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Pre Date Grooming Tips That Will Ensure You Have A Successful Outcome

Do it once. Do it right. Win over the date.

  • LAST UPDATEDSaturday 9th May, 2020

There aren’t really many things a guy can really do to prepare for a date. Pre-prepared talking points never work and no mental training is ever really going to make you the perfect date.

So what can you do to make sure you’re going into any date feeling as confident and attractive as possible? We believe that the answer lies in good grooming.

Provide a well-put-together image of yourself right from the outset, and you can’t really lose. Here’s five steps to make sure you do every time.

Washing & Showering

The cornerstone of any well-groomed gent is a clean base to work with. It’s not worth pretending that whatever shower gel you choose will have much effect on the way you smell by the time you get to your date, but making sure you’re cleaning the bacteria out of the warmer parts of your body will help counter BO as the night goes on.

Have a thorough clean, use a face wash to restore order back to your pores, and shampoo to bring a bit of lust and sheen into your hair. All of this will reset your body to build on with whatever products you like the most.

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Oral Hygiene

It’s probably not that big of a deal how your breath smells once you’re a meal and a couple of cocktails deep.

First impressions are everything though, and you want the first kiss on the cheek to be as pleasant for your date as possible. That means brushing, flossing, and using gum up until the point you’re about to meet them. You only have one smile, so make it the best it can be.

Apply Fragrance

The time immediately after getting out of the shower is the best time to apply both anti-perspirant and your choice of cologne, mainly because your skin is as clean and open as it possibly can be.

We generally advocate using a clean smelling antiperspirant and layering cologne over the top. You don’t want to smell like an explosion in the cosmetics isle at Woolies.

Use our guide on how to apply and store cologne to ensure that you’re achieving the perfect balance of scent and strength.

Fix Your Hair

By this time, your hair will probably be at the point where it’s just damp enough to begin styling, and not too wet to apply any product.

If your hair looks best unkept, so be it. If not, bust out all the stops that you wouldn’t normally do day-to-day, but your barber does each time you go to see them. Of course, if you’re rocking a t-shirt, make sure you get dressed before you get styling.

Remember To Moisturise

The final step in prepping your overall look is hydration. Why? It helps restore a natural look to your face, it makes you more pleasant to the touch, and well-hydrated skin is simply more comfortable should you be out on a particularly warm or cold evening.

Apply a light touch of your favourite facial moisturiser, get some lip balm on, and even a little hand cream if you’re prone to callousing or dry hands. You’ll be surprised at the confidence boost this gives.

Grooming FAQ

What are the must-have men's grooming products?

Aside from your shaving products, your bathroom must have other skincare products like a sunscreen, cleanser, toner, moisturizers with SPF, a hand lotion, eye cream and a lip balm.

What comes in a men's grooming kit?

Your essential grooming kit may include facial hair scissors, a mini tweezer, fingernail clippers, nail cleaner and file. Store them in a small bag so you can easily bring them when travelling.

Should men groom their eyebrows?

Just like women do, men need regular eyebrow maintenance. Some men trim their eyebrows every so often to keep the length and bulk manageable. A few drops of castor oil once a day can also do wonders to your brows.

A Few Extra Pointers…

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