It’s time to find out how your beauty routine might be damaging your jewellery…

You know what they say: diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But we know the truth is that sunblock, moisturiser, face wash and eye cream are actually all our besties since they keep our skin hydrated, plump, youthful and healthy, and while we wish we could tell you that the beauty besties mixed well with our favourite accessories, the truth is that this isn’t always the case.

Many of us have a few staple pieces of jewellery that we never take off; be it a wedding ring, favourite necklace or special bracelet, and we’re here to warn you that you might want to remove them when you’re primping and priming. Find out how your beauty routine might be damaging your jewellery… and what you need to do to save it.

Perfumes and fragrances

Most of us have been warned that spraying perfume directly onto our jewellery is not a great idea – and it’s not hard to imagine why. Perfumes contain oils to make the fragrance ‘stick’ to you, which means these oils will stick to your necklace or bracelet, too (and don’t forget the residual spray which makes its way to your earrings), tarnishing costume jewellery, dulling your diamond’s shine and giving a yellow tinge to precious stones like pearls.

Face wash

You may think that you should be ok since you don’t really have jewellery on your face, but if you leave your rings on, they can be affected – as can your necklace since you should be washing your neck too. The soap in your face wash (or the oils if your wash is oil based) can add a film over your jewels, dulling your shiny stones and metals.

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Certain precious stones like emeralds actually shouldn’t really mix too much with water, so you may want to rethink that. Remember that your chains have tiny links which are difficult for you to get into and clean, but easy for things like water and soap to fill.

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At least once a week your face wash step is followed by exfoliating (well, at least we hope it does!), and while the tiny grains in the exfoliator work well at removing dead skin cells from your face and body, they can leave very small scratches all over your jewellery, damaging the metals and stones. They might not be visible to the naked eye initially, but over time, they can actually start to wear away your jewellery. Not ideal!

Moisturiser and foundation

You should be lathering your face, body and hands with moisturiser at least once – but preferably twice – a day, and you’re putting on foundation every morning – sometimes using your hands. These creams will creep into all the nooks and crannies of your jewellery and leave a build-up of residue over them, tarnishing metals and discolouring stones.

None of this means you should give up wearing jewellery or sacrifice your beauty routine, it just means that you should be a bit more careful, and make sure that your jewellery is last on, first off every day.

Now read: Your guide to using essential oils in your beauty routine