6 Grooming Tips to Impress Your Date on Valentine’s Day
Cupid’s favorite 24 hours are right around the corner, and we know you’re already counting the ways to impress your Valentine’s Day date. Whether you go the classic route of roses and chocolate, make fancy dinner reservations, or color outside the lines with a slightly more adventurous outing, you’ll want to ensure that you’re looking as good as those romantic escapades you have planned.
In the midst of the V-day hustle, don’t neglect your own grooming regimen. If there’s anytime to channel your inner metrosexual and raise the primping stakes, it’s now. So, follow these words of advice to impress your date and up the romance quotient in one fell swoop. And, if you’re single and ready to mingle come February 14, then these grooming tips will do you a big favor on your guys’ night out, too. After all, who knows who you might meet. You can thank us later.
Kiss and tell
Let’s face it; soft, kissable lips are one of the most important things you can wear on Valentine’s Day, especially if any sort of lip-locking is in the cards. Kick dry, chapped lips to the curb and prep your puckers for way more than a peck on the cheek by hydrating them frequently with lip balm. Good old-fashioned ChapStick is a failsafe option, but you could always venture outside the balm box with Burt’s Bees, which has a touch of peppermint for extra zip. Buckler’s Chapped Lip Remedy contains moisturizing avocado oil and shea butter without any feminine shine or gloss. All-natural coconut oil is also a great moisturizer for your lips.
Be a scent-sation
The power of scent is undeniable, and a whiff of handsome enchantment makes a great first impression. Plus, you’ll want your date to remember those lingering notes long after the evening is over. If you don’t already have a signature fragrance, there is no time like the present to find one. Match your personality with a scent that you find appealing. But make sure to spritz on a few different options before making a decision, as your unique body chemistry can change how certain notes translate on your skin.
Don’t go overboard, though: Too much cologne is entirely too overbearing and reminiscent of bad elevator rides. Just like your clothes, you want to effortlessly wear your cologne — not have it wear you.
Play it cool
By now, we probably don’t need to advise you to wear deodorant. That said, for Valentine’s Day, it’s likely best to skip the super-scented sticks and go for a more neutral, fresh scent or an unscented variety — especially if you want to maximize the profile of your signature fragrance. Baxter of California is a good option that’s also aluminum and alcohol-free while Every Man Jack has a peppermint and witch-hazel-infused formula that will do the trick. Just remember, don’t sweat the small stuff on the heart-filled day and keep it cool.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get in touch with your metrosexual side and spring for a manicure. (Bite the bullet and get bonus points with a pedicure, too — since you’re already at the salon.) Rough, dry hands and dirty fingernails are immediately noticeable — and an immediate turnoff. So, let your hands do the talking and be confident in what they have to say.
All you need is a file, buff, and cleaning at the nail salon. Plus a good daily hand cream to maintain moisture and smoothness, then you’ll be ready to hold hands in no time. We love Billy Jealousy’s Golden Gloves fast-absorbing cream that’s a tropical brew of botanical extracts including Tahitian flower and Tamanu oil.
Shave it off
In the same way you want those lips to be extra-smoochable, so too, should be your face. You may think that three-day scruff is sexy, but it’s not always so pleasant for your significant other. Avoid any possibility for burn and get rid of the prickly stubble with a fresh shave for V Day. If you are currently rocking more of a full-grown facial hair status and aren’t quite ready to bite the bullet and lose the beard, then make sure that it is well-groomed and properly moisturized for maximum softness. A beard oil made with nourishing, all-natural essential oils such as Jack Black’s version with Kalahari melon oil and vitamin E is the best bet for that job.
Don’t be a flake
Stand up against a world full of ghosting, and don’t be a flake. And, while you’re at it, skip the scalp flake, too. It’s also never a good look for your special date. Dandruff is a common ailment among even the best of us, and winter’s dry, cold weather can exacerbate the problem. Invest in a high-quality anti-dandruff shampoo to keep yourself flake-free. Need some ideas? AskMen has some great suggestions.