about the filter
and their technology
What does the HelioVital filter film do?
The HelioVital filter film filters out harmful short-wave UVB and UVA rays – that are not visible to the eye – from the spectrum of the sun’s rays. The short-wave UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn, skin cancer and premature skin aging. The short-wave UVA rays are responsible for various sun allergies and also contribute to premature skin aging. The HelioVital filter film protects skin, eyes and hair through its special ability to filter these harmful rays out of the sunlight.
In addition to this protection against harmful UV rays, HelioVital filter film also provides a targeted reduction of the sun’s IR (infrared) (heat) radiation, which is also invisible, in line with the intended use. According to the latest medical findings, these IR rays – depending on their intensity – can also lead to premature skin aging and are also suspected of contributing to the development of skin cancer.
The selective protection by the HelioVital®-we are selective® technology of the HelioVital sun protection films against the recognized risks of dangerous rays of the sun only, makes it possible to use the sun for health, well-being and the additional benefit of tanning of the skin without these risks.
Although the sun’s ray can be dangerous, they are also vital for humans, animals and plants. The best feature of HelioVital filters is that they separate bio positive rays from harmful rays and then let them pass through. Thus, HelioVital protects against harmful rays but at the same time helps to use the vitalizing sun in a healthy way. This is exactly what makes the high-tech HelioVital filter film so unique.
Is HelioVital only available as a film?
HelioVital itself, is always a high-tech film. It can be used on its own – for example as a sunshade or as an awning curtain. It can also be used in conjunction with a transparent carrier material – such as glass or acrylic glass. In this way, well-known applications such as sun roofs, conservatories or pool covers can be produced.
Therefore, the most diverse designs and/or application possibilities are available, from small flexible and individual sun protection and sun use systems for beach or garden, over special devices for therapy and for Medical Wellness Facilities, up to exclusive sun pavilions with individual design for mansions, pool plants or wellness resorts.
With HelioVital, a winter garden can be turned into a sun pavilion or a pool into a healthy sunbathing temple. HelioVital provides each sun protection firstly with medical but also with tanning sun benefits.
How does HelioVital protect against premature ageing?
The skin is the largest human organ and the interface between the body and the environment. This means the skin is exposed to a variety of influences such as UVA and UVB radiation and the IR (heat) radiation of the sun. This is also the case when the sun is not visible, for example when the sky is overcast. Through increased exposure to certain UVA, UVB and IR radiation components – e.g. at the sea or in the mountains, as a result of climate change, during sunbathing, etc. – more and more so-called free radicals are produced on the skin. Free radicals are highly aggressive unstable oxygen molecules that destroy our cells and thus speeds up the aging process. Although the skin has developed mechanisms to ward off free radicals, this defence mechanism is not sufficient for increased exposure to the sun and is also often weakened for various reasons such as environmental factors, nutrition, medication, etc..
Some skin and sun creams therefore contain so-called antioxidants in order to increase the immune system’s resistance to oxidative stress. However, HelioVital already prevents or reduces the formation of harmful free radicals by selectively and reliably filtering out those harmful light components which primarily promote the formation of free radicals from the light spectrum before they hit the skin. HelioVital thus prevents premature ageing of the skin. In addition, highly aggressive free radicals can change the skin cells into cancer cells – HelioVital also protects against this.
What are the general health benefits of HelioVital filter film?
The health benefit of HelioVital filter film lies not only in the protection against the health hazards of harmful UV and IR radiation, but also in the fact that only this protection allows intensive, risk-free use of the sun for human health. The benefits of the sun for our health are tangible and conscious to everyone: the sun makes us grow – the sun increases our well-being – the sun heals – the sun makes us cheerful and happy. Highly complex, biomolecular, bio photonic, hormonal and psychological processes and connections are responsible for this. The most popular example is vitamin D production. The positive effects, in their entirety, are fully beneficial, if they can develop as freely as possible from risks. This is the core competence of HelioVital®.
