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Frequently Asked Questions - Tips

How do HelioVital sunscreen foils function?
What are HelioVital sunscreen foils made of?
What health hazards and cosmetic problems do HelioVital sunscreen foils help avoid?
What health benefits and cosmetic advantages do HelioVital sunscreen foils offer?
Have HelioVital sunscreen foils been scientifically tested and how is quality assured?
Are HelioVital sunscreen foils suitable for people with different skin types?
What are the advantages of HelioVital sunscreen foils over suntan lotions?
Are HelioVital sunscreen foils available in different sun protection factors?
What are sun protection factors? What protection gives a number 10 SPF?
Are hair and eyes also protected when using HelioVital sunscreen foils?
Is a suntan lotion necessary when sunbathing under HelioVital sunscreen foils?
Does it get hot under HelioVital sunscreen foils?
What is the purpose of infrared heat reduction?
Where and when should HelioVital sunscreen foils with IR heat reduction be used?
What is the significance of the IR star-rating on the HelioVital sunscreen foils?
What precautions should be observed sunbathing under HelioVital sunscreen foils?
Isn't it better to avoid the sun altogether?
Can sun-damage of the skin be inherited?
Can the protective effect of HelioVital sunscreen foils be seen with the naked eye?
Do HelioVital sunscreen foils also provide protection in solariums?
What do the various colour hues and the metallic effect of HelioVital sunscreen foils signify?
Are HelioVital sunscreen foils weatherproof and tear-resistant?
Do scratches impair the effectiveness of HelioVital sunscreen foils?
How long do HelioVital sunscreen foils last?
How should HelioVital sunscreen foils be maintained and stored?
When should HelioVital sunscreen foil should be replaced?
Are HelioVital sunscreen foils environmentally safe?
Who developed the HelioVital sunscreen foils and sunshade products?

How do HelioVital sunscreen foils function?

Only part of the radiation energy emitted by the sun is visible to the eye as sunlight and is benign. Other parts of the radiation spectrum are invisible and can be damaging to health. HelioVital sunscreen foils block out the invisible damaging short-wave UVB and UVA radiation from sun. Short-wave UVB radiation is one of the main causes of sunburn, premature skin aging and skin cancer. Short-wave UVA radiation is partly responsible for skin aging and certain sun allergies. Due to this ability to specifically filter this damaging radiation from sunlight, HelioVital sunscreen foils offer full protection, not only for the skin, but also hair and eyes.
Long wave radiation, on the contrary, is transmitted by the HelioVital sunscreen foils, particularly those long wave UVA rays of sunlight, that are responsible for the pigment change in the skin known as a suntan. Thereby HelioVital sunscreen foils allow the benefits of sunlight to be enjoyed, while reducing the risk of long-term sun damage - an innovative way of getting a tan under a permanent sunscreen.
Beside blocking the ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and preventing sunburn, HelioVital sunscreen foils also filter out infrared radiation in varying degrees. HelioVital sunscreen foils are available in different strengths of infrared heat reduction. By reducing excessive heat that causes unpleasant perspiration, HelioVital sunscreen foils provide a "shading effect" and with that a cooler, more comfortable and pleasing sunbathing experience.
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What are HelioVital sunscreen foils made of?

HelioVital sunscreen foils were developed specifically as a sunscreen product: they are made up of several thin layers of translucent plastic with different UVA and UVB radiation transmission factors. The different plastic sheets are laminated together in sandwich form to achieve specific filter characteristics. Some foils have an additional infrared-blocking coating of varying strength, depending on the specific application. HelioVital sunscreen foils are almost fully transparent, and in accordance to the various applications, they come in attractive subtle colour hues and a striking faint metallic glimmer.
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What health hazards and cosmetic problems do HelioVital sunscreen foils help avoid?

HelioVital sunscreen foils shield the skin, hair and eyes from damaging UVA and UVB radiation, which are one of the major causes of sunburn, premature skin aging, wrinkling and skin cancer. In addition, the risk of certain eye diseases (like the grey star) is reduced. The HelioVital sunscreen foils with built-in infrared reduction also reduce excessive perspiration. This ensures a more comfortable sunbathing experience and lessens the possibility of dehydration and demineralization of the body.
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What health benefits and cosmetic advantages do HelioVital sunscreen foils offer?

