Vaginal dryness is a perfectly normal thing – virtually every female will have experienced it at one time or other. Common reasons for this dryness include the hormones that fluctuate throughout the female body each month, and post-menopause when your body sort of gives up the ghost. It’s realised that you’re no longer capable of getting pregnant, so in its eyes – what’s the point in sex? If reproduction is out of the question? Luckily, the sex industry firmly disagrees. Our bodies evolved to their current state eons ago, and a lot has happened since we moved out of the caves, including prolonging sexual pleasure for as long as possible. For all of your life, basically, which the lubrication industry has seized upon.
Durex, Mates, Skins, Skyns, Pjur and good old Johnson & Johnson’s KY Jelly – there’s so much choice out there that it’s easy to get confused when you’re choosing which lube you want. And if there’s one thing that you want to get right when it comes to sex, it’s the type of lubricant that you are going to use. Why is it so important? To start with, condoms are usually a part of sexual proceedings and there are types of lube that you simply cannot use with them, because they destroy the material and therefore the protection they’re designed to give. So make sure that you check the details on the bottle before you crack it open.
In fact, why stick with just one type of lube? After all, you’re not going to be having the same type of sex time after time after time, are you? You might want intimacy one night and then prefer to be swinging from the chandeliers the next one. Which means that it’s fab to have a range of lubes to choose from. A gentle gel, for example, and then a stimulating one. Or one that gives a tingling sensation if you’re feeling in the mood.
In a nutshell, a gel lubricant is denser that it’s liquid counterparts. Which means that it gives a smoother glide and clings to the skin for longer than a liquid one might. Plus, it often lasts longer too so there’s no awkward re-application needed during intercourse. It’s ideal for sex and solo pleasure, sex toys are designed to be used with lube, so if you’re not sure whether a certain one is right for you, then why not experiment? You can have loads of fun on your own with a few trial sachets of different types of lube!
Durex Play Stimulating Massage 2 in 1 gel lube. Are you thinking of doing something slightly different in the bedroom? Some naked massage, maybe? This stuff is great for an aromatherapy massage, or even just a straightforward one. Why is it so stimulating? To find out you have to head to the Amazon Basin where its main ingredient is found, guarana. Never heard of it? You’re not alone! Basically, guarana is the active ingredient in caffeine, which should give you an idea of what this lube provides, it’s a mood enhancer, makes you more alert and adds to stamina. Use for massage, during intercourse or even just part of foreplay, it’s smooth and silky glide on the skin makes it a perfect lubricant.
Durex Real Feel. Are you after a straightforward lube that just does as it says on the tin? (Or bottle). If so, then Durex Real Feel could be just the ticket. This one gives a naturally, smooth experience with no added sensation or stimulation, it’s just a smooth feeling that makes you feel close and intimate with your partner. It also doesn’t dry out easily so there’s no awkward re-application every ten minutes during sex.
Durex Play Aloe Vera. If you’re looking for something that’s going to be gentle and softening on the skin, then this could be your answer. It’s been specially formulated to be skin-friendly so it’s ideal for those who are looking for a gentle, non-irritating lube to use with their sexual shenanigans and smooth things along. Sometimes less is more, and just in case you’re worried, less doesn’t mean a lapse in quality, it’s just a different experience.
Durex Play Massage. Another 2 in 1 condom friendly lube, ideal for gentle, sensual massages for real intimacy with your partner in the bedroom, as well as creating a smooth, slippery feel when you use it on a condom. Start slowly and work your way up to the final crescendo.
Trial and error could be the way forwards here. Well, not error exactly, but there are bound to be some lubes that you prefer to others. Why not get your partner involved too? It can be good to have a different perspective and he might just pleasantly surprise you in the bedroom!