Winter is in full swing, dry air and all. Dry air and dry eyes often go hand in hand, and dry eyes are a pesky condition that affects a large portion of the population. In fact, nearly 4.9 million Americans aged 50 and over are challenged by this disease (more than 3 million of whom are women). The inflammation and irritation associated with dry eyes can be further aggravated by the use of harmful eye makeup remover. Our new favorite beauty product, HEKA Clean, is a great alternative to common makeup removers. Created by Optometrist Dr. Mila Ioussifova, HEKA Clean is made with clean ingredients including tea tree oil, organic argan oil, and lavender oil and effectively removes makeup while remaining gentle on the eyes. In our most recent issue of My Mag, we chatted with Dr. Mila about HEKA Clean and her passion for treating and preventing dry eyes.
In an effort to be more conscious with the products we are using and how they affect our bodies, HEKA Clean was created to minimize the chemicals that our bodies absorb daily. Dr. Mila saw an opportunity to create a product for her and her patients in a market that lacked one. Beginning with the basics, she found a combination of ingredients that she could stand behind as a doctor and a consumer. She said, “My eyes loved the simple ingredients, so I started to share it with others, who also loved it. HEKA Clean was born because I needed a product that worked for me, and it happened to work for others too.”
Treating your eyes well will only lead to positive results. While we may not often consider this, the long-term effects of neglecting eye health can be numerous. For makeup wearers, nothing feels better than washing your face at the end of the day. In addition to keeping your skin clean, keeping the area around your eyes free of pesky mites and bacteria is equally important. HEKA Clean helps ensure that all mascara and makeup is gone as well! Dr. Mila recommends avoiding products with ingredients, including benzalkonium chloride, parabens, formaldehyde, and alcohol.
In addition to choosing these beauty alternatives, there are many other ways to promote eye health. Simple changes like implementing a balanced diet, exercise, and proper sleep into your daily life are easy ways to start. Show your eyes care. “By being mindful of the foods you eat and products you use, you're already investing in your eye health,” says Dr. Mila. Sometimes all our eyes need is a little love and rest.
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