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Whether you missed a couple hours of sleep because you had a little too much fun the night before, or your skin just happens to be set up like that, remedying the issue of bags under your eyes is a tale as old as time. For some folks, the solution is as easy as putting a metal spoon in the fridge, waiting a bit, then gently placing the spoons under their eyes. For those who need more dramatic and instantaneous results, there are myriad products promising just that.
TikTok user @Trinidad1967 just brought the world's attention to one that works almost immediately — in under three minutes flat. And she recorded the whole process so we can see for ourselves just how quickly it works.
The 54-year-old shared a video of her using her favorite depuffing product, the Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Temporary Eye Tightener, an eye cream that promises to smooth and tighten the look of your undereye area. "It works amazing," she says before going into the demo. Trinidad explains that she previously had weight loss surgery and as a result, had been dealing puffy undereyes. She taps and smooths on the product underneath one eye so you can see the difference between the two.
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As she waits for the product to absorb, you can see it work its magic right before your eyes. In just a few minutes, less than three, the bags are completely gone.
It's quite impressive to witness and the folks on social media agree. Since she posted the video on Thursday, August 26, the clip has amassed over four million likes with 107,000-plus comments and more than 419,000 shares. And looking at those results — yeah, it's quite literally easy to see why.
Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Temporary Eye Tightener
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Though the stuff works like magic, science deserves all the credit here. According to Toronto-based board-certified dermatologist Geeta Yadav, the silicates in the formula are what make it work so quickly. "[Silicates] are natural clay-based ingredients," she explains. "Think about how your skin feels when you've applied a clay mask — as it dries, it starts to contract and feel tight. The same effect is at play when you apply this product." And just like a clay mask, when you wash it off, the tightness goes away.
And these aren't some regular-degular clays, people. They're of the bougie set. "Silicates are like a class of upscale clays that upon drying, will tighten a sagging area," notes cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Besides that, the product also contains ingredients that benefit your skin with continued use. "This formula does use a combination of active ingredients such as peptides for long-term results as well," she adds.
Though, take note that those benefits won't be as drastic as the effect the silicates give. "Don't expect them to produce long-term results as dramatically lifted and smooth as the instant effect seen in the TikTok video," warns Yadav.
The product has been on serious backorder since the viral TikTok video, so you have some time to scrape up the $38 it costs to get your hands on a bottle. Cheers to smooth undereye areas.