowly incorporate it into your skincare routine. These serums can be used twice a day as well, but if you are just getting started with these serums, it would be best practice to use once a day first and if you find that your skin is tolerating it well, you can increase that to twice a day. Do not forget to apply a sunscreen on top of them during the day!

Including an antioxidant-based product is definitely worth considering, it can help with acne flare-ups, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, visible signs of photoaging and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Cheers to a calmer mind and skin!

 

Top 10 VANICREAM SKIN CARE PRODUCTS - Dr Dray

Dr. Dray – Top 10 Vanicream Skin Care Products

Dr. Dray – Top 10 Vanicream Skin Care Products

 

Looking for simple yet effective skincare? Look no further! Dr. Dray has you covered with some of the best products offered by Vanicream. We all love cute packaging, I am no exception, those cute, colorful bottles with attractive patterns and sparkles, oh yes! Gimme it! However, it is more important to compromise on the bottles and focus on the product that is inside the bottle. All that glitters is not gold, and that is the lesson that we learn again and again by watching dermatologist Dr. Dray’s videos. Prefer to see Dr. Dray’s original video? Click Here for the link.

Some of the best skin care products seem to be found in the simple packaging that we often overlook because they are not shiny enough. Vanicream with its plain but neat blue and white packaging is one such skin care brand that is but should not be overlooked. Dr. Dray recommends some of the best skincare products offered by Vanicream.

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Top 10 Gems by Vanicream as Recommended by Dermatologist Dr. Dray

 

1. Vanicream Z Bar

This is a cleansing bar that helps with dermatitis, rosacea etc. It is gentle, anti-inflammatory. This nondrying cleanser can be used daily for any skin type.

8 Best Oil Cleansers and Cleansing Balms – Recommended by Dr. Dray, Click Here! 

Dr. Dray

2. Vanicream Antiperspirant

Most antiperspirants can be drying and irritating. Most of them have fragrance which is something that leads to a lot of allergic reactions. This antiperspirant by Vanicream is safe to use. Use it to your arm pits at nighttime before going to bed, not in the morning. This reduces sweat from the arm pits by trickling down to your skin. The rate of sweat outpour is minimum at night, which is what makes this product work.

3. Vanicream Aluminum Free Deodorant

This is a good option for people who are easily irritated by aluminum. This deodorant is an aluminum free, gel formula. This is moisturizing and helps remove sweat off the surface of the skin. It will not reduce sweat outflow like the Vanicream Antiperspirant.

4. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream

This is a thick moisturizing cream for regions with dry weather. People with extremely dry skin, rosacea, or eczema will benefit the most from this moisturizing cream. This cream will probably not work for you if you live in humid regions, because it is pretty heavy. Like any other body moisturizer, this one can also be used on the face, but keep in mind that it is a very thick formula, so the effectiveness of this as a face cream, will depend on how dry or oily your skin is.

Top 10 Moisturizers recommended by Dermatologist Dr. Dray – Click Here! 

5. Vanicream Lotion

This product is a water-based lotion, more fast absorbing. It is more light weight than the moisturizing cream. This makes it more suitable for skin maintenance. It will not help as much for specific skin conditions that can be addressed by the thick cream. However, this is a good lotion to maintain hydration levels in your skin, and for daily use.

6. Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer

This has hyaluronic acid, a humectant that helps hold on to water in the skin. Ceramides can also help reduce some of the burden of UV damage from the sun. This product adds a healthy glow to the skin. Great to use in the morning underneath your sunscreen.

7. Vanicream Facial Cleanser

This a low risk, gentle cleanser. Reduces the dirt, pollutants from the skin. This cleanser is good for people with sensitive skin or eczema.

8. Vanicream Gentle Body Wash

Dr. Dray warns against using too much body wash, however it is still important to wash your body on areas with skin folds, and to remove sweat, dirt and for people with specific skin conditions. This is a no nonsense body wash that is a good one to try out.

I have a post about Top 10 Dr. Dray recommended Body Washes and Body Bars. Click here for that! 

9. Vanicream Lip Protectant Sunscreen

This mineral sunscreen for the lips, will leave a white cast but it is a good one. Lips are skin, and like all other skin, lips need sun protection too. The white cast fades quickly and will give a pinky glow to your lips. It can also be used on your eyelids to protect those delicate babies from the sun too!

10. Vanicream Mineral Sunscreen

This water-resistant mineral sunscreen also leaves a cast like any other water-resistant mineral sunscreen. You can always use a tinted moisturizer or foundation on top if the white cast bothers you. This leaves your face feeling shiny, so if you like that, this is a good one to try out. Safe to use around your eyes, this sunscreen is very moisturizing, and you will not have a problem with sunscreens drying your skin out. If you notice that sunscreens sting or burn you, do try this one out.

Top 16 Sunscreen recommendations by Dr. Dray – Click here! 

