"Most of us care deeply about the food we eat and the lotions, creams, ointments, and beauty products that come in contact with our skin daily. Yet scant few among us carry such deft awareness to the bedroom. Don’t let sex go toxic!"
When it comes to healthy choices most people forget to include their sexual health products.
With the majority of people having used a lubricant at some point in their life and because they are directly absorbed into the skin, body, and bloodstream, it is important that you ensure that what you use is as nontoxic as it can be.
The problem is that the majority of personal lubricants sold in sex shops, supermarkets and other locations, including those used and recommended by medical professionals contain ingredients that can have an adverse effect on the human body.
The best lube is a lubricant that is a close to natural body fluid as possible.
Petroleum or petroleum-derived ingredients: Whenever possible, refrain from using products with petroleum-based ingredients, including multipurpose lubricants like Vaseline petroleum jelly, on your genitals. They may contain impurities linked to cancer and other health conditions; they can also coat your skin, impeding its normal functions and not allowing it to “breathe.”
Silicone oils: Silicone oils may have toxic side effects, and as with petroleum-based products, they may coat your skin, affecting its normal functions and permeability. Silicone can have many names on product labels, including dimethicone, highly polymerized methyl polysilozane, methyl polysiloxane, mirasil DM 20, and viscasil 5M.
Phenoxyethanol: At high concentrations, phenoxyethanol can be harmful if absorbed through your skin, cause reproductive damage, and according to the FDA, depress the central nervous system in newborns. The breakdown of phenoxyethanol in your body releases phenol, which can adversely affect your immune system.
Glycerin and glucose: As sugars, glycerin and glucose may feed candida, a yeast that’s normally present in small amounts in the healthy vagina, but which can proliferate and cause vaginal yeast infections in women who are prone to them. It can also cause an imbalance in skin pH levels.
Propylene glycol: Propylene glycol may cause burning or tissue irritation in some people. It is used as an antifreeze. Astroglide, a common over-the-counter lubricant, contains this ingredient.
Chlorhexidine: A synthetic compound used as a mild antiseptic and an ingredient in some multipurpose lubricants, such as K-Y jelly, chlorhexidine can be irritating to some people and can kill the good bacteria of the skin.