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Heliocare® 360° Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 - 50ml


  • For oily, spot-prone, or combination skin
  • SPF50 & PA++++
  • Dry-touch, matte finish
  • Alcohol free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Vegan friendly
  • All skin types
  • 50ml bottle
Category Product ID: 23489


An ultra-light mattifying gel that melts into the skin with a dry-touch, matte finish. The perfect choice for oily, combination or spot prone skin.


Apply approximately two full finger lengths of product to the face ensuring that you apply product evenly. Make sure you get full coverage up to the hairline and around the eyes, taking care not to get product into the eyes.

Reapply every 2 hours during periods of high exposure, after sweating, swimming or towelling the skin.

  • Protects against UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared-A with SPF50 and PA++++
  • Supercharged anti-oxidant Fernblock® protects skin health
  • DNA repair enzymes
  • Additional anti-oxidants Vitamins C & E plus green tea extract



  • Ammonia-Free


6 Benefits of Fernblock®

Recommended by skin professionals and dermatologists, Heliocare 360° is a science-led sun protection range that protects beyond sunscreen with exclusive, clinically proven Fernblock® antioxidant technology – but what exactly is Fernblock® and how exactly does it benefit our skin health?

The not-so-secret ingredient within the Heliocare range is the supercharged antioxidant, Fernblock®.

Fernblock® is an extract of a tropical fern, native to South America, called Polypodium Leucotomos (P. Leucotomos). Originally an aquatic plant this unique Fern evolved to thrive on land, developing natural protective mechanisms against solar radiation and other environmental free-radicals.


P. leucotomos has been used for centuries in Central America to treat various skin conditions. In the 1960s, the anti-inflammatory and photoprotective properties of P. leucotomos were discovered. Following an extensive research programme, the optimum extraction process was achieved by Cantabria Labs in collaboration with renowned Dermatologist Dr Fitzpatrick, with Harvard Medical School. This resulted in an incredible ingredient with unique protective and restorative action against daylight when used in both topical and oral formulations.

There are now over 80 published studies and scientific publications demonstrating and supporting its multiple benefits to skin health.

1. Protects against daylight

Fernblock® is clinically proven to multiply the skin’s resistance to the sun. This protection has been clinically proven across the whole solar radiation spectrum, including UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared-A.

Studies have found that Fernblock® significantly reduces the amount of UV radiation that reaches the skin, significantly increasing SPF and UVA protection factor.1 These multiple levels of protection against daylight help to prevent both immediate and long-term sun damage, including sunburn, sun allergies, skin ageing, pigmentation and skin cancer.

Woman looking towards the sun

2. Enhanced sunscreen activity

New data shows that Fernblock® enables SPF filters to work more effectively, boosting the efficacy of UVB sunscreen filters by up to 14%.2 This means Heliocare 360° is therefore more effective than sunscreens that contain only sun filters.

Fernblock® provides advanced dermatological protection by increasing the photoprotection benefits and activity of formulations, as well as reducing redness, pigmentation and collagen breakdown.

Woman applying Heliocare 360° Invisible Spray

3. DNA protection and repair

Fernblock® has also been clinically proven to help boost the skin’s ability to repair damage to our skin cell’s DNA which has occurred as a result of free-radical damage caused by daylight.

Continued and excessive sun exposure causes a buildup of damage to our skin cell DNA. When our DNA is damaged, the genetic codes that tell our cells how to behave are compromised. This allows our cells to misbehave and mutate, which can lead to skin cancer.

Fernblock® technology has been clinically proven to prevent the formation of damage and increase and accelerate the repair of existing damage. This puts a stop to the cumulative effects of sun exposure, helping to protect our skin from DNA damage.

Woman and DNA

4. Antioxidant activity

Fernblock® is an all-natural antioxidant that is scientifically proven to neutralise and eliminate free radicals.

UV exposure is considered the biggest trigger of free radicals, contributing to 80% of damage.2 The problem with free radicals is that they are single atoms on the hunt for a pair, which means they scavenge the body to steal electrons from other molecules. This is what causes oxidative stress and free radical damage, leading to symptoms including inflammation, pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin.

Our bodies are usually very good at maintaining a delicate balance of oxidants and antioxidants3 to protect us from harmful free radicals. But chronic exposure to free radicals will severely compromise the equilibrium.

Fernblock® technology contains concentrated antioxidant molecules that fight free radical damage. They do this by donating an electron to unstable molecules, without becoming unstable themselves. This activity is further boosted by the additional antioxidants of vitamin C, vitamin E and green tea extract, which work in collaboration with Fernblock® within every Heliocare 360° product.

Pouring water into green tea

5. Preventing premature ageing

Fernblock® is incredibly effective at fighting the signs of premature skin ageing, including fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, pigmentation and discolouration.

As we age, it is normal for the skin’s condition to change. Our skin cell renewal cycle declines, our skin structure deteriorates, and the functions within each layer slow down. But this natural ageing process may be accelerated by environmental aggressors, including sun exposure.

Fernblock® is clinically proven to prevent premature ageing by protecting our skin cells and maintaining the skin’s structure, helping us to achieve a healthy and youthful complexion. By protecting collagen and elastin production, the skin feels firmer and more flexible, standing up against fine lines, deep wrinkles and sagging. Fernblock® also helps prevent and reduce the intensity and size of sunspots and pigmentation.