Specially developed HelioVital filter films for heliotherapies and solar therapies, are also designed for therapeutic use in the medical field for the causal and accompanying treatment, prevention and aftercare of skin diseases such as psoriasis, neurodermatitis, vitiligo, etc. HelioVital filter films are also intended for accompanying gentle therapies for the treatment of various general diseases such as osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, etc.
What various purposes, are HelioVital filter films available for?
Not only humans, but also animals and plants – all living organisms that are exposed to the sun and depend on the energy of the sun’s rays for life – have similar problems with solar radiation. The vital sun has equally dangerous radiation portions, benefits and risks are closely linked.
In addition, due to the increased release of climate-relevant gases into the atmosphere and the predicted onset of a global warming period, a global climate change is predicted – with a significant increase in average global temperatures. Also, the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer is already leading to a significant increase in UV radiation. Climate change and changes in environmental conditions and lifestyles have therefore already led to an increase in specific diseases – with some serious impairments in individual performance and quality of life. Various diseases such as skin cancer and allergies, skin diseases, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes and other “widespread diseases” are on the rise and are a cause for concern. Healthcare costs are rising accordingly.
In the field of human health and veterinary medicine, HelioVital® contributes to meeting this challenge, with its HelioVital filter films. In the agricultural sector as radiation protection for plants, corresponding research projects with HelioVital filter films are already underway.
In the field of human health, the HelioVital® – we are selective® – technology of nanometre-precise selective filtration of solar radiation allows highly accurate, effective and at the same time cost-effective therapeutic (solar) radiation treatments, in the form of gentle medical heliotherapies or solar therapies, for a variety of diseases. In addition, HelioVital® also develops specific HelioVital® filter films for use in the prevention and rehabilitation of skin and other diseases.
Finally, HelioVital® also develops filter films as lifestyle products for cosmetic, allergy-free skin tanning with protection against UV- and IR-induced skin damage and for the general increase of vitality, well-being and attractiveness.
Are the properties of the HelioVital sun protection film scientifically and dermatologically tested?
Yes, there is regular testing and quality control. The HelioVital protective films have been extensively dermatologically tested in vitro and in vivo and their dermatological properties continue to be tested and optimised by leading dermatologists at university clinics. The physical and chemical properties and the resistance of the filtration have been technologically assessed. HelioVital maintains a network of renowned scientists and research institutes, who are engaged in the continuous improvement and testing of HelioVital products and their composition, as well as manufacturing and processing methods. During the entire manufacturing process, HelioVital filter films are subject to a complex and multi-stage quality assurance process before they are incorporated into a HelioVital application product.
The medically indicated use of special HelioVital filter films for heliotherapies or solar therapies is carried out exclusively under the medical supervision of qualified specialists.
What special advantages does HelioVital sun protection film offer over sun creams?
HelioVital filter film not only protects the skin, but also hair and eyes from harmful UVB and UVA rays according to the sun protection factor of the film.
HelioVital filter film protects evenly and reliably. As for sun creams, two milligrams of sun cream per square centimetre must be applied to the skin for sufficient protection – that amounts to 30 grams that would fit in a small water glass. The even application of sun cream is also problematic. In contrast the shade of HelioVital filter film always provides an even protection.
Sweat and water baths usually reduce the effectiveness, even with waterproof creams. HelioVital filter film protects independently.
The usual sun creams with chemical additives also have an annoying start time and must be applied at least 20 – 30 minutes before sunbathing. HelioVital filter film, on the other hand, protects immediately.
Sun creams with physical filters made of mineral pigments protect immediately after application. However, various scientists have already warned of the risks posed by nanoparticles applied to the skin in large quantities, which penetrate deep into the body cells through the skin, remain there and can then lead to side effects later. HelioVital filter film protects the skin without the application of cream and is therefore not affected by this problem.
