To choose the right type of lube, think about what your masturbation routine looks like, Frye-Nekrasova recommends. Do you prefer classic skin-to-skin contact? You can choose from one of three. If silicone toys are involved (and it's likely, given that the material is widely used in everything from wand vibrators to sex toys for men), you should always stick to a water-based lube : “The silicone in the lubricant will break down and deteriorate. silicone toys,” says Bryan. “[Those] toys, especially soft ones, could be damaged.
“If your concern is easy cleaning, a water-based lubricant will probably be your best choice,” says Lehmiller. “However, if you want a long-lasting lube or want to use it in the shower, a silicone-based lube will probably be better suited.” Again, lubricants containing glycerin are not ideal, says Frye-Nekrasova, so pay attention to the ingredients.
Beyond material, you can also experiment with texture and feel. Thicker formulas make excellent anal lubricants because they take longer to dry and compensate for the fact that your anus doesn't self-lubricate; just be sure to use something water-based if anal sex toys are involved. (High viscosity choices are also great if you suffer from vaginal dryness.)
Some options even offer tingling or warm sensations, and they're “absolutely safe for masturbation,” says Frye-Nekrasova. “I recommend starting small with stimulating lubricants; try it a little to see how it feels before applying it generously. Since every body is different, your body may not appreciate all stimulating lubricants the same way. Lehmiller notes that they can cause irritation in people with sensitive skin, so remember to do a spot test before diving.