Woman holding Heliocare 360° Age Active Fluid

6. Immune defence

Fernblock® boosts our skin’s defence system against external aggressors by protecting our Langerhans cells.

Langerhans cells are present in all layers of the epidermis. They monitor the environment of the skin, alerting the body to any unsafe situations. Our immune system can then send a force of inflammatory cells to fight off attackers and prevent infections.

Sun exposure is damaging to our Langerhans cells, because it leads to inflammation, forcing them to migrate. Just one dose of sun exposure depletes Langerhans cells for several days, which suppresses our immune responses to allergens, bacteria, viruses, and even tumour antigens.4

Fernblock® is clinically proven to protect immunological action via Langerhans cell protection. When taken orally, Fernblock also significantly reduces the depletion of Langerhans cells during sun exposure.5

Scientist looking through a microscope

Discover the power of Fernblock®

Backed by over 80 clinical scientific publications, Fernblock® is available exclusively in sun protection products developed by Cantabria Labs and is the key technology use in the Heliocare 360° range that takes it skin protection properties beyond sunscreen.

Heliocare 360° product range

The Best Body Sunscreens For Summer

the best body sunscreens

No matter the season, protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is a non-negotiable for keeping it healthy. During the warm Summer months, we often expose more skin in an attempt to keep ourselves cool, so it is vital that you apply a high protection body sunscreen to prevent UV-related skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin cancer.

Whether you’re lounging by the pool, having a picnic on the beach, or sitting back and relaxing in your garden. Discover our edit of the best body sunscreens for everyday use. From invisible sprays, to lightweight lotions, and hydrating body lotions, these are our favourite body sunscreens so that you can go about your day while keeping your skin protected.


The majority of people do not apply enough sunscreen.  As a general rule, adults should apply approximately two milligrams of sunscreen per square metre of skin, which is the equivalent to a shot glass full or two tablespoons. For your face, you should apply a dessert spoon’s worth. If sunscreen is applied too thinly, then you’re reducing the amount of protection that it has been developed to give. We recommend using an SPF of at least 30-50, and if you plan to be out in the sun long enough to risk burning, you need to make sure to apply it twice:

  • 30 minutes before going out
  • just before going out

Sunscreen also needs to be reapplied frequently, and this includes applying it straight after you have been in water, even if the manufacturer says that its ‘water resistant.’ You should also reapply after towel drying, sweating, and it is also recommended to reapply every 2 hours for optimum protection.



Protect and hydrate your skin with this lightweight, refreshing sunscreen that provides a high-level of water-resistant protection against UVA, UVB, and Infrared damage. Infused with antioxidant-rich Resveratrol and Beta-Carotene defend the skin against pollutions and environmental stressors. The addition of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E nourish and hydrate, while a sweet Passionfruit scent uplifts the senses.

HydroPeptide Solar Defense Body SPF 40



This is the best body lotion with SPF that infuses your skin with essential moisture. Regular sun exposure means that your skin requires an extra dose of hydration. Infused with Coconut Oil and Aloe, this hydrating body sunscreen keeps your skin feeling nourished, soothed, and cool all day long, while Melinoil stimulates the skin’s natural sun defences, working to prevent photo-ageing while boosting a natural, hydrated bronzed glow all year long.

Saltee SPF30 Body Sea & Sun Lotion



The incredibly powerful sunscreen is perfect for long sun-exposure or for skin types that are particularly sensitive to the sun’s rays. Featuring a gentle, smooth blend, this sunscreen body lotion for Summer nourishes the skin, and is ideal for extreme weather and climates. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and very pale skin, this water-resistant body sunscreen contains very high protection against UVA/UVB rays to provide you with deep, long-lasting protection.

Ultrasun Extreme Sunscreen SPF 50+ 400ml


Combat the damaging and ageing effects of the sun with this nourishing body sunscreen oil formula from Institut Esthederm. This rejuvenating oil features a non-greasy, dry-touch formula that provides triple cellular protection to combat the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays, while also helping to stimulate and intensify the tanning process for a golden, sun-kissed tan. Water-resistant, this formula is ideal for use when exposing your skin to long and strong sun exposure (high mountains, tropical climates, on the beach ect).

Institut Esthederm Sun Care Oil Body and Hair Strong Sun


Specifically formulated for sensitive skin, this ultra-fine mist delivers high levels of broad-spectrum protection and is perfect for topping-up throughout the day. It can be applied on both the face and body, and has been formulated with powerful active ingredients including a complex UV filter and antioxidants to protect the skin from reactions and cellular damage related to UV, infrared, and pollution. The addition of Thermal Water helps to protect against skin damage.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Body Mist SPF50+


Keep your body protected while building a natural, sun-kissed glow with this unique tinted body sunscreen. Providing the skin with 100% mineral protection from UVA/UVB, radiation, pollution, blue light, and infrared radiation, it features a silky and invisible finish that is suitable for all skin types and toned. Water and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes, simply apply this body sunscreen lotion all over your body for a bronzed glow and wash off when desired.

Colorescience Total Protection Body Shield SPF50 Bronze
Want to introduce Vitamin C into your skincare regime, but not sure where to start? Discover our guide to different Vitamin C formulas so that you can find the right product for you and your skin type here.


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