Sun protection breaks me out. There’s no hiding from the fact that I hate using it and have often skipped it on some days this summer where I knew I just couldn’t afford to have bad skin due to an upcoming event. (Skincare police please don’t shoot me!) It really, truly sucks but I persisted (read as: wasted a lot of money on products) and I have finally found my answer! Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free has revolutionised the way I use sun protection factor and I can’t stop telling people about it.
Can I also preface this post by saying it is in no way sponsored!
This product was recommended to me by a dermatologist and I trust her blindly so I picked some up after a facial I had had. After I purchased it I decided to check some reviews and they were so many glowing reviews from acne sufferers raving about it that I couldn’t wait to try it out.
The one thing I wasn’t too keen on from the offset was the fact that although there appears to be a lot of text on the packaging, it doesn’t actually tell you very much. I want a clear ingredients list on my products so I can make informed choices. I went searching and eventually found what I was looking for.
My biggest concern was whether it had high alcohol content in because that was something I was looking to avoid at all costs. It turns out that it’s actually alcohol free. Yes mate!
There are also a lot of notable UV protection ingredients high up on the list but what really caught my eye were these 3: Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ferulic Acid and Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) – all of which are great for ‘anti-aging’.
The gel comes in a squeeze tube with a fine nozzle so barely any product is wasted. The first thing you’ll undoubtedly notice is that it isn’t white or clear like you would expect a gel to be. It has a coloured tint, much like a bb cream.
What did I think?
The best feature of this sunscreen is definitely the finish. As you work the gel into your skin, the colour is gone and it leaves ZERO grey/white/ashy cast over my skin.
It is supposed to dry down as dry touch (which a lot of people are reading as matte) but it’s definitely not matte. It dries down very quickly but leaves the face with somewhat of a glow/shine which is not at all sticky. It’s dewy without looking greasy. I really enjoy using this on the dry dull parts on my face.
I love the fact that it’s light, absorbs quickly and sits nicely under makeup. In fact it’s so unlike anything I’ve used before that I often forget that it is SPF and think of it as a primer.
There is a distinct fruity smell, almost like peaches but it doesn’t bother me at all and isn’t offensive in any way.
I’ve used this product for 6+ months and having just purchased my second tube of it, I can very safely say that it doesn’t clog my pores up at all, nor does it break me out. AT ALL. If you’re an acne sufferer and are affected by clogged pores or spots with Sun screen, I wholeheartedly recommend Heliocare 360 to you.
Is it expensive?
I’m going to be upfront, it isn’t cheap. With that being said you can buy it at it’s cheapest directly from Heliocare on Amazon. 50ml is £21.40 which isn’t too bad when I look at The Body shop’s Skin Defence Essence which is £17 for 40ml. As I always say though, you only get one skin so invest in good products.
You can purchase it cheapest directly from Heliocare on Amazon here.
Would I recommend it? Without a shadow of a doubt
Would I purchase it again? I already have and unless something even better comes along, I’m sticking with Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free Dry Touch.