Sex is good for your healthÃ¢â‚¬”itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a natural immunity-booster, painkiller, and anti-ager. So why shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t your personal lubricant be just as good for you? A new crop of products are stepping up to cater to your gluten insensitivity, your strict vegan diet, or your preference for all things organic.
Keep in mind that matching your lubricant to your diet isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a make-or-break health concern. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The amount thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be absorbed or ingested during sexual activity is nothing to be concerned about, unless you get an anaphylactic reaction to a certain substance,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale UniversityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s School of Medicine. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re using it for oral sexual activity, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re obviously going to want to use something youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re comfortable with.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Minkin advises testing a small patch of skin before using any new product, and with a menu like this, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re sure to find one you feel good about:
All-organic: If you opt for organic goods in the grocery store, add this to your cart. Yes Water-Based Organic Lubricant And Moisturiser ($7; yesyesyes.org) is a hypoallergenic, water-based formula made with organic flax extract, food-grade preservatives, and a blend of plant-based gums instead of silicone polymers and petroleum derivatives.
Gluten-free, vegan: DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to ditch your diet in the bedroom? Sliquid ($13; sliquid.com) is another nontoxic option, free of gluten, glycerine, glycerol, parabens, propylene glycol, and, of course, any animal-related ingredients.
Sustainable, fragrance-free: The water-based Sylk ($17; amazon.com) is made with bio-sustainable New Zealand kiwi vine extract but skips parabens, fragrance, flavoring, silicones, and petroleum or any type of animal derivativesÃ¢â‚¬”so you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to worry about mystery chemicalsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦or the earthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s waning resources.
Kosher, vegan: The factory that churns out Wet Platinum Premium Lubricant ($23; amazon.com) went through a two-year kosher certification process to confirm that no animal products or byproducts contaminate the product at any step in production.
Raw, paleo, homemade: Of course, you could always DIY it and use a natural plant-based oil. Minkin recommends picking up food-grade avocado, olive, peanut, corn, or vitamin E oil at a health-food store. Just keep in mind that mineral oil, petroleum jelly, and baby oil are off the table because they break down condoms and tend to irritate delicate mucosal linings.
This article originally appeared on Prevention.com.
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