Summer sun protection with Heliocare 360° Pediatrics

It feels like the other day I was writing posts on sleep pods and swaddle blankets and now suddenly I have a baby and I’m preparing for his first summer under the sun. How on earth does time pass so quickly and can someone please tell me how I can slow it down?! December is here, and it’s the first one with our sweet little Rio! Today I want to chat with you through the Heliocare 360° Pediatrics range and why it’s my range of choice when it comes to Rio’s precious skin!


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While we never go on holiday during December (just the reality of being married to a pilot – December and January are their crazy season!) we always make a point of exploring our city as much as possible and trying to do a real ‘staycation’. This year is going to be no different! I’ve already planned a whole list of baby-friendly activities including beach days, animal touch farms, rock pools, summer braais and walks along the waterfront. Over and above that, as South African’s we are exposed to sun all the time. Even if your little one is sitting in the shade in the garden at your home, you need to be very careful.

Babies and children have 30% thinner skin than adults, they have a lower concentration of melanin and their skins are dry and dehydrated during the early months of their lives. They also have an incomplete skin barrier making them very vulnerable to sun exposure.
When it comes to my own sun protection, Heliocare is a brand I’ve known and used for a while. Their tinted gelcream is a summer staple for me and is my go-to facial sunscreen. It’s a brand I know and trust – the research and science behind their product speaks for itself. So when I started learning about their new Pediatrics range, I knew this is a brand I can trust with Rio’s gentle and brand new skin!

What is special about the Heliocare 360° Pediatrics Range?

The Heliocare 360° Pediatrics range meets the highest photoprotection standards. With Fernblock®+, specific filters and repairing and active antioxidant ingredients, it protects against the 4 types of radiation (UVB, UVA, Visible and Infrared), as well as neutralises and repairs sun damage. They were tested under paediatric, dermatological and ophthalmological control.

There are three products in the Heliocare 360° Pediatrics range and whilst similar in composition they do have some differences. I’ll go into more detail now!

Heliocare 360° Pediatrics Mineral SPF 50+

It is incredibly hard to find mineral sunscreens for babies! I’m so glad to have discovered this because I often find people asking for recommendations. This specific one has been specially designed for babies and children with sensitive and/or atopic skin. If you’re not familiar with the term atopic, it is interchangeable with eczema – and we all know eczema is commonly experienced by babies! The ultra-fluid mineral emulsion (it is very runny!) is easy to spread and absorbs rapidly. Suitable for face and body in babies older than 6 months and children.

This sunscreen is described as “Very water and sand resistant with a film-forming system” which makes it a great option for days when swimming at the beach or pool.

Cost: R340 for 50ml

Heliocare 360 Pediatrics Atopic Lotion Spray SPF 50

The lotion spray is my favorite! I just find a spray bottle to be super convenient – especially when you’re on the beach with a lids and it ends up getting full of sand. The spray function also makes it easier to apply on children who won’t sit still – we all know the struggle is real!

Can you spot those edible little toes in the background?! I can’t handle it!!

The atopic lotion spray is also suitable for babies with eczema, with a skin-barrier strengthening formula. Key ingredients include Fernblock® + and a combination of physical and chemical filters. I especially love that this one is suitable from age three months – so if your little one is under six months and you’re going to be outdoors this summer, this ones for you!

Cost: R770 for 250ml

Heliocare 360 Pediatrics Lotion SPF 50

The Heliocare 360 Pediatrics Lotion comes in a sturdy 200ml tube. The size of this product makes it ideal for full body application, especially if you have older children or toddlers. This lotion also spreads very easily and absorbs very quickly. It doesn’t have a thick white cast or sticky formula at all.

Like the rest of the range, it is suitable for sensitive skin and contains Vitamin E that strengthens the skin barrier function and protects the cell membranes from free radical damage. However this one is not targeted specially at atopic skin.

The lotion is also suitable from three months of age

Cost: R600 for 200ml

Where can you purchase the range?

The Heliocare 360 Pediatrics range is available online from Dermastore and Skinmiles. 

I hope you all enjoy your summer holidays with your little ones as much as I’m planning to! Remember to take your sunscreen along with you wherever you go – one can never be too careful.

*This was a paid partnership with Heliocare


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