Wrapping Up

Vanicream has several other wonderful products but this is Dermatologist Dr. Dray’s top 10 list, so not every product makes the cut. The ten products mentioned here are her favorites and worth trying out.

The best Sunscreens - Dr. Dray

Recommended by Dr. Dray: Top 16 Sunscreens (The Ultimate Guide)

Recommended by Dr. Dray: Top 16 Sunscreens (The Ultimate Guide)

 

Our favorite dermatologist Dr. Dray has quite a few videos up on her YouTube channel about the importance of sunscreens. Sunscreens are the most important product that every single person needs to apply every day. Especially when stepping out into the sun. It protects the skin from ultraviolet rays from the sun, it prevents the skin from sun damage, it is the best anti-aging product out there. Did you know that rays from the sun are the no. 1 reason for skin aging and skin cancer? Do not forget to use sunscreen around the eyes, lips, and the ears as well.

Fun Fact: Sunscreens do not cause Vitamin D deficiency. It is just a myth that should not be believed. Some experts argue that wearing sunscreens helps the body make more Vitamin D.

Prevention is always better than cure. Instead of spending money, time, and money, (yes, I said money twice Intentionally), lets buy a sunscreen, and use it regularly. I did not start wearing sunscreen until last year, after watching Dr. Dray’s videos and it saved my skin.

Interested in some of the other products that are necessary for skin care? Here is a list of 5 holy grail products recommended by Dr. Dray. 

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I know you are not here to watch me ramble on about the beauty of sunscreen, your being on this page means you already know; so lets just get into some of the best sunscreens, as recommended by dermatologist Dr. Dray.

1. CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30: $13.97

This is a mineral sunscreen that is the best tinted sunscreen from the drugstore, according to Dr. Dray. The tint works well for medium skin tones, even people with a deeper skin tone can try this out and this should work fine. This is not greasy, it adds a good amount of moisturizer, this has niacinamide that is also known to be helpful for fighting off hyperpigmentation, it helps calm down redness as well.

Tinted sunscreens add a little more layer of protection for the skin from visible light from the sun, particularly for people with deeper skin tones. The only ingredients that protect against that are Zinc Oxide and Iron Oxide. Iron Oxide is what creates the tint, which is why makeup also adds an extra layer of protection from the visible light from the sun as well.

 

2. CANMAKE Mermaid Skin Gel SPF 50: $11.99

This sunscreen contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These two ingredients together provide a good coverage from the sun. This sunscreen gives a subtle shimmery shine to the skin when applied.

Dr. Dray Sunscreens

3. Differin Oil Control SPF 30: $8.23

This product is a lower SPF of 30, so it is good for days when you stay at home mostly. This is a great everyday sunscreen and moisturizer for oily skin. It does not leave a cast and is non greasy. Another sunscreen that is identical to this one is the Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30. Both the Differin and the Cetaphil ones provide the same amount of coverage and are fantastic for those days when you are more likely to stay indoors.

4. Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40: $36.00

Looking for a matte sunscreen, this one is a good choice. This sunscreen is an excellent choice for people with oily skin. This sunscreen has a tint that adds a bronzy glow to the skin. It is very shimmery so make sure you are into that before buying this one. Side Note: It looks great on camera!

 

5. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46: $36.00

This sunscreen is ideal for people with oily skin and acne prone skin. The ingredient list is short but sweet. This sunscreen leaves little to no cast on the skin. The niacinamide in it can help calm down redness, oiliness, hyperpigmentation. It is quite matte so quite nice for some of those humid summer days.

6. EltaMD UV Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50: $50.50

Another great sunscreen from this brand is this one. It is a water-resistant formula, it is a combination sunscreen, which means it has zinc which protects against UVA and UVB, along with chemical filters that protect against UVB. If you are sensitive to chemical sunscreens, try a combination sunscreen. It has little cast and will suit people with fair to medium skin tones. If you have deeper skin tone, the cast might be a bit much for you. Also remember that this sunscreen might make you look shiny. Count me in!

Looking for a little more advanced skin care routine, add a retinol. Don’t worry, I have a list for you. Well, Dr. Dray has a list for you. I am just a messenger, Click here for the post on the best Dermatologist suggested retinols. 

7. Nivea Sun UV Face Sensitive Soothing SPF 50: $13.98

This is a chemical sunscreen with wonderful filters for broad-spectrum protection. This sunscreen leaves no cast, it absorbs into the skin very quickly. It has SPF 50 and great for people with oily skin. The licorice root in it can help calm down redness as well. Safe to be used around the eyes.

8. NEOSTRATA DEFEND Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50: $29.70

This is a great tinted mineral sunscreen, the tint is very subtle, but if you have a deeper skin tone, this sunscreen is going to leave a white cast. This sunscreen also has green tea extract, which is an antioxidant that is helpful for reducing oiliness.

