When it comes to nail health, water can be just as much of a problem, thus the trend of soak-free manicures in many salons. Since opting out of a dip in the water is the exact opposite of cool beach babe-dom, a few coats of polish can help abate the worst effects of a swim. “Wearing polish can actually protect the nail plate by helping to block water absorption,” says Dasha Minina, founder of Maxus Nails. And when it comes to protection from the wet stuff, there’s no color needed; a big bonus for those who can’t stand the sight of chipped tips. “At least put on a strengthener,” says Minina, who suggests her own Maxus Nails Strengthener, “to help block excessive absorption before heading to the beach or pool.”
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