The Ultimate Date Night Grooming Habits Every Gentleman Swears By
It's already a done deal! You've locked down a date tonight so you've obviously done a few things right.
But your work isn't done yet...
The main event is only a few hours away and the last thing you want to do is blow your chances of success.
I assume you've already planned your outfit for the evening (read this if you haven't). That's one less thing to worry about.
Now all you have left to do is pick her up, behave like a gentleman, and have a great night.
There's a few grooming rituals that would be wise to consider before you get to that point.
Rituals that every gentleman lives by.
Engraining these habits into your routine will make a noticeable difference to your appearance and ultimately your confidence.
Most importantly you'll notice a difference in your body language. This will translate into how you carry yourself throughout the date.
The best part is that they're all really easy to adopt.
Always Shower Before
Even if you haven't worked up a sweat or if you've already had one today.
There's a few reasons why.
First you'll feel fresh and more alert after a good shower.
Second, you'll smell good and obviously wash away any dirt accumulated throughout the day.
Finally, taking a shower will improve your state of mind too.
It's a quick chance for you to decompress from the day and go into your date with a clear head.
Exfoliate Their Face
Add this one to your routine if you haven't already.
Not only will it clean your face, but it can make you look younger and healthier too.
Exfoliating makes your skin glow while removing the dead skin cells that have accumulated on the surface.
It's also a great idea to exfoliate after shaving.
Doing so reduces the chances of you getting an ingrown hair which (if you haven't had one) can be painful and distracting.
Exfoliating's pretty easy to add to your current routine too.
Just do it after you brush your teeth before bed or while you're having a shower in the morning.
It takes an extra minute or two, that's it!
Strategically Placed Sprays Of Cologne
You only need a few quick sprays in the RIGHT areas.
A gentleman is very particular about their choice in cologne and where it's distributed on their body.
And for good reason!
It defeats the purpose of wearing cologne if nobody can smell and appreciate it.
A couple light sprays on your wrists, chest, and neck should do the trick.
Think about it for a second.
When you go in for a hug, these parts of your body are in the "high traffic" areas.
You also want to keep in mind that the message you send will vary based on the scent you choose to wear.
Ask yourself, "What sort of impression would I like to make?"
If you're not sure where to begin, check out this blog post about How A Gentleman Chooses A Signature Scent.
They Avoid This Deal-Breaker
Good luck trying to get a kiss if she can describe what you ate for lunch based on how you breath smells.
The ritual for this one's very easy.
Before stepping out the door to pick her up, make sure to give your teeth a good scrub.
Avoid wearing the shirt or jacket that you'll be going out in that night while doing it too.
This will help you avoid spilling any toothpaste on it, which would ultimately ruin your outfit.
And always make sure to keep a pack of gum or mints handy with you.
You'll thank yourself after dinner.
They Make Sure Their Lips Are Kissable
Lip balm is essential.
If you wait until to apply any right before you pick her up it's too late.
Your best bet is to apply small doses to your lips in the hours leading up to the date.
Doing so allows the moisture to soak in.
Throughout the night you'll also notice that your lips will dry out after a cocktail or two.
That's because you're dehydrated.
To avoid this, you'll want to alternate between a sip or two of your drink and a couple sips of water.
It's that simple!
They Pay Attention To What They Eat Throughout The Day
I know this one seems a little out of the blue...
But hear me out.
A few years ago you never would've caught me paying attention to what I put into my body.
If you did an x-ray of my stomach you'd likely find a Filet-O-Fish with a large Coke and greasy fries.
At that time I didn't think much of it but as my fitness routine improved, so did my diet.
The tipping point came when I was at a wedding and one of my cousins mentioned that he noticed a correlation between eating oily Indian food and his complexion.
This made perfect sense!
I noticed the same thing but never realized what was actually happening.
That's why it's important to pay close attention what you eat throughout the day, especially before going out on a date with somebody you'd like to impress.
Greasy foods lead to an oily complexion.
Food that's high in sugar often leads to breaking out in pimples.
Two distractions you'd rather not be dealing with during your date.
You may also want to avoid foods that can upset your digestive system (like dairy) in the hours leading up to your date.
There's no need for an explanation on that one.
With this list you should be well equipped for your upcoming dates.
Give this advice a shot and pay close attention to the difference it can make.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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