Put Your Best Face Forward

Skincare shouldn’t be ignored. It may not be the very first thing you notice when you meet someone new, but great skin can help you feel more confident on that all-important first meeting

It can be easy to overlook your own skincare, but trust us, your date’s going to be focused on how you look. Every man should look to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturise. Not just before a first date, but every day. The smallest routines that don’t take too much effort are usually the easiest to maintain, so stick with something simple if you want to make good skincare a habit.

If you’re prone to oily skin, try our Oil Control Face Mask when getting ready for a date. It contains witch hazel, willow bark, and juniper, as well as a blend of Kaolin, Cornish, and Volcanus clays. It has been specially formulated to help minimise excess oil, and to leave the skin feeling smooth and soft.

Don’t forget to use a quick swipe of our lip balm as well to prevent dryness and keep your lips soft.

Man with red tie

Groom Your Facial Hair

No matter what kind of facial hair you’re currently sporting, from clean shaven to a full-on mountain man beard, look at how your facial hair looks over all. Get out the clippers and give yourself a once over, taking care of any stray hairs or fly-aways, and evening out any uneven patches that you find.

If you have a beard, shampoo and condition it, comb it, use some beard oil, and style it with some beard sculpting products (like our beard balm) if need be. A first date is when you want your beard to be looking its very best, as well as leaving it soft and touchable.


Man in suit and tie with beard

Take Care of Your Hands

Having clean hair and nails are part of the whole overall package, so you’ll want to make sure they’re nice and clean. Trim your fingernails before scrubbing under them with a nail brush. Dirty fingernails are a no go, so make sure they’re well cared for, too.

It never hurts to use some moisturiser as well, so right before you walk out the door, soften up your hands with a little bit of hand cream.

Smell Fresh

If you’re not the type to wear cologne, don’t skip over this part, because it still applies to you. Smelling fresh is a whole myriad of things, not just hopping out of the shower and hoping for the best. Definitely shower beforehand, of course, making sure to scrub everywhere. Put on some deodorant, brush your teeth (twice, if you have to), and if you have some, dab on a bit of cologne to the neck, chest, and wrists.

Smells can bring back memories stronger than any other sense, so make sure that your date’s memory of you is a good one. Find a scent that works well with your individual smell, and you’re sure to leave a good impression.

Men’s Grooming Products from Bulldog

Oil Control Moisturiser

This lightweight moisturiser is specially formulated to hydrate the skin without adding excess oil, leaving your face feeling smooth and full of moisture


How to Use: 

  1. For use in the morning and evening
  2. Cleanse face then apply moisturiser to face and neck
  3. Allow to soak into skin and enjoy the hydrating feeling

Oil Control Blemish Targeter

Help minimise the appearance of blemishes with this Oil Control Blemish Targeter, containing witch hazel and juniper – specially formulated as an anti-blemish product for men

How to Use:

  1. Apply a small amount to targeted areas on the face
  2. Enjoy the feeling of soft and soothed skin

Sensitive Face Wash

Our refreshing face wash is specially formulated for sensitive skin, giving you a deep cleanse without drying you out


How to Use:

  1. For use in the morning and evening
  2. Lather up on wet skin and rinse thoroughly
  3. Follow with our Sensitive Moisturiser for further protection

First Impression Dos and Don’ts


Man fixing his tie

DO take a shower beforehand

DO pay attention to your skincare routine

DO moisturise your face and hands

DO groom your facial hair… no matter what kind of beard you’re sporting

DON’T let your fingernails grow into claws

DON’T have dry lips

DON’T dress like you’re hanging around the house on a Sunday afternoon

DON’T forget to use deodorant and brush your teeth

Follow these simple steps for your first date grooming routine, and you’re sure to make a good first impression that will stick with them for a long time.

What are some other first date grooming tips?

We recommend not shaving too early as you may get a 5 o’ clock shadow before your date! Give yourself the once over before your date to ensure you look smooth and fresh. Also, never underestimate the power of a shower!

“"Give yourself the once over before your date to ensure you look smooth and fresh. Also, never underestimate the power of a shower!"”

Why choose Bulldog’s Original Range skincare products?

We use carefully selected ingredients from the best of manmade to the most amazing natural ingredients. Our Original Range contains aloe vera, green tea and camelina oil and is specially formulated for male skin. The best of the best!

What about sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin, you don’t have to miss out on excellent men’s grooming products. We have a whole range designed for sensitive skin, containing willow herb and baobab oil, perfect for getting that extra moisture you need to make an excellent first impression!