Beauty Review: Heliocare Color Gelcream Light SPF 50 with Fernblock

One of the very best New Year’s resolutions you can make is to commit to wearing sunscreen – every. single. day!

Come rain or shine, clouds or screens – sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from harsh UV rays.

The easiest way to get this right is to find a sunscreen that is easy to add in to your daily skincare routine. One that feels lovely to apply, almost like a moisturiser, certainly makes this additional step not a chore but a joy.

I prefer light, non-sticky sunscreen that quickly absorbs, leaves not white residue and feels like skincare… and I found this holy grail in the Heliocare Color Gelcream Light with SPF50 and Fernblock offering high, broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB.

Heliocare Color Gelcream Light – New 2020 packaging

Heliocare suncare and sunscreen products are developed by leading Spanish Dermatological company Cantabria Labs (formerly IFC), in collaboration with a group of leading experts in dermatology and photobiology at Harvard Medical School.

Their pioneering scientific technology Fernblock® is a potent, but natural extract from Polypodium Leucotomos, a tropical Central American fern which evolved from an aquatic to land plant, developing strong protective and repair mechanisms against UV radiation. It was used for centuries by Native Americans as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of dermatological conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Fernblock is an all-natural antioxidant extract and is composed of 4 Polyphenols: Ferulic acid, Caffeic acid, Cinnamic acid and Vanillic acid. It can be used both topically (on the skin) or orally.

Heliocare Gelcream Color SPF 50 Light has been formulated with an optimal balance between mineral and non-mineral filters to ensure maximum tolerability and cosmetic compliance.

It has a light tint of colour which is ideal for daily use by those with fair skin (a Brown version is available for those with darker skin tones.) The unique gel cream texture is lovely to apply and makes this product great as a daily tinted sunblock that promotes a natural, even skin tone.

The super powerful ingredients help to prevent the formation of pigmentation and other signs of visible photo-ageing. It can also be used after aesthetic procedures to provide protection and to lessen the effect of medication-induced photosensitivity. It is suitable for all skin types, makes for a great make-up base and gives the skin a radiant glow.

Apply to the sunscreen to the face and/or neck in the morning after cleansing and moisturising and half an hour before sun exposure. If outdoors for prolonged periods re-apply frequently especially after swimming or sweating.

Formulated with anti-oxidants to fight free radicals. Non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. Leaves no residue on the skin.

Heliocare capsules

Another special Heliocare product you need to know about are the Heliocare Ultra Capsules that offer sun protection in oral form!

Heliocare Ultra Capsules adds an extra layer of protection when the skin is exposed to the sun. These internal capsules should always be used in conjunction with a high factor, broad-spectrum external sunscreen to help protect the skin from UV radiation which causes skin ageing, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer due to DNA damage.

This unique formulation contains Fernblock and is boosted by potent antioxidants Vitamin C & E, Lutein which helps to protect against eye damage, and Lycopene.

It is important to note that the capsules do not replace your sunscreen. When used together with your sunscreen they give superior protection for those who spend prolonged periods outdoors: sportsmen/women, outdoor enthusiasts, outdoor occupation.

Recommended for fair skin types, those with photosensitivity (sun sensitive) due to medication, psoriasis, post skin rejuvenation treatments and those at risk of skin cancer.


Excessive sun exposure can be harmful to your health. Avoid sun exposure during peak UV radiation times if possible.

Stockists: Dermastore

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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