Like any other product or item you wear regularly, especially on your skin, there are a few basic guidelines when it comes to wearing silicone rings. Whether your ring is wedding-based or for any other purpose or style, you'll want to consider a few simple themes when it comes to wear, and one of these is preventing sweat or other moisture issues while retaining full comfort.
At Enso Rings, we're proud to provide a huge selection of silicone rings for men and women alike, including every style or purpose you might be interested in, from wedding and engagement rings all the way down. What are some themes to be aware of in terms of "drying out" silicone rings and the skin every so often, and what are some tips we regularly offer clients on wearing or caring for their rings overnight and in other similar settings? Here's a rundown of everything you need to know in this area.
Silicone is Non-Porous
For those who want to wear their ring frequently or even all the time, it's important to be aware that silicone is a non-porous material. What does this mean for anyone considering wearing silicone rings? In short, it means that the rings are much less likely to absorb moisture from the skin, including sweat, than other materials such as metals. This is one of the key selling points of silicone rings over other options: they don't cause skin irritation in the same way, they don't absorb smells as easily, and so on.
It's still possible for silicone rings to become wet or moist, of course, but it happens much less frequently than with other materials. If your ring does become wet or you do perspire while wearing it, the good news is that the moisture will evaporate quickly and the ring will be dry again in no time.
Taking the Ring Off Periodically
Now, even silicone rings will deal with some buildups of sweat, bacteria or other elements over time. Because of this, it's important to take the ring off from time to time, particularly if you're doing activities that are likely to cause you to sweat more than usual. This will give your skin a chance to breathe and will also allow you to clean the ring itself more easily, getting rid of any buildups that might have otherwise accumulated.
How Often Should I Take My Ring Off?
There's no definitive answer to this question since everyone's skin is different and will react in its own way to wearing a silicone ring for extended periods. However, we generally recommend taking the ring off at least once every few days, particularly if you're active or engage in activities that are likely to cause excessive sweating. This will give your skin a chance to recover and will also allow you to clean the ring more thoroughly, getting rid of any buildups that might have otherwise accumulated.
One common way many silicone ring owners go about this: They simply take their ring off each night before bed, giving their finger a chance to breathe and recuperate overnight. This also allows them to clean the ring more easily, getting rid of any buildups that might have otherwise accumulated.
In addition, this prevents any minor risk of ring damage or loss that might occur while you're asleep (such as if the ring gets caught on bedding or clothing).
Silicone Rings and Water Exposure
What about basic water exposure, such as when you're washing your hands or taking a shower? Many of the same themes apply here: Silicone is just fine to use in these settings, and will do well in resisting any moisture that comes its way. In addition, because silicone is so lightweight, it won't absorb much water and will dry quickly if it does become wet.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind with water exposure and silicone rings. First, avoid exposing your ring to excessive heat or direct sunlight, as this can cause the ring to warp or change shape. Second, avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners on your ring, as these can also cause damage.
If you do get your ring wet, simply dry it off with a clean cloth if you want it dry -- which, in most cases, is for reasons related to your skin rather than the ring itself. If you're taking a shower or washing your hands, there's no need to remove the ring beforehand; just let it air dry after you're done.
Basic Ring Cleaning and Drying Tips
If you do decide your ring needs cleaning, whether for a dirt buildup or for any other reason, there are a few simple steps you can take. First, use warm water and a mild soap to clean the ring -- avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners, as these can damage the ring.
Second, dry the ring thoroughly after cleaning; you can use a clean cloth or simply let it air dry. Be sure to avoid exposure to excessive heat or direct sunlight, as this can cause the ring to warp or change shape.
In most cases, these simple steps will be enough to clean your ring and keep it in good condition. However, if you find that your ring is still not clean after following these steps, you may need to soak it in a solution of warm water and mild soap for a few minutes before cleaning it again.
So, there you have it: a few simple tips to help you wear and care for your silicone ring. Remember, silicone is a great material for rings because it's comfortable, lightweight and durable -- but like any other product, it does require some basic care to keep it clean and dry.
For more on this, or to learn about any of our silicone ring options or services, speak to the team at Enso Rings today.