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According to Cancer.Org, there are more new cases of skin cancer each year than any other cancer combined. This disease can affect anyone, regardless of skin colour, gender or age. It is sobering to realise how insidious skin cancer, particularly melanoma, can be.

It makes the idea of routine body checks with a dermatologist an imperative for everyone. These checks should be performed especially more often for people with all kinds of freckles and moles.

As May brings skin cancer into focus, it is essential to remember that protection is far more encompassing than simply applying sunscreen. It’s essential to protect the skin from high levels of UV radiation, and don’t forget, UVA waves can still penetrate through windows – even in winter – so it’s advisable to keep protected all day long.

Heliocare’s range of products are great brands for sun protection as they include protection against UVA and UVB rays and blue light and have high levels of SPF protection, all while looking after your skin.


An SPF 50 physical/mineral sunscreen – every day, rain or shine, and applied before putting on your swimsuit to protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Heliocare Advanced Gel SPF 50 (Oil-Free) is a topical sun protection gel in an innovative lightweight formulation that is quickly and uniformly absorbed to protect the skin against daily environmental challenges. Key Ingredients include Fernblock, a natural plant extract from Central America with proven photoprotective properties, and technologically advanced filters that provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

An optimal balance between mineral and non-mineral filters is needed to ensure maximum tolerability and cosmetic compliance. Sunsphere Technology increases the effectiveness of the filters, permitting reduced quantities of filters and thus lowering the potential risk of sensitisation and allergies and improving cosmetic characteristics. Non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. No residue on the skin.

Heliocare Gel SPF 50 (Oil-Free) – RRSP – R332

A daily dose of Fernblock®. Fernblock® is the base key ingredient of Heliocare®. It is an exclusive standardised extract of Polypodium Leucotomos with powerful protective, antioxidant and restorative action that works both topically and orally. Its key ingredients act on all four types of radiation (UVB, UVA, Visible and IR) and prevent both their immediate damage (burns) and those that arise over time: skin ageing, dark spots, loss of defences, allergies and even skin cancer.

We recommend Heliocare® Oral because it is backed by 30 years of study. By taking Fernblock® orally, Cantabria Labs found a way to add to sun protection by boosting the skin’s resistance to the sun from the inside. Today, with professional backing, Heliocare Oral capsules are the ideal supplement for photoaged or sensitive skin and skin that will be exposed to the sun for long periods.

Heliocare Oral is an ideal supplement for topical sunscreen and is very common amongst sportspeople and those with sensitive skin. “I sweat a lot when I play, and I can’t stop midway through a match to reapply the cream. Knowing I am getting added sun protection from the inside strikes me as important progress,” said Rafa Nadal.

Heliocare 360 Oral Caps – RRSP – R647-00 Heliocare Ultra Caps – RRSP – R506-00

Use of topical antioxidants such as Vitamins C, E Ferulic Acid and SCA® Growth Factor.

Endocare’s C Ferulic EDAFENCE® Serum is the most advanced anti-pollution, antioxidant, and regenerating product that defies the limits of anti-oxidative skincare. It delivers intense skin protection against pollution, sunlight & tobacco smoke thanks to powerful antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid, where Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic Acid assist with the improvement of skin moisturisation.

SCA® BioRepair (or Growth Factor) Technology contains an advanced growth factor complex derived from the secretion of the Cryptomphalus Aspersa snail. It is clinically proven to boost fibroblast activity, creating more collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

Edafence® is derived from Deschampsia Antarctica, a polyextremophile plant found in the Antarctic. It is a revolutionary anti-pollution ingredient that is clinically proven to defend skin against damage caused by pollution, sunlight, tobacco smoke and other environmental stressors.

Endocare Radiance C Ferulic Edafence Serum – RRSP – R1146-00


Examine your skin from head to toe at least once a month, looking for areas of concern. Look for signs of change over time, including bleeding, irritation, itching or dark colouration. A change in a mole or growth is generally the first sign of skin cancer.

You can also examine your moles and birthmarks using the ABCDE rule, which can help spot the early signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry

  • Borders with irregular edges

  • Colour is varied from one area to another

  • The diameter is larger than a pencil eraser

  • Evolving, changing in size, shape or colour

See a board-certified dermatologist every year Even if you are diligent about watching for changes in your skin, it is still essential to make a yearly appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. These experts are uniquely qualified to recognise, evaluate and treat skin cancers, ensuring the earliest possible detection.

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