When it comes to sex, most people would agree that wetter feels better – which means that lube is not only beneficial to your sex life but it’s also functional. It can help prevent little tears in the tissue that could lead to infection.
So even if you’ve never used lube before, it can’t hurt to experiment — especially if you’ve had any issues with dryness or discomfort in the past.
So why should you lube up more often? For starters, it almost always makes sex more comfortable, especially for women. It also enhances pleasure and makes it easier to reach orgasm, honest, even the Journal of Sexual Medicine said so.
A little lube can also help smooth out a solo session or add some glide to a bedroom toy.
“Blow jobs feel so much better when my penis is wet. Spit can work but it feels so much better when we use flavoured lube. My girlfriend spreads it all over my penis and then everything she does feels even more sensitive and the experience is definitely heightened!” —Jack, 33
Here’s everything you need to know about how to pick the perfect lube.
There are three main kinds of lube: Water-based, oil-based, and silicone-based.
Water is the main ingredient which makes it soothing and great for sensitive skin, plus it’s easy to clean off your body and sheets. Water-based lubes are compatible with all sex toys, but they’re not great for the shower/bath (they’ll wash right off) and they’re not very long-lasting.
Lubido Water Based Lubricant: Super slick, long lasting. Sex toy compatible – we’re pretty stuck on this one 😉
Silicone lubes have a unique silky feel and they’re usually hypoallergenic (unlikely to give you an allergic reaction). Since the silicone molecules are too large to absorb into skin, the lube is super slippery and lasts much longer so you don’t need to re-apply as often — and it works for water based play.
However, we wouldn’t recommend using silicone based lube with any silicone sex toys. It’ll break down the surface of the toy and make it all gross.
Durex Play Perfect Glide: Silicone based lubricant with a 3 times longer lasting effect. Silky smooth, non sticky and Condom friendly.
Oil-based lubes feel great. Some people get creative and use ingredients from their kitchen (coconut and olive oils, for example). However, they’re not safe to use with condoms because they make the latex porous so it’s prone to ripping, which increases the risk of pregnancy or STIs. While it’s good for masturbation and massage, it’s also oil, so it’ll be hard to clean and it can stain sheets or clothing.
Karma Sutra Oil of Love: Oils of Love are Kama Sutras original all time best sellers. These delicious, silky oils impart a delicate scent and an irresistible warmth.