Lubricants are designed to be used for sexual activity and any time you may need a little extra lubrication. They can increase pleasure, comfort, and satisfaction at any age. There are four main types of lubricants: water based, silicone based, hybrid (silicone and water), and oil based. Each type has its pro’s and con’s, and it can be difficult to decide which one to choose. See FAQ section for more details about each type of lubricant.
WATER BASED LUBRICANTS
Water based lubricants are most affordable and most commonly used. They are safe to use with vibrators, sex toys, and condoms. They are easy to clean up and available in a variety of consistencies, from thin liquids to thick gels. Water based lubricants dry up quickly and may need reapplication or a few drops of water or saliva to keep them slippery. They often contain preservatives that can be irritating, especially for those with sensitive skin. You will want to avoid any products that contain parabens, glycerin, and propylene glycol. None of the products at Intimate Focus contain any of those ingredients.
SILICONE BASED LUBRICANTS
Silicone based lubricants typically stay slippery longer than any of the other types of lubricants. They are not water soluble, so they are great for play in the bath or shower. They are considered to be hypoallergenic because they usually do not soak into the skin, and they do not need preservatives. Silicone lubricants are compatible with condoms, but they are not always compatible with solid silicone sex toys.
Hybrid lubricants are a combination of water and silicone. They are less likely to cause irritation than water based lubes, but they are not considered to be hypoallergenic. Hybrid lubes last longer than water based ones, but not as long as a silicone based one. Hybrid lubricants are safe with all sex toy materials and condoms.
OIL BASED LUBRICANTS
Oil based lubricants hydrate and improve the elasticity of sensitive tissues and thinning skin. Only plant oil based lubricants are recommended for internal use because petroleum based oils, such as Vaseline and Aquaphor, can contribute to infections and should never be used internally. Oil based lubricants are compatible with all non-toxic sex toy materials, but they are NOT compatible with condoms made with latex or polyisoprene. They also take longer for the body to clear them, so they are not recommended for people who have chronic, recurring vaginal infections or urinary tract infections.