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How to choose jewelry for sensitive skin

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How to choose jewellery for sensitive skin

Does your sensitive skin often react to your jewelry? You’ve tried different brands, avoiding certain materials, but the problem still arises. It’s hard enough having to find the perfect piece of jewelry, but you face the added problem of having to find jewelry that won’t irritate your skin. It is estimated that between 10 to 20 percent of people suffer from a nickel allergy - the main cause of jewelry irritation. So trust me when I say many people understand the struggle of finding jewelry that doesn’t make your skin kick up a fuss!  

With the following tips, you’ll know exactly where to go and what to look for on your next shopping hunt for jewelry. Here’s everything you need to know when buying jewelry for sensitive skin. After this guide, your jewelry will make you look and feel great!

Understand your skin

There’s many possible reasons your skin is reacting to jewelry. Do you break out in a rash wearing a specific item of jewelry? Does your skin feel sore and slightly swollen? The chances are you have a nickel allergy. As a metal of low value, nickel is often used to make fast fashion jewelry. Whilst this is the common cause of most skin reactions, it’s worth getting your skin tested by your doctor. A patch test will reveal which metals you are allergic to, and therefore which jewelry pieces to avoid. It may be the case that copper-based jewelry pieces are in fact the cause of your discomfort. You don’t want to waste money buying jewelry that you then cannot wear. So take the time to understand your skin and you’ll soon know where and what to shop for.

Once you know what metals are causing your skin grief, invest in a jewelry test kit. This is a readily available kit which allows you to test which metals are in your jewelry. Wouldn’t it be better to know a piece of gifted/inherited jewelry is going to upset your skin before the itching and pain ensues? A jewelry testing kit does just that. Say goodbye to sore earlobes and hello to a simple and painless jewelry experience!


Be wary of piercings

The last thing you want is an inflamed tongue or painful ear piercing. Especially if they pose the risk of a severe infection. If you’re thinking about getting a piercing, then do thorough research beforehand. Make sure the piercer is using high quality jewelry - ideally pure silver or gold above 14kt. Talk through your skin issues with the piercer beforehand, and they should advise the best options for you.


Buy gold with a higher purity

Gold jewellery

There’s a reason it’s 24 karat magic! Gold jewelry of higher purities (14kt and above) are less likely to irritate your skin. Have you ever worn a piece of jewelry that’s left a green residue on your skin? This means that the piece contains a brass or nickel alloy. Jewelry like this is cheaper to produce, however cheap jewelry leaves visible marks! By investing in high-quality jewelry such as gold, not only will your skin be rid of irritation. But it also looks better and more expensive. Ditch the fast fashion pieces that will leave your skin itchy, sore, and resembling the hulk. Instead, go for jewelry that is worth your money.


Avoid leather jewelry

Many people with sensitive skin make the error of thinking that leather is the perfect solution to their jewelry stresses. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Whilst certain leathers may slip under the radar and cause no reaction to your skin. However, the tanning process that gives leather a certain look often involves metal. Many people disregard leather as the cause of skin irritation as it sometimes takes several days for the rash to surface. Traces of metal are found in most leather products - handbags, belt, shoes, and jewelry. If you want to avoid the rash, then it’s probably best to avoid leather. But not all is lost! Pleather jewelry is a great alternative.


Go metal-less

If you’re reading this and thinking, ‘what’s new?’ perhaps your answer lies in avoiding metal all together. From stones, macrame, glass, ceramic and plastic, there is more choice than every when it comes to non-metal jewelry. Ditch the alloys and find your non-metallic fix! Often, the designs created using non-metallic bases are more unique, fun and edgy. So it’s a win-win solution!


Invest in quality hypoallergenic pieces

Whilst gold jewelry of a high purity will solve your skin stresses, it is admittedly more expensive. There are however, an array of affordable alternatives to gold jewelry. Hypoallergenic jewelry is designed with sensitive skin in mind. It is made from pure materials and free from alloys that will cause irritation. Materials such as titanium, surgical steel, platinum, silver and niobium rarely cause irritation to skin, and contain hypoallergenic properties. Thousands of brands opt for these materials over expensive gold, so you can still wear the latest trends and designer jewelry. 


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