HelioVital sunscreen foils improve the feeling of well-being during sunbathing, allowing for a healthy tan - even for people with sensitive skin - while reducing the risk of allergic reactions from suntan lotions and creams. HelioVital sunscreen foils are also used as an aid in medical heliotherapies (i.e. in the treatment of allergies, psoriasis, etc.).
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Have HelioVital sunscreen foils been scientifically tested and how is quality assured?

Yes. Material composition, manufacturing processes and quality control methods are regularly reviewed. HelioVital sunscreen foils have undergone extensive testing with respect to their dermatological characteristics by leading specialists from various universities (Tuebingen, Germany, and Graz, Austria) and are constantly being improved. Technological experts have evaluated the physical and chemical characteristics as well as the consistency of the filtering capability of the foils. HelioVital maintains a network of reputable scientists and research institutions, that persistently work on a program of evaluation and improvement for the HelioVital sunscreen foils: composition of materials, manufacturing processes and quality control procedures. Throughout manufacturing operations, HelioVital sunscreen foils are subject to an extensive multistage internal and external control program, in order to ensure the highest quality at all times.
The same painstaking effort that guarantees the consistent quality of HelioVital sunscreen foils is applied to all HelioVital products, in which these foils are incorporated, like the HelioShade and the HelioBow.
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Are HelioVital sunscreen foils suitable for people with different skin types?

Yes. HelioVital sunscreen foils are suitable for almost everyone, including people with very sensitive skin, children, and sufferers of neurodermatitis or sun lotion allergies. An exception exists only for people with specific ailments or with pigmentation problems. In case of skin ailments or other illnesses a physician should be consulted prior to use. Some medicines are known to make skin more sensitive to sunlight. When taking medications, advice should be sought from a physician or pharmacist before going into the sun. Care should also be taken after alcohol consumption or after application of allergy-causing or toxic substances.
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What are the advantages of HelioVital sunscreen foils over suntan lotions?

The advantages of HelioVital sunscreen foils over suntan lotions are manifold:

  • HelioVital sunscreen foils protect not only the skin against damaging UVA/UVB sun-rays, but also hair and eyes, always in exact accordance to the sun protection factor listed for the particular HelioVital sunscreen foil product.
  • HelioVital sunscreen foils provide even and reliable sun protection. To obtain an appropriate safeguard from lotions or sun creams, large quantities and frequent reapplications are necessary and an even distribution of creams or oils over the body is difficult to attain. HelioVital sunscreen foils relieve those concerns: sun protection is constant and uniform.
  • Excessive perspiration or cold rub-downs with water reduce the effectiveness of creams and lotions, even if labelled "waterproof". Also, frequent reapplications are necessary. Within the area "shaded" by the HelioVital sunscreen foil, protection is even and unchanging.
  • Some suntan lotions require application 20 to 30 minutes prior to going into the sun, in order to develop their specified protection. HelioVital sunscreen foils are instantly fully effective.
  • Suntan creams with physical filtration consisting of mineral pigments (generally from makers of natural cosmetics) do provide immediate protection, however, some scientists warn of possible risks from repeated applications of nano-sized particles, as they can penetrate deep into the body and accumulate. The toxicity of a particle is dependent not only on the substance in question but also the size of the particle.
  • Suntan lotions and cosmetics with ultraviolet protection can cause allergic reactions. Some research scientists postulate that approximately 20% of the population in the US and Europe already suffer from sun allergies. Especially affected are women between the ages of 20 and 30 years. One of the causes of the so-called Mallorca-acne for instance, is the interaction between the sun and tanning lotions or cosmetics. HelioVital sunscreen foils eliminate the need for suntan lotions and the risk of allergic reactions associated with such products.
  • HelioVital sunscreen foils with built-in infrared reduction prevent overheating of the skin and thereby excessive perspiration, lessening the risk of possible demineralization and dehydration of the body and offering a cooler more pleasant sunbathing environment.
  • In summary: HelioVital sunscreen foils are easy to use, instantly effective and provide consistent long-term protection. Frequent reapplication of messy and risky sun creams is unnecessary. Sunbathing becomes safer and more enjoyable.
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Are HelioVital sunscreen foils available in different sun protection factors?

