Quick Guide for Personal Lubes
It’s 2017 and there’s no reason to be a “dry masturbator” anymore. Do yourself a favor and upgrade. Not only do personal lubricants feel amazing, they also help reduce friction and they’re practically a must if you’re playing with a sex toy! But it’s important to remember that not all lubes are created equal. Nowadays, there seems to be a lube for practically every occasion, but with all these options, it’s important to be steer clear of lubricants that contain parabens and ingredients that can cause skin irritations (glycerin, alcohol and propylene glycol). And always try to go organic – when it comes to your genitals, don't be afraid to pamper yourself!
There are 4 main types of personal lubricants: oil-based, silicone-based, water-based, and hybrid lubes
Great for masturbation and even better for a massage, oil-based lubes are long-lasting and they leave the skin feeling silky and luxurious. And you can even find some great oil-based lubes right in your kitchen pantry! However, there are some things you need to know before using an oil-based lube.
Oil-based lubes CANNOT be used with latex condoms. They make the latex porous and can even tear it. But, if you’re in a relationship with no condom use – go to town! Secondly, oil-based lubes are hard to clean off of toys and even the skin.
Examples: olive oil, unrefined, virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, and petroleum-based lubricants.
Long lasting, hypoallergenic, and ideal for the water, this is a great choice for people with skin sensitivities, and since they contain almost no water, they can last longer and don’t need to be reapplied as often, since silicone molecules are too large to absorb into the skin. Silicone-based lubes are also fantastic for slippery water-play, since they won’t wash off.
They are latex safe, but AVOID using a silicone-based lube with a silicone toy, because it will slowly disintegrate and destroy it over time.
Examples: Sliquid Sliver, Uberlube and Pjur Basic.
These are the most popular and prevalent lubes out there today. Since they’re water-based, they’re very easy to clean up. And water-based lubes tend to be very gentle and non-irritating to the skin. Another bonus of water-based lubes is that they’re compatible with all types of sex toys.
Since water-based lubes absorb into the skin, they have tendency to dry out and need to be reapplied. And, unfortunately, typical water-based lubes are not compatible for water play – since they dissolve in water.
Examples: Sliquid H2O, Almost Naked Organic Personal Lubricant and YES WB water-based personal lubricant.
Hybrids contain a water base, but infused with a bit of silicone to bring you the best of both worlds and to create a very unique experience. Hybrids often feel softer and smoother compared to water-based products and the longevity is much longer, since the silicone significantly extends the life of the lube. Hybrid lubes won’t damage latex condoms and they can be used with most sex toys. Additionally, most hybrid lubes contain enough water to reduce the damage silicone based-lubes have on silicone toys.
Examples: Sliquid Silk, Sliquid Organics Silk, and Goodvibes Please Cream.
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