Most women have intense grooming rituals that they perform before a date. From getting a blow-out at the salon to a pedicure in an eye-popping color, the anticipation of getting ready for a date is half the fun. Now men are joining in and realizing that when they put effort into looking their best, they feel more confident and sensual.
The trend in male grooming even has its own terminology: Men who are both manly and handsome are said to be "mansome." So what can men do to create their own grooming rituals? Here are seven ways to get mansome before your next big date:
Treat Yourself to a Cut and a Shave
In the past, when a man wanted to look his best he would go to his neighborhood barber and get a haircut and shave. The ritual has become trendy once again as eclectic and old-school barbershops are coming back in style. Consider enjoying some man-centric pampering before heading out on a big date.
Do Some Research
Plan your date outfit ahead of time by doing some research on the restaurant or show you are attending. You can call the restaurant and ask if a jacket is required, or simply go on a Web site like Yelp to see if the attire is casual or dressy. When in doubt, remember what Oscar Wilde said: "You can never be overdressed or overeducated."
Hit the Gym
Nothing calms pre-date anxiety quite like a calorie-torching workout. Not only will you reap the mental benefits of working out, but you'll also be sexy and fit. So hit the gym to burn off stress now and boost confidence later.
Nothing keeps you clean and fresh like a shower. Use your favorite soap or shower gel, or try one scented with cucumber — it's an aphrodisiac that can help get both you and your date in the mood. Pumpkin pie and licorice scents have also been shown to have libido-boosting powers.
Did you know that regular flossing can add over six years to your life? Flossing has been linked to improved cardiovascular health, and of course it can also help improve your smile and your breath. Keep things clean and healthy by flossing regularly and by drinking plenty of water. Hydration is key for fresh breath, so fill up on this helpful liquid before a date.
Carry Disposable Toothbrushes
Forget the outdated breath spray. Thanks to new inventions like small disposable toothbrushes that already have toothpaste built in, you can brush your teeth no matter where you are. First kisses always go better when you know you have fresh breath (plus your dentist would approve!).
Be a Gentleman
Nothing is more handsome — or mansome — than a man who treats his date well. Small courtesies like holding open the door and pulling out her chair go a long way in helping your date feel special and cared for. A great personality and a kind heart win out over grooming products any day.