No one likes a rough ride. Adding lube to any sexual activity can be about excitement and adventure, as well as just practical lubricant where there may not be enough. Make sure your preferred sexual activity has chosen the right lube for the safest and most sensual experience
If you want your toys to last (as you should), then choosing the right lube is important. Water-based lube is considered the safest for every kind of sex toy, without any added silicone to break down the finer materials. These can be any kind of water-based variation, from flavoured to warming and cooling, so your choices are endless. Silicone-based lubricants should be avoided as well, and are only safe on non-porous, hard materials like plastic, metal, ceramic, etc.
Whether you or your partner’s lube isn’t enough, or perhaps you just want something a bit more lively, adding lube to your typical bedroom routine can be a fun new addition. For foreplay, anything goes, even oil-based lubes, which should only be used on skin and never with intercourse, condoms or toys. During sex, silicone-based lube is long-lasting and doesn’t need to be reapplied as often, and is easily cleaned up with soap and water. Lastly, water-based is the all-around safe choice for most sexual activities, but can require reapplication over time. Not only does a good lubricant make sex feel more enjoyable, but adding silicone- or water-based lube to condoms makes them safer, and less prone to tearing.
Want to get really slippery? It might seem counter-intuitive, but taking the fun to the pool or shower actually needs lubricant. Sticking to the silicone-based brands will give you a slick and long-lasting experience that won’t be washed away as easily as water-based.
When it comes to anal, the key is lube, lube, lube! Much like its vanilla companion, anal sex can use both silicone and water-based lubricants with excellent results, depending on how much re-application you want. There are some excellent anal-specific lubes out there that also incorporate light desensitizers to lessen any unpleasant pain as well as relax the anal sphincter.
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