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Puffy eyes remedy and Why Preparation H Ointment Doesn't Work Anymore
So what's the deal with Preparation H (which is a hemorrhoid cream) for puffy eyes?
Many years back it was rumored that beauty pageant contestants used Preparation H to help reduce swollen eyelids.
The theory was since this ointment helped reduce swollen hemorrhoid tissues, it would do the same for swollen eyes.
However, this was never proven and the makers of this product say it was never intended to be use around the eye area.
So I contacted some folks at the company that manufactures Preparation H asked them point blank:
"What's the deal? Can Preparation H be used as a remedy for puffy eyes"?
Ok, so since Preparation - H changed their formula, that didn't stop me from searching for something that can help reduce the look of puffy eyes.
I've had this issue for so long - I'm desperate to try ANYTHING that will give a slight reduction in under eye fullness.
So here is what I tried that helped reduce or at least reduce the "appearance" of puffy eyes a bit..................................
Eye Massage: A good natural puffy eyes remedy worth trying...............
This doesn't require anything except time. Time to perform the massage and time for the lymphatic system to do it's thing.
Gently massaging the area helps to encourage lymphatic draining.
Don't bother with those anti-puff eye rollers you see in the drug store!
Something as simple as lightly tapping your own index finger in a circular motion all around the eye perimeter can help a lot.
The wand is easy to use, helps increase skin glow and the best part? It's gentle on your hands and fingers. This is important if you have problems with sore joints or arthritis. You can give yourself a great face, neck and should massage - while watching TV.
You can also try Face Cupping. Facial cupping can help encourage lymphatic drainage and de-puff you whole face. Click here to read more and see why some celebrities use face and body cupping.
Eye Serum: The only one that still works to reduce the appearance of puffiness.....
Ok, so I've tried about 100 different under eye creams, serums, and lotions over the last 25 years. Most eye serums to reduce puffiness have a similar function - they "contract" the skin by drying it a bit which causes the skin to "lift" and helps smooth out puffiness and fine lines.
While many of the serums I've tried worked to reduce puffiness - they also dried my skin too much and left a whitish film.
But the one I use now works the best for me. Not a miracle, no over-the-counter product is, but much better than all of the others I've tried.
We found a ton of home remedies ranging from frozen peas to cold tea bags.
The most common natural remedy for swollen eyes is a cold compress (like a cold washcloth, cold spoons, or an eye mask).
The cold helps constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. While this may not be the quickest cure, it is the most natural remedy.
To improve your results and speed things up – consider some trying some natural ingredients found in your freezer, refrigerator or cupboard. For example:
Cold tea bags for swollen eyes
Do you know how many tea bags I wasted over the last 20 years! :-)
And while tea bags might work a bit to reduce eye swelling, the tannins in the tea also dried the delicate under eye skin - sometimes making me look worse.
Start with non-flavored caffeinated tea bags. The caffeine helps constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. If your eyes are red and irritated, then try chamomile which helps calm irritation, redness, and inflammation.
Ok so here's what you need to do: Seep two tea bags in a cup of hot water for five minutes. Then put the tea bags into a container and place in the refrigerator until they're cold.
A frozen bag of peas works well since the peas are little; the bag conforms to the contours of your eyes and face. It's soft and feels comforting when placed over the eyes.
And unlike wet tea bags, there is no mess even when the peas begin to thaw.
If you're out of cucumbers, anything cold can help, but cold teaspoons work well and they fit nicely over the whole eye area. Keep a few old teaspoons in the freezer.
They feel wonderful, are so easy to use and never drip or melt so there is no mess!!
This is a classic puffy eyes remedy and feels wonderful.
Cold sliced cucumbers placed over each eyelid might help reduce the swelling too. Cucumbers contain natural astringent properties.
Place a thin slice over each each and sit back and relax for about 10 minutes.
If you have time - replace with two more slices and sit back and relax for 5 more minutes.
Fine Lines Under The Eyes? - Checkout how well this worked for me. See my before and after pictures.
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