As popular as the beard has become in recent years, there's one thing that most girls seem to agree on; it's nicer to kiss a clean-shaven man than a guy with stubble. A recent street poll conducted by Gillette in the run-up to Valentine's Day showed that 93% of women preferred kissing a nice smooth face, while in a national survey 75% of women said they like the look of stubble but hate the way it feels.
Personally I agree with the majority. Stubble isn't a total mood killer, but I love it when my man is clean-shaven. I also love the smell that a bit of shaving foam or balm leaves on the skin which is another reason to get close.
So, if you've got a hot date coming up how should you prepare? Dan Rookwood, former model and US Editor at MR PORTER, has some tips.
- "Short stubble is the strength and thickness of copper wire and left unshaven it can cause serious damage in a close embrace" he says. Dan recommends shaving with Gillette's Fusion ProGlide Power, £15.49, for a close shave without irritation (for you and your partner).
- Banish any nasties on your breath by keeping a packet of mints in your pocket at all times.
- Shower before your date and choose a light, citrus-based scent. Dan suggests applying to "pulse points on your wrists and behind the back of your ears".
- One area that often gets overlooked is the fingernails. A window to your health and personal hygiene, dirty or bitten nails won't win her over so make time to trim and clean them properly.
Now all you need for your hot date is the right outfit. Keep it smart but simple with a nice clean pair of jeans, freshly ironed shirt and shoes. Check out my picks from Mr Porter below.
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