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Lubes ain’t lubes

Not all lubes are the same. But let’s start with the first thing you need to know – USE LUBE!

There’s nothing wrong with using lubricants. Our bodies are weird and change and sometimes lube is a great way of making something good even better. 

Lubes play a crucial role in enhancing pleasure, providing comfort, and ensuring a smoother experience. The primary function of a lube is to reduce friction which can prevent discomfort, irritation, and potential injury, thus allowing for a more enjoyable and pleasurable experience.

One of the key benefits of using lubricants is their ability to enhance sexual enjoyment. By minimizing friction, lubes can make penetration easier and more comfortable, which is especially beneficial for play time. 

If you’re doing anal sex then you have to use lube. You. Have. To. Use. Lube!

And if you’re using sex toys, lubricants can enhance the experience by facilitating easier insertion and reducing the risk of irritation.

The importance of choosing the right lubricant cannot be overstated. Different types of lubricants are formulated to cater to various needs and preferences. Some are water-based, while others may be silicone-based or oil-based. 

Each type has its own unique properties and benefits, making it essential to select the appropriate one for your specific situation. Understanding these differences is crucial for ensuring play time is fun time, you’re not putting your sexual health at risk and that nothing gets irritated or possibly ripped.

Water-Based Lubricants

Water-based lubricants are among the most commonly used types due to their versatility. They are easy to clean, as they can be washed off with water, and they are compatible with most sex toys and condoms. Their texture is generally smooth and non-greasy, providing a natural feel during sex. However, they may require frequent reapplication as they can dry out more quickly than other types. Popular choices include products like Astroglide and KY Jelly.

Silicone-Based Lubricants

Silicone-based lubricants are praised for their long-lasting properties. They do not dry out as quickly as water-based options, making them ideal for prolonged intimate sessions and water-based activities, such as shower sex. Their silky texture provides a luxurious sensation, but they can be more challenging to wash off. But don’t use silicone-based lubes with silicone sex toys as they can degrade the material. Notable products in this category include Pjur Original and Wet Platinum.

Oil-Based Lubricants

Oil-based lubricants offer excellent moisturizing benefits and a rich, creamy texture. They can be particularly beneficial for individuals with sensitive skin or those looking for additional hydration. However, they are not compatible with latex condoms as they can cause the latex to break down, leading to potential safety risks. They are also more difficult to clean, often requiring soap and water. Common examples include coconut oil and products like Lush by Lovability.

Basically, unless you have need to use oil-based lubes it’s best to stay away from them.

Hybrid Lubricants

Hybrid lubricants combine the advantages of different types, typically blending water and silicone-based formulas. This combination provides the easy-to-clean nature of water-based lubes with the long-lasting properties of silicone-based lubes. Hybrid lubricants offer a balanced approach for those seeking versatility and extended performance. An example of a hybrid lubricant is Sliquid Silk, which is well-regarded for its smooth texture and durability.

Picking between lubes

Each type of lubricant offers distinct benefits tailored to different preferences and needs. Whether opting for the ease of a water-based lube, the endurance of a silicone-based product, the moisturizing qualities of an oil-based lubricant, or the balanced performance of a hybrid, choosing the right option can significantly enhance your sexual experience.

Selecting the right lubricant is crucial for enhancing sexual enjoyment and ensuring comfort and safety. One of the primary considerations is personal sensitivity and allergies. Many lubricants contain ingredients like glycerin or parabens, which can be irritants for some individuals. It is important to carefully check the ingredient list to avoid potential allergens. Opting for hypoallergenic lubricants can be a safer choice for those with sensitive skin.

The type of sexual activity also plays a significant role in choosing the appropriate lubricant. For vaginal sex, a water-based lubricant is often recommended as it is generally safe to use with condoms and sex toys. However, for anal sex, a thicker, longer-lasting lubricant is preferable to provide adequate lubrication and reduce friction, making the experience more comfortable.

When using condoms, it is essential to select a lubricant that is compatible. Oil-based lubricants, for instance, can degrade latex condoms, increasing the risk of breakage. Therefore, water-based or silicone-based lubricants are a better choice for condom use. Additionally, if sex toys are involved, water-based lubricants are usually safe for all types of materials, whereas silicone-based lubricants may damage silicone toys.

And finally…

Proper storage of lubricants is crucial. Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to preserve their quality and effectiveness. Check the expiration date regularly and discard any lubes that have expired, they could cause you big problems..

Just remember there’s nothing wrong with using lubricants during sex. It’s really important if you want to have a good time. Plus sometimes our bodies don’t do the self-lubrication as expected. Always talk about using lubes and tell your love about your needs and concerns and it will help create a more enjoyable and consensual play time. 

We frequently use lubes because it makes sure that everything is slippery and wet.

By following these guidelines, you can safely and effectively incorporate sexual lubricants into your intimate moments, enhancing overall pleasure and comfort.

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