Lubricant is a great way of taking mutual or solo masturbation to the next level. There’s so many different type of lubricants to explore and trying them on yourself first is not only going to make some alone time more pleasurable, but will give invaluable knowledge when wanting to share a lube with a partner. Here's 5 tips to get the most out of some lubricated self lovin!
Try an enhanced sensation lubricant
Enhanced sensation lube comes in many forms, warming, cooling, or tingling. Further, there’s also flavoured lube or a range of scents to choose from. This isn't limited to lubes that are categorised as being "enhanced," this also refers to exploring the difference between water-based and silicone lubes.
Using any type of lubrication on yourself first is a great way to figure out what you'd enjoy sharing with your partner, or what you'd enjoy them using on you!
Lube up your other erogenous zones
The usual way of lubing up, involves applying a water-based lube to your penis, vulva or anus to enhance sensation or make things more comfortable. There's no need to limit the fun to these areas! Reduce friction in any area you find arousing, this could be breasts, thighs, abs, it's really up to you. Many people simply enjoy feeling a bit more slippery, the sensations all over your body make the buildup and climax that much more satisfying. Using water-based lube will also make things a lot easier to cleanup after. Time your solo satisfaction before a shower!
Lubing up your sex toys
Many sex toys are recommended to use with a lubricant. Some manufacturers will include a sample pack with their toy. If these are starting to build up, solo masturbation is a great way to use all of the packs without throwing them away, if you haven’t got a separate bottle of lube that is.
So, it's not only going to make masturbation more pleasurable, but is also really positive body safe practice. Before using any toy, you need to understand what lubricants are safe to use with your toy.
In summary, water-based lubricant is safe to use with all sex toys. The drawback being that it evaporates faster than silicone-based lube. This is why it’s not recommended for anal sex, as it may need multiple applications to keep play comfortable. Some water-based lubes like Wet Stuff Gold have bridged the evaporation gap, otherwise a hybrid (water/silicone based) lubricant also works.
Explore how much lube you need and prefer to use with your toy. Do you want a slight dab to make clitoral contact more comfortable, or do you want more of a waterfall experience? Again, this is great knowledge for whenever you want to share a sex toy with a partner.
Remember! Silicone lube cannot be used with silicone material. Mixing the two is likely to either turn your toy into a gooey mess or damage the integrity of its design.
Use a fan!
Even better if it's the middle of summer. Everyone has felt a light breeze intensify after you've been in some water. When incorporated purposely in a sexual setting, wafts of air will enhance sensation on any applied area. If you found that you enjoyed the feeling when you or your partner blew on some lubricant. Then you might enjoy this! If you don't mind the fan being reasonably strong, it may be worth considering temperature play.
Keep note of things
If you're using masturbation to explore all the different ways of enjoying lubricant. Take note of all the lubes that were incredible, average or subpar. Did they last especially long? Was the sensation on one especially intense? What other factors made the experience satisfying?
Feeling any burning, itching, tingling or dryness in any area means that you may be allergic to that lubricant. This does not mean that you are allergic to that entire type of sexual lubricant, but may mean one of the ingredients is causing the issue. If you are aware of your allergy and can identify the problematic ingredient, switch lubricants. If unsure, see your nearest health professional and bring the lube with.
If you continue to experience and burning or vaginal dryness even after having stopped using lube. This may be a yeast infection, see your nearest doctor!