After searching for beauty remedies to stop me looking tired (thanks kids/dog/pregnancy), I fell into an internet rabbit hole, and this is where I discovered that people were using hemorrhoid cream to treat under eye bags and dark circles. Really.
The most common treatment for hemorrhoids (a painful condition where the veins around the bottom become swollen and uncomfortable) is available over the counter at your local chemist, in the form of creams or gels. Applied regularly, they aim to shrink the offending veins and provide much sought after relief.
Somehow someone made the discovery that hemorrhoid cream can actually be quite beneficial for reducing swelling in the under-eye area and for minimising the appearance of under eye dark circles. I put it to the test – and I was pleasantly surprised. (Post continues after gallery.)
The very nature of a hemorrhoid treatment cream is to reduce swelling. The primary ingredient in most over the counter hemorrhoid treatments (there are more extreme treatments for serious cases, but these require a doctors visit) is a substance called phenylephrine, which acts to restrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. If you’re game to try this, I’d seek a medical opinion first – there could be risks associated, particularly with long-term use.
Under-eye bags are the result of weakened skin and a loss of skin elasticity which make the natural fat deposits under the eye seem much more noticeable. The idea then is to shrink them; hence the bum cream.