Beginner's Guide to Lubricants
What are Personal Lubricants?
Personal lubricants, commonly known as lubes, are created to enhance your sexual experience during intercourse and masturbation. They are skin friendly and safe to use on intimate areas. Lubricants essentially decrease friction for a smoother, more pleasurable time. You can use them alone or with a partner, as well as in combination with condoms or sex toys. Lubricants come in a variety of types: water based, silicone based, flavoured, warming and cooling!
How are they used?
Simply apply a small amount of lube on intimate areas for a smooth feeling and easy gliding. Reapply as needed.
Water Based Lubes
Water-based lubes are the all-rounders of lubes – perfect at everything. They are safe for use with condoms, sex toys, and can be used during vaginal or anal sex, masturbation, and even massages.
Water based lubes are also easy to clean off with just warm water, and don’t leave any sticky stains on clothes or sheets. The only con of water based lubes is that they are easily absorbed and tend to dry out a little bit faster - so make sure to reapply frequently!
Silicone Based Lubes
The base ingredient of silicone based lubes is skin safe silicone which makes them waterproof. So they are perfect for sex under the shower! Silicone based lubricants are very long lasting, have excellent gliding properties and don’t need to be reapplied as often. This makes them perfect for both vaginal and anal sex and can be used with condoms. The only con of silicone based lubes is that they cannot be used with silicone toys.
These arousing lubes contain special ingredients that heat the skin, setting off some new and exciting sensations. Warming lubes also help in relaxing the muscles, increasing blood flow and making the skin more flexible which can lead to more intense orgasms.
Lubes 101: Do's and Don'ts
- Use water or silicone based lubes during sex and masturbation
- Use water or silicone based lubes with condoms
- Use water based lubes with sex toys
- Use a flavoured lube to spice up oral sex
- Use warming or cooling lubes for arousal
- Don't use silicone based lubes with silicone toys
- Don't use oil based fluids with condoms