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Tips for Choosing Jewelry That Won’t Harm Your Sensitive Skin

Jewelry is a beautiful way to express yourself and the right pieces can last for many years and add some sparkle and glamour to any outfit. However, wearing jewelry can be understandably dampened when your gorgeous jewelry pieces cause your skin to break out in ugly rashes, itchy redness or even blisters just by coming into contact with your skin. But, having sensitive skin doesn’t mean that you have to close your jewelry box for good and never wear any of your favorite pieces again. Check out these top tips for wearing jewelry when you have sensitive skin.

Invest in Good Quality

If your skin is sensitive, the first thing that you need to do is invest in good quality jewelry and throw away any cheaply made, costume jewelry. Costume jewelry is often made with nickel, which can cause an allergic reaction in many people who have sensitive skin. Tell-tale signs of a nickel alloy metal include greenish or brown colored stains on the skin where the jewelry has been. This reaction can be minor, or can sometimes cause a skin rash depending on the type of jewelry and how sensitive your skin is. Instead, invest in some high-quality jewelry such as these diamond pieces from

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Pierced Ears

If you have freshly pierced ears, it’s important to make sure that the jewelry that you choose is of high quality. Fake jewelry or cheap, nickel alloy-based jewelry can be quite harmful when used for newly pierced ears, even more so if you already have sensitive skin. After having your ears pierced, it’s important to make sure that you do not switch out jewelry for at least 6-8 weeks during the healing stage. Once this time has passed, it’s possible to choose different earrings to wear, but make sure that they are made from a high-quality material such as sterling silver, gold, platinum or titanium. Wearing earrings of low quality in recently pierced ears can lead to problems such as tenderness, inflammation, and even infections.

Find Out Your Skin’s Sensitivities

Different people are sensitive to different things, so even if your skin reacts badly to one particular metal, this isn’t to say that it will react the same way to every single piece of jewelry that you wear. Finding out your skin’s sensitivities is important when choosing jewelry, as it will give you a better idea of what and what not to pick when you are investing in a new piece. Whilst many people have reactions to nickel alloy or other low quality metals as mentioned above, others can often experience reactions to a range of other metals which are commonly used as jewelry. If your skin tends to react to metals such as gold and silver, you may need to invest even more in your jewelry pieces and go for platinum, which is a hypoallergenic metal with little chance of causing a reaction.

Do you have sensitive skin? Which jewelry pieces are best for you, and why? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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