Going out on a date for the first time can be nerve-wracking. For some guys, it can feel a lot like being interviewed for a job or auditioning for a part in a play. Everything you say and do will be scrutinized under a microscope to see if you meet the criteria of your date. Though there’s a lot riding on this first date, you can seriously screw things up if your appearance isn’t up to par. That’s why you’ll find these grooming tips to be a lifesaver for making a great first impression.

Don’t Forget to Shave (Not Just Your Face)

When it comes to facial hair you have to be very careful. Failing to shave can have you looking homeless or like a predator to your date. So you don’t scare her off at first glance, it is best that you shave. You may think your bushy mustache or extremely long biker beard is sexy, but she may not, so going with a clean and close shave is probably your best bet. The right manscaping kit will give you everything you need to look attractive on your first date.

Shaving is not only necessary for your face. If you plan on wearing a low-cut shirt or exposing a bit of your chest, chances are she’s not interested in seeing a bush popping out of your shirt. You should look for skincare products like shaving cream, wax, and moisturizers, that have all-natural ingredients like vitamin E, C, A, aloe, and beta glucan for your skin to look it’s best.

Don’t Go Overboard on Scent

Smelling good on a first date is of the utmost importance, but exuding a powerful smell won’t win you any brownie points from the ladies. Loud, obnoxious scents are irritating on the nose, eyes, and throat, and really don’t do much for a first impression. Instead of laying it on thick it is best to go with smooth and subtle options. This is especially true if you also plan on using scented body wash and lotion. Just a few pumps should do the trick.

Lighten Up on the Hair Gail and Pomades

Crunchy and greasy hair is not going to attract your date. To make sure you don’t overdo it, it is best to practice some styles beforehand and work with different products to see which gives you the look you want without being too much. Stick to products that are light in nature to prevent your hair from looking heavy or dirty.

Cut and Clean Your Nails

Whether you work in the office or with your hands having dirty and long nails is a huge turnoff for women. If you want to make sure she calls you later, you need to make sure that you have cleaned and cut your nails prior to the date. You can easily do this yourself if the salon is not your cup of tea. Using lukewarm water, mild soap, and a small toothbrush allow your hands to soak for a while and then brush them to get rid of dirt. Thoroughly dry your hands and clip your nails to a reasonable length.

It might seem like a lot of work just to impress a girl on a first date, but it’s all worth it. You don’t have to change who you are because obviously, you want someone who is going to be interested in you for you, but that first impression is everything. Make sure you’re clean, that you smell good, your hair looks nice, and you have on the proper attire to capture her attention. Then, your personality and behavior can take care of the rest.