Although Gen Zers painted dark circles under their eyes as part of a questionable beauty ‘trend’ earlier this year, it’s fair to say that not everyone wants visibly puffy eyes – even when it’s a fashion statement.
Now, a ‘miracle’ product is going viral online after a 54-year-old woman who was “very self-conscious” about her under-eye area posted a TikTok applying a firming cream. In less than three minutes, her handbag seemed to disappear almost completely, leading viewers to question whether the video was real.
In TikTok, which has been viewed more than 14 million times, @trinidad1967 applies the formula from a black tube to the side of her face for viewers to compare the results. “This is the most effective skin care product video I have ever seen. I literally watched the magic happen before my eyes omg, “one person commented.
The one she’s using is Peter Thomas Roth’s FIRMx Temporary Eye Lifting Cream, which retails for around £35 and has sold out worldwide since her rise to fame. “It works amazingly and it tightens, and it stays like this all day,” she continued. “I don’t know if I’m allowed to do this on TikTok but I just wanted to share this with you guys. Because of my bags… sometimes I cry when I look at them in the morning. But after weight loss surgery, that’s one of the things that happened. “
A quick effect is evidently possible because the formula contains sodium silicate, which has a firming effect when applied to the skin. However, as the cream states on the tube, the results are immediate but only temporary, meaning it wouldn’t be a good choice as an overnight or overnight moisturizer.
Skincare experts on TikTok have weighed in, with Mixed Makeup founder @susanyara saying, “if a product seems too good to be true, it probably is.” She adds that if you apply anything that contains water on top of the cream, such as a foundation or serum, “the effect goes away completely” and those with darker skin tones may find it. Leaves a visible white powder. @dermdoctor, a dermatologist on the platform, says that “it only works if the skin is really loose and it can leave a glue-like residue on the skin, but the results are amazing.”
In a follow-up video, @trinidad1967 added: “I’ve learned to use it pretty well so I don’t get the off-white stuff – just don’t use it much. If you get white, just put a little water on your finger and dab it. Peter Thomas Roth was the only product that worked for me, I used hemorrhoid cream… (which) didn’t work for me. I just hope it helps some people like it helped me. ”
We were delighted to see that after the video was posted, the skincare company contacted @trinidad1967 and sent her some freebies.