Hygiene is one of those things that many gentlemen take for granted and think they have under control. Unfortunately, a small percentage don’t sufficiently practice good hygiene. This includes everything from showering before a date to brushing your teeth and making sure your nails are clipped, cleaned, and filed.
When we say take a shower before our date, we don’t mean to let the water hit your body and just roll off. You can walk through a lawn sprinkler and get that kind of result. In addition to water, a good shower also requires a little soap, a washcloth, and some scrubbing.
Never underestimate the appeal of good oral hygiene. If you can afford to see a companion, you can afford a toothbrush, floss, and regular dental care. It matters a lot.
When it comes to nails, make sure they are clean, cut, and filed. A professional manicure is a nice touch. Yes, men get manicures and pedicures too.
If you wear cologne, use it very sparingly.
None of us expect perfection—we aren’t perfect either. We just expect that you’ll take your hygiene as seriously as you expect us to when we meet you. Practicing good hygiene is not only a good idea, it’s a basic common courtesy and one of the best ways to make a good first impression when you meet your companion.