Summer is here! What better way is there to celebrate the season than with a new piercing? If you're wondering which piercings are perfect for the summer months and which you should avoid, we have the answers you need.
Choosing a Summer Piercing
When deciding what type of body piercing to get this summer, it's important to keep in mind that swimming and summer go hand-in-hand, but swimming and new piercings don't. If you're the kind of person who'd rather just dip your toes in the water to cool off instead of diving in, then the sky's the limit for the type of piercing you can get in the summer months. However, if the highlight of your summer is goofing off at the pool with friends or hitting the beach and riding the waves of the ol' ocean blue, you may want to think twice before getting a new body piercing. Communal water is riddled with bacteria, whether or not it's been treated with chlorine, and a new piercing is an open wound that's susceptible to infection and needs to be protected from bacteria. If you get a piercing above the neck, you could soak in a hot tub or go swimming with no problem, as long as you can keep your healing piercing dry. Otherwise, you should avoid communal water until your new piercing is fully healed.
There are a number of body piercings that take just 4-6 weeks to heal, so you do have options for piercings you could get early in the summer that would heal quickly enough for you to enjoy swimming later in the season. Some of the best options in terms of faster healing times are earlobe piercings, lip piercings, eyebrow piercings, tongue piercings, and a handful of male and female genital piercings, like VCH piercings and frenum piercings. Cartilage ear piercings, nose piercings, nipple piercings, belly button piercings, dermal piercings, surface piercings, and more invasive genital piercings like apadravya piercings all take longer to heal, so give cautious consideration to getting one of these piercings during the summer.
Before getting a nose, lip, tongue, or genital piercing this summer, there are two more factors you should consider in addition to the fact that you'll have to avoid swimming while your new piercing heals: allergies and summer flings. If you have summer allergies, you may want to hold off getting a septum piercing, nostril piercing, or other type of nose piercing until fall or winter, so you won't have to worry about blowing your nose constantly while your sensitive new nose piercing is healing. Also keep in mind that summer is the season of love, and it can be hard to keep a partner's mouth away from lip and tongue piercings and hands away from nipple and genital piercings while they're healing.
Now that you've read the warnings, you can choose the best summer piercing for you based on the activities you engage in most often during the summer months and the types of piercings you're most interested in getting. If you don't mind waiting until August to dive into a cool body of water, get any piercing you want! No summer allergies? Get that nose piercing you've been dying for, but keep your head out of the water this summer. Or, if you're not worried about telling your partner "hands off", go ahead and get the genital piercing you've been wanting.
Caring for Your New Summer Piercing
The basic rules of piercing aftercare are mostly the same for all body piercings, with a few exceptions. You can read our Summertime Piercing Care blog post to learn all the general dos and don'ts of summer piercing care, or visit our Aftercare Information section to read how best to care for specific types of piercings.
It's important to keep your starter jewelry in your new piercing until it's fully healed, but after that, have fun! Painful Pleasures has all the cool new jewelry you'll be craving by the time you're ready to change your jewelry. Check out our Body Jewelry section to see all of the beautiful belly button rings, perfect plugs, stunning septum jewelry, terrific tongue rings, and other bold body jewelry we have to offer. You may want to change your jewelry in front of your piercer the first time, just in case you need help. (Better that than losing your piercing because the hole closed up in between fumbling your jewelry change at home and getting to a local piercing shop!) You can also try using a piercing taper, with or without a drop of a water-based lubricant, to thread your new jewelry in more smoothly yourself.