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Guide to Anal Lube
When you’re indulging in a spot of anal sex or masturbation with anal play, anal lube should never be left out of your fun and games.
Anal lubricant differs from regular lube as the consistency is much thicker which helps to protect the sensitive skin of the anus. It's not just a safety issue for the health of your sensitive anal tract, it's also a pleasure thing.
Almost all sex is enhanced with a good slick of lube and by making sure that there will definitely be no harsh friction, you'll enjoy your anal sex experience much more.
Which is the Best Anal Lube?
Just like regular sexual lubes, anal lube comes in a variety of types. Choosing the right anal lube depends on what you're doing and which toys you're using. Scroll through Lovehoney's top anal lube suggestions.
Water-Based Anal Lube
For anal sex toys and beginner's anal sex, opt for a water-based lube. Water-based anal lubes are specially formulated to be thicker and longer-lasting than normal lubricants, but are still easy to wash away after use.
Water-based anal lube tends to be the most popular choice as it is compatible with all toys and condoms.
"Overall, this is a fantastic lube which has a lovely thick consistency. It’s great value, has a pump dispenser and really lasts."
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Best for Anal Sex:
For advanced players, silicone-based lube is great. They often allow both parties to experience more sensation than water-based lube as it doesn't need to be as thick.
Silicone-based lubricants are condom safe, but shouldn't be used with your silicone toys.
Caution should be taken if using silicone-based lubes as they are often more slippery than water-based lube which can cause penetration to be deeper and faster than intended.
"My partner and I have never actually used a proper lube before, we have only used baby oil and I can say that this lubricant is excellent and so much better. "
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Best for Anal Easing:
Desensitising Anal Lube
Anal easing lube is a sticky wicket for many couples. Why? Well, pain happens for a reason - it means that something's wrong and your body is alerting you to it. Anal lubes containing desensitisers should be used with caution.
A slick of desensitiser may help you relax, but if you need it for regular anal sex then there may be a bigger problem behind the pain. Always exercise caution and listen to your body extra carefully when using desensitising lubricants.
"This lube relaxes the muscles just enough to make things glide a lot easier."
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Best for Rimming:
Oral sex can be greatly improved by adding some flavoured lube. Not only does it taste better, the extra slipperiness enhances sensations!
Fans of rimming or analingus in particular may find flavoured useful. Rimming is when one stimulates the anus using the mouth, lips and tongue.
"I highly recommend it. It's yummy, versatile and great value!"
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