Are Silicone Rings Safe to Wear?
Many people who choose to switch from metal rings to silicone wedding rings are doing so for safety reasons, particularly to avoid ring avulsion injuries. Some people have asked about whether putting a silicone ring around your finger can actually cause other types of harm, and whether it’s safe to wear this material against your skin at all times.
What Exactly is Silicone?
Silicone rubber is made when you combine silicon with carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It’s an elastomer (a rubber-like material). They may also contain other fillers in addition to the components listed above, depending on how they will be used. All of the materials in silicone are naturally occurring, and the end result is non-reactive and stable, and can withstand serious temperature variations from -75 degrees to over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also be made into many shapes and colors, making it a versatile choice for silicone rings (along with thousands of other products).
What Are Ring Avulsion Injuries?
While the average person may not have heard about ring avulsion injuries (except those who watch The Tonight Show and heard about it when it happened to host Jimmy Fallon), those who work in dangerous industries have known for years that rings can present serious injury risk. A ring avulsion injury occurs when the metal ring you’re wearing gets caught on something, and the resulting force on the ring pulls it off. It can also pull off tendons, muscles, and skin, leaving permanent injuries and amputation in serious cases.
The most common industries where people choose silicone rings for safety include:
Chefs and cooks
These rings can be worn even in the most dangerous situations. They don’t conduct electricity and if they do get caught on something they will break, which is a good thing when it will save your finger.
Is Silicone Safe to Wear?
Silicone is both hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, which means it won’t cause skin reactions in most people who wear these rings. It’s important to note that silicone is very different from plastics, which are man-made and sometimes contain harmful materials inserted during the manufacturing process. There is no evidence that silicone can leach into skin while wearing it, and no studies have found it to be problematic or dangerous for the skin.
Shop for your silicone ring at Enso Rings today and get a safe material that looks amazing and can be worn just about everywhere.