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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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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 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!

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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.


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!