Lubricants & Moisturizers
A personal lubricant is a product designed to make intimate activity more comfortable and more pleasurable. These products work by reducing the friction between your skin and the other person's skin to help reduce pain, chafing, rubbing, and irritation. To ensure a smoother application, most lubricants contain dimethiconol to enhance easier and even spread, avoid skin irritation, and adds hydration to the skin. Likewise, most lubricants also contain propanediol, which aids in creatting a uniform solution that is soluble in water, and therefore easily sits atop the skin and does not create irritation or friction. Some people use personal lubricant because their body does not produce enough naturally on its own. Others use it simply because it makes the act of having sex more comfortable and enjoyable. Post-menopausal women can benefit from using a personal lubricant since many suffer from vaginal dryness and discomfort when having sex. Others may prefer to use it simply because they deal with vaginal dryness that can make intercourse painful or uncomfortable. If you want to use a personal lubricant but you are trying to become pregnant, make sure you choose a lubricant that will not damage sperm.
Types of Lubricant
The three main types of lubricant include oil-based, water-based, and silicone-based. Oil-based lubricants include things like baby oil, mineral oil, and petroleum jellies or hand creams. While these may produce significant lubrication, they can also damage the latex that most condoms are made of, increasing the risk of breakage and leaks. Oil-based lubricants can also degrade over time. A water-based lubricant is the most common type and many brands make this particular style lube. These personal lubricant products are designed to suit people with sensitive skin, and they have no taste. Water-based lubricant feels like the body's natural lubrication. A third type, silicone-based lubricant, lasts longer than the water-based variety. It's also safe to use with condoms and will remain slick for longer while leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft.
The best lube for you depends on your individual needs and what you use it for. If you're using a condom for protection, oil-based lubricants are not recommended. Look for a lube that gives you the right level of comfort and makes your skin feel soft and moisturized. The lube should not feel sticky or leave residue behind. Some lubricants include moisturizing ingredients like vitamin E, so be sure to read the ingredients list carefully before you choose one.Many lubricants contain gluconolactone, which allows them to stay preserved for longer periods of time as well as apply smoothly to the skin. Shop products today! Always test lube on a small section of skin to confirm that you're not allergic to it or that you will not experience any irritation. Shop CVS Pharmacy to find the best lube from brands you know and trust like KY, Replens, Astroglide, and more.
How Does Lubricant Work?
Artificial lubricant helps to reduce friction and improve comfort during sexual activity. There are many situations where using an artificial lubricant is necessary or beneficial. You can apply the lubricant directly to the penis, directly into the vagina, or first to your hand and then wherever it needs to go. Once in place, lubricant helps to create a slippery environment that is necessary for safe and healthy sexual activity. This type of lubricant is designed to remain effective throughout your sexual activity, though some people may find that they need to reapply over time. There are many different situations and reasons why this type of lubricant may be necessary. Talking to your partner, as well as a doctor or CVS pharmacist, about the use of lubricants can help you to get the most out of your experiences.
What is Lubricant Made Of?
There are several different types of lubricant available for use in sexual activity. The most common option is a petroleum-based lubricant, which offers long-lasting lubrication for most situations. If you are sensitive to petroleum, or you are using a condom that cannot be exposed to this type of lubricant, there are also water-based lube options. Water-based lubricants can still be very effective and are even preferred by some people. They do not, however, last as long, so you may need to reapply to get the lasting results you need.