The four requirements of pre-date grooming

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There's s lot you can get wrong on the dating front, but grooming is one thing you really can't afford to overlook. Here are four ways to keep you a step ahead of the competition. 

Face
Your face will remain your face whatever you do with it, but there are ways of helping it reach peak condition. For instance, get some sleep the night before your date to avoid dark circles. Drink plenty of water - but not so much that you spend more time in the loo than with her - and, of course, avoid drinking alcohol in the days leading up to the big event. This will prevent your skin from drying out. Lastly, apply a light moisturiser like L'Oréal Vitalift Daily Moisturiser. In case of rogue blemishes, use a dab of YSL Touche Éclat Pour Homme. Then add a splash of Armani Code.

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Hair
Never get your hair cut the day before a date. Though it may seem like a rational thing to do, you’ll invariably come out of the hairdressers looking like Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry and rue the day you crossed the threshold — as will your date. It takes a good week for your hair to grow into itself following a cut, so try and forward plan. Failing that, invest in a good conditioner. Bumble and Bumble Leave-In Conditioner will keep your hair in optimum fettle; whatever the state of the cut. Run through towelled hair after washing, leave to dry naturally and style as usual.

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Hands
Chewed, dirt-clogged fingernails are inexcusable; no woman wants her face stroked by Gollum. The solution is four-fold. First, trim them neatly with a pair of sharp nail scissors, leaving around 2mm above the bed. Second, dip your fingers in warm water and use a cuticle remover (available from most pharmacies) to push down the soft skin at the base of the nail. Third, give them a proper scrub with a proper brush. And fourth, polish things off with a thin layer of non-greasy, unscented hand cream such as Anthony Logistics Glycerin Hand & Body Lotion.

Feet
So, the odds of her seeing your feet on the first date are pretty low, but assuming you’ve followed the advice above, it won’t be long until she does. Do not assume that your fungal infection will go unnoticed. If things are really bad, visit a podiatrist, but for a general spruce invest in a foot file and remove dead skin from the heel and ball of your foot. Next, use some heavy-duty clippers to deal with your toenails and follow up with a hefty application of Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil, which, imbued with emu oil, will both hydrate and heal cracked, neglected skin.

In association with Armani Code (giorgioarmanibeauty.co.uk)