Water-based lubricants are :: often preferred for their cleanliness and in general they are the least irritating to body surfaces. The main feature of water based lubricants is that they are smooth and slick, but not sticky. As these lubricants are water-soluble, mucous membranes and skin absorb them. Water-based lubricants also have an advantage of being completely condom compatible unlike oil-based lubes which corrode latex. Popular water-based lubes are: Maximus, which is very long lasting lubricant. It is very popular for anal sex. Astroglide water-based lubricant is one of the most popular lube. It's nice, lick, and long-lasting. Astroglide is a great choice for those who have never even used lubricants.
The only lubricant you can :: use with latex condoms is water-based lubricant. Oil-based lubricants have oil in them that reacts with latex. Knowing ingredients is important to determine if you will have a bad reaction to a water based lubricant. There three types of ingredients people are most likely to react to: Preservatives and antiseptics. These are the ingredients which long names end with -parabens. People can and do react to these, and increased exposure to them increases the allergic reaction. Paraben-free water based lubricants include: Probe, Hathor Aphrodisia Glycerin. Many educated sex stores tell their customers who are prone to yeast infections to avoid lubricants with glycerin. While research hasn't been done on this yet, glycerin, is very sweet, and that sweetness could feed the yeast that is naturally occurring in a healthy vaginal canal. Glycerin-free water based lubricants include: Liquid Silk , Maximus.
Water based lubricants are :: available in every possible consistency, from thin as water to thick as pudding. Thick water-based lubricants can be better for anal play and easier for playing with sex toys. It is possible that a thicker water-based lubricant creates an extra cushion of comfort for anal play, and certainly true that it's easier to use with sex toys as it stays on better than a thin lubricant will. Some people find thinner lubricants are cleaner and less noticeable. You may also want to consider how the lubricant feels when it dries. Most water-based lubricants will feel a bit tacky when they dry up. There are a few non-tacky products that are less sticky when they dry. Water-based lubricants are recommended by doctors and health care workers.