The anus doesn’t produce much natural moisture and as it’s such a delicate area, you need to provide it with a good amount of the slippery stuff to ensure play is safe, comfortable and pain-free.
Anal lube protects anal tissues that are more easily torn than those of the vagina. Using lots of lube during every kind of anal play is absolutely key to ensuring anal sex is all pleasure and no pain.
Anal pleasure requires a slow pace, and using lube ensures that everything feels slippery and sensual throughout the journey.
From the very beginning through to the point where anal muscles relax enough to be receptive to penetration, you should ensure everything remains coated in lube. Keep applying, as any ‘drag’ can cause tension – and tension is the enemy of pleasurable anal sex!
Best water-based lube for anal sex
Standard water-based lube may dry up far too quickly for the slow pace of anal sex. Instead, we recommend choosing a thicker water-based lube like Sh! Pure Plus. This gel-like lubricant has been formulated to protect delicate anal membranes.
Sh! Pure Plus lube contain less water and so evaporate slower and have a thicker consistency than regular water-based lubes. This means it coats and clings to toys, fingers and condoms for much longer.
Thick water-based lube can be used to enhance all sex play, so it’s also a great choice if you prefer to have just one lube-type by your bed. If you find it a little thick for other activities (like oral sex), it can be watered down with a little purified water or saliva.
Water-based lube is the best lube to choose if you are playing with silicone toys, pegging or having anal sex with a silicone dildo.
Best oil-based lube for anal sex
Some people prefer to use oil-based lube for anal sex as it provides unsurpassed, long-lasting and uber-slippy lubrication. As the anus naturally flushes itself, it is less vulnerable to oil-induced infection than the vagina.
But – and this is important – oil-based lubes will rot a condom in seconds. It can also damage the surface of sex toys, especially if they are made from silicone. Also, we recommend you avoid using mineral or vegetable oil-based products as lube for these reasons.
The only oil-based lubes we stock is silicone-based lube such as Eros Pjur Woman Lube and ID Millennium. These products deliver a long-lasting oily feel and keep anal play and non-silicone toys safe and slippery.