Why more people should be using lube
Using a lubricant offers a more pleasurable and satisfying sex experience. Not being lubricated is uncomfortable and can cause tears. Below is everything you need to know about the different types of lubricants to help you decide which one would work best for you.
Water based lubricants are thin and feels a lot of real lubrication that a woman would naturally produce. It dries out quicker than other types of lubricants, so you may need to add more, and for this reasons, is not the best for manual stimulation of the penis. Water-based creams may also be a good alternative to lubricant.
Silicone based lubricants are great for most things; intercourse, anal, manual stimulation and even works great in the shower, since the water doesn’t wash the silicone away. When using sex toys, be aware that silicone lubricant should not be used with silicone toys — silicone bonds to silicone and will become gummy, unless the toy is made from medical-grace platinum silicone, than it is safe. Check with the manufacturers if you have any questions.
Recommended silicone based lubricants: Gun Oil, Pink, Sliquid
Safe to use with: latex condoms, non-silicone products
Vegetable oils and nut oils, especially coconut oil is recommended by many, but we recommend using organic unrefined coconut oil if you’re using it on your skin and inside the vagina. We don't recommend petroleum jelly to be used as a lubricant because it contains paraffin/petroleum, which is an ingredient that can mess with the flora of the vagina. Watch for sensitivities and allergies to these oils. DO NOT use mineral oil, liquid parrafin, paraffin oil or petrolatum as lubricants.
Oil based: coconut oil, vegetable oil, olive oil, almond oil, apricot oil
Safe to use with: high quality silicone, glass, ceramic and metal toys
DO NOT use with latex, PR, TRPE, jelly, rubber, vinyl or PVC
“Any vaginal infusion of water or other fluids can affect vaginal pH,” says Streicher. “Fragrances and perfumes can also irritate the vagina.”
In other words, going overboard on lubrication or using chemical-laden varieties can pose harm. Particularly if you’re prone to skin irritation or yeast infections, choose an all-natural product rich in skin-enhancing ingredients, such as aloe vera. A study published in the Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan in 2008 showed that aloe safely and effectively reduced genital skin inflammation in women with chronic symptoms. Because aloe has a lower pH than water, using a water-based product containing aloe can help keep your vaginal levels in healthy check.