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DERMATOLOGIST DR DRAY - 7 WAYS TO FADE SUN DAMAGE

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

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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, 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 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.

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

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! 

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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.

DERMATOLOGIST DR. DRAY’S AM & PM SKINCARE ROUTINES – STEP BY STEP (with Product Recommendations)

DERMATOLOGIST DR. DRAY’S AM & PM SKINCARE ROUTINES – STEP BY STEP (with Product Recommendations)

DERMATOLOGIST DR. DRAY’S AM & PM SKINCARE ROUTINES – STEP BY STEP

 

Dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends keeping skincare routines minimalistic, less is more when it comes to skincare, however, it is crucial to never be stingy with sunscreen. The essential skincare products are necessary to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Let’s be honest, when it comes to skincare, most of us just wing it, which is why it is useful to see what a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Dray not only recommends to her clients, but also follows herself every day.

If you prefer the video format, here is Dr. Dray’s original skincare routine video. 

Dr. Dray’s PM Skincare Routine

In general, we are tempted to ignore skincare at night and focus more on our morning skincare routine. It is important to remember that our skin rests, rejuvenates and heals itself at night, when our whole body, mind and soul are at ease. Hence, it is a better practice to concentrate more on your nighttime skincare routine than the daytime skincare routine. Likewise, dermatologist Dr. Dray has a more elaborate PM skincare routine.

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

Now let’s get into it!

1. The Double Cleanse Method – Step 1 – Cleansing Oil, Cleansing Balm

People seem to think that cleansing the face is not necessary at night if you do not wear makeup. However, hopefully you are wearing a sunscreen, and reapplying it throughout the day. Sunscreen needs to be cleansed too. It is invisible, but it is still makeup, it is still cosmetic, and it needs to be washed off before you get into bed at night.

Dermatologist Dr. Dray prefers nighttime showers, and before getting in the shower she uses an oil cleanser to break up the film of water-resistant sunscreen from her face. This will also help makeup wearers disrupt the film of makeup, dirt, or sweat from the skin as well.

A lot of people gravitate to using makeup wipes, makeup removers, micellar water, and the likes but Dr. Dray prefers using a cleansing oil, because using the other methods will require you to rub the skin a lot more than using a cleansing oil. Being gentle on your skin is the best thing you can do for it to make it look healthy and happy forever.

The Cleansing Oil Dr. Dray uses and recommends is the Neutrogena Body Oil. Yes, body oils are safe to be used on your face as well. It is oil, and that is the main thing to remember here.

If you are interested in other Cleansing Oil and Cleansing balm recommendations by Dr. Dray, click here. I have an entire blog post dedicated to her top favorite Cleansing oils and Cleansing balms. Pick your favorite and move on to Step 2.

Click here for some Neutrogena Favorites by Dr. Dray

 

2. The Double Cleanse Method – Step 2 – Cleanser

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Dr. Dray gently rubs the cleansing oil on her face and neck, getting the mascara off, sunscreen off, and then runs her face under the shower. This process will remove most of the stuff from your skin. This is followed by step 2, which is to wash your face, and the remaining cleansing oil on your face with a gentle cleanser. The one dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends is the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Just spread it on your face neck, in gentle circles and that is all the exfoliating your skin requires. No need for the extra scrubbing or exfoliants.

Here are top CeraVe products recommended by Dr. Dray.

 

3. Body Wash


Now that we have the face covered, the next step is the rest of your body. Dr. Dray recommends cleansing your body specifically in areas you have skin folds, or areas that are soiled or sweaty, or body washes that are targeted towards skin conditions like acne, rosacea, etc. Typically, body washes have too much soap, which is not ideal for the skin, as it strips the skin of its natural moisturizers and causes dryness, irritation, and in some cases, even allergies.

The body wash Dr. Dray recommends is another gem by CeraVe. The CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser. Yes, it is okay to use face washes as a body wash. Peroxyl’s Benzoyl Peroxide Wash is another recommendation. Benzoyl Peroxide is anti-inflammatory, anti-acne. Just apply this to your skin folds, leave it on for a few minutes and rinse it off. The anti-bacterial properties will also help with body odor.

