Would You Try This: Banish Puffy Undereyes with Preparation H
If you've never heard of Preparation H before or are unaware of what it is designed for, brace yourselves.
Preparation H is an ointment used to treat hemorrhoids. However, we will not be playing 'Mythbusters' with that remedy today (phew!). It's another, much wilder beauty remedy we're testing out - a trick that some actresses and models reportedly use to banish undereye puffiness. Could Preparation H really be the solution to one of our biggest beauty pet peeves?
Looking at the ingredients, Preparation H contains an ingredient called Bio-Dyne (a.k.a. Live Yeast Cell Derivative), which is supposed to reduce water retention and to constrict blood cells. Seems reasonable that this could work then, right? After all, our Pepto Bismol blush experiment went pretty well, and we hear amazing things about the kitty litter face mask.
Now that we've talked ourselves through the ick factor, it's time to test.
First we took a Before picture without any eye makeup:
Next, I applied a small amount of Preparation H to the undereye area, let it sit for a minute, and then took this After picture.
I didn't see any real difference here right away. Do you?
Usually in the mornings I use Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller with concealer dabbed on over top. However, this morning I substituted this with the Preparation H.
After about an hour, I finally did see a small difference in the puffiness around my eyes.
The Verdict on Preparation H as an Undereye Remedy: Meh.
In the end I did see a slight difference after using Preparation H, but not enough to make me want to put it under my eyes everyday. It also has a strong product smell, let me warn you.
Compared to other undereye products, I don't see myself purchasing this. It is much less expensive, but with the risk of eye contact with Preparation H and because it didn't make enough of a difference in my test, it doesn't seem worth it to me. (Plus, don't even get me started on the embarrassment factor when buying this at the drugstore counter.)
Have you heard of this weird remedy yet? Would you ever try this?
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I've heard that this doesn't really work, and from the photos, I can see that it doesn't.
Wow! I actually heard that you can use this on pimples as well, to reduce the swelling and redness.
I don't think this is something I would try. Haven't tried the pepto blush or kitty litter mask yet, but this just seems like asking for trouble.
I hear beauty pageant contestants swear by it!
I haven't tried it and as someone who suffers with haemorrhoids, I have felt the effects of P.H and I don't think I want this on my face let alone around my eyes. You were very brave to actually take the test. Coodos to you. LOL
I don't think I'll try this.. :S
Yeah it didn't make a difference. But I can totally see practically why you thought it would. Great ingenuity!
I would never try this product near my eyes. I would think that it would sting and really do some damage if it were to get into my eyes. There are so many very good, inexpensive products to purchase for puffy eyes and I would much rather use them.
I wouldn't try this :(
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