5 reasons to choose a natural sunscreen

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I almost solely use natural sunscreens, also known as mineral sunscreens. A few years ago I made the decision to use more eco-friendly sun protection and every year the feeling of that just grows and grows. I think natural sunscreen is the best choice not only for the planet, but also for your skin. Why? Well, I’m gonna tell you five good reasons.

 

Mineral sunscreen reflects the sun’s rays away from the skin using white pigments.
UV-filters used in natural sunscreens:
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide

Chemical sunscreen absorbs the rays and turns them into thermal energy.
UV-filters used in chemical sunscreens:
Oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone

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Why I choose to use natural sunscreen

1. Natural sunscreens offer widespread UV-protection and they’re more effective than chemical ones.
This is based solely on my own experience. I have found that natural sunscreens tend to stay on my skin really well and therefore they offer better protection. The slightly sticky consistency, which is typical to natural sunscreens, is actually a good thing. It makes it lock onto the skin well. This also means you need to wash the sunscreen off your skin really well, but oil based makeup removers work great for that.

2. Chemical sunscreens are linked to health hazards.
This is actually scary. Studies show that some of the ingredients used in chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin and bloodstream, causing hormonal disruption and other health hazards. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are not known to absorb into the skin. Therefore they’re much safer.

 

“In just two instances do we have enough safety information about ingredients to determine whether they’re safe and effective: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. For 12 other ingredients, the FDA has said there isn’t enough data to determine whether they’re safe.” Source: ewg.

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3. Natural sunscreens are more eco-friendly and don’t harm our marine life.
Multiple studies have shown that chemical sunscreens are harmful to our marine life, causing coral reed bleaching, damage and deformation. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide have not been found as harmful. Their nanoparticles can be harmful, but certified organic products don’t contain them. So choosing a natural, eco-certified is my choice.  Source.

 

“Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are considered biodegradable and safe, although mineral substances are by definition, non-biodegradable. In addition, the nanoparticle form of zinc oxide is now known to be toxic and not necessarily ‘reef friendly’.” Source: ICRI study.

 

4. Natural sunscreens are suitable for all skin types.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are not known for causing skin allergies or irritation – whereas the most of the chemicals used in chemical sunscreens are known to cause skin irritation. Source.

5. Natural sunscreens offer a beautiful glow to the skin.
The sunscreens that I use give me a great glow and I’m all about that. I actually use Madara’s SPF 30 sunscreen and their City CC SPF 15 all year round, because of the glowy skin finish. They act a my makeup products, which is why wearing them doesn’t feel like such a task. They simply make my skin look a tiny bit better.

 

Now, if you already bought a chemical sunscreen, don’t worry. You shouldn’t stop using sunscreen, since the harm from the sun exceeds the potential risk of the chemicals. Most important thing is to wear a sunscreen. But I think it’s good to know why a mineral sunscreen might be the safer choice.

My favorite natural sunscreens

My favorite natural sunscreen brands are Madara and Alga Maris. These are the products that I use. I know the SPF number doesn’t sound that high in some, but I didn’t burn myself at all last year when I was using Madara’s products! I really feel like the mineral UV filters work well for me. Also – I don’t really sunbathe and I try to protect myself with clothes.

The three things I recommend actually are: staying in shade, wearing protective clothes and sunscreen.

I take my tan from self tanners. Best ones are listed here!

ALGA MARIS SPF30 Sunscreen Spray
Super lightweight and lightweight consistency. I was actually pretty amazed when I tried this! Also love the sweet coconut scent.

*MADARA SUN20 Weightless Sun Milk SPF20 (US, CA)
*MADARA SUN20 Weightless Sun Milk SPF20 (UK)
Your basic colorless sunscreen for the body. It has a milky consistency, which is easy to blend to the skin and it doesn’t leave a white cast.

*MADARA SUN 15 Beach BB Shimmering Sunscreen SPF15 (US, CA)
*MADARA SUN 15 Beach BB Shimmering Sunscreen SPF15 (UK)
For special occasions I use this, since it contains some shimmer and tint to it. Perfect for my legs or decollete area!

*MADARA SPF 30 Plant Stem Cell Age-Defying Sunscreen For face (US, CA)
*MADARA SPF 30 Plant Stem Cell Age-Defying Sunscreen For Face (UK)
My go-to face sunscreen. This is also what I wear if I’m staying in the sun for a longer period of time. It has a tiny amount of tint to it, which is genius, because it doesn’t leave a white cast. I love the subtle glow that this product gives me!

*Madara City CC SPF 15 (US, CA)
*Madara City CC SPF 15(UK)
This has been my go-to base product for forever and it’s especially good for fall/winter/spring, since the SPF is lower. It evens out my skintone and leaves a natural glow to my skin. I adore this!

I have full reviews on the Madara products here!

What is your opinion on this whole sunscreen thing? I know there needs to be more studies, but it doesn’t look promising for chemical UV-filters. Do you wear chemical sunscreens or do you opt for natural ones?

Madara’s organic makeup – natural beauty products you need to try!

 

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I have found the best organic natural foundation. And a whole lot of other awesome natural products.

I shouldn’t be surprised it’s from one of my favorite organic brands. Madara recently came out with a makeup line that I just had to try out. These products perform just as well as some synthetic ones. They have lots of pigment, they are effortless and easy to use and the packaging is done right.

