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February 15, 2008

Beauty Bites: Can a Pill Make You Gorgeous?

Can a pill make you gorgeous? Beauty

Sally Hansen Nail Essentials

Photo Credit: Jeff Westbrook/Studio D

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THE PILL: Sally Hansen Nail Essentials

THE CLAIM: For longer, stronger, healthier-looking nails, biotin stimulates nail growth, smooths ridges, and prevents peeling and breakage. Nail strength is increased by 25 percent in as little as one month.

COST: $12.95 for a 30-day supply

GLASSMAN SAYS: "Biotin makes nails harder, shinier, and stronger. Unlike hair, nails turn over faster, so you'll reap more benefits. And the section attached to the nail bed gets nourished by what you take in. Drinking water can also help. When you keep your nails moist, it's the same as having healthy skin — they'll be less dry and brittle."

MC EDITORS' VERDICT: After three weeks, our tester was surprised at how smooth her nails were — they were hiding the whole time underneath the crimson polish of her pedicure. Her fingernails didn't seem to grow faster, but they felt stronger and were noticeably brighter. Her nails looked so pretty that she opted to go without polish.


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