How to Choose the Right Lube for You
Let us talk lube. Using lube is completely normal, its even recommended! Forget the stigma that needing lube means you are not interested in your partner. In fact, the use of lube is a great way to show your partner you have their ultimate pleasure in mind. Think of lube as a useful tool for less friction, smoother skin, and well… better sex.
What type should you buy?
Did you even know there was more than one type of lube? Just like skin care, you need the right product best fit for you. Lubes come in a variety of bases:
Known as the most versatile of the lubes. This lube is your safest bet to start with- it can be used for masturbation, sex toy play, and penetrative sex. According to studies, water-based lubes are also safe to use with condoms- both latex and non-latex. Overall, it will not stain your sheets, it’s easy on sensitive skin, and wishes off easily with water.
Slippery, long lasting, and ideal for longer sessions. Even more, it requires less lube be applied and re-applied less often. Unlike a water-base that will wash right off, silicone-based lube is great for shower sex, although may require more water and soap to wash off. However, there is a con to silicone-based lube, contrary to the name, it can deteriorate the surface of silicone toys. This can ultimately make it unsafe over time to use the toy because of the potential of bacteria to grow in the broken-down rubber.
If you do not want the hassle of having to reapply at all once you get going- don’t worry, this lube is a gift to you. Oil-based lube can double as a sexy and sensual massage oil as well. Downsides? Oil (and any other oil products like petroleum jelly or mineral oil) should not be used with latex condoms as they are known to dissolve the latex and break. Do not forget, oil tends to stain sheets and clothing and make it difficult to clean up.
Natural lubes have been growing in popularity for years because many are curious as to what they are really putting down there. Look for lubes with natural or a small number of ingredients on their list. There are vegan and paraben-free options without smell or taste as well.
How to Lube-Up
There is no rule book on when or how to use lube. Apply it liberally, be the vagina, penis, or anus. Whether you need the added comfort during intercourse, your body isn’t producing its natural lubricants in the heat of the moment, or you just want to make penetrative sex easier- then LUBE UP!
*Tip: Pour lube into your hands and warm it up with your body heat before application for a more pleasurable experience for you and your partner.