A Closer Look at the Different Types of Personal Lube
Do sex toys and accessories intimidate you?
If you don't know the first thing about personal lube and still get embarrassed bringing it up to the check out counter, you're not alone. Despite all its benefits, a recent survey shows most Americans choose not to use any personal lubricants.
Some people assume only old, sickly people should feel the need to use any added lubricants during sex. But that just isn't true.
There are many different types of sexual lubricants, some for practical purposes and others just for fun.
Read on to see what we mean.
What is Personal Lubricant?
Technically speaking, a lubricant is any substance that helps minimize friction. In this case, personal lube can mean any watery substance applied to the body during penetrative sex or sex play between any number of people. This can cut down on abrasive irritation, or just add some exciting sensations.
But you don't need to be having sex to find personal lube helpful. Many women entering menopause or recovering from trauma use lubricant in everyday situations to ease the pain of vaginal dryness.
Now, let's get into the different types of lubricant available.
Water Based Lubricant
Water-based lubricants are by far the most popular out there. They won't erode latex and may even assist in preventing condom breakage.
Most water-based lubes won't stain your sheets and are easy to wash off hands and clothes. While it may not create the lasting slipperiness of other lubricants, water-based lubes are some of the safest out there. It's the only kind of lube that won't gradually erode silicone toys and vibrators.
But if you like silky smoothness you don't have to reapply as often...
Silicone Based Lubricant
...this is the personal lube you want. Silicone-based personal lubricant products are hypoallergenic and safe on latex. You shouldn't use silicone-based lubes with other silicone toys, but you can use it in the shower.
What most people don't realize is that having sex in water can actually increase friction and cause irritation. A major benefit of silicone-based lube is the way it stays in place underwater and continues to work during water play.
This also means silicone-based lubes are slightly harder to wash off, but not by much. And when you consider the benefits, you probably won't care.
Oil Based Lubricant
Talk about lubricant that really sticks around!
Oil-based lubricants are the longest lasting out there. You won't have to reapply this one at all. Some people even opt to set aside some plain old coconut oil to use as their oil-based lubricant.
Oils also make for great personal lubricant during massages and general foreplay. The only downside is the way oil increases the likelihood of latex tearing, and how much it can stain fabric.
You can still enjoy the amazing staying power of oil-based lubricants, as long as you're using other methods of birth control besides a condom and don't mind making a mess.
Speaking of birth control, not all couples necessarily want to use it anymore. There are brands of lubricant specially designed for men and women trying to assist conception.
Besides water-based and glycerine free lubes that don't harm sperm, there are products on the market created to encourage sperm entering the cervix. They're made to imitate fertile cervical mucus and match the pH level sperm are looking for when they enter the womb.
Some pro-pregnancy lubricants even come with helpful guidebooks, applicators, and ovulation predictor kits to help couples to increase their chances of pregnancy.
Ultra Gentle and Natural Lubricant
There are many reasons you may prefer all natural personal lubricants:
- You have extra sensitive skin
- You're particular about the chemicals you put in and around your body
- You prefer to maintain a low waste, holistic lifestyle
Whatever your reasons, there are lubricant products available to you. Besides using plain coconut oil or cooking oils you already have in your kitchen, there are companies out there making water-based lube with minimal ingredients. It may take some creativity or extra time hunting around online, but they're out there.
Playful and Flavored Lubricant
Ah. Now for the fun stuff you've heard so much about.
Whenever you're feeling adventurous, there are personal lubricant products that can add some unexpected sensations. Heating, cooling, tingling, and fruit or cinnamon flavored lubricants are some of the most popular options, just to name a few.
But while you're shopping around, keep an eye on the list of ingredients and avoid the following irritants:
- propylene glycol
- chlorhexidine gluconate
We're not trying to tell you what to do, and there's no wrong way to lubricate. Just be mindful of what you're putting into your body and think ahead to what you'll be cleaning up later.
Finding the Right Personal Lube
Hopefully, you understand by now that personal lube is not just for postmenopausal women. Most negative stigmas regarding lube are based on myths.
To recap, different substance based lubes have specific pros and cons:
Water-based: Safe for latex condoms and silicone toys, easy to clean up, and hypoallergenic. However, they may need be reapplied during sex to keep working.
Silicone-based: Safe for latex condoms, feel smoother and last longer than water-based lubes, relatively easy cleanup. However, they are not safe to use with other silicone sex products.
Oil-based: Last the longest out of any personal lubricant, and need the fewest chemical ingredients. Safe to use on silicone sex toys. However, they stain fabrics and increase latex tearing.
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Stay safe, and have fun!