Yes. By combining sheets with different physical characteristics in varying combinations to form a sandwich-like laminate, HelioVital sunscreen foils are made with different capabilities, corresponding to the sun protection factors or SPF numbers known from suntan lotions. The sun protection factor of HelioVital sunscreen foils is given with the SPF number specific to each product.
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What are sun protection factors? What protection gives a number 10 SPF?

The SPF number indicates how many times longer a person using a sunscreen product can be exposed to the sun before beginning to turn red from exposure (so-called erythema commonly known as sunburn), than by not using any sun protection at all. A person that can normally go into the sun for 20 minutes without adverse effects may extend this period 10 times with a product giving a sun protection factor of 10 (10 times 20 minutes = 200 minutes). The total time of sun exposure without detrimental effects is dependent upon the sensitivity of the skin type and the intensity of solar radiation (i.e. midday sun, high altitudes, tropical climates, reflection factors).
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Are hair and eyes also protected when using HelioVital sunscreen foils?

Yes. One of the advantages of HelioVital sunscreen products over suntan lotions and creams is, that HelioVital sunscreen foils also protect hair and eyes from damaging UVA/UVB radiation. It should be remembered however, that even though hair and eyes are protected under the HelioVital sunscreen foils, the usual precautions for the eyes should be observed when outdoors. Looking directly into the sun is to be avoided and sunglasses should be worn that reliably block UVA and UVB sun-rays.
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Is a suntan lotion necessary when sunbathing under HelioVital sunscreen foils?

No - not when under the foil! However, when leaving the area of protection provided by HelioVital sunscreen products - to swim or engage in other outdoor activities - the security from damaging solar radiation is no longer given. One should be aware that HelioVital sunscreen foils cannot guard the sunbather from indirect ultraviolet solar radiation bouncing off reflective surfaces, i.e. stray reflections from sand, water, snow, and concrete surfaces, into the area shielded from direct sunlight by the HelioVital sunscreen product. Depending on the circumstances given, the additional use of sun protection with suntan lotions or creams may be advisable. Common sense goes a long way to safely enjoy the sun: Sensible suncare behaviour is critical to the extent of protection one can get from HelioVital sunscreen foils.

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Does it get hot under HelioVital sunscreen foils?

HelioVital sunscreen products provide a pleasant cooling effect because the sunbathers skin does not get as hot under the foil. This is achieved by a special coating on HelioVital sunscreen foils which reflects a part of the infrared heat radiation of sunlight. This heat reduction effect can be varied for different uses and applications. For countries in the tropics, with more intense sun radiation and high humidity, this temperature-reducing coating can be appropriately increased. For children, whose bodies require more warmth, a HelioVital sunscreen product with a lower heat reduction may be more suitable. The essential protection afforded by HelioVital sunscreen foils against damaging UVA/UVB radiation - and the reduction of risk to sunburn, premature skin aging, wrinkling and skin cancer - is not in any way impaired by this infrared heat reduction.

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What is the purpose of infrared heat reduction?

The infrared (IR) part of sunlight - like ultraviolet radiation invisible to the eye - penetrates deep into the skin and warms the exposed body areas. Depending on the intensity of the radiation and the surrounding temperature, this is enjoyed as pleasant warmth or felt as uncomfortable heat, which can cause excessive perspiration and may lead to overheating or in the extreme heat-stroke. With the various IR-reduction coatings, heat transmission is reduced by the HelioVital sunscreen foils, without impairing the overall UVA/UVB screening effectiveness of the product. HelioVital sunscreen foils are each marked with the specific sun protection factor of the product (e.g. SPF 10). In addition, the label gives an indication of the IR heat reduction incorporated (e.g. SPF10/IR* or SPF 30/IR**).
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Where and when should HelioVital sunscreen foils with IR heat reduction be used?

