Lube 101: Your Guide To Personal Lubrication

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Whether you are a total lube novice, or you have been using it for some time but are looking for new tips on how to get more enjoyment out of it; this guide should help you find the perfect lube to maximise sexual pleasure and answer all the questions that you have about the product.

What is lube?

During the build up to sex, your natural wetness usually increases due to heightening sexual excitement. However, for a variety of reasons, you may need a little extra help to achieve the perfect lubrication so that sex is more pleasurable and to ensure that there is no pain involved. While natural wetness can decrease at different points of your life due to stress, medication, health and hormonal changes; using lube can be a very effective solution during these periods.

Even if you don’t have a problem with dryness, lube can be used as a stimulant to enhance sexual activity and to make the act of sex, as well as oral sex, more pleasurable in many ways. It can help to increase sensations felt during sex between you and your partner, and can even help extend the duration of love-making.

What type of lube should I use?

1. Water-based lube

Water based lubes are lighter than other types and tend to be smoother to the touch. They are suitable for sensitive skin, are non-sticky and easy to wash off. Durex water based lubes won’t stain your sheets and are water soluble. Water based lubes are available in many flavours and with warming and tingling varieties available.

Durex lubes range

2. Silicone-based lube

Silicone lubricant offers a different texture to their counterparts, water-based lubricants. Significantly thicker than water-based lube, silicone lubes are not easily absorbed into the skin or mucus membranes, making it last much longer so you can get on without having to stop and re-apply.

3. Natural lube

Durex Naturals Intimate Gel has been specially formulated to include a 100% natural moisturising formula. As well as being safe to use with condoms and sex toys, Naturals contain pre-biotics to help maintain the skin's balance and help support its moisture.

Condoms and Lube: Can they be used together?

Yes! All Durex lubricants & Durex Pleasure Gels are totally safe to use with condoms. Add lube to the outside of the condom once it’s on and inside of the vagina for additional lubrication. Take care not to use too much lube before you put the condom on, otherwise it may slip off during sex. However, you can always apply more if you need it later.

Is lube safe to swallow?

Most water based lubes are suitable for oral sex and are safe to consume; however, swallowing the whole bottle isn't something that we'd recommend. For those with a sweet tooth, Durex flavoured lubes are sugar-free so you can indulge as often as you wish!

How much lube should I use?

There are no set rules regarding how much lube to use. The best thing to do is experiment and see how it feels for both yourself and your partner. If you are trying a new lubricant or if this is the first time you have used any kind of lube, start off with a small amount, gently applying it to desired areas using your fingertips.

If you are enjoying the sensation of the extra lubrication, then feel free to keep applying. Many lubes also double up as massage gel, so why not give your partner a slow sensual massage during sex to stimulate their senses even further.

How long does lube last?

As a general rule, lube should be used within three months of opening. There is no need to keep your lube in the fridge, however, it is advisable to keep it out of direct heat or sunlight and in a cool cupboard away from pets or children.

Keep these top tips in mind when choosing your next lube to buy. Lube doesn't just need to be limited to intercourse either, a bottle of lubricant can be your best friend when it comes to foreplay and oral sex.