The CeraVe body wash is also a great one!

Wondering which other body cleansers and bar soaps Dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends? Do not worry! Here is a list of her top picks!

 

4. Body Moisturizer

Next, Dr. Dray does not use towels to dry herself. She uses a cotton tee shirt to wrap her hair up while still in the shower, this makes sure that most of the water from the shower has dripped off. On the damp skin, she uses a moisturizer or a lotion. Moisturizers work best when applied to the skin while it is still damp. Always, always follow a body wash with a body moisturizer.

Here are some other amazing moisturizer recommendations by Dr. Dray.

5. Facial Moisturizer

After moisturizing the body, Dr. Dray gets out and stands on a bamboo bath mat, which makes quite a difference. A bamboo bathmat makes a huge difference, as they do not harbor mold, they last a lot longer and are easy to clean. This is where she follows up with a facial moisturizer. The one she recommends is Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer.

Here are some of Dr. Dray’s top Cetaphil Products for skincare.

 

6. Lip Ointment

After moisturizing the face and the body, Dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends a lip ointment. Yes, Lips are skin and need some love too. CeraVe Healing Ointment is a good one for anybody with lips. You can use it on any part of your body that is dry, like elbows and knees.

 

7. Retinols and Tretinoin

This step is not for everybody, but if you are someone who uses retinols, or Vitamin A, this is when you should apply it. It is best to put these on at night, as many forms of Vitamin A degrade with exposure to sunlight. Tretinoin is prescription only, but there are over the counter products as well. Differin Gel is the most popular one of those. Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream is another great product.

If you are looking for a list of Dr. Dray recommended retinols, click here!

 

8. SLEEP – Non-Negotiable

Last but not the least is going to sleep. Sleep is the most important step that helps your skin. Adequate sleep is a must for good healthy skin. 8 hours of high-quality sleep is highly recommended.

 

Dr. Dray’s AM Skincare Routine

 

AM SKINCARE ROUTINE STEP 1  – SUNSCREEN

As mentioned before, Dr. Dray’s morning skincare routine is not as elaborate as her PM skincare routine. This is simply because, our favorite dermatologist is quite busy in the morning and does the bare minimum. She does not wash her face in the morning, and just starts the day with the most important part of skincare. SUNSCREEN!

Washing your face in the morning is not necessary but it depends on personal preference. If you like washing your face in the morning, go ahead.

Dr. Dray encourages everybody to film themselves while wearing sunscreen, just so you know which parts you usually forget to put sunscreen on – around the eyes, nose, neck, sides of the face are areas that are usually skipped.

A Few Great Sunscreens to Try

1. Image Prevention Daily Ultimate Protection SPF 50

Combination sunscreen, meaning it has a mineral active ingredient and some chemical active ingredients for maximum protection.

2. Coppertone Defend & Care Oil Free SPF 50

This one is water resistant, so it is perfect for hot and humid days.

 

3. Eucerin Daily Hydration Cream SPF 30

This is a great choice for the body, areas that are exposed to the sun should also have sunscreen, so do not forget that. It is a good idea to wear sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, etc. for maximum protection from the sun.

 

4. Eucerin Daily Hydration Hand Cream SPF 30

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day, so here is another option to protect your hands. This hand cream is moisturizing and has SPF in it, especially after washing your hands.

5. Vanicream Lip Protectant

Lips are often overlooked, but lips are skin and need sun protection. This one is a great one that Dr. Dray highly recommends.

Looking for a list of sunscreens suggested by Dr. Dray, click here for the post!

 

AM SKINCARE ROUTINE STEP 2 – MASCARA

This one is not skincare related, but since we are talking about Dermatologist Dr. Dray’s morning routine, I felt the need to mention it. She uses a mascara, as the only beauty product, and recommends Maybelline’s Colossal in the shade Glam Black.

Wrapping Up

Different skin, different requirements, but seeing what a board-certified dermatologist does to ensure her skin is taken care of is useful. You can add or subtract the steps according to your preference but if you take one thing away from this post, it should be that sunscreens and moisturizers are crucial, and must not be ignored. The rest can follow.

