I’ve always had sensitive skin that was prone to irritation. I used to get terrible sun poisoning in the summertime, and struggle with psoriasis on my scalp.
Since moving south, to a more humid environment, the skin dryness hasn’t been that bad.
But after having babies my skin has been more unpredictable and sensitive than normal. I didn’t notice many dramatic changes with my pregnancy with David, nor afterwards, but I have noticed quite a few changes since having Luke.
The skin on my face is just thirsty. I can’t hydrate it enough. I’m sure I need to drink more water too, but I have persistent dryness year round.
The biggest change has been a near inability to wear my wedding rings. I’ve developed an allergy to the metal that causes a very itchy rash to show under my rings. It lasts a few days and then subsides if I don’t wear them, but within a few days of wearing them I’ll get the rash again.
Originally, my jeweler thought I may be allergic to the solder. I had my engagement ring and wedding ring soldered together until my pregnancy with Luke when I had them taken apart to rule out the solder allergy. The third band was a gift from Justin a few years ago.
Removing the solder didn’t help the rash, and even cleaning the rings regularly doesn’t help it. I’ve deduced that it’s a material allergy.
Recently, Justin and I were talking about trying to have the rings remade on a different material. The rings are made of palladium right now, a step down from platinum that doesn’t grey like platinum can. I know that my fingers do not react to gold, as I’ve worn a few gold rings from Chinchar Maloney. I’ve never worn a platinum ring so I don’t know how I would react to that as well.
In thinking about it, though, I waver between interest in seeing the rings remade — and perhaps restyled — on new bands and disappointment about potentially changing the originals. I’m not a very sentimental person, but my rings are very dear to me. But if I keep them as they are, I won’t really be able to wear them!
What would you do? Would you change your wedding rings?