Let’s paint a quick picture, shall we?
You and your partner have an amazing evening planned but as intercourse begins, it feels like sandpaper is constantly scraping against your skin. When your partner ponders how it was, you drown out internal screams of anguish and sheepishly say, “great.”
The next morning, you desperately search through hundreds of articles trying to answer questions pertaining to painful sex. You are shocked by what you find.
Due to factors like menopause or certain times of the month, the body's natural systems of lubrication can feel as dry as the Atacama Desert. Doesn’t that sound pleasant?
With personal lubricants, users have the ability to add an extra coat of assistance to make their sexual experiences much more enjoyable. Whether trying to add a little spice to a long term marriage or just looking for a quick one night stand (don’t judge), choosing the perfect lube can be quite difficult.
Luckily, we have provided 3 easy tips to make the weeding out process much more streamlined.
When figuring out which lube is best, one of the first questions that you should consider are the goals that you wish to accomplish. While it might seem strange to make “sexual goals”, it is very important when examining your body’s current capabilities.
If hormone imbalance issues are the cause of your dryness, using a silicone-based lubricant is the best option. Though water-based lubricants are great, they quickly absorb into the skin, dissipating the sensations of pleasure.
For those that want to add a little kick to the activities of oral sex, flavored lubricants like #LubeLifes “Mint Chocolate Chip Flavored Water Based Lubricant” is just the trick. When you’re using flavored lubes, it is always important to read the labels in order to ensure that potential allergy flare ups do not occur.
Once you figure out why you need a lubricant, it becomes that much easier to figure out the best options for you.
Now that you have pinpointed a goal, it is time to figure out which type of lube will help you achieve optimum results. The two main types of lubricants are water-based and silicone-based. Each of these lubes have major pros but also some cons that need to be taken into account.
On average, water-based lubes are cheaper than silicone-based lubricants and ones like #LubeLifes “Water Based Lubricant” have the added effect of absorbing into the body’s natural moisture, making the application feel like a gentle extension of one’s skin. For those who suffer from hormonal imbalances or other factors that cause severe dryness, water-based lubes absorb into the skin much more quickly.
For those who want to take their sexual exploits to water-based locations, silicone lubricants are the way to go. Due to their naturally thicker consistency, a person is able to brave the elements while still feeling protected. However, it is important to note that silicone-based lubes stick around longer, making it harder to clean.
Increasingly popular are lubricants that reactive to stimulants (such as warmth). These lubricants can feel pleasant or terrible on a person’s body. This is completely dependent upon the individual's predisposition to certain stimuli. These types of lubes can add an extra degree of excitement to the user's experience but can also result in an awkward experience.
After you have spent a bit of time deciding which lube is best for your needs, it is time to go for it and try some out.
Just like with anything, you might have to go through a few lubricants before you find one that you gel with. Pun aside, if you find a brand that you really like, try ordering a few different kinds of products in order to make sure that this is a brand that you want to proceed with.
Also, if you are dead set on a certain type of lubricant, you could be missing out on the opportunity to use other kinds. For example, if you believe that silicone-based lube is the one, giving a water-based lubricant a chance may surprise you.
It’s rare to find your favorite lube on the first try. You will have to adopt a trial and error philosophy when going through different brands.
That being said, you could always include your partner on this journey of discovery. I doubt that they would pass up on this research experiment.
Choosing the perfect lubricant for your sexual explorations is a major step in making sure that you feel as comfortable as possible in the bedroom. Remember to take your time and test out different types of lubricants. For those who feel like their sex lives have hit a literal dry spell, go out there and bring a lube bottle into the bedroom.
As Cameron Diaz once said, “the best time of day for sex is anytime because it’s sex.”
Do you really think that Cameron Diaz is wrong?
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