Skincare for Sensitive Skin - Interview with Carolina Godinho-Moxon

Skincare isn’t something you should take lightly, but it’s not all difficult-to-manage and laborious regimes. As we transition through the seasons, the weather plays all sorts of wizardry on our skin; leaving us in a limbo of confusion and frustration with dry patches here, and acne breakouts there. 

To shed some light on the ever-changing challenges of skin, we met with beauty guru Carolina Godinho-Moxen, a.k.a @carolinagmx, to discuss some of her concerns, how she combats them (We promise, you’ll all relate), and the top three products everyone needs in their beauty bag…

I’ve been interested in skincare since… 

7 years ago when I started to get severe allergic reactions that would leave my face swollen and red-raw. Before then, I hadn’t ever had any skin issues and although I liked skincare, I hadn’t really given it much thought.

My allergic reactions seemed to come out of nowhere and it forced me to pay attention to everything I used on my face. I started researching ingredients, products, pollution, what I was eating; essentially anything that might cause the reactions. Finally, last year, after seeing an allergy specialist on Harley Street, I found out I was allergic to fragrances (often in skincare, makeup, cleaning products, candles, room sprays and diffusers) and chemical preservatives.

Since then, I have become a skincare nerd and love hearing about the scientific developments, ingredient efficacy and the ways skincare can transform skin and wellbeing.

I would describe my skin as… 

Sensitive. Ever since the reactions, my skin is highly sensitive and often reacts to new products and ingredients. Getting older, living in a highly polluted city like London and living a busy lifestyle, have caused my skin to become more dehydrated as well, so I’ve had to adapt my skincare routine. Although I love trying out new things, I really need to take it slow when it comes to beauty and skincare…

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The main concern I have is…

The allergic reactions I mentioned and essentially calming my skin whenever it feels more sensitive.

My skincare regime consists of… 

I start the morning by just washing my face with water. Simple! Then, I use a liquid exfoliant; usually Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 2 or the PHA tonic from the Inkey List. Even though my skin is sensitive, I’ve found exfoliation to be vital in improving the overall condition of my skin.

I always use Hyaluronic Acid to help my dehydrated skin. Right now, I’m enjoying The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic with B5 and The Inkey List’s Hyaluronic Acid. Next, I love to layer up serums and moisturisers. Some of my favourite serums include Jordan Samuel’s Hydrate Facial Serum, Manuka Doctor Anti-Redness Protective Serum, Clinique ID Irritation Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly and Versed Skin Brightening Serum. Usually, I pick two; depending on the day and how my skin is feeling. Finally, I finish with an SPF. The best one’s I have found so far are: Alpha H’s SPF 50 and By Terry’s UV Base SPF 50, which are both gorgeous products.

In the evening, I always begin with a double cleanse. I use Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm to remove all makeup and follow with another cleanser. At the moment, I love Jordan Samuel Skin The Matinee Gel Cleanser. It’s a miracle-worker! The rest of my evening routine stays pretty similar to my daytime routine, although I try to use Retinol 2-3 times a week. Retinol can be particularly tricky for sensitive skin, but I have found one that works for me and recommend it to almost everyone: Darphin Ideal Resource Youth Retinol Concentrate. It is pricey, but definitely worth it! It comes in individual capsules as a gorgeous oil and doesn’t irritate. I feel like my skin is always glowing after! 

If you only buy 3 products for your skin, here’s what to get…

Oooh! This is a tricky one, but I would have to say:

Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 2 Liquid Exfoliant

The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid

Darphin Ideal Resource Youth Retinol Concentrate

For make-up, I’m all about… 

Simple and glowy. For my base, it really depends on the day. I might leave things bare or, if I’m upping the glow factor, I go for By Terry’s Brightening CC Serum or Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid mixed in with a moisturiser. Then, I’ll follow it up with bronzer, blush, my well-used Glossier Boy Brow and Clinique’s Chubby Stick Eye, in the shade Lots Of Latte.

My final tip to you… 

Avoid using fragrance in your skincare. This can honestly help anyone, whether you have eczema-prone skin, sensitivity or suffer from acne. Fragrances used in skincare irritate the top layers of skin, which can result in acne, redness or rashes. There are some incredible brands out there not using fragrance nowadays: Clinique, Jordan Samuel skin, The Ordinary, The Inkey List, Simple, and Versed skincare to name a few!


You can shop all Carolina’s recommendations when you scroll down and via her profile in the app. 

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