How To Get That Green Jewelry Stain Off Of Your Skin

No one has to know you buy all your rings at Forever 21!
Publish date:
May 21, 2013
How-To, makeup removers, sephora, jewelry, neutrogena, accessories, nail polish removers

There are lots of things my ghostly pallor just won’t stand for, like direct sunlight, anything orange and cheap jewelry.

But I just can’t walk by Forever 21 or H&M without cruising the jewelry section for $4 rings. Then, of course, I leave with several of them. I mean, they’re almost free!

Plus, doubling and even tripling up on rings just brings more attention to my manicure. And I own way too much nail polish to let that ish go unnoticed. I’m that person on the train who wants you to see my nails, rings and the book I’m holding. I’m that pretentious.

I always plan to use the cheap rings for just a season, but then I fall in love and hold onto them, even after they turn my skin green over and over again. I just can’t quit you, Forever 21 rings! (And earrings and necklaces.)

But there’s nothing cute about green-tinged skin. So after the short lifespan of many knuckle-grazers and scrubbed-away layers of skin, I’ve worked out a pretty good--if not damn efficient--way to get that telltale hue off my skin.

There are three levels of products that I use to de-green.


This works best for teeny, tiny rings. It’s also great for small earrings, too. Don’t get too crazy soaking your whole cotton ball with the stuff because a little bit goes a long way.

I really like Sephora’s Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. You’ll know pretty quickly whether you need to take your degreening to the next level.


I always keep Neutrogeana Rapid Clear Treatment Pads on hand for stuff besides acne. They also dry out bug bites, too! I love that there’s one textured side to each of these pads because I’m fully convinced it helps pick up more of the color.


I know it sounds drastic, but sometimes this green tinge just won’t disappear. When it comes down to it, I just want to get it off.

If the other two moves fail, I’ll dab a little bit of nail polish remover on a cotton ball and take a couple of passes over the green. Try to use non-acetone stuff to be slightly better for your skin. Most any brand will do. (I used the Duane Reade maximum strength salon formula.)

Don’t get too carried away, though, or you’ll wreck your nail polish.

Give your skin a chance to calm down. (My skin stays red for a long time if I so much as scratch it. If my neck itches, people think I automatically have a rash.) Nail polish remover is especially drying, so a lot of times I’ll follow this up with a little bit of Vaseline.

So, am I the only one who can’t quit the cheap jewelry?