You should not use sunscreen you have had xuất hiện for more than a year, and that is why this tube of Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 + will be tossed after I wrote this blogpost.

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Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-Free

I bought it last June, after I tried and loved the Heliocare 360 ° Water Gel & figured the oil-free version would be perfect come summer, as my skin, despite me being well in my 40s, does get pretty oily once it gets hot. (More info: Skincare changes for summer)

Well, turns out I was wrong, và today I will tell you why.

What the Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 + claims

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 – give your skin the best protection against the sun without breaking out.

Facts about the Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 +

Prize and size

One bottle contains 50 ml and is available for 19 € on the trang web here. It is vegan và alcohol free, but contains fragrance & the packaging has changed since I purchased it last year.

Texture & smell

My first issue is the scent. Opposed to lớn the Water Gel, which is advertised as “minimal fragrance” on the website, the oil-free version has a very strong floral scent. I am not against fragranced products in general, but this one is too intense for my personal taste.The hàng hóa isn’t colorless, which is what I usually associate with the name “gel”, but brownish và more lượt thích a cream in texture, firmer than the Water Gel.

Close up of the Heliocare 360° Gel Oil miễn phí SPF 50+

How lớn use the Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 +

Last step in your routine is when you apply all your sunscreens và this one is no exception. So you vì your morning routine và then either apply a separate moisturizer if your face needs it or just proceed with the spf after the serum step, which is what I usually bởi vì in summer. (More info: How much sunscreen vì you need for your face và neck?)The website recommends the two finger rule and I found that to work quite well.

The color is initially quite visible on my hands, and gives my face a slight tint that disappears over time. It says dry cảm biến on the tube, but I did not find that lớn be true. The sản phẩm stayed tacky for at least an hour on my skin and when the tackiness finally disappeared, I could feel a layer on my skin throughout the day, something lượt thích a tight film, whenever I moved my face. I didn’t find it mattifying either, but it didn’t địa chỉ shine either. Oh, and after around six hours it started to lớn rub off, not lượt thích pilling, but more like something that had gotten so dry, it was flaking off.

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So my main problem apart from the scent is that I really did not lượt thích how it feels on my skin. Even compared with other European formulas like the ones from La Roche Posay or the Heliocare 360° Water Gel it was remarkably uncomfortable. As I don’t see many other people talk about this issue, it might be that I am probably no longer as oily as I thought và that I need more hydrating formulas, but I would love khổng lồ hear how the product worked for you?

Ingredients of the Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 +

Aqua solv, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate emo|amic, Arginine sii, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid sunsc, Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate sunsc, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine sunsc, Titanium Dioxide(Nano) sunsc|col, Hexylene Glycol solv|emu|perf|surf 0–1 0–2, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside emu|surf, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate sunsc, Nylon-12 vc, Myristyl Alcohol emo|vc 4 2, Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate emo, Ceteareth-25 surf|emu, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone sunsc, Phenoxyethanol pres, Polypodium Leucotomos Leaf Extract aox, Ferulic Acid aox|amic, Caffeic Acid aox, Physalis Angulata Extract, Caprylyl Glycol h|emo, Melanin, Myristyl Glucoside surf, Ethylhexyl Triazone sunsc, Caprylyl Methicone emo, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Glycerin
sii|h 0 0, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid aox|sb, Alumina vc|abrasive/scrub, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether Benzoate emo, Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate surf, Camellia Sinensis Extract aox|so, Ethylhexylglycerin pres, Tocopheryl Acetate aox 0 0, Xanthan Gum vc, Phytosphingosine Hcl, Plankton Extract, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate Hcl, Panthenyl Triacetate, Parfum perf, Simethicone emo 0 1, Oxothiazolidine, Disodium EDTA chel, Silica vc, Ethyl Linoleate emo|perf, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride emo, Oleyl Alcohol emo|perf|solv|vc 2 4, Butylene Glycol h|solv 0 1, Propylene Glycol h|solv|vc 0 0, Lecithin emo|emu, Sodium Benzoate pres, Tocopherol aox 0–3 0–3, Linalool perf, Limonene perf|solv

Hover the mouse over an ingredient for short explanation. Read more on INCIDecoder.For filters we have Ensulizole (mainly UVB), Neo Heliopan AP (mainly UVA II), both often used in formulas for oily skin due lớn their lightweight nature, then Tinosorb S (both UVA và UVB), Uvinul A Plus (UVA), Uvasorb HEb (UVB and UVA II), Uvinul T 150 (UVB) and, as only inorganic aka mineral filter, Titanium Dioxide (nano, mainly UVB and UVA II). (More info: UVA protection – why it is important)For additional skin benefits there is Glycerin (pretty far down the ingredient list), 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid as vitamin C derivative, vitamin E and Ferulic Acid và a few plant extracts for antioxidant benefits, like Green Tea Extract & the Polypodium Leucotomos Leaf Extract Heliocare is known for & calls “FernBlock Technology”. (More info: Everything you need lớn know about vitamin C and its derivatives)There is also perfume as well as Linalool & Limonene as potential troublesome ingredients for some.

Does it live up to its claims?


It is neither lightweight nor is it dry khổng lồ the touch.

How does it compare to…

Heliocare 360° Water Gel SPF 50 – how does it perform on oily skin?

Heliocare 360° Water Gel

Despite both being called a gel, the Water Gel is more runny in texture & definitely more dewy after application. It is much more comfortable to wear, feels as if I powdered my face with no tackiness & has no noticeable fragrance, which makes it my favorite.

You can read my full nhận xét of the Heliocare 360° Water gel here.

Would I repurchase và which skin types bởi vì I recommend the Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 + to?

No, I would not repurchase. I mean, I wasn’t even able to finish the bottle I had! As it gets rave đánh giá online though, I think it must work very well for really oily skins. Và for those that aren’t as easily overwhelmed by fragrance as I apparently am.

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