Review: Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50
Have you ever wondered why, despite religiously applying sunscreen protection for years, sun spots and skin pigmentation continue to grow on your skin?
I have and the usual response is “It must have started in your early years. If you didn’t wear enough sunblock before, your skin will see the effects later“. Well, its been over fifteen years since I started ferociously protecting my sun with sunblock. Yet, the spots keep showing; and they keep growing.
The trouble is most sunscreens offer protection from outdoor light, primarily the sun’s UV rays (UVB and UVA). We know that yeah?
However, environmental aggressors that induce skin pigmentation can also come from indoor light sources like computer screens, fluorescent lights, LED television screens, mobile phone screens, heat and thermal radiation. They emit high energy visible light (HEVis) and infrared radiation-A (IR-A) that is found to be as harmful to skin as ultraviolet rays. HEVis and IR-A can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers, making it harder to reverse any damaged caused. This makes it even more harmful and disastrous to our skin than just UV rays!
This is where Heliocare 360 is different from other sunblocks.
Not only does this sunscreen block UV rays, it also blocks out HEVis and IR-A. Besides using their patented Fernblock FC for photoimmunoprotection properties and high efficacy in repairing DNA damage in the skin, the new Heliocare 360 formulation offers additional ferulic acid complex and caffeic acid to boost antioxidant abilities.
There are 3 product type application in this range to choose from: Gel Oil-Free, Fluid Cream and AirGel. I choose to review the oil-free gel because I plan to wear it daily under my makeup and need something light and ultra absorbent. And I have to say, I seriously love it!
It comes in a lightweight, matte-feel tube with a narrow tip. This is great because the light watery gel texture and the narrow top opening means you can be very precise with the amount of product you want to dispense. Again, the trouble with some sunblocks is when you squeeze the tube, you get a mini explosion of product everywhere. Not with this.
I have always been told by people in the beauty skincare industry – the higher the protection, the thicker the consistency. With SPF 50, most products tend to have a richer consistency that leaves skin with a shiny greasy layer. Not with this. In fact, once I applied it, the product blended well and absorbed into skin almost instantaneously. My skin actually looked smoother and hydrated.
I had no trouble with applying makeup after as well. The oil-free dry touch formula left no hint of oiliness. I don’t like to cake my face with product and makeup so this worked fabulously on me.
Oil control and dry touch sensation is made possible with sicilia microspheres that prevent shine, absorb instantly and give a matte effect to the skin.
This gel oil-free sunblock is 100% paraben and alcohol-free, non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types, especially beneficial for oily, acne-prone, hyper-pigmented, premature skin and skin-related diseases.
Regular skincare users looking for sun protection, this is the kind of sunblock you will want. People with skin conditions requiring maximum protection such as premature aging, dark spots, photosensitive skin or skin that has become photosensitised by treatments or has history of skin cancer, this is the kind of sunblock you will need.
Each 50ml tube retails for $63. Personally, this is a reasonable price for maximum SPF protection. The smooth consistency means you don’t need a lot per use. I reckon each tube can last at least 6 months with daily use.
Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free is sold at the following outlets:
– National Skin Center, 1 Mandalay Road, Retail Pharmacy
– BK Medical Group Aesthetic Clinic, 10 Sinaran Drive, #08-05/06, Novena Medical Centre
– Plastic Surgery by S.J.Lee, 3 Mount Elizabeth Road, #16-13, Mount Elizabeth Hospital
– Dream Plastic Surgery, 290 Orchard Road, #17-03/04, Paragon
– MD Specialist Healthcare, 290 Orchard Road, #20-01, Paragon