Sun creams and cosmetics with UV protection, can cause allergic reactions. Already today about 20 % of the population in Europe and the USA suffer from sun allergies, especially women between the ages of 20 and 30. One cause, for example, of the well-known “Mallorca acne” is the interaction of cosmetics or sun creams with the sun. In contrast, HelioVital filter film is completely allergologically harmless.
Finally, the HelioVital filter film with IR heat protection, protects against overheating of the skin and thus against excessive sweating.
Are there HelioVital sun protection films with various sun protection factors?
Yes, HelioVital filter films with different sun protection factors can be produced by using different physical properties of specific films, by laminating them accordingly and by the type of sandwich construction. The respective sun protection factor is indicated for all HelioVital functional sun care products.
Are hair and eyes protected when sunbathing with the HelioVital filter film?
Yes, one of the great advantages over sun protection creams is that the HelioVital filter film also protects the eyes and hair from harmful UVB/UVA rays. Of course, when sunbathing you should observe the usual safety rules for the eyes. So do not look directly into the sun and wear sunglasses against the brightness.
Do I need to use sun cream, additionally, when I sunbathe with HelioVital filter film?
Basically no. Of course, the HelioVital filter film does not offer any protection against sun rays whenever you leave the protective area of the film (film shadow), for example to swim, play ball etc..
Indirect rays can bypass the protective film shadow, if necessary, by hitting the sunbather from the side, e.g. by reflections from snow, water, fog, etc. Depending on the intensity of the radiation incident from the side, shading of the side, or the use of additional sunscreens may be recommended. Always remember that your behaviour alone determines, how long and how much protection against harmful solar radiation, you can enjoy with the HelioVital filter film.
What does the reduction of IR heat radiation mean?
The invisible infrared (IR) radiation of the sun penetrates into deeper skin layers and warms or heats the sun basked skin. Depending on the intensity of the radiation and ambient temperature, this is perceived as pleasant (pleasantly warm) or annoying (hot, sweaty), up to and including the risk of overheating with the result of circulatory stress and, in extreme cases, heat stroke. Heat reduction, also protects the body against excessive loss of water and minerals, through sweating.
According to the latest scientific findings, IR radiation is also associated with the risks of premature skin ageing and skin cancer.
When sunbathing with HelioVital filter film, should special safety instructions be observed?
The special sun protection of the HelioVital filter film against harmful UV rays is only guaranteed if the sun rays first hit the protective film and then the person in the sun, i.e. if the person in the sun is in the “film’s shade” and the protective film has no visible damage (cracks, holes). Indirect UV rays (e.g. reflections from snow, water, fog, sand, concrete), which only hits the person in the sun indirectly, via a reflection surface, are naturally only protected by the film, if you also protect yourself from these (lateral) rays with HelioVital filter film. This also applies to IR protection. In the “film’s shade” you are then protected from sunburn according to the respective sun protection factor of the product.
Please make sure that the “film’s shade” covers your entire tanning area and remember, especially when falling asleep under the HelioVital filter film: that the sun continues to move in the sky and you may no longer be in the range of the filter film.
When sunbathing, please ensure that you always have a sufficient supply of liquids.
Can sun-related damage to the skin be inherited?
No. Only the tendency to suffer from skin damage can be inherited in certain cases. If your family is known to have specific skin diseases, please consult a doctor before sunbathing – with or without HelioVital filter film.
How do I recognise a HelioVital filter film?
HelioVital filter film bears a safety sign. This is integrated into the inner sandwich structure of the film and therefore cannot be removed or changed without visible damage to the film. In this way, HelioVital filter film, is also protected against imitation.
Why does the HelioVital filter film have different colours and metallic effects?
On the one hand, the colours are a design element, i.e. an expression of the design. The colours also have an emotional meaning, thus contributing to an increase in well-being in, accordance with the psychological effects of the colours.