Two examples:
Locations with intense sun radiation and high ambient temperatures (e.g. in Australia or the tropics), not only necessitate a high UV protection factor for the increased UV radiation, but also a reduction in the higher IR heat radiation. At high temperatures the sunbather gets enough warmth, further heat on the skin through added IR radiation from the sun is not desirable and may be harmful. In areas and under conditions like these it is recommended to use HelioVital sunscreen foils with a high sun protection factor and a high IR heat reduction. This provides a cooler and more pleasant sunbathing experience.
At high mountain altitudes with an equally strong UV radiation, a high UV protection factor is also required, but the ambient temperature is significantly lower than in the tropics. In spite of the strong sun the ambient temperature in these regions is relatively cool. Under these conditions the infrared radiation is experienced as pleasantly warming on the skin and therefore we recommend the use of HelioVital sunscreen foils without any IR heat reduction: to enjoy the warmth of the sun and have full protection from UV radiation at the same time.
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What is the significance of the IR star-rating on the HelioVital sunscreen foils?

Each HelioVital sunscreen foil is identified according to its specific combination of UV radiation filtration and IR heat reduction. The IR heat reduction is rated with stars as shown here on the example of sun protection factor SFP10:

SFP10 (without any heat reduction) no noticeable reduction of infrared heat radiation
SFP10 / IR* infrared heat reduction by 15-30 %
SFP10 / IR** infrared heat reduction by 30-60%
SFP10 / IR*** infrared heat reduction by 60-80%
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What precautions should be observed sunbathing under HelioVital sunscreen foils?

The special protection of HelioVital sunscreen foils can only be guaranteed, if the suns rays first pass through the foil before reaching the skin and providing the sunbathers entire body is within the protective area "shaded" by the foil. Within the protected area, the sunbather is safe from sunburn for a time equivalent to the sun protection factor given on the particular HelioVital sunscreen product. Important: in the event of dozing off under the HelioVital sunscreen foil it must be kept in mind that the sun moves across the sky and with it the protective "shade" of the foil shifts. Finally, when in the sun for long periods of time, with or without the HelioVital sunscreen foil, attention must be paid to keep drinking liquids.
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Isn't it better to avoid the sun altogether?

A cosmetic tan is not the only desired effect of sunlight. Modern science has steadily provided further evidence of the benefits of sunlight on health and well-being. Sunlight has a positive and stimulating effect on the body and spirit. In sunlight one just feels better. Sunlight is one of the sustaining forces of life. The therapeutic use of sunlight plays a major role in the medical treatment of skin ailments (psoriasis, neurodermatitis, vitiligo etc.) and various chronic sicknesses (osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes etc.) as well as psychic illnesses. The application of sunlight therapies requires a careful and cautious approach, in order to reduce the risks from damaging radiation without impairing the positive aspects of sunlight. In short, beyond the benefits of cosmetic tanning, HelioVital sunscreen foils offer advantages in many fields - from treatments to improve health and overall well-being to the support of various medical heliotherapies.

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Can sun-damage of the skin be inherited?

No. Only a possible predisposition to skin ailments may be inheritable under certain circumstances. If specific skin ailments are prevalent in your family, before going into the sun - whether with or without the protection of HelioVital sunscreen foils - a physician should be consulted.
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Can the protective effect of HelioVital sunscreen foils be seen with the naked eye?

No. The damaging UVA/UVB short-wave sun-rays and infrared heat radiation lie outside of the range of human visibility. As with sunblock lotions, the protection HelioVital sunscreen foils afford, is not visible to the eye. By means of dermatological tests, constant inspection and comprehensive quality controls, it is ensured that the sun protection factor (SPF number) listed on each HelioVital sunscreen product is accurate and constantly maintained.
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Do HelioVital sunscreen foils also provide protection in solariums?

