8 Tips That Will Help You Figure Out What Kind Of Lube To Use

Using sex “accessories” can be a little intimidating. There are so many options to choose from that it can leave one feeling totally confused. The last thing you want to do is spend your money on something that won’t work for you and then have to do the process all over again! Once you navigate your way through the mindfield of choosing the right condom, you’re then faced with the task of choosing the best lube. You might be tempted to not bother with lube at all, but that wouldn’t be the best idea. I get that deciding on then buying another product is annoying, but lube can make sex a whole lot better. Plus, it can improve masturbating, too.

Hopefully, the thought of improving sex and self-pleasure is enough to make you want to try lube. Now that I have your attention, the next step is figuring out the best product for you. You know what? When you break things down, it’s really not that complicated. Scroll through the gallery to figure out what kind of lube you should use.

Consider Allergies

People can be allergic to lube, just like they can be allergic to condoms. If you have allergies, you will want to do some research about the ingredients in the lube you're using in case there are some allergens lurking in it. If you're unsure, you can always consult a doctor. It's also wise to do a lube patch test before hooking up to avoid any reactions. Generally, water-based or silicone-based lubes are safer bets than other types.

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Try Water-Based Lubes

Usually, water-based lubes are the way to go if you're looking for a product that will work for all kinds of sexy scenarios. It's effective, gentle down there, and less likely to cause irritation. The only time you will want to avoid it is if you're actually hooking up in water. It might not make much sense but water-based lube, plus water, is too much of a good thing. So, save it for masturbating and sex on land.

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Try Silicone Lube For A Silky Touch

There are benefits to silicone-based lubes. It can be used for masturbating or sex because it's okay to be used with condoms. It's also less likely to cause issues down there because it's usually considered hypoallergenic. Plus, it has a rich silky texture which can make sex more comfortable. Just be aware that too much of it can make you feel a bit greasy.

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Beware Of Oil-Based Lubes For Sex

If you're looking for a good lube for sex, stay away from oil-based lubes. Why? They can mess with condoms, reducing their effectiveness. And you know what that means. Oil-based lubes include petroleum-based products plus DIY things like Vaseline or coconut oil.

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Check The Label For Preservatives

You've probably heard about the talk of preservatives in food. It turns out lubes can have preservatives in them, too, and they can cause irritation. If you're sensitive to preservatives in food, it's probably best to avoid them in lube. Watch out for things like *parabens,* *citric acid,* and certain alcohols. FYI: You can get natural or organic lubes instead.

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Watch Out For Glycerin

You might know of glycerin from science class. If you need a refresher, glycerin is a sugar alcohol. It tends to be lurking in some of the sweet-tasting lubes out there. The problem with it is that it can mess up the bacteria down there with can lead to yeast infections. Therefore, it's best to avoid using any lubes with glycerin on your vag.

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Do Not Use Substitutions

The internet is filled with some random suggestions about what you can substitute lube with. Then are even things that people say you should be putting on privates instead of lube to *heighten the experience.* The bottom line is that you shouldn't be using something unless it is specifically meant for down there. That includes Vicks VapoRub, Vaseline, hand cream, or any other heating creams. Do it and you could get a negative reaction. Read: Infection.

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Think About Hot And Cold Lubes

Looking to take things to the next level? There are cooling and heating lubes to enhance the pleasure down below. You can choose whatever temperature you like. You can try one for masturbating and one for sex. However, you will want to be careful if you're sensitive down there because the ingredients that cause the temperature reactions could irritate your vag.

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What are your lube tips? Let us know in the comments!

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