The most common is water-based lube. Water-based is light and absorbs easily into the skin. It is the best kind if you are looking for a silkier feel and want something that adds to the body’s natural lubrication.
The downside is that it often has to be reapplied because of its absorbency.
The second most widely used is silicone-based lube. Silicone does not absorb into the body so it will last for a long time and is ideal during penetrative sex where the body does not offer its own lubrication, such as with anal sex.
Lastly, some people choose an oil-based lube. The downsides are that if you are using an edible or natural oil (like coconut or olive oil) they can easily grow bacteria or spoil, they eat away at latex so you can’t use them with barrier protection, and they are the most likely to cause irritation.
No matter what kind of lubrication you decide on make sure to avoid additives that can be toxic to the body. Read the label of each bottle you are considering purchasing and make sure it does not include: Chlorhexidine gluconate, Parabens, Cyclomethicone, or fragrances.
Bring the Lube
Whatever kind of lubrication you prefer, remember that there is no shame in needing and enjoying lubrication during any sexual activity.
The benefits of using lube are immense.
Bringing lube to any sexual activity should be as common and normal as packing barrier protection. Safer and more pleasurable sex is nothing to be ashamed of and something we all deserve.