There are so many fun ways to accessorize your outfit that sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them all. Body piercings, one of the more extreme examples available, is no exception. The practice of body piercing has been around since the 9th century B.C.E., in which an Iranian stone tablet from that time depicts a man wearing an earring. As taboo as they might be in some parts of society today, body piercings have been a topic of conversation for thousands of years already.
Thankfully, we live in a day and age when people are becoming more accepting of how people choose to dress and what they choose to do with their bodies. This growing acceptance means an upward trend in body piercings of all kinds. But those new to the piercing game might feel a little overwhelmed about which type of jewelry to choose for the first piercing. If that last sentence describes you, then read on; we have some tips on how to choose the right jewelry for your body piercing.
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Dermal piercings feature jewelry that goes into your skin one-way, unlike earrings and most other piercings. They have two parts: the top, which is what others will see, and the anchor, which is embedded in your skin. Since the anchor is a foreign object that will permanently stay lodged under your skin, you’ll want to choose implant-grade titanium. This particular kind of titanium is hypoallergenic, meaning it’s great for people with sensitive skin. As for the top, the most popular jewelry choices are made from titanium, gold, silver, or steel. Get creative and decorative with pieces made from gemstones, too; watch out for any potential snags!
Whether you’re going for a Monroe, eyebrow, or medusa piercing, information is important. You’ll want to choose jewelry that’s made from a material that’ll be kind to your skin. Avoid cheap metals like nickel and cobalt; many people react poorly to jewelry made from these materials. People who are allergic to these metals should look for hypoallergenic metals like titanium or niobium, a metal with no other alloys added and is colored in a special electric bath. Niobium is especially great because of its colored varieties. You can choose between brown, red, blue, copper, grey, and even yellow.
Even the most common body piercing can cause problems for some folks. Thankfully, gold is falling out of fashion for earrings as the sleeker and more discreet platinum takes its place. You also have to be careful about gold, as many gold earrings are alloyed, which means they’ve been mixed with other metals like brass, copper, or nickel, which are all pretty bad for your skin. Not only is platinum jewelry pure and alloy-free, but it’s also stronger and more durable than gold, so you’ll get to don your platinum earrings for quite some time. Thank goodness they’re so timeless!
As you can see, sensitive skin is no excuse not to rock some beautiful body jewelry. All you have to do is make sure that the metals you’re putting into your skin won’t aggravate it, and between titanium, niobium, and platinum, you have some exceptional options to choose from. Thanks for reading and happy jewelry shopping!
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