Factors That Make Or Break A Kiss

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The greatest kissing technique in the world isn’t going to do you any good if you have any other factors that’re going to ruin your kisses. Part of being an amazing kisser is understanding the things that make you un-kissable.

Oral Hygiene
This means your breath, genius. If your breath could kill a yak at 50 paces, there’s no way in hell that she’s going to want to get within kissing distance with you.

Beyond avoiding the garlic knots and brushing and flossing, you want to make sure you stay hydrated to keep bad smells at bay. A dry mouth is a stinky mouth. And don’t forget to keep mints, gum or breath strips on you at all times. Hell, I keep a small bottle of mouthwash in my car for bad breath emergencies. Consider getting cinnamon flavored gum or Altoids; the cinnamon oil has antibiotic qualities that kills the bacteria that cause mouth odors.

Body Odor
Your breath is one thing to concern yourself about, but you also want to consider how the restof you smells. Beyond your basic BO issues, other smells like cigarette smoke or excess cologne can kill the mood. Obviously showering and using a good deodorant are important, but you want to consider the other scents you douse yourself with on a daily basis. Too many men are covered in conflicting and overpowering scents. If you’re bathing in cologne, then you’re doing it wrong; ideally she should only be able to smell you when she’s close enough to kiss. If her eyes are watering every time she gets close, it doesn’t matter if you’re using Yves St. Laurent Pour Homme instead of Drakkar Noir, it’s still going to turn her off. One tip: consider forgoing the usual cologne and using an essential oil. A dab of Nemat Amber at the base of your throat and on your wrists is a subtle but incredibly pleasing scent that only people in close proximity will notice. Every time I’ve worn it, I’ve gotten compliments from women over how I smell.

Your Lips
This should also be obvious. You want to keep your lips soft, subtle and moist. If they’re chapped and dry… well, even Ryan Gosling won’t be getting kissed if his lips look like Death Valley. Stay hydrated in general and avoid consuming excess salt to keep your lips in good shape. If you have issues with chapped lips, then look into a medicated lip balm. Do not use Carmex; it dries your lips out even more.

Your Facial Hair
Hey, beard rash is totally a thing. No woman wants to feel like she’s just run an industrial sander on her face after an intense make-out session, and the bacteria on your beard can lead to break-outs. Not sexy. Women tend to prefer kissing a clean-shaven man, but if you’re going to be rocking facial hair, you need to take care of it. Shampoo and condition your mustache and beard daily, especially if it’s short. The shorter the hair, the pricklier it’s going to be to her. If you’re rocking the artfully cultivated stubble then you’re going to have to be extra gentle during make-outs.

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