Retinol, Vitamin C & Microdermabrasion


We love a trendy ingredient or product here at CarolinaGMX. But dealing with sensitive skin can make it really tricky when trying out new products. We've done the hard work for you and have put together our recommendations of the best retinol, vitamin C and Microdermadrasion for sensitive skin.


After years of avoiding retinol, vitamin C and other actives, our founder, Carolina has found versions of these actives and microdermabrasion that do the job without irritating sensitive skin!






C: Working in the beauty world means I definitely have a huge curiosity for what’s new; whether it’s a hot new ingredient, new beauty tech or way in which a product is made. However, having sensitive skin that really does react with anything new makes it hard to find the balance of trying out new, exciting things and keeping my skin calm.


However, sometimes the perfect balance arrives of potent ingredients that are gentle enough to not cause any major reactions; enter Clinique’s Fresh-pressed Clinical with both Vitamin C and A.

This duo launched a few months ago but Clinique’s Fresh-pressed Vitamin C has been around for a while and has always been one of my go-to’s for brightened, smoother skin. What I like now is that they have combined the two is that I can get both the benefits of Vitamin C but also Vitamin A (retinol) in the evening.



The Best Vitamin C for Sensitive Skin:

I use the duo probably once every 3-4 weeks and when I do I make sure to only use it only for a week for maximum potency. For me, another key draw of this product combo is when I feel I am in need of brighter, smoother and more glowy skin is that I can add it into my skincare routine without actually disrupting my routine. I can still use the same serum, moisturiser etc etc that I want to both day and night but just add a few drops of the Vitamin C to my morning moisturiser and same for Vitamin A in the evening to my night cream.

I've included both the Clinique Fresh Pressed duo and also my pick of the best retinol for sensitive skin and Vitamin C for sensitive skin in the article to shop directly. Retinol can often be such a tricky ingredient even for non-sensitive skin with flaking and redness a common side effect. Therefore I have only included a few retinol options that I can truly say I love and work well for sensitive skin; including Sunday Riley Luna, Clinique Fresh Pressed Retinol and Darphin's Ideal Resource Retinol Oil.


The Best Retinol for Sensitive Skin:

Recently I also started using Michael Todd's Sonic Refresher microdermabrasian tool and I have been loving it. If you suffer from pigmentation, uneven skin tone or texture microdermabrasian is something that can really help. This tool has a couple of different heads you can use to really make sure you get the best out of the tool for your skin type. I use the most gentle head for the tool and use it as a great way to remove any old scars or signs on my skin. It is the only version of microdermabrasian I have found that really doesn't irritate sensitive skin in any way and is gentle enough to use regularly!


Every brand and product featured on CarolinaGMX make our editorial pages once a minimum of 70% of our sensitive-skin testers consider it worthy!

If you are interested in checking out some of our other sensitive skin posts you can find the latest here.


WHERE — London

PHOTOGRAPHY — Robert Colclough


EDITED BY— Gabriela Godinho-Moxon




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Carolina - Founder
Carolina - Founder

Carolina started CarolinaGMX after working in the fashion and beauty industries for over 7 years. This has included roles at Burberry, Selfridges & Estée Lauder. Her favourite product is Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72 Hours.

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