Safety and health are important topics for anyone, and they extend to several areas -- often including what you wear. A good example here is those considering the purchase of silicone rings for any purpose, whether as an alternative to a metal ring, a stylistic choice or any other reason; is wearing silicone healthy?
At Enso Rings, we're proud to offer a huge variety of silicone rings to our clients, from wedding and engagement-themed rings to several other styles, including fun themes like our Disney and Star Wars ring collections. We're also here to tell you this with certainty: Wearing silicone rings is 100% healthy, and in fact even offers certain health or safety benefits that traditional metal rings don't. Let's go over the basic information regarding wearing silicone, plus why some people often confuse it with a different silicone format, and why the former is completely safe and healthy for anyone who chooses to go this route.
Silicone is Safe -- For Wearing
For those unaware, silicone is a lab-made material that's actually made up of a few different specific chemicals. These include naturally-occurring silicone, oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. In its solid form, it's used in a variety of ways, including as an ingredient in food (specifically, food additives and contact lenses), medical implants, lubricants, cooking ware and yes -- even rings.
Wearing silicone rings is perfectly healthy for anyone who chooses to do so. There is absolutely no known health risk that comes with wearing processed silicone on your hands, or really on any other part of the skin. Silicone is considered chemically stable, meaning it shouldn't break down over time or change when exposed to other elements, making it perfectly safe for anyone -- including those with allergies to metals often found in traditional rings, like nickel.
Silicone is Not Safe -- When in Liquid Form
Now, the reason some people mistakenly believe silicone should not be worn on the body in solid form traces back to this: When in liquid form, such as silicone injected into the body to plump a certain area or used as a breast implant, there can be some health risks associated.
When getting silicone injections from an unlicensed professional, for example, there's always the potential for infection at the injection site. Additionally, when injected into the body, liquid silicone can actually migrate to other areas and cause serious health problems, including organ damage and loss of sensation in extremities. In fact, the FDA strongly warns against using liquid silicone for any such purpose.
Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with wearing silicone rings, as the silicone used in these products is solid, not liquid. So anyone concerned about the potential health risks associated with liquid silicone can rest assured that they won't be an issue when choosing to wear solid silicone rings instead.
There are rare situations where you or someone close to you has been exposed to liquid silicone. These include:
Melting silicone utensils: While highly unlikely, it is possible for liquid silicone to come into contact with food if a cooking utensil made of the material melts. This is why it's important to only use silicone utensils that have been approved by the FDA for cooking purposes.
Accidental ingestion: It's possible to accidentally ingest liquid silicone if, for example, it comes into contact with your lips or hands and you then eat without washing first. Ingesting small amounts of liquid silicone is not generally considered harmful, but it's always best to err on the side of caution and seek medical attention if this occurs.
Again, though, these kinds of risks simply aren't present with silicone rings. Even if you wear your ring throughout the entire day and it never comes off, there's no chance of liquid silicone coming into contact with your skin, as the material is solid, not liquid.
Considerations for Purchasing a Silicone Ring
Now that you know the differences between solid silicone and liquid silicone when it comes to human safety, you can be confident moving forward with the purchase of any silicone ring your heart desires. Here are some considerations to keep in mind while doing so:
Ring purpose: First, think about why you're looking for a silicone ring in the first place? Are you an active person who wants something that won't get in the way or present a safety hazard during activities like swimming or rock climbing? Or are you simply looking for a more affordable option than metal rings? There are endless reasons to choose silicone, so knowing yours will help narrow down your choices.
Ring size: It's important to get the right size ring, as a silicone ring that's too tight can cause skin irritation, while one that's too loose may pose a choking hazard if it gets caught on something. If you're unsure of your ring size, you can use a measuring tape or even a string to get an accurate measurement.
Design: There are endless design options when it comes to silicone rings, so take some time to browse and find a style that you love. Whether you're looking for something simple or more intricate, there's sure to be a design out there that's perfect for you.
Don't let misconceptions about the safety of silicone get in the way of the ideal ring for you or your partner. Contact the pros at Enso Rings today to learn about all of our safe, healthy and attractive silicone rings.