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. A good lubricant should enhance and aid your bodies natural lubricants, brought on by arousal.
- Water-based lubes often have no additives and are the least allergenic but wear out quickly and often require additional applications.
- Silicone choices provide extra wetness, but some women are allergic to it
- Oils can erode condoms and are hard to clean out of your nether regions post-sex.
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 reason, is not the best for manual stimulation of the penis.
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, then it is safe. Check with the manufacturers if you have any questions.
Recommended silicone based lubricants: Gun Oil.
Safe to use with: latex condoms, non-silicone products, medical grade silicone toys
Vegetable oils and nut oils, especially coconut oil is recommended by many, but it is 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
Test any lube on your forearm before venturing anywhere down there. Once you find the right kind also experiment with the amount. Because you can over-lubricate, which can reduce friction.