Madara Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF30 (Sun 30) – Review

Last year I tested Madara’s Age Defying Sunscreen for the face and I really liked it so when I saw that Madara also created natural sunscreen for the whole body, I knew I had to try it.

Madara Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Sunscreen with SPF30 is suitable for the body, hands and face and it will protect you instantly from harmful sun rays. I used it for about a week when I was in Bulgaria in May and here is my honest review.

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Madara Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Sunscreen – Ingredients

First things first. Let’s look at what ingredients you will find in Madara’s Sun 30 sunscreen first.

To start with, 99% of the ingredients found in this sunscreen are of natural origin and in total, the sunscreen contains 8% organic ingredients. The product is certified natural by ECOCERT and is made with ingredients that won’t harm coral reefs.

It would be nice to have more organic ingredients in this sunscreen but it’s not a deal-breaker.

This sunscreen contains beeswax so it’s not suitable for vegans, unfortunately.

The most important ingredients in this sunscreen are the ones that will protect you from the sun and prevent skin damage and ageing. These are as follows:

  • Mineral-based UV filter (Zinc Oxide) – unlike chemical UV filters, mineral-based UV filters don’t get absorbed through the skin. Zinc Oxide sits on top of the skin, reflecting the harmful UV rays instead. This kind of UV filter is considered safer and even more effective than chemical filters.
  • Raspberry Seed Oil – offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits for the skin. It is anti-ageing and helps to improve skin elasticity and may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Raspberry Seed Oil is a natural sunblock although the level of its protection from sunlight has not been tested. It’s still a good addition to have in the sunscreen due to its antioxidant properties which protect the skin from the sun.
  • Vitamin E – is an effective antioxidant that helps the skin combat effects of free radicals.
  • Dragonhead Stem Cells – deliver a hyper dose of potent antioxidants to fight free radicals.

Here is a full list of ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Zinc Oxide, Isoamyl Laurate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin**, Sorbitan Olivate, Beeswax*, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Silica, Dracocephalum Ruyschiana (Dragonhead) Cell Culture Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Cellulose, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Caprylate, Aroma, Palmitic acid, Stearic Acid, Propanediol, Benzoic Acid, Aqua, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Sodium phytate, Tocopherol, Potassium Hydroxide, Citral***, Citronellol***, Linalool***, Geraniol***, Limonene*** *Ingredients from organic farming **Made using organic ingredients ***Natural essential oils ****Pure mineral pigments

Madara Sun 30 natural sunscreenMadara Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Sunscreen – Review

The sunscreen comes in a 100ml tube which is a perfect size for travelling. It’s made of plastic, of course, but you can recycle it.

The sunscreen comes out easily and doesn’t feel too thin or too thick, the consistency is just right. It’s easy to spread and rub into the skin. The scent is pleasant for me, slightly citrusy, not offending at all.

Madara Spf 30 spread on my hand

Madara sunscreen - absorbed

The finish should be translucent but it may not look so initially. If you apply a lot of sunscreen you may struggle to get that translucent finish but after you massage it well into the skin and leave it for a few minutes, it will look much better. But don’t worry about the ghostly face, this sun cream won’t really leave your skin looking white and this is one thing which I really love about it. After I apply it, my skin doesn’t look any whiter than it is. I am not sure how it would look on darker complexions though.

What I also really like about this sunscreen is that it didn’t give me any spots and my skin is breakout-prone but during the time I was using it, I had no breakouts at all.

I tested this sunscreen while I was in Bulgaria and the temperature was around 18-20 degrees Celsius. We were out and about every day, exploring different places and the weather was a mix of sun, clouds and a bit of rain. Every day I would apply the sunscreen before leaving the hotel and then I re-applied it throughout the day (when I remembered!).

I feel this sunscreen offered me good sun protection but one day I noticed a bit of redness on my forehead, close to my hairline. My nose was also a little bit red. That day I remember I did re-apply the sunscreen but it looked like I missed some parts. This is not sunscreen’s fault, of course, it just shows how easy it is to get burnt, also when you wear sunscreen. But I wouldn’t say I was properly burnt, it was just a bit of redness.

Anyway, the bottom line is, that no matter what sunscreen you use, it will never offer you 100% sun protection. You have to remember to re-apply and try and stay in the shade in the worst heat of the day. Also, keep in mind that SPF30 blocks only 97% of UVB rays. Add additional sun protection by wearing long-sleeve clothes and a hat. And don’t forget your sunglasses!

EDIT 21.01.19: I have now managed to test this sunscreen in temperatures 25-32 degrees Celsius and have not burnt while using it. I was careful though not to expose myself to the sun too much and was in the shade as much as possible.

So, would I recommend Madara Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF30? Based on my experience, yes, I am happy to recommend this sunscreen but remember to also take other measures to prevent sunburn. You can buy this Madara’s sunscreen directly here.

Have you tried any sunscreens from Madara yet?

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Petra Nakashian (previously Kravos) is a dedicated natural health and beauty blogger, driven by the loss of her parents to cancer, which led her to meticulously research beauty product ingredients. With over 10 years of experience, her in-depth knowledge has made her a trusted expert in the field. Founder of Be Healthy Now and Green Beauty Talk, Petra recently expanded her expertise with Beauty Insights Hub, exploring a wider range of beauty treatments. Committed to transparency and honesty, her work is a vital resource for navigating the complex world of beauty.

2 thoughts on “Madara Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF30 (Sun 30) – Review”

  1. It does sound like a good sun cream. I will keep it in mind.
    The one I use leaves a white-ish shade, but it’s SPF 50, so I think that plays a part as well. (I apply foundation on top of that, so I’m not bothered by this). As you, I think is important to apply sun cream even at lower temperatures, around 20 degrees, as the sun can damage the skin at any temperature.

    1. It’s not a bad sunscreen at all, definitely worth considering. I haven’t yet found natural sunscreen with SPF50 that wouldn’t leave a white cast behind and like you, I would also use foundation on top to balance the colour. I am testing Eco Cosmetics SPF50 Sun Milk next so we’ll see how that goes.

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