As many of you know it is important to wear sunscreen 365 days of the year. We are all guilty of not doing this at times however sun damage accounts for 90% of our skins ageing.
Here at Podology we stock one of the best skin protectors and along with our skincare programmes we are striving to help our customers make the most of the skin they are in. Using the Heliocare broad spectrum sunscreen daily helps to protect your skin against UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared-A PLUS free radicals and DNA damage. It’s a favourite with many celebrities such as Holly Willoughby, Frankie Bridge, Sienna Miller and Poppy Delevingne.
Heliocare has a range of sunscreens to suit all skin types, including Tinted, Mineral Fluid and Gel formulations. Why not try the NEW Invisible spray, perfect for holidays as it is water resistant and has a non-oily finish. SPF in your make-up or moisturiser does not count!
Heliocare 360 Mineral Tolerance SPF 50 – 50ml A light, breathable fluid with mineral-only filters that absorbs quickly into the skin with a silky finish. The Mineral Tolerance Fluid is fragrance free and tested on the most sensitive skin. It dries completely clear and so it is the perfect choice for those with skin of colour, as well as being a popular choice for men.
Heliocare 360° Colour Gel oil free SPF 50+, 50ML £32 Combines foundation coverage and protection in one, beautiful product. This light, easy to blend fluid provides natural-looking foundation coverage with a matte finish in three shades; pearl, beige and bronze. If you have dry skin, you may find that you need to apply a hydrator to the skin before use.
Heliocare 360 Invisible Spray for the body 50+ , The Invisible Spray is perfect to spritz on body areas before you head outdoors – it’s completely clear and can be sprayed from any angle, so it’s really easy to apply!
Keep your skin healthy and help to prevent the signs of ageing with Heliocare. Here are some frequently asked questions:
Is Heliocare vegan friendly?
Heliocare and Heliocare 360˚ topical creams and gels do not contain any animal-derived components and therefore are classed as vegan friendly.
Why do I need to wear sun protection all year round, even when it’s not sunny?
The sun emits different kinds of radiation, UVB is strongest in the summer months and cannot penetrate cloud – it’s UVB that can cause sunburn. Sunburn isn’t the only way that the sun can damage skin. The sun also emits UBA, visible light and infrared-A – all of which are proven to cause damage to the skin which can lead to premature skin ageing, and harm the health of your skin. What’s more, these types of radiation cause damage all year round, penetrating cloud and even glass – so even on the cloudiest days, or while driving, our skin is at risk of damage. “Rather than sun protection, we need to think of it as daylight protection.”
Will I get enough Vitamin D if I use sun protection every day?
Vitamin D helps to keep our bones strong and boosts our immune system. Sun exposure, specifically to UVB, enables the natural process in your skin to make Vitamin D. UVB is only really present in the summer months, and cannot penetrate cloud.
It’s a common misconception that using sun protection daily will not allow you to make enough Vitamin D and will cause Vitamin D deficiency. There are no studies that suggest a link between the two, in fact, studies have shown that those who do use daily sun protection can maintain their Vitamin D levels.
There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, using sun protection products with high SPF such as 50+ won’t block all UVB rays. Secondly, in the summer you only need a short period of sun exposure with areas such as hands, arms and lower legs exposed for most people to create enough Vitamin D
In the UK from October to early March there simply isn’t enough UVB present for our skin to be able to create Vitamin D. So, we need to look for other sources. Vitamin D is found in food such as oily fish and red meat, but it can be difficult to get enough Vitamin D from food alone, which is why the NHS recommend that everyone should consider taking a daily Vitamin D supplement throughout the winter months.
Are Heliocare products tested on animals?
Cantabria Labs in Spain, the manufacturers of Heliocare, are dedicated to improving the health and lives of people worldwide, bringing products that meet rigorous safety standards so that their customers can use them with complete confidence. Cantabria Labs do not test their cosmetics on animals and they never request that third parties carry out such tests on their behalf. They are fully compliant with current European cosmetic product legislation prohibiting animal testing, both with respect to its end products and to the raw materials and ingredients used in its formulations.
Cantabria Labs assess the safety of their cosmetic products through the latest human volunteer in-vivo methods and laboratory based in-vitro studies.
