Look around. There’s no denying that the adult’s accessories market is saturated with hordes of brands of lubricants. If anything, you only need to step into your local pharmacy or adult’s toy shop for you to get a glimpse of the rich variety of lubricant-based products in the offing.
However, it is interesting to know that despite this stunning proliferation, lubricants can be primarily grouped as either water-based or silicone-based lube. At this juncture, it is possible that you may be wondering, which of the two is better? Which one is better suited for my partner ( or for use with a sex toy ) and me? Well, read on for a full excerpt on this.
1. What do you Intend to Use it For?
As expected, the type of the lube or lube-based product that you go for will hinge on its intended purpose. For instance, silicone-based lubricants are not recommended for use with silicone toys as the risk of material-to-material disintegration is far too high in direct comparison to water-based lubes.
In other words, you would have no choice but settle for a water-based lubricant brand of your choice if the intention is to use it with a toy primarily made of silicon. Apart from this, using silicon-based lube with silicon-made condoms and toys often results in either a thin or thick layer that decreases one’s sensitivity and predisposes the condom to breakages.
As such it becomes almost impossible for you to feel some of the pleasurable highlights associated with intimacy such as the veins of the penis or the textures of most adult toys. The act is also likely to be messier when using silicon-based products. Which, of course, explains why water-based lubes will trump them in this department.
But it is not all doom and gloom for silicone-based lubes. They are generally recommended for use as sex massage oils. And considering that nothing feels better than to start the day with a thorough top-to-bottom orgasmic massage, then you shouldn’t miss a tube of silicon-based lube in your turf.
In such a case, just apply a small amount of the lube to your genital areas and jump into the water bath, the rest of the experience is simply out-of-the-world. That aside, the tendency of silicon-based lube to form a thick but non-sticky layer comes in handy in some high-friction scenarios.
The thick layer makes it incredibly easier for penis/toy to slide in and out of the orifice without inflicting any damage or bruises. Lubricant that create a thick layer are perfect for anal pleasure.
2. Closeness to Natural Lubrication
Compared to silicon-based lube, water-based lubricants have a wetter texture and is very similar to the natural lubrication of women. Which, of course, explains the popularity of this type of lubrication. Under this bracket, they can be separated into 3 different types; i.e., liquid-water, gel and cream water-based lubes.
Again, the omnipresent question pops up again, which one should I use among these three variants? Well, here’s a quick primer to that.
For starters, regardless what you may read in other places, the fact remains that you have to try out each of these water-based lubricants before deciding which one to settle for, and determining the one that suits your needs and lifestyle best. That aside, it is worth noting that water-based lubricants will ordinarily evaporate faster than your regular gel or cream lube.
Hence, for this reason, it is necessary to use a little more than you would usually need to ( compared to silicon-based lube ) when using a purely water-based lubricant during intercourse. It also evaporates much faster than conventional silicon-based lubricants, hence not recommended for deep body or shower massages.
On the other side of the spectrum, you don’t have to take a shower ( immediately ) after using a water-based lubricant as the lube tends to evaporate faster after use.
On the upside, however, purely water-based lubricants are typically compatible with most ( if not all ) types of sex toys and condoms. If anything, most latex condom manufacturers specifically direct that their products ought to be used only with water-based lubricants to reduce the risk of tearing or bursting.
Nonetheless, both flavored and non-flavored water-based lubricants are not recommended most of them have sugar witch can create vaginal infection.
Having said that, women who tend to develop constant vaginal infections ( sometimes even for no reason ) or have ultra-sensitive skin are advised against using ordinary silicon or water-based lubricants. Instead, they are expected to seek purely organic lubricants, such as those without industrial glycerin or paraben.
They ought to stay away from flavored lubes too, the same applies to expectant women. For all the women please make sure to read the ingredients of your lubricant and avoir glycerin or paraben in it this is very bad for you.
As much as I could go on and on about the specifics of each lube, I think this short explanation generalizes the collection of some of the major lubricants on the market today. And, most importantly, gives a preview of some of the significant differences between water-based and silicone-based lubes, something that every responsible adult needs to know.
Overall, remember that the trick is to try each of them until you find your favorite or that closes matches your preferences. Truth be told, there is isn’t a particular lubricant that can be said to be specifically better than others on the market, it’s all a matter of personal preference and perspective.
In other words, what could be useful and best-suited for your sex life could be very well the worst choice for the next person. In short, it is as personal as it gets.
PS: If your lube to overheat your vagina please stop using it. This doesn’t mean that the lubricant is of poor quality or anything of the sort. It just says that particular lubricant is not a good match for you. If this ever happens, stop using the lubricant immediately and rinse up using a splash of warm water.
And above all, do not give up in your quest of landing a quality lubricant. You don’t know what could be just around the corner.