According to Wikipedia, personal lubricants, colloquially termed lube, are specialized lubricants used during human sexual acts such as intercourse and masturbation to reduce friction between the penis and vagina, anus or other body parts or applied to sex toys to reduce friction or to ease penetration.
When it comes to lube, a large majority of people associate it with vaginal dryness or sex toys and now it's time for you to step out of the stereotypical box to learn something new. Finding the right lube can be reckoned as a catalyst that gets you and your partner aroused for mind-blowing, fulfilling orgasms.
How to choose a lube?
In general, you should avoid any lubricants that contain any artificial flavors, colors, sugars, essential oils, additional additives, or glycerine because you have no idea how you’ll react to these additives. Especially if it’s your first time using a personal lubricant.
- Water-based lube:
- Pros: Water-based lubes are the most widely used personal lubricants and can be used for all of your sexual acts such as masturbation, penetrative sex, and sex toy play. Water-based lubes available nowadays may have various agents added for dispersal, moisture retention, and resistance to contamination and it can be absorbed into the skin or evaporate, therefore, it's ideal for people with sensitive skin or vaginal irritation. Meanwhile, water-based lubes are easy to clean.
- Cons: Water-based lubricants are incompatible with sex acts associated with water (such as in a bathtub, pool, or hot tub) as they can be dissolved or dispersed in water. Furthermore, water-based lubes require frequent reapplication and are not suitable for marathon sex.
- Oil-based lube:
- Pros: Long-lasting oil-based lubes with slippery tactility are ideal for masturbation, massage, penetrative unprotected sex, and water-play. If you prefer non-use of a condom and wish fewer additives and preservatives, we highly recommend this type.
- Cons: Oil-based lubes such as petroleum jelly or mineral oil should be kept away from latex condoms and latex sex toys, as they can dissolve the latex and, therefore, decrease the elasticity, which may cause breakage of the latex condom or sex toys. What's more, Non-latex condoms (like those made of polyisoprene) are also sensitive to oil-based lubes, so read the manual before use.
- Silicone-based lube:
- Pros: Silicone-based lubricants are not absorbed by the skin or mucous membranes and can last longer than water-based lubricants. It's ideal for underwater sex, as they do not wash away easily.
- Cons: It's arduous for you clean up afterward with much effort and time (words of caution: don't spill them on your carpets or floors) and they should not be used with silicone-based toys.
Anal play with lubes
Lubes are a must for people obsessed with anal sex or are about to have first anal experience, as the anal canal does not produce fluids to help ease penetration. Lubes can help decrease the friction and the likelihood of breakage or slippage of condoms, which makes sex safer.