If you’re having sex or masturbating without plenty of high-quality lube, you’re doing it wrong. Personal lubricant is affordable, easy to come by, and a downright essential to a good orgasm. In fact, most people refuse to get busy if the lube game isn’t on point. What have you been doing this whole time?
Back in the day, folks used to slap olive oil on their junk and call it a day. I hope you’re not one of those people. Modern-day personal lubricants are amazing, plus they’re much better for your skin and sexual organs. Today’s lubes are top-notch, but that doesn’t mean you’ll know exactly which one to buy when the time comes.
The Three Main Types of Lube
Personal lubrication comes in many forms, but there are only three main types:
- Silicone-Based – Favored for it’s long-lasting, never-drying properties, silicone-based lubricants are hypoallergenic and silky-smooth to the touch. Many high-end varieties are combined with extra features such as tingling, warming or cooling. However, silicone-based lube can stain and is often difficult to wash off.
- Oli-Based – Prized for its ability to stay sleek and sexy during long love-making sessions, oil-based personal lubricants are moisturizing and luxurious. Top-shelf oil lubes sometimes have bonus features too, but much like silicone-based lubes, oil-based varieties can be tough to wash off and may stain fabrics.
- Water-Based – Hailed as the most versatile personal lubrication option available, water-based lubes are hypoallergenic, toy-friendly and relatively long-lasting. Made to pack a powerful punch with all the bells and whistles as the others, water lubes differ in that they’re edible and often come in yummy flavors. Oh, and this type of lube doesn’t stain nor is it a pain in the ass to wash off.
I read through the three main types of lube and instantly made up my mind about which one I was going to use. However, I learned the hard way that it’s just not that simple. Fortunately, there are only a few more basics you need to know before you can find the perfect personal lubricant.
Three Ways to Find the Best Personal Lubricant
Familiarizing yourself with your options is only half the battle. You must also consider a few things about yourself to determine which lube is right for you. Go through these simple steps and come out on the other side wet for all the right reasons:
- Carefully Consider Your Skin Type
When selecting a good lube, always think about your skin type first. Consider the skin type of your partner as well, assuming you have one of those. Skin sensitivities are no fun in the heat of the moment, and neither are rashes and allergic reactions. The wrong lube can cause redness, pain, and a whole host of unwelcomed side effects. Be diligent here.
My advice: Always check the ingredients list on each lube in your shopping cart. The first item listed is the main ingredient. It is what the product contains the most of. If you and/or your partner has an aversion to that ingredient, skip to the next lube you’re considering.
- Be Super Honest About Your Sex Life
Knowing which kind of sex you’re likely to have will go a long ay towards helping you pick out the perfect lube. Do you plan to engage in vaginal, anal, or oral sex? Will there be any sex toys involved? Is your sex life spiced up with plenty of variety (meaning you’ll probably enjoy all of the above)? You’ll need to know that stuff before buying lube with any confidence.
The reason being: Some lube types cannot/should not be used for certain activities. For example, oil-based and silicone-based lubricants are not ideal for silicone sex toys. On the other hand, water-based lubes may not have the staying power you need for anal sex. If, however, your sex life is relatively boring, you may want to keep things simple while shopping. Choose wisely, folks. Your sex life depends on it (even if you don’t really have one).
Like Booze: Enjoy Your Sex Toys Responsibly
As mentioned above, the personal lubricant you choose must match the activity and/or tools you enjoy the most in your sex life. The best way to make sure everything lines up is to consider the materials with which your sex toys are made. Most are comprised of skin-safe stuff like silicone, TPE, polycarbonate, elastomer, and even glass or stainless-steel. However, lubes are not a one-type-fits-all product.
The type of lube you require may be different than someone else, so make sure you have plenty to go around. In general, water-based lubes are considered the best. However, that’s not to say that oil-based and silicone-based varieties don’t have their merits. At the end of the day, it’s all about sorting through your choices using these three tips discussed here.