Madara SPF 30 Age-Defying Sunscreen – Review

madara natural sunscreen spf30

When I came across an SPF 30 natural sunscreen from Madara, I knew I had to try it. Over the years I’ve tried so many natural sunscreens and when I come across something new I get all excited. Would this new natural sunscreen be better than any others that I’ve tried? How does it compare to others?

Well, to start with, Madara SPF30 sunscreen is a natural sunscreen like no other.

First of all, it’s designed for the face, not for the whole body (this is something not that obviously clear online but not an issue). Although, if interested, Madara now also offers all-body sunscreen called Plant Stem Cell Antioxidant Sunscreen (also SPF 30).

The age-defying sunscreen for the face has been specifically made to fight ageing and that’s how it differs from others. Its breakthrough formula contains stem cells from Northern Dragonhead which deliver a hyper dose of antioxidants and regenerate the skin for a 360° age-defying effect.


Certified natural ingredients all work together to prevent all types of sun damage, including dryness, wrinkles, pigmentation, dark spots and loss of volume.

The sunscreen contains raspberry seed oil, a wonderful ingredient which offers anti-ageing benefits and SPF-boosting properties.

In the ingredients’ list, you will also find hyaluronic acid, a well-known hydrator that helps to decrease “epidermis water loss” associated with sun exposure, skin dryness or flakiness.

In case you didn’t know, hyaluronic acid is something that is naturally found in our bodies. It is responsible for supporting skin cell renewal, for increasing skin elasticity and for boosting collagen production.

Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid which then shows on our skin. It’s for this reason many anti-ageing skincare products have an addition of this acid but in most cases, they use a synthetic Hyaluronic Acid, not the naturally derived one. I am not sure whether Madara’s facial sunscreen contains a natural or synthetic Hyaluronic Acid; I will try and find out and then update this post. In any case, this is not a bad ingredient, but if it’s naturally derived, it just works slightly better.

Here is a full list of ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Zinc Oxide, Isoamyl Laurate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin**, Sorbitan Olivate, Cera Alba (Bees Wax)*, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Silica, Dracocephalum Ruyschiana (Dragonhead) Cell Culture Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Cellulose, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Caprylate, Aroma/Fragrance, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Propanediol, Benzoic Acid, Aqua/Water, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Potassium Hydroxide, Citral***, Citronellol***, Linalool***, Geraniol***, Limonene*** *Ingredients from organic farming **Made using organic ingredients ***Natural essential oils ****Pure mineral pigments

madara sunscreen texture

Madara SPF 30 Age-Defying Sunscreen – Review

So how did I find Madara SPF 30 sunscreen?

My first impressions are all very positive.

The cream is non-greasy and gets absorbed pretty quickly. The finish is quite matte and the skin is not shiny afterwards.

After the application, the skin feels smoother and looks healthier. No white cast! I definitely see an improvement in the skin texture and blemishes appear to be toned down. The tint is almost invisible – I feel my skin has a healthy glow afterwards and only a tiny change of colour, barely visible. But I don’t feel like I am wearing some heavy liquid foundation, not at all, it all feels very light on the skin.

madara sunscreen blob on the skin

madara sunscreen blended into the skin
Madara sunscreen blended into the skin – pretty much invisible (excuse my scar tissue and skin discolouration on my hand, it’s due to the burn and it only looks weird on closeups!)

The sunscreen’s colour is self-adjusting so whatever your skin colour, it should work for you.

When applying this sunscreen I apply a lot, making sure I don’t miss any areas of my face. For this reason, I think that the small tub (40ml) won’t last for very long. On the plus size, you can take it with you on holiday although I still wish the tub was bigger.

I’ve been using this sunscreen in the sunny afternoons and evenings when going for walks and I’ve also used it a few times when I went cycling. So far so good. I didn’t get burned and also the sunscreen didn’t give me any breakouts so great news! I don’t know how it would perform in a hot Mediterranean climate but I think I would personally use it only in the late afternoons and evenings when the sun is less strong. Not because I don’t trust it, it’s because I don’t want to use it up so quickly!

In case you may wonder, the sunscreen is suitable for all skin types and for both women and men. In terms of scent, it’s pleasant and barely there.

The sunscreen will protect you from both UVA and UVB sun rays and you can apply it on its own or over your daily moisturiser. It’s suitable to use all year round.  Madara uses the recommend EU guidelines for sun protection: sun rays are blocked in a ratio UVA to UVB of 1:3 as recommended by the European Commission.

Just to add that the sunscreen is cruelty-free but not vegan as it does contain beeswax.

The final verdict

Madara SPF 30 Age-Defying Sunscreen comes with some amazing benefits and properties but what I really love about it is that it makes fine lines less visible and my skin appears smoother. Now, who wouldn’t like this effect? So yeah, overall a great product, I am loving it so far and based on my experience so far I am happy to recommend it.

The only downside is a small tub which I estimate it won’t last for very long if you use it every day. Also, the price is not exactly budget-friendly.

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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.