Whether it’s piercing needs or steamy bedroom antics, lubrication is a very important element in achieving satisfaction. There are many different uses for lubrication. But how would you know what is the best lube to use? There are a vast variety of lubricants that are sold. The biggest differences between most of the lubricants are what they are based on. The most common bases used in creating a lubricant are water, oil, or silicone.
Water based lubricants are very popular because of how easily they wash off and they are less sticky than other based lubricants. Water based lubricants can either be liquid or gel. This type of lubricant is preferred for piercings because of how easily it washes off and the fact that the water can be absorbed into the skin. After a piercing is healed and you are ready to gauge it to the next size, lube can prove to make the gauging process less painful. Applying lubrication to the piercing before stretching to the next gauge allows the body jewelry to slide in with ease and less friction. Putting a small amount of lube onto the jewelry itself also helps with the tissues being stretched. Water based lubricants can be used with any condom or sex toy because they do not break down the materials which are used to create these items. However, most water based lubricants contain glycerin, which is the cause of many yeast infections. To prevent a yeast infection it is best to wash up after the lubrication has been used.
Oil based lubricants are not as popularly used as other lubricants. The oil based lubricant can break down the latex of condoms and leave small holes in the condom. Many couples who do not want children definitely avoid using oil based lubricants for this reason. Sex toys can be used with this lubricant as long as they are not made out of latex. A small amount of oil based lubricant can go a long way. It last longer and does not dry out too quickly. Because this lubricant is made out of mostly natural ingredients it is ideal for people who have a high tendency for an allergic reaction or sensitive skin; it is hypoallergenic. As you may know, water and oil do not mix, this being said this type of lubricant is also great for using while in water. The water will just bead up and roll away. Whenever you are done playing it is important to completely wash the oil based lubrication away. This type of lube can cause a breeding ground for bacteria in the genital area. This is because if it is not washed away completely it coats the genital area with a thin film which does not allow the pores to breathe properly. Just wash it away with soap and warm water.
Another lubricant that can also be purchased is a silicone base lubricant. These tend to be slightly more money than other types of lubricants. Silicone based lubricants are not water soluble, so this is also a great lubricant for using in a steamy shower. Just a little dab will make the area very slippery and last longer than other lubricants. Silicone lubricants have fewer ingredients and are also better for people who have sensitive skin. Condoms can be used with this kind of lubrication. Using this lube with sex toys is safe as long as the toy is not made out of silicone. The silicone based lubrication can break down the outer layer of the silicone toy, making this a perfect spot to harbor bacteria. The thinner texture and the long lasting quality of silicone based lubrication makes this very desirable. Removing this lube from the skin is simple, soap and water.
Make sure to do your homework before choosing lubrication. Each has unique qualities and some are better for you than others. Check out the lubricants we offer here at The Chain Gang.
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