Stay safe and keep your mind and skin calm!

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. 

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

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.

Cerave Skincare Favorites - Dr. Dray

Recommended by Dr. Dray – Top 10 Products from CeraVe

Recommended by Dr. Dray – Top 10 Products from CeraVe

 

CeraVe is probably not the most exciting skin care brand when it comes to their simple blue and white packaging, but if you are somebody who is more about what is inside the boring bottles, you will love the products offered by this brand.

Dr. Dray did not disappoint us CeraVe shippers, here is a list of top 10 CeraVe products according to famous dermatologist, Dr. Dray.

Prefer to see the video format? Here is a link to her original video talking about the following products.

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

 

Let’s get right into it.

 

Dr. Dray’s Favorite CeraVe Skincare Products

1. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: $16.08

This is fantastic for all skin types, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin? This cream has you covered. This can be used on your face and/or body. Also suitable for people using drying topical medications like tretinoin and Benzoyl Peroxide. This does not feel greasy or heavy but provides a good moisture barrier for your skin. In Dr. Dray’s own words, this product is a golden child and she highly recommends it in many of her videos.

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2. CeraVe SA Lotion for Rough and Bumpy Skin: $20.97

This lotion includes salicylic and lactic acid to help soften and exfoliate dry, rough, built up bumpy skin. This lotion can be used on your face as well, especially for oily, acne prone skin with large pores. This product stings a little bit on areas with eczema or raw red patches because of the salicylic acid.

 

3. CeraVe Renewing SA Foot Cream: $19.90

This product is a fantastic foot cream, it has salicylic acid that helps exfoliate the dry callus. This should not be used on the face because the skin on the feet is a lot thicker and this product is targeted towards that.

 

4. CeraVe Itch Relief Cream: $31.46

Dealing with the pesky, never ending itch? This product will help you find relief for that. It is great for anybody who has the itch. It imparts moisture into the skin and helps silence the itching signals and helps calm down the skin by silencing the itchy nerves. The cream is rich and moisturizing, especially for anybody with eczema. This product does not contain steroids in it, which is why it is a safer alternative to other itch creams that do contain steroids. Dr. Dray recommends placing this cream in the refrigerator for better results. It can also be used on the face for facial relief.

5. CeraVe Healing Ointment

This ointment seals in hydration and reduces trans epidermal water loss. Unlike Vaseline this product has hyaluronic acid in it, which is a humectant, simply put, this helps bringing hydration up out of the deeper layers of the skin. This also protects the skin and helps with the skin barrier repair. This product can be used on the face, around the eyes, lips, or any area that feels dry or scaly, or any area that suffers from skin-on-skin friction.

 

6. CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream: $16.99

This product has an ingredient that helps facilitate skin barrier repair by adding hydration to the skin. The niacinamide in it is anti-inflammatory, this product is a highly recommended night cream by dermatologist Dr. Dray. People with mature skin especially enjoy this for its skin renewing tendencies.

7. CeraVe Skin Renewing Gel Oil: $22.92

This little enigma has sunflower seed oil that acts as an emollient. It feels like a lightweight serum that creates a nice barrier to water loss. It is particularly good if you are going through the peeling stages when starting a retinol or prescription retinoid. It is safe to use around the eyes. People do complain about the pump, which does not pump as perfectly as it should, but other than that this product is a favorite. Dr. Dray recommends traveling with it, good to use on the plane!

 

8. CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen: $13.97

This is a mineral tinted sunscreen; the tint will not be suitable for every complexion so it would be nice to choose wisely. This sunscreen is not greasy, it is a moisturizing formula, CeraVe nailed it with this product. This shade will work for people with medium skin tones. It is not water resistant, so probably not the best for outside sports, but this is great as an every day sunscreen moisturizer.

 

9. CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum: $20.98

Retinol is fantastic for the skin; I have a post about the best retinols for the skin. Check it out here. This product can help improving the look of wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation. It reduced redness, soothes the skin barrier, it is moisturizing, and helps reduce acne and post acne marks or redness. This is a great anti-aging product as well. It is a winner!

