What is The Best Sex Lube?

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Let’s face it; sex isn’t always as kinky or romantic as it’s portrayed in the movies. It can be uncoordinated, messy and sometimes a little uncomfortable. Lubricant is the quickest and easiest way to prevent any dryness, chafing or uncomfortable friction during sex. It can also help prolong your love-making sessions, and make your own masturbation more enjoyable. It’s the easiest and cheapest way to make every sexual experience you have smoother and more pleasurable.

When it comes to choosing a lubricant, the variety of products is endless. A little confused? Here’s the lowdown on different types of lube, things to be mindful of when choosing the right lube for you.

What Is the Lube For?

Virtually all lubes on the market today fall into one of three categories — water, silicone, or oil-based. Each of these has their advantages and disadvantages, and the best way to decide which is the best lube for you is to think about how you want to use it.

Water-Based Lube

If you buy only one lube, make it a water-based lube. They tend to be smooth and slick, and lack the sticky and messy-ness that silicone and oil-based lubes are known to be. As they’re water-soluble, skin and mucous membranes will absorb them. This is great for those who like a quick and easy clean up after sex: all you need is a bit of warm water, and some soap, and the lube will easily wash off the skin.

The best all-rounder; water-based lubes are condom-compatible, won’t stain your sheets, and can be used with most toys, as opposed to oil-based lubes that corrode latex.

However, its solubility is also its biggest disadvantage. Because of how quickly it can be absorbed by the skin, you might have to periodically re-apply it, depending on how long you’re going for. This can be a bit of a mood killer; stopping in the middle of a heated session to re-apply is not ideal.

We recommend: ID Moments Water Based Lube (£9.99, kinky.co.uk) and Pjur Aqua (£9.99, kinky.co.uk).

Silicone Lube

Silicone-based lubes are a bit like marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it! Those who don’t like silicone-based lubes say that using them is like having motor oil slathered on your parts, while others swear by it.

They tend to be a little greasier and thinner in texture. Strangely that’s their main advantage: they are long-lasting which means you won’t need to keep topping up your lubricant (and you’ll probably need less, too). So, there’ll be no need to stop mid-session to reapply! What’s more; they’re waterproof and can be used on latex condoms and dams.

However, there’s one very important rule regarding silicone-based lubes; do not use them on toys that are made from silicone or Cyberskin.

We recommend: Pjur Original Bodyglide Lubricant (£12.99, kinky.co.uk) https://www.kinky.co.uk/pjur-original-bodyglide-lubricant-100ml.html and Durex Play – Silicone Perfect Glide (£11.99, kinky.co.uk).

Oil-based Lube

Oil-based lubes are generally not as popular as the other two. Firstly, they tend to corrode latex, so you can’t use them with latex condoms (of course, there are non-latex options available, but expect to pay a little more). Secondly, they’re usually made with ingredients that are bad for vaginal health; they tend to dry them out and can lead to some nasty infections. Because of this, they are usually used for male solo ventures.

Despite these disadvantages, some swear by it. As with most things, it’s all a process of trial and error – until you try it, you won’t know!

Flavoured

Like to use your hands and your mouth at the same time? Opt for a flavoured lube and make that 69 tastier than ever. There are the variety of flavours available is endless, so you are bound to find something that you like! You can go for the traditional strawberry or cherry, or try something a little different like mint-choc-chip or pina colada. The great thing about flavoured lubes is that it allows you and your partner to experiment in the bedroom – injecting a little fun and excitement into your sex life.

We recommend: ID Fruitopia Mango Passion (£7.99, kinky.co.uk) and ID Juicy Lube Strawberry Kiwi (£9.99, kinky.co.uk).

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