Guide to Dating for the Socially Anxious Man Part V: Personal Hygiene

If you’re like a lot of guys who are stuck in a world of Social Anxiety, your hygiene could use some sprucing up. Since Social Anxiety blurs our vision, many people don’t see their self-image clearly.  I have met too many men who believe they don’t have a problem in this area, have bad hygiene and are confused as to why women won’t give them the time of day.

Even if you feel you’ve got this on lock, take another look. Double check each of the items in this article and don’t scare away the women of your dreams.

If you are a bearded, tent-dwelling hippie, there’s nothing wrong with that. You can skip this section.

5 Essential Hygiene Tips

1. Keep your inner Sasquatch in-check and trim the body hair.

Start at the top of your head and work your way down. Begin with the eyebrows. Get a pair of tweezers and pluck the hairs in between your eyebrows. Then get an electric hair clipper with adjustable guard and trim your eyebrows. It’s best to start with a longer guard and then move down incrementally until you find the right height. You don’t want to end up looking like Mr. Potato head before his eyebrows are stuck on..

2. Moving down, get a pair of nose-hair scissors and cut any visible nose hairs.

This will require a special pair of thumb-size miniature scissors. You’ll have to lean your head back to see extra hairs in the nostrils. You don’t need to go too deep but remember, many women are shorter than us, so they have a front row seat of whatever’s happening in our nose. And while we’re on the topic, make sure to clean the inside of your nostrils before every time you go out!

3. For beard, mustache and goatee, take extra care to keep it neat and above all, even.

Take a pair of hair cutting scissors and regularly cut any stray hairs sticking out. More will surface every day so it’s necessary to do this every day. It’s a good idea to shave all edges of the beard or goatee. Take it down a half-inch or so on your cheeks and take it up about an inch or two in your neck. Double check for symmetry. A lop-sided mustache will ruin your day and that of your date.

4. Check your ears for stray hairs coming out of the center or even the occasional stray hair on the earlobe. 

Make sure to always check for excess earwax and dead skin and remove it. This is an often overlooked part of hygiene and I see it all the time.

5. Stay fresh and clean at all times.

Odor has nothing to do with how much you’ve walked outside in the heat. If you take at least one shower a day and put on deodorant, you most likely will not stink. But watch for sweat stains on the underarms of your shirt.

Women smell a fresh body from miles away. Slapping on some good cologne after a shower can up your charm factor greatly but be careful not to put on too much. Our olfactory senses get used to our own smell very quickly and we cease to detect it, so use cologne in moderation.

Keep your hands washed and your teeth brushed.  Take your time and review your smile for yellow teeth or food that might have gotten stuck. Wash your hands every chance you get. Many people with anxiety have sweetie palms which can leave hands with a slight odor. There is no faster way to ruin your chances with a lady then a first hand shake that’s sticky but if you frequently wash your hands, that will never be a problem.

Some of the above tips apply for way down under too, but let’s focus on getting the date first.

Staying fresh and well-groomed will improve your experience in all areas of your life. Your body is your temple and a well-kept temple invites new guests. In order to attract the right lady, our temple must be clean and inviting. Stay fresh and keep the door of opportunity wide open.

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