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The Science Behind Aelo

Say hello to Aelo

We're an eye care brand that was born out of the passion of a team of optometrists and dry eye specialists who are dedicated to helping people with dry eye disease.

Why do we get Dry Eyes? 

Only 33% of us clean our eyes properly!

86% of dry eyes result from lack of daily eyelid and eyelash care

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We have oil glands in our eyelids that produce natural lubricants. Gunk, makeup, bacteria and dirt accumulate and suffocate our oil glands, leading to their irreversible death!

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    Let's deep dive a little more...

    Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and blepharitis are two common eye conditions that can cause dry eyes, burning, grittiness, and other symptoms. 

    What is MGD?

    MGD is a condition that affects the meibomian glands, which are small oil glands located in the eyelids. These glands produce an oily layer that helps to keep the tear film from evaporating. When the meibomian glands become clogged or inflamed, it can lead to dry eyes, burning, and other symptoms.

    Eyelid warm compresses are globally part of the first line recommendations in the management of MGD. The therapeutic objective is to soften the meibum in the glands so that it can be expressed more easily during a blink. The melting point of normal meibum ranges between 32 and 40 °C. While traditional facecloths heated with tap water are commonly used, they quickly lose heat and may not maintain the necessary therapeutic temperature. A few cases of skin burns with warm compresses overheated in the microwave have been reported.

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    Aelo Electronic Heating Eye Mask

    The Aelo heated eye mask is a comfortable, easy-to-use device that is applied to the eyelids for 10-15 minutes at a time. The mask is wireless with built-in rechargeable lithium batteries and Bluetooth connectivity to listen to your favourite music or podcast while you relax. It provides constant warmth at approximately 37°C and also has massaging modes for added relaxation -so you don't have to worry about burning yourself! 
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    The heat from the Aelo heated eye mask can help to loosen clogged meibomian glands, which can help to improve tear production and reduce dry eye symptoms. The massage function can also help to stimulate blood flow to the eyelids, which can help to reduce inflammation.

    Aelo Self-Heating Eye Masks

    A disposable self-heating eye mask that provides instant moist heat that hydrates and provides gentle warmth around your eyes, leading to natural secretion of essential oils from meibomian glands, providing much-needed relief from eye irritation.

    No need for a microwave or electric plug; simply open the mask and secure it around your eyes with the convenient ear loops. Reaches a comfortable constant temperature of approximately 40°C for 30 minutes. 

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    • Each box contains 10 individually packed self-heating eye masks.

    What is blepharitis?

    Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. It can be caused by a number of factors, including bacteria, oil build-up, and allergies. Blepharitis can also lead to dry eyes, burning, and other symptoms.

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    Anterior blepharitis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelids and lashes. These bacteria can produce toxins and waste products that can irritate the eyelids and ocular surface. The inflammation that results from this irritation can damage the lid margin and meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oily layer of the tear film. This can lead to MGD, which is a major cause of dry eyes.

    Eyelid hygiene is recommended as primary or adjunct therapy for the management of blepharitis, dry eye disease, meibomian gland dysfunction and for preoperative care.

    Aelo Eyelid and Eyelash Cleanser

    The Aelo eyelid and eyelash cleanser is a hypoallergenic, pH balanced and non-irritating cleanser that is formulated free from parabens, sulfate and benzalkonium chloride (BAK). It is effective at removing excess bacteria and debris from the eyelids without compromising the delicate balance of your lashes and surrounding skin.
    Regular use of the Aelo eyelid and eyelash cleanser can help to reduce the risk of developing MGD and anterior blepharitis. It can also help to improve the symptoms of these conditions if they are already present.

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    Our Ingredients 

    Our ingredients are all safe and effective, and they can help to keep the delicate skin around the eyes clean, hydrated, and protected.

    • Aqua (Water): The most common ingredient in skincare products, water is used as a solvent and carrier for other ingredients.
    • C12-16 alkyl glucoside: A mild surfactant that helps to cleanse the eyelids without stripping away natural oils.
    • Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate: Another mild surfactant that helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the eyelids.
    • Zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract: A natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that can help to soothe and protect the delicate skin around the eyes.
    • Sodium hyaluronate: A humectant that helps to attract and retain moisture in the skin, keeping the eyelids hydrated and soft.
    • Panthenol: A form of vitamin B5 that has moisturizing and soothing properties.
    • Citric acid: A natural preservative that helps to keep the cleanser fresh.
    • Hexylene glycol: A solvent that helps to keep the cleanser's consistency.
    • Caprylhydroxamic acid: A natural preservative that helps to keep the cleanser fresh.

    Our hero ingredient in this list is sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is a natural substance that is found in the body. It is a humectant, which means that it attracts and retains moisture. This makes it an excellent ingredient for eyelid cleansers, as it can help to keep the delicate skin around the eyes hydrated and soft.

    The other ingredients in the list are also beneficial for the skin around the eyes. They are all mild and non-irritating, and they help to cleanse, soothe, and protect the skin.

      References: 

      1. Gomes, J. A. P., Azar, D. T., Baudouin, C., Bitton, E., Chen, W., Hafezi, F., ... & Willcox, M. D. (2023). TFOS Lifestyle: impact of elective medications and procedures on the ocular surface. The Ocular Surface.
      2. Jones, L., Downie, L. E., Korb, D., Benitez-del-Castillo, J. M., Dana, R., Deng, S. X., ... & Craig, J. P. (2017). TFOS DEWS II management and therapy report. The ocular surface15(3), 575-628.