I’m not a year round sunscreen user (even on my face), I am most definitely a fair weather gal and so it is usually only between mid/late spring and early autumn I am reaching for a product which contains an SPF.
I’ve spent the past few summers switching between some tried and trusted favourites on both face and body but this year I thought I’d try something new – on my face at least.
Madara’s Stem Cell Face Sunscreen (£29.00) has become a new favourite; a mineral based facial sunscreen with an SPF30 which ensures broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
The sunscreen is formulated using stem cells from Northern Dragonhead (a member of the mint family) which delivers a hyper-dose of antioxidants, shielding and protecting the skin against urban pollution. It also works to prevent sun damage, including dryness, wrinkles, pigmentation, dark spots and loss of volume.
I usually struggle with sunscreens on my face as most are too thick and heavy for me and I have even been known to get heat rash in the summer on my face from wearing too heavy a product. This on the other hand is a remarkably light sunscreen and I haven’t found it a noticeable addition to my skin in terms of weight. I cycle a reasonable amount and my skin seems perfectly happy even after a long ride on a hot day.
I’ve been applying this sunscreen daily (over the past month) on top of my usual skincare products. It can be applied to naked skin but I do need quite a bit of moisture so on it’s own it isn’t enough for me. On the skin it appears a little like a tinted moisturiser or BB cream and does give the appearance of smoother skin.
Unlike most sunscreens there is a definite pigment to the cream (it is called invisible nude) which is the first thing you will notice when it comes out of the tube; it has a muddy grey/brown tint to it but when you begin to rub it in there is a definite reddish undertone.
On application I have to admit that this slightly odd colour does transfer onto the skin and it takes a few minutes for my skin to return to its usual self – albeit with a little bit of a healthy glowing sheen.
I am pretty fair skinned and although not immensely pale so would be interested to see how it looks on deeper skin tones – if you do have darker skin and have tried it please let me know how you got on!
Have you tried this sunscreen?
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Zinc Oxide, Isoamyl Laurate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Beeswax, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Silica, Cellulose, Dracocephalum Ruyschiana (Dragonhead) Cell Culture Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Quercus Robur (Oak) Bark Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chloride, Aroma, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Caprylate, CI 77492 (Iron oxide), Palmitic acid, Stearic Acid, Propanediol, Benzoic Acid, CI 77499, CI 77491, Aqua, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Sodium phytate, Tocopherol, Potassium Hydroxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Eugenol
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