True or False: Does Laxative Work as a Primer?
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First things first: Don't start a conversation with a stranger in line at the drugstore when you have hemorrhoid cream in your basket. It makes for a very awkward, please-pretend-you-didn't-see-it moment when you're checking out. Now, about using Preparation H as a poor girl's cure for puffy eyes: In the name of research, I stayed out late and drank waaaay too much so the skin under my eyes would look properly swollen and overworked.
In the a.m., I smeared a baby pea-sized dab of the anti-inflammatory hemorrhoid cream under my eyes. It contains 1 percent hydrocortisone, which should reduce some of the swelling, and it did. I guess. But I've gotten the same results from a cold compress or pair of cucumber slices on my eyes. And when you're sleep-deprived, trying to put hemorrhoid cream near your eyes is a really terrible idea -- some of those ingredients will cause worse problems than puffiness if they get in your eyes.
Final verdict: From now on, I'll buy embarrassing products online. And eat more fiber. And get more sleep. But I'll never put hemorrhoid cream on my face again.
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