9. Summer Ready Innovative Sunscreen SPF 30: $24.99

Dr. Dray uses this sunscreen more as a body sunscreen than a face sunscreen. This is a chemical sunscreen; hence, it will not leave a cast. This is water resistant and does not burn.

10.  Vanicream Lip SPF 30: $5.20

It is important to protect your lips from the sun as well. You can use regular sunscreen on your lips as well, but that can be super drying, which is why Dr. Dray recommends this SPF lip balm. It is not irritating, it does leave a cast that can make your lips a shade lighter. You can just use a lipstick if the cast bothers you. A simple fix!

11. Cetaphil Sheer Mineral SPF 50

This Mineral sunscreen by Cetaphil is a great one. Mineral sunscreens are a great option for people with sensitive skin. It is also a good choice for people who complain about sunscreens burning their eyes. Mineral sunscreens are better tolerated around the eyes, including eyelids.

Yes! Eyelids need sun protection as well. The only problem with mineral sunscreens is that they do leave a white cast, which might be problematic for people with deeper skin tones. This sunscreen is super moisturizing and water resistant. The cast it leaves might be too much if you have a deeper skin tone. However, if you apply makeup, or a tinted sunscreen over it, the white cast can be easily camouflaged. A fantastic choice for people with rosacea.

12. Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50: $14.49

According to Dr. Dray, this one is as good as it is going to get with mineral sunscreens, and that is saying something! Same as the sheer mineral, this sunscreen is also a fantastic choice for SPF wearers. The cast this one leaves is not as obvious as the Sheer Mineral one. This is non greasy, water resistant and leaves a nice sparkle to the skin.

13. Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense SPF 60 Lotion

Neutrogena sunscreens might burn the skin sometimes, but this one is an exception. Neutrogena released two versions of this sunscreen, one SPF 60 and the other is SPF 30. The fragrance is a bit strong on these, which is why Dr. Dray prefers to use this as a body sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the better because people usually do not apply as much as they should be.


14. Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense SPF Face Spray SPF 50

If you use a spray, you still need to rub it into your skin. Remember that if you are looking to buy this spray by Neutrogena or any other SPF spray. This is a fast-absorbing sunscreen spray, which is beneficial if you are out on a hot and humid day. This one has fragrance in it as well, but this is good for those days spent outdoors. Dr. Dray suggests pumping the sprays into your hand and patting it into your skin.

15. Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum SPF 60

This one is a fragrance-free option with no white cast. The red dyes in this product might be problematic to people with very sensitive skin. Other than that, this is a nice option to try out.

16. Eucerin Daily Hydration SPF 30: $7.69

This is a great chemical sunscreen that can be used on your body, your face. It has no cast, no fragrance, very moisturizing and absorbs super-fast into your skin. It is good for people with sensitive skin.

 

Wrapping Up

Dermatologist Dr. Dray cannot stress the importance of wearing a sunscreen enough. However, she is not loyal to any one sunscreen. The list is not exhaustive and there are some others that she recommends. You can watch her videos to find out more if you are interested. The best sunscreen is the one that you use. The worst sunscreen is the one that sits in your shelf forever. Do not forget to use SPF on your eyes, lips, ears and body. It is the easiest way to younger, healthier skin.

DR. DRAY BEST MOISTURIZERS FOR OILY SKIN

Recommended by Dr. Dray: Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily Skin

Recommended by Dr. Dray: Top 10 Moisturizers for Oily Skin

Hello my clever and classy clan! Today we are going to discuss the second most important skin care product that needs to be added to everybody’s skin care routine. Moisturizers! No points for guessing what the most important skin care product is, sunscreen of course! That is for another post, lets focus on moisturizers for now.

Dr. Dray’s Pro Tip: If you are looking for a lighter weight moisturizer, go for products that are labeled as a facial lotion or even gel. Those tend to be more lightweight than creams.

I did not know the importance of moisturizing the skin until last year. I assumed that my oily skin meant that it was naturally moisturized, and I did not need to use an actual moisturizer to it. I WAS WRONG. Dr. Dray convinced me to start wearing moisturizer and I kid you not, I noticed a difference in less than a week. My skin looked radiant, healthy, and smooth four days after I started using a moisturizer. My experience with that is what made me get into skin care, and here I am.

You cannot build the house of your dreams without a strong base. Likewise, no amount of makeup will look its best if the skin is not taken care of. My point is, if you are still afraid of moisturizing your oily skin, test one of the following moisturizers out. Do not trust me? You will trust a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Dray. These are her recommendations for oily skin. Let’s go!

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The Best Oily Skin Moisturizers (Non-Greasy and Light)

1.CeraVe PM Facial Lotion: $16.38

This is the moisturizer that I started with and still use, this is the nighttime moisturizer, I use the AM version of this, that one comes with SPF. This has niacinamide which helps reduce redness, it has ceramides that helps repair skin barrier. This product has never caused me any stinging, few people do complain about that, nonetheless.

