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Lubricant creates a new level of pleasure whether you’re with your lover or going solo, especially if you’re incorporating sex toys into the scenario.
So, forget the idea that only people with sexual health problems can benefit from lubricant – it’s a myth. There’s a place for this sex essential in everyone’s pleasure kit.
Yes, lubricant can be used to treat dryness in intimate areas, but it’s also perfect for reducing friction and therefore discomfort as well as increasing sensitivity and arousal.
Lubricant usually feels cool when stored at room temperature. So, if you’d prefer using it closer to body temperature, rub some between your palms or fingertips rather than applying it directly to your intimate areas. Use as much as lubricant as often as you need.
In general, concentrated lubricants can be used in smaller amounts and long-lasting lubes can be applied less often.
Lubricant is a must for sex toy play, reducing friction and enhancing pleasure during internal or external stimulation.
Ensure your lubricant is compatible with the material your sex toy is made from (for more information, read our Guide to Sex Toy Materials). Water-based lubricant is a safe choice for most toy materials. Silicone lubricant should not be used with silicone toys because it can damage the material.
Apply a few drops of lube to the toy and/or your body, remembering you can always add more later if needed. If you reach a point where the toy is slipping, or lube is dripping everywhere, then wipe the excess with a tissue. Experiment until you discover the amount and placement that feels best for you.
Women, if you’re masturbating without toys, simply apply few drops of lubricant to your fingers and slowly massage your labia and clitoris for a smoother feel then head inside towards your g-spot.
For men masturbating without toys, apply a generous amount of lube to your palm and fingers and start stroking. That’s all there is to it.
Lubricant is essential for anal sex because, unlike the vagina, your booty has no natural lubrication.
Lube reduces friction and provides cushioning for thin tissues in the anus. It helps increase sensitivity of the many nerve endings in the area so you can experience intense pleasure.
Silicone-based lubricants are ideal for anal sex because they are thicker and longer-lasting, but water-based lubes specially formulated for the backdoor are also available.
Some anal lubricants contain ingredients, such as benzocaine, that create numbing sensation to lessen the pain that can be associated with anal play. Take care if using desensitising lubricant because it can make harder to detect irritation, tears or internal damage until the numbness wears off.
As with other types of sex, lubricant can enhance the pleasure of oral by reducing friction and dryness.
Even if your mouth is wet enough, flavoured lubricant can work wonders, improving the taste of a blowjob. Some flavoured lubes are so delicious, there’s good enough to eat on their own!
If you’re performing oral on a man, apply some flavoured lubricant to your lips for a smoother and tastier experience.
If you’re going down on a woman, add a few drops of lube to her clitoris to make its thousands of nerve endings more sensitive and encourage a powerful orgasm.