Lube is the Swiss Army Knife of sexual accessories. No matter what (or who) you’re into, lubricants can be successfully applied to any steamy situation for increased pleasure and comfort. It’s a MUST for anal sex but can easily enhance vaginal sex, foreplay (think flavored lubes), and even masturbation. But before you decide to slip and slide your way through the sheets, you need to know what type of lube is right for you.
In this article, we’ll explore the three basic types of lube and offer some guidance on choosing the right one.
Broadly speaking, there are 3 common types of lube:
3. Oil-based lubricants.
Water-based lube is perhaps the most popular type of lube. It’s the safest option to use with latex condoms, most sex toys, and human skin. Best of all, it’s easy to clean up afterwards. The only downside? It may not last as long as the alternatives.
Silicone-based lube is safe to use on human skin. Unlike water-based lube, silicone lube can be used underwater for the ultimate hot tub or shower experience. It is long-lasting, which can be a bad thing if you need to clean up quickly afterwards. Unfortunately, silicone-based lube can stain or damage the surface of silicone sex toys so make sure you only use it for skin-on-skin (or latex-on-skin) contact.
Lastly, oil-based lubricant is a great choice for hand-on-penis action, as it offers a long-lasting, slippery-wet experience. The downsides: Oil-based lube damages latex condoms, potentially leading to unwanted pregnancies and STDs. Additionally, oil lubes tend to trap harmful bacteria in the vagina and lead to nasty infections. We recommend only using oil-based lube for external masturbation and massages.
Many #LubeLife products are water-based so you don’t have to worry about damaging sex toys, latex condoms, or vaginas.
Okay, now that we’ve covered the basic categories/ingredients of lube, let’s go over some additional considerations. Before making a purchase, ask yourself the following questions:
· Will I need to hide my lube from children or roommates?If you want to keep your bedroom activities discreet from nosy kids or roommates, you might not want lube bottles that feature overtly sexual labels. Make sure your lube bottles feature generic labels that don’t scream, “I’M A TOTAL FREAK WHEN NOBODY’S LOOKING!”
· Will I be applying lube to my sex toys? As we mentioned earlier, silicone-based lube can damage silicone sex toys. You can test out compatibility by applying small amounts of silicone lube to your toys to gauge how they react to contact. If that’s too much trouble, we recommend choosing water-based lubricants just to play it safe.
· Do I plan on getting lube in my mouth?Sex ought to be spontaneous and uninhibited. There’s nothing worse than stopping the action to clean off lube between penetration and oral sex. Flavored lubricants solve this problem by enhancing oral sex before or after penetration. Not all flavors are created equal, so you may want to sample several different types of flavored lube before purchasing a large bottle. Lastly, some flavored lubes contain sugar. Sugar can irritate sensitive vaginas, so make sure your lube is sugar-free (or at least contains a minimal amount).
· Am I trying to get pregnant? The viscous (thick) nature of lube can prevent sperm from crossing the finish fine. If you’re trying to conceive, stick to specialty lubricants designed for the explicit purpose of baby makin’. NOTE: DO NOT use lube as a contraceptive – it isn’t nearly as reliable as conventional birth control.
· Do I have I have a high-maintenance vagina?Some vaginas are more sensitive than others. If your cooter is prone to infections or irritation, look for organic or pH-balanced lubricants to reduce risk.
If you regularly incorporate lube in your sex life, you might be getting a bit bored of the conventional options. If so, consider specialty lubes that
Obviously, you’ll want to be a bit cautious at first and gauge how you and your partner’s body respond to stimulating lubricants.
We hope our brief guide has given you enough direction to make an educated #LubeLife decision. Now slide into action!
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