Dr. Dray Recommendations Best Moisturizers

2. Equate Beauty Advanced Recovery Skin Care Lotion: $8.47

Dr. Dray also recommends a similar product to the CeraVe one, by Equate Beauty if you are looking for a more affordable option.

3. Differin Moisturizer: $8.99

This moisturizer is intended for people who are already using differin for their acne prone skin. However, it is a good moisturizer for everybody with oily skin. This product has avocado oil, which is usually harmless for more people, but people with seborrheic dermatitis should avoid products with oil in it. Other than that, the Differin Moisturizer is a good, affordable choice for people with oily skin.

 

4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Facial Moisturizer: $9.52

This product is perfect for sensitive skin, it is not heavy or greasy. This moisturizer is perfect for people who find that niacinamide irritates their skin. This one by Neutrogena does not include niacinamide in it.

5. Vanicream Lite Lotion: $20.99

This lotion is formulated with minimal offensive ingredients, Dr. Dray loves this popular option because it is specifically designed for people with sensitive, acne prone skin, or people who deal with eczema.

6. Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion: $11.23

This is a wonderful product that does not have any niacinamide or any oils, for people who want to avoid those ingredients. This moisturizer does not contain silicones. Silicones are fantastic ingredients, according to Dr. Dray, and ideal for oily skin. However, if you are bothered by silicones, this moisturizer is a good one to have by your bedside.

 

7. La Roche-Posay Tirolean Ultra Soothing Moisturizer: $29.99

This moisturizer is a bit more expensive, however it works like a dream on people with oily skin. This product contains silicones, squalene and shea butter, all wonderful ingredients for people with oily skin.

8. DML Moisturizing Lotion: $19.81

This one is another favorite by Dr. Dray and other dermatologists, especially for people with acne prone skin. It is typically well received by people with extremely oily skin. There are no oils or niacinamide in this product.

9. Cleure Oil Free Facial Lotion: $39.00

Another fabulous choice for people who like to avoid silicones, niacinamide. It has alpha hydroxiacid which acts as a humectant. It is great for people with oily skin skin, it also helps remove dullness. This is a pricier option but a great one if you would like to test it out.

10. Aveeno Calm + Restore Gel Moisturizer:  $25.97

This is a thick moisturizer that can be applied to a serum or to clean damp skin. This is a hydrating moisturizer that is suitable for anybody with oily, dry, rosacea prone, sensitive or basically any type of skin. It is light weight, absorbs really quickly and good for people with acne as well. This moisturizer is a no nonsense product with amazing ingredients and Dr. Dray approved.

 

Wrapping Up

You do not need to have oily skin to enjoy these moisturizers, however, these are especially great for those of us with oilier skin, or those of us who simply prefer moisturizers that are not heavy. If you prefer video format, then check out Dr. Dray’s original video right here, and don’t forget, sunscreen and subscribe 😉.

 

Dr. Dray Recommendations

Top 11 Neutrogena Skin Care Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray

Top 11 Neutrogena Skin Care Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray

 

Hello beautiful people! Our favorite dermatologist Dr. Dray strikes again! Neutrogena is one of the biggest skin care brands in the United States, and across the world. Neutrogena has been around for several decades and most of us have at some point or another used at least one of the products offered by the brand. So, it is great that Dr. Dray dermatologist came up with some of the best skin care products by Neutrogena, this would help you next time you are looking for some amazing skin care products to add to your daily routine.

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Neutrogena’s Top 10 Skin Care Products

Lets just get right into it:

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1. Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Sunscreen SPF 30:

This chemical sunscreen is ideal for us oily skin, acne prone people. It is fragrance free. This product also has an SPF 50 version, but Dr. Dray mentions the SPF 50 burns her skin, but probably if your skin is more tolerant you could give that one a try. This non-greasy, absorbent formula is great for people who are weary of using sunscreen because it makes them feel like a frying pan.

Dr. Dray recommended sunscreen

 

If you use only one skin care product, let it be a sunscreen!

 

2. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50:

The first one is a chemical-based sunscreen, while this one is a mineral sunscreen. It has SPF 50 and great for people with more sensitive skin. The ingredients in this sunscreen do not burn or sting your face. It is water resistant, it is not super drying, it is safe to use around your eyes. Yes, your eye lids need that beautiful SPF protection as well! It is light weight.

Unlike chemical sunscreens, this one leaves a white cast on the face. People with deeper skin tones might not enjoy that. However, it is great to use under makeup. It has a matt finish, and the white cast will be covered with makeup.

 

3. Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin:

This product can be used for anybody with oily, acne prone skin. It is fragrance free, non-greasy. Dr. Dray recommends this to patients who use topical acne medications that can be drying. It prevents dryness and irritation. Give it a try.

