If you want a great polish, don't soak your nails in water! If you prefer to soak your hands, best to use warm lotion. Water causes the nails to swell which will slightly change the size of your nail (long after polish is applied). Once your fingers are no longer water-logged, your polish application will contract. There are better ways to soften the cuticle besides a warm bowl of soapy water. Manicures 2 Go Cuticle Softener helps manage excess cuticles resulting in a beautiful DIY manicure.