Lube, in all its glory, is for everyone—as in, everyone should be using it more times than not. And not just using it, but using it creatively.
The lubricant can be made from four different materials: water, oil, petroleum, or silicone. Water-based is the safest option if you’re using condoms, plus, it can be easily washed away from your bodies, sheets, whatever, post-coitus. Here are 3 ways you probably aren’t but totally should be using lube.
1. Use it before sex even happens
Lube has this reputation as being something you pull in off the bench during penetrative sex when a partner is having a harder time maintaining their own lubrication, and this is total BS. Help break this taboo by bringing your new slick friend out during foreplay. Have a partner place some in their palm and grind your vulva and labia against it for a new twist on a hand job for women
2. Use it for a warming massage
The first rule of using warming lube is to never use it without telling your partner first unless you want them thinking you’ve just put Icy Hot in their private parts). Other than that, there really are no rules–go forth and heat things up! Use a few dabs on your partner’s (or your own) nipples for nipple stimulation that’s literally hotter than ever.
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3. Use it when you masturbate
If you have dry hands, no need to use a moisturizing lotion that could contain unwanted chemicals, especially because you don’t want those ingredients inside you. Just apply a few drops of water-based lube to your finger before touching yourself for a smoother feel.