 

10. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar: $16.19

This is a soap-free bar soap, which according to Dr. Dray is the best bar cleanser in the market today! Yes, a bold statement, but if dermatologist Dr. Dray thinks this is the best, we believe it IS the best.

This product puts the moisture back into your skin as you cleanse. It is not harsh, not stripping. It can be used on the face, body, bar soaps are better for the environment and work just as well as liquid soaps.

 

Wrapping Up

CeraVe is one of my personal favorite skin care brands as well, and Dr. Dray got me hooked onto the CeraVe AM Moisturizer. Though this product did not make the top 10 list, it was mentioned in the video and I personally love it. This product got me using moisturizers for the first time in my life and I always have a backup now. It is non-greasy and has SPF. They also have a PM version to be used at night.

 

Hoping for a more peaceful 2021? check this post out for ways to be more at peace this year and the next.

 

 

TOP 8 Oil Cleansers & Cleansing Balms - Dr. Dray Recommendations

Recommended by Dr. Dray – 8 Best Oil Cleansers & Cleansing Balms

Recommended by Dr. Dray – The Best Oil Cleansers & Cleansing Balms

 

Hello my beautiful people! We are back with another post about some of the best skincare products recommended by our favorite dermatologist, Dr. Dray.

The Double Cleanse Method

First, in case you are not familiar with the double cleanse method, allow me to explain. The double cleanse method consists of two steps to cleanse your face:

  1. Gently massage your face with an oil to loosen up any dirt, sunscreen, makeup from the day.
  2. Wash the face with a cleanser to get rid of the oil, dirt, sunscreen, makeup from the day. There are a few Dr. Dray recommended Cleanser options below. Keep reading!

Vanicream Facial Cleanser is one that Dr. Dray recommends.

I have been following the double cleanse method before I discovered Dr. Dray and it is great to have it validated by a professional. Some people like to just massage their face with oil, and then sleep without cleansing the face with a face wash.

There are a few problems with that:

  1. While the oil has loosened up the makeup, sunscreen, dirt etc. from your face, they are still sitting on your skin, they need to be washed off by a cleanser.
  2. While oils are fabulous when it comes to removing makeup, kept on your skin for too long, might lead to reactions. Oily skin, sensitive skins particularly might not tolerate oil sitting on the face all night very well.

Just started taking skin care a bit seriously? Here are 5 must have products recommended by Dr. Dray. 

Coconut Oil for the Face?

As I mentioned, while I have been using the double cleanse method for several years, I was not aware of which oils to use. My main goal was simply to get rid of any makeup on my face. I made the mistake of using coconut oil on my face for several weeks, NOT A GOOD IDEA for anybody with oily and/or acne prone skin. I watched a lot of youtubers talking about the magic that is coconut oil for the face, and I went ahead and gave it a try. My skin hated me for it, and I ended up seeking a dermatologist. It took over a year to get rid of the acne caused by coconut oil.

Dr. Dray has also suggested to stay away from coconut oil if you have any kind of a skin condition. It has been known to cause acne, rashes, also not recommended for anybody with dandruff. Coconut oil is good for the hair strands, but not so much for the scalp.

So, now that we know which oil NOT to use, lets get into the ones that we can use. Of course, with the expertise of Dr. Dray, lets get right into some of the BEST oils for cleansing.

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

 

The Best Oil Cleansers

 

1. The Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Oil: $26.99

Dr. Dray Recommendations for Cleansing Oils

 

We are not saving the best for last! This one is Dr. Dray’s favorite cleansing oil. (scroll down for her favorite cleansing balm) This product contains olive oil and jojoba oil, both rich in antioxidants, both are suitable for people with oily skin or eczema.

You take a drop of water on the palm of your hand, two pumps of the oil and then gently dab it all over your face and eyes. It gets rid of sunscreen, mascara, makeup from the face without any heavy-duty tugging.

For the step two of the Double cleansing method, go in with your favorite cleanser, Dr. Dray recommends the Hado Labo Hyaluronic Cleansing foam. These two make a fabulous combo when it comes to the double cleanse method.

2. Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Lightweight Body Oil: $9.59

If you are looking for a more affordable option, this one is a good one to test out. This oil is a no-nonsense product that is useful to get the sunscreen off your body, however, this works just as well on your face as well. This is another product that Dr. Dray recommends for the double cleanse method. There is no fragrance, which is typically what you must look for in skincare products. The oil contains Polyethylene glycol which helps this rinse off so you do not have to worry about the oil sticking to your skin after cleansing. Just lather some to dry skin and you are good to go. 

Wondering which Netrogena products are Dr. Dray favorites? I have a post about it right HERE. 

 The Best Cleansing Balms

3. Pond’s Makeup Remover, Cucumber Cold Cream: $11.68

This is cold cream is another favorite of Dr. Drays. Ponds cold cream has been around for a really long time, but it was not until recently that Ponds came up with a fragrance free version of their popular cold cream. This cream is effective to remove sunscreen, makeup, dirt and oil. It is very hydrating and perfect for anybody with dry, oily or sensitive skin. This will not clog your pores and is suitable for anybody with acne prone skin.

Dr. Dray recommends washing this cream off with a cleanser, just like other cleansing oils. The label on this cream recommends just wiping the cream off, however there have been reports of women getting various skin conditions because of unwashed cold creams. Dr. Dray recommends washing this off, her cleanser recommendations are below. 

4. Banila Co Clean it Zero Purity Cleansing Balm: $22.14

 

This cleansing balm has liquorish extract for a brightening effect to the skin, aloe vera is a good moisturizing and anti-inflammatory ingredient. This product is not fragrance free but since it is washed off from the face, that fragrance will not be terrible and Dr. Dray loves this product, as she states in her video. However, be wary if you have overly sensitive skin. Just massage this product lightly onto your face and it does a nice job at taking off your makeup and is relaxing!

Looking for ways to calm your mind a bit more? click here!

 

5. Heimish All Clean Balm: $18.50

 

This one contains shea butter, DONKEY MILK (What!), coconut oil and fragrances so be wary if you have oily, sensitive skin. This one works like the Banila Co Cleansing Balm and works just as well.

 

6. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm: $7.90

 

 

This fragrance-free cleansing balm is one of the more popular ones. This is a little drier than the other two balms mentioned, it requires a bit more of a tugging but is a good option to test out of you are looking for a good fragrance-free cleansing balm. It also comes in a travel size so that is a plus.

 

7. Farmacy Green Clean: $34.00 

This cleansing balm will come off easily with just water, if you are not one for a double cleanse, this is a good choice. This product has fragrance, while the cleanser is good, and Dr. Dray enjoyed it, she does caution people with sensitive skin about products with fragrance in it.

 

8. Albolene: $9.69

Last but not the least, Albolene is Dr. Dray’s favorite cleansing balm. It is fragrance-free, it has mineral oil in it. Mineral oils get a bad rep, but dermatologists love mineral oils. This non-comedogenic cleansing balm is a simple, affordable cleansing balm that gets your makeup off easily. You will need water to get this off, so double cleanse with it is necessary.

STEP 2 OF THE DOUBLE CLEANSE – CLEANSER

Apart from the Hado Labo Hyaluronic Cleansing foam, that Dr. Dray loves for step two of the double cleanse, she also recommends the Vanicream Gentle Cleanser, if you are looking for a more affordable option, that is a good one. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is another fantastic option.

Wrapping Up

Double cleansing method is an effective way to make sure you get all your makeup, sunscreen, mascara off. However, it is not the only way to clean your face. You can test it out, if it works for you, you can continue, if it does not work for you, that is fine too. It is not a requirement for skin care, it is what Dr. Dray and a million other people, including myself, do to wash their face and it might help you too.

Calm that skin, but more importantly calm that mind. Stay safe!

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.

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

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! 