Are Heliocare products ‘reef friendly’
Cantabria Labs, the creator and manufacturer of Heliocare, are leaders in product innovation and committed to minimising their impact on the environment. There is strong evidence regarding the potentially harmful effects of two filters on the coral reef, which will in fact be banned in a number of countries: octinoxate and oxybenzone. As such, Cantabria Labs have ensured that the latest additions to the Heliocare 360° range, and any future developments don’t contain these ingredients.
Products that do not contain these ingredients include:
Heliocare 360° Oil Free Gel
Heliocare 360° Fluid Cream
Heliocare 360° Mineral Tolerance Fluid
Heliocare 360° Color Cushion Compacts (both colours)
Heliocare 360° Gel Oil Free Color (all colours)
Heliocare 360° Invisible Spray
Heliocare 360° Water Gel
Heliocare Ultra Gel SPF 90/50+
Heliocare Ultra Cream SPF 90/50+
Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50
Over time, the awareness, understanding and evidence behind sunscreens causing damage to the coral reef is growing – both from a research, conservation, and manufacturing point of view. It has come to light that some traditional filters regularly used in sunscreens can cause harm to the coral reef. Products that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate (also known as ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) have recently been banned in Hawaii for this reason.
Is going on a sunbed before holiday better for my skin because it doesn’t burn as easily?
Absolutely not. Sunbeds are incredibly harmful to your skin. They use powerful doses of UVA and UVB – many give greater doses than midday tropical sun – and just one session can increase your risk of skin cancer.
According to studies, using sunbeds before the age of 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 59%
Many people that use sunbeds are naturally fair, and they are one of the groups of people that are at most risk from skin cancer.The best way to avoid sunburn is to enjoy the sun sensibly by covering up, seeking shade – particularly when the sun is at its strongest, and applying sun protection liberally and regularly.
Why are all the Heliocare products SPF50 or higher?
We always recommend choosing SPF50 or 50+ when you’re on holiday to protect from the heightened sun exposure, but also for use on a daily basis because we tend not to apply as much product, and we tend not to reapply as regularly. To get the full SPF protection on the label you need to use 2mg of product per cm2 of skin – which equates to roughly a finger length of product for the face. Applying less than this hugely affects the SPF protection that you’re getting. The relationship between the amount of product that you use and the SPF protection isn’t linear – for example, if you use SPF15 but apply half as much as is recommended, the SPF doesn’t just half, it drops to just under 4. The amount that you’re using is crucial in the level of protection that you’re getting, and by using a higher SPF we’re giving ourselves the best chance of giving our skin a high level of protection.
How much sun protection should I apply, and when should I apply it?
To get the full level of protection stated on the packaging (both the PA rating for UVA protection and the SPF level for UVB protection), you need to apply 2mg of product per cm2 of skin – which equates to roughly a finger length of product for the face.
Applying less than this hugely affects the SPF protection that you’re getting.
Apply your sun protection product as the last product before you apply any make-up. Make sure you get right up to the hairline and around the eye – taking care not to get any product in the eye.
Apply to any exposed areas – the neck and back of hands are often forgotten and tend to get a lot of exposure to the sun and daylight.
We recommend re-applying your sun protection every 2-3 hours during periods of intense sun exposure, after swimming, sweating or toweling the skin.
It can be tricky to reapply your sun protection during the day once you have your makeup on top – the Heliocare 360° color compacts are a great way of topping up your protection and foundation in one go – they’re really handy to have in your handbag.
Can the Invisible Spray be used on the face?
No, as with any Heliocare product we need to avoid contact with the eyes, so spraying product onto the face is not recommended – particularly with the Invisible Spray which has a very fine spray. We recommend that you find the Heliocare 360° facial product that suits your skin perfectly, and use that on the face.
What is the colour looking tint in Heliocare 360° Fluid Cream?
It’s the natural colour of the ingredients that gives the Heliocare 360° Fluid Cream. Although it does dry clear, this natural tone combined with the dewy finish does help to even the skin tone and give it a radiant glow.
Wearing sunscreen is one of the best and easiest ways to protect your skin’s appearance and health at any age. Used regularly, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature ageing and this is why you must include it in your daily routine.
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