To maintain healthy nails, it's generally recommended to keep them dry and avoid prolonged exposure to water. Beauty Scientist, Doug Schoon says that nails need one hour of drying time if exposed to water for more than one minute.
Below are a few reasons why it's recommended to avoid getting your bare nails wet:
Water can cause your nails to absorb moisture and expand, this may lead to temporary softening and when nails become soft they are more susceptible to damage.
If you plan to apply nail polish after it is crucial to dry them thoroughly. Moisture on the nail surface can interfere with the adhesion of polish, resulting in bubbles, streaks, or premature chipping.
Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause fungal growth. Fungi thrive in warm, damp places, and if water seeps under your nails, it may increase the risk of developing a fungal infection.
Some individuals may experience temporary nail discolouration when exposed to water or moisture for extended periods. Nails might turn white or appear opaque due to water getting trapped between the nail layers.
Wetting your bare nails frequently can weaken them over time, making them more prone to splitting or flaking.
When we recommend:
- If you do have bare nails for a few days, we recommend applying a nail strengthener to protect them when washing your hands and in the shower
- If your nails do get wet, we advise to dry them thoroughly afterward and wait 1 hour before applying our One Step Gel Polish.
- Before a fresh manicure, don't use any products that contain any moisturising ingredients like oils and glycerine as this will create a film on the nail plate that will cause lifting and chipping.
- Before a fresh manicure, cleanse your nails with our Dehydrator.