 

4. Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (Fragrance Free):

Do not forget your hands, we are all dealing with dry hands, especially with the increase in use of hand sanitizers and washing of hands. You need to moisturize those hands! This hand cream absorbs quickly, it has a thick consistency, and it will provide a heathy hydration to those over washed hands.

5. Hydro Boost Extra Dry Sensitive Skin Hyaluronic Acid Gel Cream:

Like I said, if you are going to use one skin care product, let it be a sunscreen, and if you are going to add a second product to your skin care routine, it needs to be a moisturizer.

This product is instant hydration for your skin. Dr. Dray suggests using this product under your eyes, as an eye cream. It can be used under other moisturizers as a spot treatment for areas that require more focused hydration. It can temporarily help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. You need a tiny amount of this, so this jar will last you a long time. Use it on your neck as well.

 

Looking to include Retinol to your skincare routine? Here is a list of top 5 retinol products, recommended by Dr. Dray. 

Dr. Dray’s Honorary Mentions 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream:

Dr. Dray recommends using body moisturizers, sunscreens on the face as well. It is usually more value for money. This is one such product.

 

Hydro Boost Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum:

The ingredients in this product are great and worth a try.

 

6. Oil Free Acne Wash:

This product has salicylic acid, which is an excellent ingredient for those with acne prone, oily skin. I have used and loved this product. However, after watching Dr. Dray’s video I realized the correct way of using this is to leave it on the face for a few minutes before rinsing off.

This cleanser will work well even if you do not have acne, it helps exfoliate the skin, and helps with enlarged pores as well. Of course, like any other skin care product to be effective, you need to be consistent with it. Yes, yes CONSISTENCY, adding a dash of that to my cart. 2021, lets do it!

Note that this product has fragrance in it, but as Dr. Dray dermatologist points out. Fragrance is more problematic when using leave on products, like moisturizers and sunscreens. If you are going to wash the product off, a little fragrance will not do you harm, so it is okay to have fragrance in cleansers.

 

A word of Advice –

Salicylic Acid Cleansers should not be used around your mouth, eyes, or neck. The skin in those areas is more sensitive and it can cause irritation.

 

7. Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream (The Fragrance-Free Version):

Are you looking for a good over the counter retinol for anti-aging purposes? Neutrogena makes one of the best products in this category, that will help reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. They have one with fragrance, but as mentioned, this is a leave on product, so go for the fragrance-free version.

This product has an instant brightening, hydrating and smoothing effect. It is a retinol so over time you will notice peeling and some irritation as a side effect, long term use of this product will subside the peeling and irritation.

Do not use around the eyes!

8. Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame Formula:

This fragrance-free oil is great to use as an oil cleanser to remove water resistant sunscreen and that pesky mascara, that refuses to go without a few eye lashes. This oil will help with that problem. This product is also great for people with dry skin, just put a few drops of this oil to the bath water and it will help anybody with eczema or dry skin.

 

Hair Care Products – Top 2 by Neutrogena

 

9. Neutrogena Anti Residue Shampoo:

This is a clarifying shampoo, to be used once a week. This shampoo is perfect for people who use a lot of hair care products, like gels, mouses, creams, dry shampoo. I would say it is a fantastic shampoo for us curly haired girls, our curls just need that gel! Hence, also a good clarifying shampoo that will help take care of that product build up.

 

10. Neutrogena T/Salm Therapeutic Shampoo:

This shampoo is great for scalp care. This shampoo has 3% salicylic acid and is great for anybody who has an oily scalp, scalp dandruff, bumps in the scalp or build up on the scalp. Do not use it on the hair strands, lather it to the scalp, massage it in, let it sit for a few minutes and wash it off. You do not need to apply this product down to the rest of the hair.

Both the hair products are safe for color treated hair.

11. Neutrogena Stubborn Marks PM Retinol Treatment:

This is a new retinol product in the market. Dr. Dray recently recommended this in one of her instagram posts as one of the best drugstore retinol products. The sustained action retinol in this Neutrogena product is a slow release encapculated retinol, that is clinically tested on actual patients. This one gets a thumbs up by our favrite dermatologist and one worth trying if you’re looking for an affordable retinol product.

Wrapping Up

Dr. Dray videos are great for anybody who wishes to improve the skin, and well, who does not want beautiful skin?! Here is her original video. The point of these blog posts is simply to spread her word, and to help anybody who prefers to read, it is useful to have all the info on one page. Feel free to take a screenshot of the table that I have on this page. You can refer to it next time you are looking for some amazing skin care products that actually work.

Looking for ways to have a more relaxed year? I have a post about this, these are 7 areas to focus on for peace of mind. 

Wishing everybody a very happy, healthy and a stress free 2021!