Yes. HelioVital sunscreen foils reliably filter out all damaging UVA/UVB radiation, regardless whether the ultraviolet rays are from the sun or an artificial light source. One word of caution however: although HelioVital sunscreen foils are heat resistant, care should be taken to keep them away from open flames, sunlamps in solariums, incandescent light bulbs or other heat-generating objects (fire hazard).
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What do the various colour hues and the metallic effect of HelioVital sunscreen foils signify?

The colour hues of HelioVital sunscreen foils are part of the design considerations. However, colours have an emotional influence as well and can contribute to a general feeling of well-being. Aside from this, the colour hues provide an indication of product aging. When the colour pigments begin to noticeably fade, it signifies that the HelioVital sunscreen foil needs replacing. (See also: When should HelioVital sunscreen foils be replaced?)
The attractive faint metallic glimmer of HelioVital sunscreen foils is a feature of the infrared heat reduction capability and has no influence on the UV absorption capability.
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Are HelioVital sunscreen foils weatherproof and tear-resistant?

HelioVital sunscreen foils are weatherproof and impervious to freshwater or saltwater; they are heat- and tear-resistant and extremely robust.
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Do scratches impair the effectiveness of HelioVital sunscreen foils?

A few scratches, kinks or bend-marks do not significantly reduce the effectiveness of the sun protection provided by HelioVital sunscreen foils, as long as the foils are not torn or punctured. When seriously damaged, HelioVital sunscreen foils should be replaced.
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How long do HelioVital sunscreen foils last?

The durability of HelioVital sunscreen foils is dependent upon the overall UV radiation, temperature and humidity. The service life of HelioVital sunscreen foils lies between 1000 and 4000 hours. The life of the foils may be significantly extended, if kept in a clean and dry condition after use. One should be aware, that HelioVital sunscreen foils, when exposed to sunlight or another light source, are in fact "working" to filter out the damaging UVA/UVB radiation: good maintenance assures a longer working life for the HelioVital sunscreen products. Cleaning instructions packaged with the products should be followed.

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How should HelioVital sunscreen foils be maintained and stored?

Aggressive or abrasive cleaning lotions, scouring pads or solvents should not be used to clean HelioVital sunscreen foils. Only clean water - free of abrasive sand particles - and neutral cleaners may be used. HelioVital sunscreen products should never be cleaned in a washing machine. To get the maximum life from HelioVital sunscreen products, they should be folded and packed in a clean and dry condition after use. Cleaning instructions packaged with the products should be followed.
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When should HelioVital sunscreen foil should be replaced?

HelioVital sunscreen foils indicate the end of their useful life by a noticeable loss of colour. When the colour fades and the foil becomes "milky" it should be replaced. The fading does not impair the filter function of the foil, but it reduces the overall transparency and therefore the transmission of the tanning sun-rays. The tanning effect is thereby diminished and at this stage replacement of the foil is recommended. Important: aging does not impair the UVA/UVB filtering capability of the HelioVital sunscreen foils. When significantly torn or punctured, HelioVital sunscreen foil should be replaced.
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Are HelioVital sunscreen foils environmentally safe?

Yes. HelioVital sunscreen foils are environmentally safe; they are non-toxic and can be recycled or burned pollution-free.
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Who developed the HelioVital sunscreen foils and sunshade products?

The HelioVital sunscreen foils were developed by LANG Industrieservice GmbH.

Under the name brand HelioVital we also offer the following sunshade products:

HelioShade:
This is an attractively designed aluminium-frame tanning canopy that protects the sunbather in a comfortable reclining position on a balcony or in the garden.

HelioBow:
This sturdy light-weight and stylish arc-shaped sunscreen bow was especially designed for use on beaches, lakeshores, at parks and swimming pools. The HelioBow is easy to put up and take down and quickly packs into its convenient carrying bag.

HelioVital sunscreen foils and sunshade products are "Made in Germany".

LANG Industrieservice GmbH maintains a network including well-known scientists and research institutions that persistently work on the improvement of HelioVital sunscreen foils. Product consistency and manufacturing processes are constantly monitored and extensive quality controls are in place.

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