I know you don’t want to talk about it. Neither do I, but we have to address this. Your skin needs help, and I’m going to tell you why and how you should take care of it.
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Talk to them about the importance of skincare.
Your significant other is already a great person, and they’ll probably be receptive to you talking about the importance of skin care. After all, people who take care of themselves are healthier in general.
“Your skin is the largest organ on your body,” says Dr. Alan J. Mills, MD, FACS (Plastic Surgery). “It protects you from germs and bacteria that cause illness by keeping out substances that could harm you.” That means it’s important to take care of it!
By making sure that your partner is taking good care of their health, they’re also making sure that everyone around them will be happy too—because nothing makes people as happy as looking good!
Don’t be afraid to talk to them about their skin.
Don’t be afraid to talk to them about their skin. Don’t be afraid to ask your significant other if they have any skin problems, and if so, how they deal with them. If they want you to know what skincare products they use (and trust me, most people do), don’t be afraid to ask about it. I know that this sounds like something awkward for couples, but in reality, it’s not. In fact, it’s a great way for both of you to get closer by showing interest in each other’s personal lives!
So take the plunge: next time you’re spending some quality time together on the couch or at dinner or wherever else it is that couples go when alone together (I hope we’re not alone here), ask them about their skincare routine and what products might work well for you too!
Make them realize they have a problem.
The first step to having any successful conversation is to make sure that you’ve set the right expectations. Your partner may be thinking one thing, but if you don’t know what they’re thinking or feeling it’s much harder to get through. Don’t just assume they want your input. Instead, ask them directly: “I want to talk about how you feel about your skin right now.”
When we were starting out as a couple, I asked my boyfriend Alex if he’d ever thought about changing his skincare routine.
He said no—but then he admitted that he wasn’t sure if he wanted a change at all. This told me two things: 1) He didn’t really think there was anything wrong with his current routine and 2) He might actually be open to new ideas if I gave them some time and space (by which I mean not nagging him about it for hours on end). It also let me know that if I wanted changes in his routine going forward, then those would have to come from within rather than from without because nothing says “you’re failing” like trying too hard at something instead of letting nature take its course.
Show them how they should be taking care of their skin.
Show your significant other how to use the products. Even if they’ve been using a product for a while, they may not be doing it as effectively as possible. You can help them by showing them how to apply the products correctly and where on their face/body they should apply them. For example, if you’re using a moisturizer that has SPF in it, show your significant other how to put it on after washing their face with water only (no soap). If you’re using an exfoliating scrub, show your significant other how much is too much so that they don’t irritate their skin with too many scrubs in one day.
Show them how to take care of their skin at home and when out in public: Your significant other probably knows what’s best for her skin at home but she might not know what’s best when she’s out in public—especially if she doesn’t wear makeup or sunscreen regularly! Showing her what’s ideal will help ensure that she maintains healthy habits even when away from home so that those habits become second nature rather than something you have to remind her about every time you see each other (which can get old fast!).
Recommend products for them.
If you’re feeling confident, you can suggest products to your partner. This is a good way to start the conversation. You can recommend affordable products, natural products, cruelty-free products or vegan products.
If you do decide to make recommendations, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Make sure that the product is appropriate for their skin type (e.g., oily). This will ensure that it doesn’t cause irritation or breakouts on their face!
Ask them if they’d like something with fewer chemicals than what they currently use (or none at all!). The less chemical ingredients on our skin and in our lives generally speaking the better!