DR. DRAY BEST 2020 SKIN CARE

Top Skin Care Products of 2020 – Recommended by Dr. Dray

THE BEST SKIN CARE OF 2020 – RECOMMENDED BY DR. DRAY

 

Our favorite dermatologist, Dr. Dray came up with just the video that I had been waiting for! Skin care has suddenly overpowered makeup in the last couple of years, and the reason is that people have realized the importance of a good base. Without a good base to apply your makeup on, it becomes extremely difficult to make any makeup look good, let alone flawless.

Also, I think people are just more interested in beauty that is more permanent, as opposed to washable beauty. Do not get me wrong, I love me some washable beauty products, but the trend seems to suggest the rise in more permanent beauty. This might also explain the rise in cosmetic surgery.

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Dr. Dray recommends these Retinol Products for skin care lovers!

 

The Best in Skin Care (2020)

Dr. Dray recently made a video about her top picks in skin care from the year that is thankfully on its way out! Aka, Dr. Dray’s list of some of the most effective skin care products from 2020. Lets just get right into it!

1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Overnight Hydration Cream:

This amazing moisturizer can be used on your face, as well as the body. This moisturizer does not just add moisture to the skin, but also gently exfoliates the skin to help remove dry, dead skin cells. This also adds a glow to your skin. If this stings on your face, then skip the face, but continue using it as a body moisturizer.

 

2. Aveeno Calm + Restore Oats Gel Moisturizer:

According to Dr. Dray, this facial moisturizer should be used by anybody with skin. Count me in! Oily, dry, combination, sensitive skin types, this product is wonderful for all skin requirements. Oats are excellent for the skin. Dr. Dray goes on to say that this drugstore gem is much better than the high-end moisturizers out there. Do not sleep on this product.

DR. DRAY BEST SKIN CARE OF 2020

 

3. Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer:

The simply packaging of the product might not attract you, but the product should. This lightweight hydrating moisturizer is everything you need in a facial moisturizer. Good for people with rosacea as well.

 

4. Dermatonic’s Soothing Foot Cream:

This foot cream reduces callus build up without eliminating it, yes! A little callus is required. Go figure! A lot to learn from Dr. Dray here! This product also reduces excess friction on your feet caused by running. This foot cream can also be used on your hands, the ingredients in this product are fabulous for the nails.

 

5. Eucerin Daily Hydration Hand Cream:

This year has been all about hand washing, a lot of people were shocked to hear that washing hands is a must. Silver lining of 2020 – Some good habits. Yes, washing is required! With excessive hand washing, comes excessive dryness, which is why hand creams have become an essential. This product also has SPF which is the most important aspect of any skin care routine. This company, Eucerin does not mess around with their products. They make useful, simple yet effective and affordable products. Wow, I just used a lot of adjectives there, but yes this product works!

 

6. Necessaire The Hand Cream:

Here is another hand cream worth a try. This is a non-greasy, fragrance free hand cream. Wonderful for impatient people who do not want to wait around for creams to absorb. It is effective and quick to get the job done. Just wash your hands, slather on this hand cream and you are good to go.  It is a good essential to have on your desk. 

 

7. Specific Beauty Advanced Dark Spot Corrector Pads:

This is a great dermatologist created brand that has some great products. These dark spot corrector pads brighten the face without drying it up. It calms down the redness and helps fight hyperpigmentation. 

I could not find this product on Amazon, but here is the mask version of the same product


8. It’s Skin Li Effector:

This serum helps reduce redness and adds a radiant brightness to the face. Who doesn’t want some extra glow? This product has amazing reviews and has worked for a lot of people in soothing their acne scars and clearing up the skin.  

9. Skinsmart’s Anti Microbial Spray:

This product helps fight off bacteria and infections. I love this because it is a spray, and you just spray it on your skin for it to work. This is marketed as a facial product, but it can be used anywhere on your body. Especially good for people dealing with acne, caused by wearing face masks, aka, ME. It is perfect for anybody with sensitive skin, will also be helpful to those dealing with eczema.  

10. The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm:

This affordable cleansing balm is a no-nonsense cleansing balm, that works. It is fragrance free, like all other products in this list. It is best to use fragrance free products on your skin. As effective as some of the more expensive cleansing balms and it is cruelty free too. This is a best seller on Sephora so go grab yourself one.

11. Blistex Simple and Sensitive Lip Balm:

This lip balm helps retain water in the lips, helps get rid of chapped lips, it is flavor free and effective.

 

12. Avene’s Cicalfate LIPS Restorative Lip Cream:

Promotes recovery of lips. It is a great product if you deal with dry, chapped lips. A problem a lot of us deal with during the winters, or other dry seasons. This product is a bit sticky, so if that bothers you, you could put it on right before bed. It is good at facilitating healing of the lips.

