Most jewelry lovers have a piece that stays on them no matter what (excluding wedding rings for the married folks). Sometimes its a school ring or a simple but meaningful pendant necklace or smart stud earrings that look good with just about any outfit.
But is it good to wear your jewelry all of the time? Is it hygienically sound? Does constant wear harm your jewelry?
An article in Self has this to say:
According to Marina Peredo, M.D., F.A.A.D, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and founder of Marina I. Peredo, M.D., P.C. Dermatology and Spatique Medical Spa in Smithtown, N.Y., continuously wearing jewelry really isn’t a big deal — as long as you clean it regularly and the materials don’t irritate your skin.
“You can potentially damage your jewelry by constantly wearing it, but there are no major health risks to wearing jewelry every day, which includes sleeping and showering,” she says.
So while it feels right to wear your favorite pieces day in and out, its often important to give your body (and your jewelry) a break. Dirt and bacteria can irritate the skin and constant wear can damage the jewelry.
So take some short holidays from your favorite pieces: take them off and clean them properly. Tend to the skin that’s always covered by your jewelry, whether that means cleaning your piercings well or slathering some moisturizers on skin that hasn’t seen the light of day in a while!