Heliocare 360 Gel
Protection? SPF 50+ PA ++++
Filters? Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus, Octocrylene, Uvinul T 150, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Tinosorb S
Country of Origin? Spain. EU compliant.
Water resistant? No.
Who is it for?
Skin types? All skin types will be fine.
Works for all skin tones? Yes, it should be fine.
What is it like?
Texture? A fluid-gel. It runs like a liquid, but feels like a gel on the skin.
Filmy, sticky, or heavy? It is in no way heavy. It is sticky before it dries down, leaving a filmy, albeit protected, feeling on the skin. The stickiness mostly goes away, though: it isn’t horrible like the Oil-Free Gel. ~shudders~.
Flashback / White cast? No white cast. I suppose that there is the most minor bit of reflective flashback, but it is very minor. One won’t be rendered ghostly.
Greasy? No, not greasy.
Finish? None / imperceptible.
I like this sunscreen a lot. It is just easy – to apply, to wear, etc. It has an elegant texture that feels good on the skin. It gives a bit of radiance as well. This sunscreen feels the best when I apply and rub in one dot at a time, moving across the face in sections, which prevents it pilling.
Heliocare’s USP is their fernblock technology, which is basically antioxidant protection that supposedly prevents damage from UV as well as visible and infrared light. It seems to be helpful, but I wouldn’t hang my hat on it alone without proper UV filters. Still, it’s inclusion gives me confidence that the brand takes the idea of radiation damage from light seriously.
Anyway, is just an easy sunscreen that makes the skin feel good. I also want to say it is so much better than the oil-free gel from Heliocare, which I used first.
Any bad news?
Well, broadly, I really like this sunscreen and think it is good. The big con is the price and the fact that it is hard to find. It also has a strange fragrance that really sticks around. If one is sensitive to fragrance on the skin, it wouldn’t be ideal, and if one doesn’t like the smell of the product sensorially, it is likely that one will find it distracting. It is worth writing that if you apply too much, it starts to adhere to itself and pill. It is nowhere near as severe as the Oil-Free, but it has happened to me.
$42 / 50 ml | $0.84 / ml
Arbitrary personal ranking out of 10?
My love for this sunscreen is tangible (8/10).
I find this product to be unique in terms of texture and feel. I actually can’t think of a sunscreen that feels like this one.
I suppose the closest product I've used, which I do not recommend, is the Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free. If one somehow is able to tolerate that, I imagine they will find this formula dreamy.
I guess it is a little like the Shiseido Senka Mineral Water UV Essence in that it is very protecting, a little filmy and pills on itself, but they actually aren’t very similar at all. The Senka isn’t sticky like the Heliocare.
Um, yeah. That’s the best I can do.