Top 10 Products from The Ordinary – Dr. Dray

Top 10 Products from The Ordinary – Dr. Dray (Pick the Best One for You)

Top 10 Products from The Ordinary – Dr. Dray

 

2020 has been all about skin care. People drifted a little away from makeup and more into skin care. YouTuber saw a rise in popularity of dermatologists like Dr. Dray, whose channel focusses on the best and the worst skin care products there are in the market. The Ordinary is one of the many popular skin care brands that the world witnessed in the last few years. The concept behind the brand is simply put – affordable skin care.

The Ordinary keeps the ingredients used in its skin care products transparent, the packaging simple, yet effective. The wide range of different skin care needs and the transparency of the ingredients makes it easy for consumers to pick and choose ones suitable to them. One bottle will last you a while!

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

I have a couple of other amazing retinol recommendations by Dr. Dray listed here. 

The Ordinary – Keeping things Simple

When it comes to skin care, I always say, less is more. Any time that I have shown over enthusiasm with my skin care by using a ton of different products simultaneously, my skin has fought back with vengeance. The point being it is not recommended to use every skin care gem The Ordinary has to offer.

Pick one or two that would be best suited to your skin care needs. My sister got a consultation from The Ordinary’s customer care and they recommended way more products than anybody should need. Of course, they will try to sell their products as much as possible. So, how do you choose the best product for your skin? Dr. Dray, the popular dermatologist and her expertise have you covered!

 

The Best Products from The Ordinary

1. Natural Moisurizing Factors + HA

Looking for a radiant glow to your skin, while hydrating and facilitate skin barrier repair? This is a good recommendation by Dr. Dray. Moisturizer and sun screen are the two most important requirements for any skin, test this one out.

 

2. Marine Hyaluronics

Looking to plump off your skin, soothe out fine lines and wrinkles and hyperpigmentation? This is just the product for you.

3. Amino Acids +B5

Looking to hydrate the top dead layers of your skin? This product will help improve moisture retention of your skin and help with fine lines and wrinkles. The B5 is great for skin barrier recovery, which is required if you use a lot of products and notice irritation of your skin.

 

 

4. Buffet

Looking to boost up collagen in the deeper layers of your skin? This is the product for you. Dr. Dray’s personal favorite product from The Ordinary is fantastic to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines. It hydrates and helps reduce inflammation and irritation in the skin.

Dr. Dray favorite the ordinary product

 

5. Caffein Solution +EGCG

Looking to reduce hyperpigmentation, morning puffiness or skin irritation? This is the one you should be looking for. This product can also help reduce dark circles, of course if the dark circles are genetic, no product will help but otherwise, it is a good product to include into your morning skincare routine.

 

6. Azelaic Acid Suspension

Looking to reduce acne, hyperpigmentation, melasma, rosacea? Do you have sensitive skin? This product is made for you! It is gentle and safe to use during pregnancy as well.

7. Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

Looking to reduce large pores, blackheads, acne, do you have oily skin? Here is the product you have been looking for. Use this once or twice a week to clean, dry skin and rinse it off after ten minutes.

 

8. AHA/BHA Peeling Solution

Looking to exfoliate your skin? Who isn’t! This is the product for you. This is the most popular of  all The Ordinary products, probably because of the red color? Do not let the appearance fool you, this product works. Like the salicylic acid masque, this product is also applied to clean, dry skin and rinsed off after ten minutes. No more than once or twice a week!

 

9. Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

Looking to exfoliate your sensitive skin? Have a deeper skin tone? This product is a better choice for you than the AHA/BHA Peeling solution. Deeper skin tones might suffer from hyperpigmentation if the skin reacts with certain ingredients, this product will take care of that while smoothening out the skin.

 

10. Squalane Cleanser

Looking for a soap free cleanser for your oily skin? We have a winner! This product is great to remove makeup as well, super gentle and non greasy.

 

WRAPPING UP 

 

There we have it, top ten best The Ordinary products recommended by our favorite dermatologist, Dr. Dray, here is a link to her video for reference. It is always better to take skin care advice from a certified dermatologist, you can be sure that they know what they are talking about. The Ordinary products are affordable but please do not proceed to use them all at once! Pick one or two to incorporate into your skin care routine, you will love them!

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.