In particular, the colours are also an “intelligent wear indicator”. If the colour pigments, which have been optimised for a wear indicator, show a clear pallor, the film ages visibly and should be replaced as soon as possible (see also the question about the service life of the film).
How long does the HelioVital filter film last?
Even a HelioVital filter film has only a limited service life. This depends on UV exposure, temperature and humidity effects and other environmental influences. Experience has shown that the service life is around 1000 – 4000 operating hours. For HelioVital filter films, operating hours are the time during which the film is significantly exposed to UV radiation and filters the UV light.
Remember that the HelioVital filter film constantly “works” in the light to filter out harmful UVA and UVB rays. The radiation energy must be processed because it cannot simply be destroyed. For this purpose, the HelioVital filter film consists of substances that “destroy” the causes of free radicals before they hit your skin and lead to oxidative stress. The HelioVital filter film removes this oxidative stress from your skin, i.e. the HelioVital filter film “sacrifices” itself to protect you and your skin.
How do I know that the HelioVital filter film is coming to the end of its serviceable life?
The films have a “smart consumption indicator”: If the foil – is faded – or “milky” or shows worm-like distortions, this is harmless, but leads to a reduced permeability of the film also for the tanning rays. This slows down the tanning of the skin and it is advisable to replace the film. However, the UVA-UVB and IR-protective effect of the film is not reduced by ageing.
Are HelioVital sun protection films expensive?
If you consider the extreme effort required to produce the 8-layer film composite with the necessary accuracy, the multiple functions and efficiency provided, not found anywhere else in this abundance – then you surely will be surprised to learn ,that the costs of HelioVital filter films ,are similar to the price categories of higher quality conventional shading fabrics.
What does the HelioVital filter film consist of?
The high-tech filter film, specially developed as a health sun protection and sun utilization system, consists of up to eight layers of different UVB and UVA light transmission. The individual layers are laminated together in a sandwich construction. Depending on the application, they are provided with a specific coating for additional IR heat reflection. The HelioVital filter film is almost transparent and translucent and, depending on the model, can be finished with attractive colour shades and an effective, light metal shimmer.
What health risks does HelioVital filter film protect against?
The HelioVital filter film protects skin, eyes and hair from harmful UVA, UVB and IR rays, which are considered the main risks of sunburn, premature skin ageing and skin cancer. In addition, the HelioVital filter film with IR protection also protects against the stress consequences for the circulation (such as heat stroke) associated with overheating of the skin and against excessive sweating (demineralisation, dehydration of the body). Additionally, the radiation-related risk of eye irritation (inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea, retinal damage) and certain eye diseases (such as cataracts), is reduced.
Isn’t it better to simply avoid the sun?
Sunlight is not only needed for cosmetic tanning. Thanks to modern research, we know more and more about sunlight itself and the bio positive benefits of sunlight for human health. For example, sunlight forms vitamin D on the skin. But Sunlight has not just hidden dangers, it also has many positive and stimulating effects on body and soul. In sunlight you are not only “in a good mood and feel better”, sunlight is the irreplaceable source of all life.
What health and cosmetic advantages do HelioVital sun protection films offer?
HelioVital filter film ensures wellness: for pleasant healthy sunbathing, even with sensitive skin, and free from allergy risks such as “Mallorca acne”. HelioVital filter film ensures beautiful radiant, long-lasting sun tan and a healthy appearance. The eyes are protected from intense harmful radiation and thus from redness and inflammation. The hair is also protected from UV stress and as a result remains more stable and shinier.
HelioVital filter film is an anti-ageing product for young and old at the interface of health and cosmetics, because healthy tanned skin, protected from UV stress and free radicals and therefore from age spots, is not only firmer, more vital and healthier, but also more cosmetically desirable. This also makes HelioVital filter film, a lifestyle product.
