HELIOCARETM harnesses the natural and powerful antioxidants in Polypodium leucotomos extract to help preserve your skin's ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging.* Taken orally once per day, natural HELIOCARE can help you maintain more youthful looking skin - and you can still enjoy the sun. However, Heliocare is not a sunscreen and should be used in addition to topical sun protection. Both UVA and UVB rays from the sun can damage your skin, resulting in older-looking and less resilient skin. This damage can cause wrinkles, thickening, dark spots, enlarged or broken blood vessels and more. Topical sunscreens play an important role in protecting your skin from the sun. However, many environmental factors can reduce the effectiveness of your sunscreen, including weather, location and what you are doing in the sun (swimming, sweating, etc.).
I was given a sample of this product by a well known plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale. After a skin analysis and peel to remove sun damage he told me to use strong sunscreen and try this product. It seemed safe and natural which is important to me. I ordered two bottles, one to share with a friend who always forgets his sunscreen. So far it has worked well for me. I take one on days when I am only driving around town or outside for short periods of time. I ta..
I have used this product for a couple of years, and it works. However, my dermatologist is very concerned about the inactive ingredients and artificial coloring. She also does not recommend non-GMP products (i.e. not Certified as manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Processes--which means you must trust the honesty, integrity, and good will of the manufacturers AND THEIR SUPPLIERS, who could be anyone from any country. While I have faith most such people can be trusted..
I've been doing a lot of research on Heliocare and have discovered that there are three different companies selling products by the brand name "Heliocare"--Douglas Pharmaceuticals out of New Zealand, Biopelle out of the US, and IFC out of Spain.Through much research, I discovered that IFC is the manufacturer of this product. Biopelle just got clearance in February 2010 to exclusively distribute and market IFC's product to the US. The Douglas product (shown here)is the distributer in New Z..