A kiss is one of the most romantic ways to show your affection for someone. A forehead kiss is a cute way to let someone know that you adore them, especially early on in a relationship. A peck is a way to test the waters with a new partner and a French kiss is the ultimate steamy kiss to convey a desire for your favorite person.
There’s no doubt you’re familiar with these common kiss types, but you might be surprised to learn that there are over a dozen different types of kisses — and they all mean different things. We’ll dive into a few of the different kiss types so you can become a more informed kisser.
Types of Kisses and What They Mean
Kisses fall into five categories: Romantic, steamy, sweet, unexpected, and adventurous. Some of these kiss types are better for different stages of a relationship.
For example, if you’ve just started dating someone and want to take things slowly, the sweet kiss category is best. Try an angel kiss, or an eye kiss, by placing a kiss on the closed eyelids of your partner. This type of kiss conveys affection and can be a cute way to wake your partner up in the morning.
But if you’ve been with your partner for a while, it could be fun to incorporate some unexpected and adventurous kisses into your technique to surprise your partner. Try placing a kiss on the back of your partner’s neck.
This is a very sensitive (and often ignored) part of the body and is sure to send shivers down your partner’s spine.
The Science-backed Benefits of Kisses
As if kissing wasn’t fun enough, there are actually health benefits that come from lip-locking with your partner. Here are just a few ways that kissing can improve your health.
Kissing causes a dilation of blood vessels that helps to lower your blood pressure.
Kissing helps your cortisol levels dip, which can help stave off stress. Kissing also helps to relieve anxiety by increasing oxytocin in the body. Just like a hug, this helps you body relax and let the stress of the day melt away.
Keep the Dentist Away
Kissing increases saliva production. Because saliva helps keep food from sticking to your teeth, this can help prevent tooth decay and cavities — and any extra trips to the dentist.
Bottom Line: Kissing Is Good for You
As if you needed a reason to kiss your favorite person this Valentine’s Day, we think the health benefits and the new types of kisses to try out are all the convincing you need.
If you need a little inspiration on where to start as you implement new kisses into your technique, Auraglow created this infographic below that dives into all things kisses.
From perfecting your next peck to four fun kisses to try out, you’ll be well on your way to becoming the best kisser you can be.