How to ease your partner into a skincare routine

13 June, 2023 / words by IALH Editorial Team

Written by Alicia Lartey

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Everyone that enters my life leaves with glowy skin and a brand new skincare routine and this is no different with my partner! I feel like in any relationship there is always one skincare fanatic and one person who simply could not care if they are using a 15-in-1 shampoo and conditioner to cleanse their face. My partner is quite different and actually inspired my deep dive into skincare years ago, by introducing me to The Ordinary! I then took that idea and ran with it to become an all-knowing skincare source, who then re-introduced him to more effective skincare.

Let’s get into all the tips and tricks I used to bring my partner up to speed and allow him to do skincare like a pro.

1) Identify your partner’s skin type!

This will help you make informed decisions about which products to pick. Your skin can be either oily, normal, dry, sensitive or a combination of skin types. If you are not sure what your partner’s skin type is, it may be worth booking a consultation with a professional.

2) Start simple

The most important thing to note when trying to turn your partner into a skincare fanatic instead of novice is to ensure you are starting off with products that target a concern they have spoken about. Adding extra fluff to anyone’s routine can make the process tedious. The three fundamental steps of skincare are: cleanse, moisturise and protect (sunscreen). Everything else is a bonus! 

3) Try travel size

Buy travel sized skincare, there is nothing worse than buying a full sized product that your partner ultimately hates. Buying smaller sized skincare allows you to try new things and save some money whilst reducing waste.

4) Use salicylic acid

Does your partner shave or have facial hair? For those with facial hair (particularly curly hair types), they are prone to ingrown hairs, breakouts in that area or razor bumps. I always recommend using a product post shaving that contains salicylic acid.

5) Don’t forget SPF

Sunscreen is the most important part of your routine but also the most annoying part. Choosing a lightweight sunscreen that has no white cast and minimal dew is the best way to do this.

6) Take control

The art of inception- but make it skincare. If your partner is delaying buying skincare, buy it on their behalf. Once it’s in front of them they’ll have no choice but to use it. You can even use your skincare routine time to unwind for the evening and make it a quality moment spent together.

Now the question is what does the routine of an esthetician’s partner look like?

Cleanse: Tatcha Rice Cleanser


The Rice Wash

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Hydrate: Hada Labo Super Hydrating Lotion

Hada Labo

Tokyo Super Hydrator Lotion

Shop the lotion ↗

Technology: LED Mask (everyday)

Dr Dennis Gross

DRX Spectralite Faceware Pro

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Treat: Tretinoin (evenings)

Moisturise: Tatcha Dewy Cream (evening)


The Dewy Skin Cream

Shop the cream ↗

Sunscreen: La Roche Posay Anthelios Oil Control

La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Oil Control Fluid SPF50+

Shop the SPF ↗

My partner has oily and acne prone skin.

(Disclaimer: my partner is not using their skincare against their will!)


IALH Editorial Team


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