HelioVital filter film constantly “works” in the light to filter out harmful UVA-UVB rays. HelioVital filter film “sacrifices itself for your skin and your entire health”, as HelioVital filter film consists of special substances which “process” free radicals before they hit the skin and lead to so-called oxidative stress. Thus, HelioVital filter film, considerably reduces oxidative stress on your skin.
Which skin types are HelioVital filter films suitable for?
HelioVital filter films are suitable for all individuals and skin types, also for sensitive skin types and for children – and also for people with neurodermatitis and sun cream allergies. A restriction exists only for individuals with special skin or general diseases or pigment disorders. In these cases, a doctor should be consulted beforehand. This also applies when using HelioVital filter films after taking medication, alcohol or after applying light allergens or toxic substances, e.g. essential oils.
Does HelioVital help you lose weight?
Well, permanent weight loss, i.e. without the well-known yo-yo effect, doesn’t really work with a fast diet or any miracle cure – at least not without consequential damage. Whoever wants to become slimmer must work long on it and remain consistent.
But HelioVital supports your efforts to lose weight significantly: Lack of sunlight means lacks of endorphins – the happiness hormone serotonin released through eating food; means we end up eating more. It is better and healthier to get the happiness hormone while enjoying the sun with HelioVital. Safe sun enjoyment with HelioVital encourages the reduction of depot fat. The exposure to light has a positive influence on hormone formation and the formation of natural vitamin D. Your appetite behaviour is thus regulated, the fat metabolism accelerates and your “dream figure” comes ever closer.
The same applies to maintaining and increasing your sexual performance and attractiveness. A hormone status positively influenced by sunlight – without risks of sunburn and overheating and without oxidative stress, combined with a general physical and psychological sense of well-being – contributes significantly to this. In addition, the blood vessels dilate during sunbathing – an effect which aphrodisiac substances like to target.
What is a sun protection factor, and how long, for example, does a factor of 10 protect?
The sun protection factor indicates how much longer one can expose oneself to the sun compared to unprotected skin, without visible reddening of the skin (sunburn, so-called erythema). Those who normally tolerate sunbathing for 20 minutes without such skin redness, can stay in the sun protected by a sun protection factor of 10, for a maximum of ten times as long, i.e. 10 x 20 minutes = 200 minutes. In addition to the skin type, the tolerated length of stay also depends on the UV radiation intensity (midday, high mountains, proximity to the equator, etc.) of the sun.
Does HelioVital also protect against age spots?
Age spots are pigment disorders of the skin. They occur mainly in the area of the back of the hand and forearms, the décolleté and the face due to oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids of the cell walls stimulated by UV rays. Age spots are usually benign, but aesthetically undesired. Consistent UV protection by HelioVital prevents the development of age spots, because HelioVital reduces the development of free radicals and oxidative stress in advance without side effects. Creams, on the other hand, only try to combat the free radicals and oxidative stress that have already formed in the skin cells with antioxidant substances, afterwards.
Will it get hot under the HelioVital filter film?
The HelioVital filter films with IR heat protection cast noticeably cooler shade. This is because a special coating reflects up to 70% of the sun’s IR heat radiation. The sun basked skin is therefore less heated under the HelioVital filter film, than it would be in direct sunlight. Heat-reflecting films are labelled with “….IR”.
When/Where should HelioVital filter films with IR reduction be used?
Two examples illustrate this: In areas with very high ambient temperatures (e.g. in Australia), not only high UV protection is required because of the particularly intensive UV radiation there, but also a stronger reduction of IR heat radiation. With higher air temperature, it is warm enough for the sunbather, any further heat stress to the skin and an increase in radiation risk, due to the IR radiation of the sun, is undesirable and unhealthy. Therefore, it is recommended to use a HelioVital filter film with high UV protection and a high reduction of IR radiation at the same time – and sunbathing in the “films shade” is then perceived as being pleasant and cool.
