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Silicone-based lubricant vs. water-based lubricant: Which one should you use?

Contrary to popular misconceptions, lube can be used by everyone, not just people whose bodies are struggling to produce natural lubrication. Even if you feel that your body is doing a great job without any assistance, you might be missing out on a whole load of extra pleasure without knowing it. 

But there are a lot of lubricants out there and knowing which one is right for you to use can be a minefield. 

In this blog, we will be looking at the difference between silicone-based lubricant and water-based lubricant, to help you work out which might be best for you.

What is silicone-based lubricant?

Silicone-based lubricants are conventional lubricants used in most condoms today. They tend to last longer than other lubricants as they are composed of silicones and less susceptible to evaporation. 

Benefits of silicone-based lubricants include:

  • They stay smooth for a very long time
  • They are not absorbed through the skin
  • They can be used underwater… Shower sex anyone?

However, they tend not to be as versatile as the water-based type. 

Disadvantages of silicone-based lubricants include:

  • They cannot be easily cleaned off with water alone
  • They may stain clothing and bedding
  • They may not be suitable to use with all sex toys

What is water-based lubricant?

Water-based lubricants are often referred to as all-purpose lube. As the name suggests, this type of lubricant is water-soluble, which accounts for almost all its properties. 

Today, they are a very popular type of lube and there are lots of reasons why. 

For one, they are much less messy when compared to their silicon-based counterparts. They can be easily cleaned up from your clothing, sheets, and even from your skin.

When it comes to versatility, water-based lubricants also have the edge. They are suitable to be used in any sexual activity, and with almost any sex toys. 

  • They are compatible with latex contraceptives, e.g. condoms and diaphragms
  • They rarely cause irritation and are considered gentle and safe

However, water-based lubricants do have a significant disadvantage when compared with silicone-based lubes. They tend to be absorbed by the body a lot faster, meaning you must use more of the product during sexual activity.

Which lubricant is right for me?

When it comes to choosing a lube: you’ve got to make sure it’s safe and appropriate for the activities you plan on getting up to. 

It is best to test different varieties to learn which type works best for you and your body. Also, just because a product is “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better for you. Check the ingredients list, read product reviews, or get in touch with our experts for additional advice.

Discover the Anteros range of lubricants

At Anteros, we have a wide range of lubricants to suit every need. Each of our products has been handpicked by our experts from some of the best brands around to ensure you have an incredible sexual experience. 

Discover our full range of lubricants, or get in touch with our experts for more support.