How to Take Care of Silicone Rings to Avoid Skin Irritation
You’ve taken a step in the right direction: you’ve bought yourself a silicone ring. Or, maybe you’re getting ready to buy a silicone ring and you want to make sure you know how you’re going to be taking care of it. Or maybe you’re just doing research and you want to compare traditional rings to silicone rings.
Now, how are you going to take care of it?
Silicone rings are relatively new in the grand scheme of things. For centuries the traditional go-to has been rings made of metal, a custom that dates all the way back to the time of the Greeks and Romans. Nowadays silicone rings are becoming popular and there’s a lot less information available out there, simply because silicone rings haven’t been around for as long.
But, fear not. You’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re going to look over the best ways to take care of your silicone ring, and what to avoid if you want to maximize the life of your ring and the comfort.
AVOID IF YOU HAVE A SILICONE ALLERGY
Silicone rings are hypoallergenic, meaning that they’re unlikely to cause an allergic reaction (unlike nickel, which is a fairly common allergenic). That being said, there are some people out there that do have a silicone allergy. These people are rare, but they exist.
Suffice to say, if you think you might have an allergy to silicone, you’ll have a much better time consulting a trained medical professional. That being said, some signs of a silicone allergy include itchy skin and a bumpy, raised rash at the site of the silicone contact.
Silicone allergies are rare. This is the exact reason why, when looking for an alternative to traditional wedding rings, silicone was chosen as the go-to material – because very few people are allergic to it. If you suspect an allergy, consult your doctor – but bear in mind that these can also be symptoms of bacterial irritation.
WASH THE RING
One problem that many people experience is that they will develop a ring-shaped rash around their finger. It usually appears all of a sudden without any prior warning, even if they’ve worn a silicone ring for months or even years already. In all likelihood, this has nothing to do with the silicone in the ring, but is actually something called Ring Rash.
Ring Rash looks exactly like a silicone allergy: you put on your silicone ring and discover that it’s creating itchy, red bumps in the shape of the ring. It can be avoided by washing your ring periodically.
So what’s the best way to wash your ring?
Soap and hot water will do the trick, but if you really want to go above and beyond, try this method. You’ll need a bowl, a jewelry brush (or toothbrush), ½ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, and the means to boil water.
Start by putting the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar into the bowl and let the ring soak in the mixture of 30-45 minutes. If you like, you can leave the ring in the bowl overnight – it won’t hurt the silicone. When you first put the ring in the mixture, you might see bubbles coming from the ring. This is fine – it’s the hydrogen peroxide reacting with (and killing) the organic bacteria cells, just the same way it fizzles when you pour it on a cut.
Next, use the toothbrush to give the ring a good scrubbing.
Finally, boil the ring for about 20 minutes. By this point, boiling is probably unnecessary – it’s unlikely that any bacteria would have survived the hydrogen peroxide. But in the interests of being thorough, give it a good “cook”.
Voila! You’ll likely find that the next time you put your ring on, you no longer have any problems with Ring Rash. Even if you’ve never had any problems with Ring Rash, you’ll want to clean your ring just to stay healthy. Once every three months should be fine.
TAKE IT OFF WHILE SHOWERING AND SLEEPING
One way to avoid letting bacteria build up under your silicone ring is by taking it off during certain times of the day. Think about it: what purpose does a silicone wedding ring serve? It’s a symbol of the love you have with your spouse. People look at it and they see that you’re married to someone. Your husband or wife looks at it and sees a symbol of your connection. You look at it and you feel happiness. Taking it off doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not in love anymore – you can still be in love without wearing the ring.
So why wear it while showering and sleeping? Nobody is around to see it – no people, not your wife, and not you (well, okay. MAYBE if you’re showering, your spouse will be able to see that you’re not wearing your ring. Then again, if you’re showering with your spouse, whether or not you’re wearing your wedding ring probably isn’t your biggest priority. Boom-chika-wow-wow).
You’ll want to take off your wedding ring while taking a shower, just to keep bacteria and soap from building up between the ring and your finger. You’ll also want to take it off while sleeping, because the body tends to sweat in the night (which can lead to a buildup of bacteria). You might also notice that your ring is harder to take off in the morning, because increased flood flow to the extremities causes the rings to swell while you’re asleep, and this constriction might cause irritation or discomfort.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR SILICONE RING
Bearing these three handy tips in mind, your silicone ring will offer the maximum of comfort and satisfaction: avoid silicone if your doctor suggests that you have an allergy, take care to keep it clean, and remove the ring while sleeping and showering.
Do you have any tips for taking care of silicone wedding rings? Let us know in the comments below!