 

Here’s a list of top 10 Cetaphil products for no-nonsense skin care

Wrapping Up

 

Dr. Dray knows what she is talking about, which is exactly why I trust her recommendations and write about them in my blog posts. If you prefer the video format, here is her original video about the best skin care products of 2020.

On a sidenote, this year has been difficult to say the least. It has been a challenging year and stress levels have been off the charts. I have quite a few posts about different ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Here is one of my posts to promote peace of mind. I hope it helps!

Cheers to a stress free mind and skin! 

Retinols Recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist

Top 6 Retinol Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist

Top 6 Retinol Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist

Retinol is a term for topical Vitamin A. Vitamin A consists of retinoic acid or Tretinoin, which is known for its anti-aging benefits. It boosts up collagen production in the skin which improves the condition of the skin by repairing it and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It removes sun damaged skin cells, not only that but it has also been discovered that Tretinoin can remove pre skin cancer cells.

Keep reading for some of Dr. Dray’s favorite cleansers to be used with retinol. 

 

Retinol vs Tretinoin

Both Retinol and Tretinoin are Vitamin A derivatives, both Retinol and Tretinoin are known to treat the same skin conditions. Both Retinol and Tretinoin:

  1. Stimulate Collagen in the Skin, making it more elastic
  2. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  3. Exfoliate the skin
  4. Have anti-aging properties
  5. Help with hyperpigmentation

So, how are they different?

Tretinoin is a synthetic version of Vitamin A, only available via prescription because it is very strong and not well tolerated by sensitive skin.

Retinol is a natural form of Vitamin A, it is milder, hence less irritating, and more tolerated by sensitive skin. Retinol does not require a doctor’s prescription, and easily available over the counter. Therefore, Retinol is more popular when it comes to skin care.

The best cleansing oils and balms recommended by dermatologist Dr. Dray – Click here to find out!

Please remember that moisturizing your skin regularly is a must when using retinoic acid or Tretinoin. Dr. Dray has some of her favorite moisturizers that she recommends, and I have them listed for you right here. Click for some of the best moisturizers for you! 

Top 5 Retinol Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist

Dr. Dray Dermatologist is whom I trust when it comes to skin care. If you watch her videos, you will see what I am talking about. She does not recommend every skin care product under the sun. The two most basic products Dr. Dray recommends in her videos are moisturizer, and sunscreen. I only started using both these things last year after watching Dr. Dray and I saw a difference on my face in less than a week.

I have oily skin which is why I was under the misconception that I did not need to moisturize. Well, low and behold – I was wrong. It does not matter what your skin type is, oily, dry, acne prone, “combination”; you need a moisturizer, and you need it every day. That is something I still do not follow to a T but yes, daily moisturizer and sunscreen is imperative when it comes to skin care.

Other than that, if you want smoother looking skin, you want to fight signs of aging, reduce fine lines, or deal with acne, Retinol or other Vitamin A derivatives are great to add to your skin care routine. Here are The Best Retinols for Hyperpigmentation and anti-aging as recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist. You can click on the link, if you prefer the video format. 

I have another blog post that I wrote about The Best Cetaphil Products Recommended by Dr. Dray, Click here for that. 

Dr. Dray reminds us that it is important to remember to introduce these products into your skin very slowly to minimize irritation and this also allows your skin to adjust to these products without acting out, start with once or twice a week, for the first few weeks.  

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Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 1 – Differin Gel ($12.86)

Adapalene – A third generation retinoic acid, that is recommended for people with sensitive skin, used to be exclusively available via prescription but now it is available over the counter to be bought by consumers. Mainly used by people with acne, recent studies have shown that Differin gel also has some anti-aging benefits and reduces the appearance of sunspots. This gel is already in its active state, so the skin does not have to do anything to prepare for it.

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 2 – La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment ($29.99)

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment is the same as Differin. They are both the same drug, manufactured by different brands. Adapalene is an evidence-based ingredient that can brighten sunspots and pigmentation caused by the sun. It can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

This ingredient can be used at nighttime, Dr. Dray recommends. It can be incorporated into your night routine. Dr. Dray recommends washing your face at the end of the day, make sure to get off all the makeup, oil, dirt, put on a moisturizer and let it fully absorb into your skin, and then apply Adapeline, that is Differin or La Roche-Posay’s Adapalene Gel. This method of application minimizes the irritation that some people experience after using Adapalene.

Alternatively, it can also be used during the day, since unlike Retinoic acid, Adapalene remains stable in the presence of light. It can be used on your arms as well.

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 3 – Avene Retrinal 0.1 Intensive Cream ($69.00)

                               

Retinaldehyde improves the look of the skin by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, improves the appearance of pores, boosts collagen production, removes hyperpigmentation. It is less irritating than Adapalene because the skin takes longer to process the Vitamin A. It is also why it takes longer to show results, but it will show results over time. This product can be used around the eyes, around your mouth or the neck. Clinical studies have shown that this ingredient can improve the appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes.

