First date grooming rituals

First date grooming rituals

If looks could kill

Text: Sandy Young

No, we're not encouraging you to go all Patrick Bateman on your unsuspecting date. But prep and preen as well as he did pre-date with these grooming essentials

There's nothing wrong in getting spiffy before a big date. And your prepping should not begin and end with your sartorial choices. Personal grooming should be a priority if you want to make a lasting impression. Here are five skincare and grooming essentials to help you get ready for that first date and hopefully turn that special someone into significant other.


Up the ante on your cleansing game with an exfoliating cleanser to absolve your skin from last night's sins. Whether you're coming from a board meeting or the gym, LAB Series Multi-Action Face Wash is your go-to for complexion perfection.

LAB Series Multi-Action Face Wash, $41


Master the art of shaving with a chrome plated razor — and avoid potential first date hazards such as beard burn. We like Baxter of California's line of artisan razors.

Baxter of California Shaver

You can't go wrong with Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent Toner, which helps to soothe the skin post-shaving, and to prep it to receive moisturisation.

Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent Toner, $45


Men with combination skin often mistake their skin's needs: an oily complexion can still be dehydrated. Clarins Men Revitalizing Gel provides a lightweight layer of essential hydration while balancing out any oiliness.

Clarins Men Revitalizing Gel

Opt for a bespoke fragrance from Tom Ford's personal collection — you'll leave her with an utterly unforgettable scent memory. Tom Ford Oud Wood is perhaps the most gorgeous scent in the world, with Tobacco Vanille coming in a close second.

Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum, from $330