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7 Ways to Fade Sun Damage – Recommended by Dermatologist Dr Dray

7 Ways to Fade Sun Damage – Recommended by Dermatologist Dr Dray


Ultraviolet radiation from the sun not only cause sunburn, but it also penetrates deeper into the skin and destroys collagen, which is what ultimately forms wrinkles and fine lines. Ultraviolet radiation also damages the DNA within our skin cells which not only causes sun damage but can also lead to skin cancer.

Dr. Dray reminds us that it is extremely difficult to correct sun damage and get rid of it but there are few things you can do that will help fade sun damage on the face and body.

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Here is Dr. Dray’s original video on this topic. 

1. Wear a Sunscreen


If you are a regular on my website, or watch Dr. Dray’s videos, this should come as no surprise. Sunscreen is non-negotiable. If you have not started wearing an SPF yet start now. It does not matter what your age is. I discovered the importance of wearing a sunscreen just two years ago, and trust me, it has saved my skin.

Wearing sunscreen lowers the number of sun-damaging skin cells in the skin. It can reduce the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, visible signs of skin aging and reduces the risk of forming skin cancer. It is never too late to start protecting your skin from the Sun.

Do not forget to apply sunscreen to your eyelids, lips, back of your legs, arms, and other body parts that we often tend to overlook.

Click here for some of the best sunscreen recommendations by dermatologist Dr. Dray. 

Sun protection does not stop at wearing an SPF on your face, Sun protective clothing is also a good idea to consider. Here is one recommended by Dr. Dray.

2. Include an Antioxidant Serum

Antioxidants help to reduce oxidative stress. UV exposure lowers the antioxidants that we naturally have in our skin, so it is good practice to include antioxidants in our skin care routines to help reduce some of that oxidative stress from Sun’s ultraviolet and infrared radiation. Sunscreen fails to block the Infrared radiation from the sun, which is where an antioxidant comes to the rescue.

Vitamin C is the most popular antioxidant. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic is a well-researched product that dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends in her video. The product has shown to not only reduce damage from the ultraviolet radiation but also reduces damage from the infrared radiation. Dr. Dray typically recommends inexpensive products, so if she recommends one that is expensive, it is guaranteed a fantastic one. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic is a great product to add if you are looking to include a good Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine.

Use a little bit of the antioxidant serum in the morning, once it is absorbed into your skin, apply sunscreen. The combination of two is a great one to fight and fade sun damage.

Here are some affordable options of antioxidants that dermatologist Dr Dray recommends –

3. Retinol / Retinoid

Sunscreen during the day and retinoids at night. Now that we have Vitamin C covered, lets get into the importance of Vitamin A, aka Retinol or Retinoids.

Retinoids are the most evidence-based ingredient for improving visible signs of photoaging and help the skin handle the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation much better. They remove sun damaged skin cells, smooth out the surface of the skin, they help reduce sunspots, age spots, retinoids help the skin recover from DNA damage and help boost up collagen production.

I have a post about some of the best retinols and retinoids recommended by dermatologist Dr. Dray, click here for that.


4. At-Home Peel

These products combine chemical exfoliants that exfoliate the surface layer of the skin and remove some of that sun damage, smooth out the skin in doing so, and ultimately give you bright, healthy looking skin. If used on a consistent weekly basis, they also help improving the moisture content of the skin.

Remember not to use these products too frequently, as they will cause irritation to the skin. Dr. Dray recommends slowly introducing these peels slowly to your skin, use two or three times a week. Make sure you are really good with your sun protection when using these products. The results are subtle so do not expect overnight miracles with them.

Some other Dr. Dray recommended peels to try at home are below:

Click here for the best THE ORDINARY recommendations by dermatologist Dr. Dray. 

The above-mentioned steps are things you can do by yourself to help fade sun damage. If you are looking to dive deeper into this and open to getting a procedure from a professional, seeking a dermatologist is a good idea. Let’s look at some procedures recommended by dermatologist Dr. Dray.

5. In Office Peel

There are some peels that you can get done in a dermatologist’s office. Getting a professional peel is definitely an upgrade to an at-home peel, because a dermatologist will know which ingredients to add or remove from a peel according to your specific skin type and requirement. Dr. Dray recommends a glycolic acid peel for fading sun damage.

Benefits of a glycolic Acid Peel:

  1. Exfoliates the skin more intensely.
  2. Improves the look of sun damage.
  3. Helps boost collagen production.

Click here for some of the best Cleansers and Cleansing Oils that dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends. 


6. Radiofrequency Microneedling

This is another procedure you can get done to help with sun damage. This is an amazing technique that will improve skin texture, reduce hyperpigmentation, remove some of those sun damage skin cells. It stimulates cell renewal and collagen production. This procedure improves the look of fine lines and can diminish the appearance of pores. Sun damage will enlarge your pores, this is something a lot of people do not know.

Radiofrequency Microneedling is also a great procedure to consider if you want to reduce skin scars. It is safe on any skin tone. At least three sessions of this procedure are recommended for the best results.

7. Fraxel

Fraxel is a lazer treatment that stimulates healing response of the skin, it helps increase collagen production, improves skin texture, great for scars. It has a skin tightening effect and reduces the look of large pores. It helps create firmer, smoother, even-toned skin.

Click here for 5 best skincare products from 2020, as recommended by Dr. Dray. 

Wrapping Up

We all want amazing skin, we all want to look younger, but do not forget to see the bigger picture here. These recommendations, and others on my website are not just for beautification. Yes, that is great, and I will not sit here and act like I do not care about beauty, but it is important to remember that sun damage is a major cause for skin cancer, and skin cancer causing cells. It is never too late to protect your skin from the sun.

Cheers to a calmer mind and skin!







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!

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



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!