Dr. Dray Dermatologist recommends using this product in your nighttime skin care routine, it can work well as your nighttime moisturizer to your face and neck. Just make sure your face and neck are clean before you use this. It can also be used as a spot moisturizer. It is expensive so you can use your regular moisturizer all over your face, and then use this as a spot moisturizer for areas that need more help.

 

Let’s Talk about Retinol for Skin Care

The skin needs to perform two steps for retinols to work, which is why retinols take longer than adapalene and retinaldehyde to work. However, there is evidence that long term use of retinol can help improve your skin by producing more collagen into the skin, reducing fine lines, it has anti-aging properties as well.

Unlike, the before mentioned ingredients, adapalene and retinaldehyde, retinol is mainly a cosmetic and not an FDA approved ingredient for anything. Dr. Dray claims that not all retinols are created equally, which is why she is cautious and choosy when it comes to picking and recommending a product with retinol in it for skin care.

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 4 – CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum ($19.72)

 

This product not only helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines, but it is also effective when it comes to getting rid of post acne redness and discoloration. It has niacinamide and licorice extracts, the combination of these two ingredients along with retinol, can work wonders when it comes to dealing with hyper pigmentation. A lot of people believe that topical Vitamin A should not used by people with rosacea, however, it has been seen that this product has helped people with rosacea. Start with one night a week and try building it gradually.

Apply a moisturizer first, and once that has completely dried up, use this retinol serum just before going to bed. It is best suited to people in their twenties and thirties that are looking for anti-aging products.

Looking for an eye cream that actually works? Here are the best recommendations by Wayne Goss

 

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 5 – Neutrogena Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream (the fragrance-free version) ($22.13)

This Retinol product is Dr. Dray’s favorite, this product is super moisturizing, can be used as a nighttime moisturizer around the eyes (just do not get it inside your eyes, like all other Vitamin A products) face, neck, around the mouth and arms. This product stings a little when you apply it, it says so on the lable. The slight tingling sensation goes away soon enough.

Dr. Dray dermatologist recommends using this product at night. Cleanse your skin properly and apply this retinol product when the skin is a little damp. The slow release sustained action of this retinol will not cause an irritation on your skin if used this way, unlike the other Retin A ingredients, like Adapalene, which should not be used on damp skin.

This super moisturizing retinol product has been tested vastly in laboratories, and studies conducted over a year suggest that this product showed continued improvement in the condition of skin, by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation; it is an anti-aging powerhouse, and the fact this it is also a moisturizer, this product is particularly well suited for people with sensitive skin.

 

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 6 – Neutrogena Stubborn Marks PM Treatment ($17.97)

This is a new retinol product in the market. Dr. Dray recently recommended this in one of her instagram posts as one of the best drugstore retinol products. The sustained action retinol in this Neutrogena product is a slow release encapculated retinol, that is clinically tested on actual patients. This one gets a thumbs up by our favrite dermatologist and one worth trying if you’re looking for an affordable retinol product.

 

Cleansers to be Used with Retinols – Also Dermatologist Dr. Dray Recommended

Usage of retinol can really benefit the skin, however it can dry out your skin. A key to success with using retinol or Vitamin A derivatives is to avoid really hot water, avoid scrubbing your face or using a harsh cleanser. It is important to use a gentle facial cleanser, especially when using a retinol.

Dr. Dray recommends these gentle, non soap, fragrance free cleansers to be used with your Retinol:

1. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

This cleanser is very gentle, mild and perfect to be used along with a retinol, prescription or store bought. This is a safe bet. Dr. Dray is a fan of a lot of these CeraVe products. I have a list of her top recommendations from the brand right here. Click here for some of the top dermatologist recommendations from CeraVe. 

2. First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

This cleanser is another favorite of Dr. Dray’s. It has licorice root in it which is anti-inflammatory, and helps calm down redness. It also has glycerin which is hydrating, hydration is key when it comes to cleansers, especially while using retinols. Here is a travel size one that you can try out first.

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion

This one is also no surprise for anybody who watches Dr. Dray videos. Another gentle cleanser with a very small ingredient list. When it comes to skin care, trust me, the smaller the list, the better the outcome. Yes, I have a post up with the top Neutrogena recommendations by Dr. Dray as well. Here it is!

Wrapping Up

Adapalene is the most well suited when addressing acne and hyperpigmentation, however it is also the ingredient most likely to cause irritation and dryness and not tolerated well by everybody. Retinaldehyde requires your skin to oxidize first, to work, which is why it takes longer to see results after using this product. It is best suited for people with crow’s feet around their eyes, wrinkles around the mouth and to rejuvenate the neck. Retinols require the skin to do two things before they can start working, the results definitely take longer, but with consistent usage, retinols, as data based evidence shows, can visibly help improve your skin.