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February 15, 2008

Beauty Bites: Can a Pill Make You Gorgeous?

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three santica celluscience pills in a paper candy cup

Santica CelluScience Anti-Cellulite Beauty Intensive

Photo Credit: Jeff Westbrook/Studio D

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THE PILL: Santica CelluScience Anti-Cellulite Beauté Intensive

THE CLAIM: Bladderwrack and polyunsaturated fatty acids increase metabolism and burn fat to reduce the appearance of cellulite and the circumference of the hips, abdomen, thighs, and ankles.

COST: $67.99 for a 30-day supply

GLASSMAN SAYS: "This one sounds crazy, like a wacky diet pill. It's supposed to draw out toxins and flush you out, but what does that mean? Bladderwrack is high in iodine, so it can stimulate the thyroid gland and your metabolism. But the thyroid is very sensitive, and once you start messing with it, you can cause damage."

MC EDITORS' VERDICT: Fewer dimples were seen after just two weeks, but our tester experienced a day of "severe cramping that felt like a colon cleansing." Since she didn't change her diet or lifestyle (besides cutting back on anti-cellulite creams), she attributes the cramping to the pills.

BOTTOM LINE: **


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