Madara’s makeup products don’t scream organic, but they still have the best benefits of natural products. They hydrate and treat your skin, while making you look fabulous.

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The makeup line currently consists of foundations, concealers, highlighters, brow pomades, eye & cheek multishadows and lip glosses. I have everything except the highlighter, so I will give you my honest thoughts on almost all the products.

I also filmed a video, where I do my makeup using the products and review them. I ended up repeating myself quite a bit (It turns out I love everything), but I’m sure once I make more of these videos I will grow my vocabulary and also be less nervous in front of the camera.

I really loved all the products and will keep using all of them. Still my favorite products must be the brow pomade, because it’s the perfect blonde shade for me and the lip gloss, which smells heavenly.

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The best natural foundation – Madara Skin Egual Soft Glow foundation

Madara’s Skin Equal Soft Glow foundation is the best liquid natural foundation I’ve tried. And I mean it. I have tried some pretty horrible organic foundations and it’s remarkable how much this one differs from them. It just feels like a regular foundation. The consistency is great, it blends easily to the skin, gives an amazing glow and stays well on my skin.

I’d say the coverage is medium. It evens out the skin tone, covers redness and small spots. In my case, I need a concealer for my acne scars and some inflamed spots. But that is good, because I don’t like a full-coverage foundation anymore. I like a natural finish and I use more coverage only on the problem areas.

Since it’s Soft Glow foundation and my skin is combination, it is pretty glowy at the end of the day. If I powder it well though, it lasts nicely and is less glowy. I’m pretty confident this foundation can work for different skin types. If you’ve been looking for an organic option, you might want to check this out!

I use the shade 50 Golden Beige, which is a medium light color with a yellow undertone. It’s actually my summer shade, but I prefer a slightly darker foundation anyway. If you want to see before and after, check out the video where I apply the product.

The foundation also has SPFT 15, which is great. Contains Aloe Vera, natural oils, hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E and antioxidants.

Madara Skin Equal Soft Glow foundation

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Cruelty-free & vegan dupe for NARS RCC – Madara The Concealer

Madara’s concealer has a creamy yet thin consistency and it blends very easily to the skin. It’s great for bringing light back to the skin. I like to use a light shade under my eyes after first neutralizing my dark circles with something more peachy and yellow.

The shade Vanilla reminds me of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Vanilla. I think this could be a great cruelty free, vegan and organic dupe for that. It’s not as thick and as pigmented as the NARS one is, but for dry-skinned beauties it’s a good thing. Madara’s concealer doesn’t get into the fine lines under the eyes and it feels hydrating.

Contains Aloe Vera juice, shea butter and hyaluronic acid.

Madara Luminous Perfecting Concealer

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Madara Guilty Shades Eye & Cheek Multishadow

I love that this product is multi-use. You can use it on your lids, cheeks and lips. I love to use it on my cheeks as a blush.

It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way. It’s also one of the most long-lasting cream blushes I’ve tried. The shade 64 Heat is beautiful with a peachy glow and sheen to it. It actually also acts as a bronzer, when I blend it all out. I’m slightly obsessed with this shade. It makes it look like my skin is on a summer holiday.

The only downside to this product is that it doesn’t last on my lids, unless I set it with a powder or eyeshadow. That’s the thing with all cream eyeshadows though, so it’s not just this.

Contains Aloe Vera juice, natural oils, vitamins C and E as well as antioxidants.

Madara Guilty shades Eye & Cheek Multishadow

 

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Madara’s Brow Pomade in Smoky Blonde is the perfect color for light brows

It’s pretty rare to find brow products light enough for blonde eyebrows. Not all of us want to make our brows very dark. The shade 10 Smoky Blonde is the perfect shade for light eyebrows. I can make my brows defined and nice with this, yet the color is light enough so it blends perfectly to my brow hairs. My brows look natural, but done, if that makes sense.

The brow pomade also has good pigment and it lasts nicely on the brows. I use Zoeva’s winged liner brush with it, which is the perfect brush for brows. It’s super thin so I can draw on brow hairs.

Contains oils from argan, rice bran and cumin.

Madara Brow Pomade
*Zoeva rose gold brush set

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Madara Hydrating Lip Gloss

I love lip glosses and especially natural ones. After all, some of the makeup is gonna end up in my mouth.

Madara’s lip gloss was a winner for me since the first try. It has a delicious vanilla scent to it and the consistency is great. It’s in-between a sticky and a watery gloss. It’s quite lightweight and watery, but it has some stickiness to it so it lasts better on the lips.

I have the shade 74 Nude Coral, which is a peachy color. There’s not much pigment though, so keep in mind these lip glosses are more for a gloss and a tiny amount of color. (Though I have only tried this shade, so I don’t know if the other colors are more pigmented.)

Contains blueberry seed and rice bran oils,  vegan plant waxes and vitamin E.

Madara Lip Gloss

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Overall I’m very pleased with the products. I love Madara’s sunscreens and the City CC Cream is my go-to “foundation”. It’s very light-coverage though, so it’s nice to now have the foundation to use for when I want more coverage.

Have you tried Madara’s makeup or would you like to?

 

 

 

 

 

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