4 Substances your Lube Shouldn't Include
Lubricant is an indispensable sexual aid for some people as it allows them to have sex in ways that aren’t possible otherwise and makes the act more comfortable. Having acknowledged that, you need to be aware that there is a lot more to consider aside from price and personal preference when buying lubricant. Not all of the products are made the same way or using the same ingredients, and some of the choices available on the market are simply not safe for you, especially taken into account the fact that this kind of product is usually in contact with the inside of very sensitive areas like the genitals.
According to specialists, some lubes contain ingredients that are also used in antifreeze, oven cleaners and even brake fluid, all of which are not only gross but also possibly toxic and disruptive for the health of your genitals.
Here are four substances in lube ingredient lists to avoid completely:
1. Glycerin: Glycerin is a sugar alcohol, and while it is quite a common ingredient, you don’t want your lubricant to have a high quantity of it because it can enhance the growth of harmful bacteria. This, in turn, can lead to yeast infections and other conditions, which are certainly something to avoid.
2. Petrochemicals: We know they taste nicer for oral sex, but most flavored lubricants are usually loaded with petrochemicals like glycol and petroleum, which you simply shouldn’t ever want to have anywhere near your mouth or genitals. The same goes for warming lubes — you should feel natural warmth, not a burning sensation provoked by toxic chemicals.
3. Preservatives: If your lube doesn’t have any petrochemicals in it but still burns or itches, then it may just include preservatives like parabens, benzyl alcohol or citric acid in it. While these are also present in a lot of hygiene and cosmetic products, there is a good reason why brands are slowly pulling the plug on them.
4. Benzocaine: First of all, benzocaine is irritant. So that alone should tell you to avoid this ingredient right away. What’s more, however, is the fact that it has a numbing effect, which is why it is used in products that are targeted for people who want to experiment with anal sex or who experience pain during sex. That may sound like a good idea, but when you can’t fully feel the delicate, intimate parts of your body, it can prevent you from going too far and injuring yourself. So you should never numb it, otherwise you're putting yourself in the danger of getting injuries.