Woman with fashionable sunglasses and nose piercing

The days are getting longer, the sun has finally appeared, and we’ve begun dreaming about our summer vacations.

When it’s time to shed the winter layers, you start thinking about new ways to decorate your body. The summer is a fantastic time to show off all of your body jewelry.

If you’re thinking about a new piercing, summer is the perfect time to dream. Here are our four favorite piercings for summer.

1. The Belly Button Piercing

Close up of belly button piercing

A little charm dangling in your navel provides the perfect accessory for any summer outfit. With jewelry choices from standard belly rings to intricate reverse dangle styles, you can opt for a subtle glint of gold beneath your crop top or an extravagant sparkle that will be the shining star of your beach outfit.

As the belly piercing becomes more and more popular, it’s becoming a quintessential summer accessory. Tired of the standard belly button piercing style? Try some alluring belly piercing varieties, like the double belly button piercing or the bottom belly button piercing.

The Nipple Piercing

There’s no doubt that nipple piercings are one of the hottest trends in the body piercing world. We love nipple piercings for their body positivity, and what better time to celebrate your body than during the summer?

Take advantage of the hot days, and wear a t-shirt that’s a little tighter to show off your nipple jewelry. Perhaps you can even find a topless beach to show them off. Either way, summer is the perfect time to reveal the piercing that’s often hidden.

Dermal Piercings

A more alternative piercing choice, dermal piercings allow you to pierce flat areas of skin like the cheek, nape of the neck, or the arm.

While most of your body is covered during the winter months, the summer reveals the entire canvas of your body. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your dermal piercing, and talk to your piercer about what they can accomplish.

Surface Piercings

Dermal piercings and surface piercings are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different piercing types.

Dermal piercings have no exit point. When the skin is pierced, an anchor will be placed within the piercing hole so that the jewelry can be inserted directly into the piercing hole.

Surface piercings have an entrance and exit point. The piercer will pinch your skin to poke the needle straight through. Typically, surface piercings are filled with a curved barbell or a staple barbell. The bar sits beneath the skin, leaving the beads to peek out. This offers a similar aesthetic to dermal piercings, but the procedure and jewelry are quite different.

Should I get pierced in the summer?

Summer is a great time to show off our piercings, but is it a good time to get one?

Often, the answer is no. Since you won’t be able to swim while your piercing is healing, that will leave you out of many summer activities. Additionally, sand, sweat, and other side effects of summer can get into your healing piercing and cause an infection.

If you’re not super active during the summer, getting pierced during this time will be fine. However, don’t let your new piercing get in the way of your summer plans. When it doubt, wait until fall. In the meantime, use the summer to admire others’ piercings and make plans for your own.

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