Does Preparation H Shrink Love Handles, Too?
...Does it work? Yes. Although the ointment does not dissolve fat or take off pounds, when applied it does make your body appear more toned, says New York City dermatologist Dr. Craig Austin. Here's how: Preparation H's active ingredient is phenylephrine, a natural vasoconstrictor, which means it constricts blood vessels. By constricting blood vessels, excess water is removed from under the skin. This in turn creates the illusion of a tighter, more fit body.
And how long will this quick-fix miracle last? "It won't last for very long—depending on how much you put on—a few hours is the most amount of time it will give that appearance," http://www.newsweek.com/id/141198
"I know a bunch of competitors that do it, they basically coat their stomach with preparation H, then wrap cellophane around their abdomen a few times, and sleep wrapped up like that, apparently it makes the skin contract and tighten up.." [the reliability of this testimonial I would really question!]
But doesnt it stink?!?!?! ....