In high mountains with equally intense UV radiation, high UV protection is also recommended – but here the air temperature is significantly lower than in Australia, for example. Despite the sun, it is quite cool there, immediately noticeable when you leave the sun. The IR rays on the sun basked skin are therefore perceived as pleasant and warming – so a HelioVital filter film without IR reduction should be used to preserve the sun’s warming rays and at the same time enjoy the UV protection that is especially necessary here.
Why is sunburn so dangerous?
Sunburn (med. UV erythema) is an inflammatory reddening of the skin, resulting from a reaction of the body to short-wave UV rays and leads directly to DNA damage, while so-called free radicals lead indirectly to DNA damage (DNA = biomolecule and carrier of genetic information). The skin forgets nothing, today one even speaks of a long-term account. Thus, the accumulation of occasional sunburns over the years are permanently dangerous for humans, as well as other living beings.
Is the protective effect of the HelioVital filter film visible to the naked eye?
No, the UVA/UVB radiation, like the IR heat radiation, is outside the light spectrum visible to the human eye. As with a sun cream, the protective effect of the product cannot be seen. Dermatological tests, constant examinations and quality controls ensure that the light protection factor of the HelioVital filter films specified on the product, is adhered to.
Does the HelioVital filter film also protect in solariums or irradiation lamps?
Yes, the HelioVital filter film function regardless, whether the rays come from natural or artificial sunlight. The HelioVital filter film reliably filters out all harmful UVB/UVA rays from any radiation source and also protects against IR radiation, depending on the functionalisation of the respective film. The fact that HelioVital filter film filters out harmful rays from artificial light also makes the films suitable for therapeutic use, under artificial light sources, in clinics or doctors’ surgeries – of course only under medical care.
Note: Although HelioVital filter film is heat-resistant, it must be kept away from open fire, light bulbs, solarium radiators or similar heat sources and from heat development (fire hazard).
Do scratches impair the film’s effect?
The protective effect of the film is not significantly impaired by some scratches, kinks or waves as long as the film is not visibly mechanically damaged, i.e. torn or perforated.
How should the HelioVital filter film be maintained and stored?
Do not use any aggressive cleaning agents, solvents, abrasives, cleaning sponges or the like to clean the film. The film should be cleaned with plenty of clean water and, if necessary, neutral detergent. Never clean the film in the washing machine.
Incidentally: With permanently installed films it is sufficient in many places to wait for the next rain shower to keep the film sufficiently clean.
In order to maintain a long service life, the film should be folded in a clean, dry state (if necessary, according to the separately enclosed instructions) and stored in a “dark” area.
Is the HelioVital filter film environmentally friendly?
All HelioVital filter films are toxicologically harmless, consist of substances that are harmless for food and medical use, they’re recyclable and therefore environmentally friendly.
Numerous international studies warn against harmful substances in sun creams, which have even been detected in breast milk. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised not to use sun creams. By avoiding the complete use of or even the reduced use of conventional sun creams when using HelioVital filter films, means no or a reduced amount of harmful hormone-active chemical UV filters can enter the human body and the environment.
When using HelioVital, there is no risk of endangering your health with hormone-active chemical UV filters contained in many sunscreen products.
Where HelioVital filter films are used, there is also no risk of dangerous filter substances entering the ecosystem via waters – lakes and oceans, swimming pools and pools. These substances have already been found in brown trout, making water snails infertile or bleaching corals within a few days. HelioVital® thus protects the ecosystem.
Who developed the HelioVital filter film and the application products?
LANG Industrieservice GmbH has been producing HelioVital filter films since 2001. From 2018, HelioVital GmbH has been focused solely on the pure film development and supply. Third-party OEM manufacturers can use HelioVital products in their end customer products.
Where can I buy this protection?
The HelioVital filter films, for example, can be purchased directly from the
The HelioTent for example at:
LANG Industrieservice GmbH
72186 Empfingen Shop: www.heliotent.de
The HelioTent and HelioVital filter films e.g. at
LANG Industrieservice GmbH