Anal Lubricants are an essential part of anal sex play. Sensitive anal tissues require a little extra help to enjoy anal play, even more so in beginners. Unlike the vagina, the anus is not naturally self-lubricating and requires a particular lube consistency thicker than normal sex lubricants.
If not using a silicone toy, a silicone-based lubricant is best because silicone does not absorb into the body, staying very wet and slick for a while - whilst water-based lubes can quickly dry out. If using a silicone toy, a heavy water-based lubricant - used liberally - is the best.