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Putting Beauty Hypnotism to the Test

Can hypnosis keep you from biting your nails? Georgina Powell thinks so. The Florida-based clinical hynotherapist works with people to cure common problems including beauty mishaps. (If you're not in the Sunshine State, you can check her out online.)

When I spoke to her the other day, she explained that most women have self-defeating thoughts, and no matter how beautiful they may be, they need to feel good on the inside to look good on the outside. By imagining scenes, you can relax the body and conscious mind into a hypnotic trance; from there, you can implant positive messages for positive change.

To find out what happened when I tried one of her downloads,

She also assuaged my fears about side effects (there are none), and told me that hypnosis can not make you do something you don't want to do. For example, you can't be made to rob a bank or bark like a dog. In fact, you can't be hypnotized if you don't want to be.

The most common beauty problem she deals with is nail biting. Since I'm a nibbler, I decided to put her "download" to the test. I listened to the file once and found her voice soothing, but I put so much pressure on myself to become entranced that I never let my body and mind fully relax. I'll have to try it again, because as I laid in bed imagining myself having long beautiful nails on a sunny beach, all I wanted to do was take notes.

Her CDs cost $19.95 and her downloads are $12.95. If you think that hypnosis might be for you, I say give it a go — it's around the same price as an eye shadow, and if you don't feel satisfied, there's a 90-day money-back guarantee. Sessions are about 30 minutes and are recommended for use in the evenings for 28 days. Do you believe that hypnosis is a plausible beauty treatment? Or are you a skeptic?

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