We’ve been talking about the importance of lube for any sexual activity, but finding the right lube for you can be a legitimate challenge! Just looking at the ingredient list of many lubricating oils is enough.
This is where this guide’s martial arts lies. I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about lubes, from the different types and bases, to which ones to use and which ones to stay away from!
Why is lubricant so important?
Despite our best efforts, there are still many false rumors about lubricants. Lube isn’t just what you need when you’re aging or having a low libido, it can make any and all sex better!
Lube just provides extra moisture, making every movement smoother and more comfortable. This means it prevents you from encountering friction that can lead to discomfort, pain and injury.
Also, it’s absolutely necessary when engaging in any kind of anal sex game. The anus and vagina (and to a lesser extent the penis) do not produce any lubrication of their own. You need to use lubricant, whether you’re using a penis, a butt plug, anal beads, or your fingers to protect the delicate tissue of the anus. It feels better too.
Choose the lubricant that suits you
If you are looking for the perfect lubricant match, there are many factors to keep in mind. You want it to meet your needs and be reliable, high quality and reasonable.
Here are some of the main factors you should consider when looking for lubricants:
The type of lubricating oil, or the “base” of the lubricating oil
Any additives in lubricating oils such as moisturizers, fragrances or CBD
pH (more on this below)
the toy you will use
What’s so special about anal lube?
You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about anal lube, but what exactly is it, and is it needed?
The simple answer is yes. While it’s a little annoying to buy two different types of lube, we promise your ass will thank you.
Unlike the vagina, the anus does not lubricate. Naturally, it is very dry, and it will not secrete anything when you wake up. This means that if you want to risk anal masturbation or sex, you’ll need to add your own lubricant, and there are plenty. Otherwise, you’ll end up with friction and discomfort, and possibly even damage to the delicate tissue and anus. That’s why pain, bleeding, infection, and all-around bad news.
Anal lube, no matter which foundation you choose, is thicker than regular lube and often more gel-like than regular lube. This provides an extra cushion for anal play that lasts longer without frequent re-use. Also, because the pH of the anus is higher than the level in the vagina, anal lube can sometimes have a higher pH balance. This makes them unsuitable for vaginal use (also known as PIV or DIV sex), which is why we recommend buying two different lubes if you want to have fun with both.