Do you feel like every time you do your nails at home, they somehow end up chipping faster? Or your nail paint just does not adhere to your nails as they should? If yes, this could be because you’re committing a very common manicure mistake.

Many women tend to soak their nails in a bowl of soapy water to give them a quick clean and also soften the cuticles. However, this seemingly harmless process is one of the major causes of brittle nails and chipped nail paint. Ahead, all the reasons why you shouldn’t soak your nails in water before a manicure.

 

Shortens the time span of your manicure

Shortens the time span of your manicure

Nails are extremely porous by nature and when you dip them in water, they end up absorbing a lot of water. Your nail expands and takes up to 24 hours to go back to normal. Hence your manicure looks great for that much time, but once your nails go back to its normal size, the nail paint begins to chip and peel.

 

Affects the health of your nails

Affects the health of your nails

Apart from lowering your mani’s lifespan, it can also cause permanent damage. When you soak your nails on a regular basis, the harsh chemicals in the soap, coupled with water could end up damaging the cuticles and thereby weakening your nails in the long run.

 

It could lead to a fungal infection

It could lead to a fungal infection

Aside from risking a chipped mani, it can also cause fungal infection. How? Well, once the polish begins to chip, every time you take a shower or wash your hands, the water starts settling under the polish. And before you know it, the moisture under you nail paint becomes the perfect breeding ground for fungus. Yuck!