The Best Japanese Sunscreens for Beautifully Radiant Skin
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The Best Japanese Sunscreens for Beautifully Radiant Skin

INDULGE YOUR SKIN WITH HYDRATION WHILE PROTECTING IT FROM HARMFUL SUN RAYS...


Want to know how the Japanese continuosly have beautiful, radient, glowing skin? Two words: UV PROTECTION! That's right, for all of your tanning fanatics, be careful. Although the beautfiul bronze summer tan look is absolutely to die for, it also can be extremely damaging to your skin and cause early onset of aging. However, don't feel discouraged! We collected some of the best Japanese sunscreens on the market and tested them just for you. You're definitely going to want to check these out especially for your next beachy summer getaway.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST JAPANESE SUNCREENS

Although we are huge advocates for the beautfiully bronzed summer-tan look, it is also extremely important to care for the skin on our faces. Sadly, it's the area that is first affected by aging and can be exaggerated from over-exposure to the sun. Fortunately, there are excellent Japanese sunscreens that are formulated for all skin types that fit perfectly in your daily makeup routine.

Like Korean sunscreens, these sunscreens are the second to the last step in the Korean skincare routine. If the product is very moisturizing, you can even use the sunscreen as a moisturizer and skip the last step to prevent from overhydration. Fortunately, most Japanese sunscreens have just the right amount of moisture and sun-protectant to not interfere with your skin care regimen.

So how do you choose the best Japanese sunscreens? We broke it down into four different categories to make it easier for you to pick the best for your skin needs.

SPF/PA

  • SPF protects from UVB rays
  • PA protects from UVA rays

Size

  • Make sure you get enough to last throughout the high summer season!

Dispenser

  • Products can come in squeeze bottles, twist off caps, flip caps and many more!

Skin Type

  • Make sure you choose the right sunscreen for your skin type so you don't have a reaction to the product!

THE BEST JAPANESE SUNSCREENS

Sunscreens

Name

SPF/PA

Size

Dispenser

Skin Type

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Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen

SPF 50/PA++++

60 mL

Twist Off

Dry to Normal

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Biore Sarasara Aqua Rich Watery Essence

SPF 50/PA++++

50 mL

Twist Off

Normal

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Kanebo Allie Extra Uv Gel Mineral Moist Sunscreen

SPF 50/PA++++

90 mL

Squeeze

Normal to Oily

Kao Sofina Beaute UV Milk Sunscreen

SPF 50/PA++++

32 mL

Squeeze

Normal to Oily

Biore SARASARA UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream Sunscreen

SPF 50/PA+++

33 mL

Squeeze

Dry to Normal

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Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen

SPF 50/PA++++

50 mL

Twist Off

Dry to Normal

Sun Killer Baby Milk Sunscreen

SPF 38/PA+++

30 mL

Twist Off

Sensitive

NIVEA Sun Super Water Gel

SPF 50/PA+++

140 mL

Pump

Normal

THE BEST JAPANESE SUNSCREENS: REVIEWS

Biore Sarasara Aqua Rich Watery Essence

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SPF 50/PA++++

Twist Off

50 mL

Normal

If you are looking for some serious sun protecting power, this is the perfect Japanese sunscreen for you. Coming in at the highiest PA level in the market (PA++++), you're basically completely shielded from any harmful UVA rays that can cause your skin to wrinkle at an early age. The product also has SPF 50, which is extremely effective and keeps your skin healhty and bright.

When trying this product, we noticed that it doesn't contain a whole lot of moisture and does have a bit of alcohol it in. If you tend to have dry, sensitive skin, we recommend to couple this product with your favorite moisturizer. If you're skin is oilier, this is the perfect sunscreen to balance your natural oils.

​Overall, we are absolutely pleased with this sunscreens effectiveness and feel. We highly recommend it for your makeup routine.

 

Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen

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SPF 50/PA++++

Twist Off

50 mL

Dry to Normal

Finally, the perfect sunscreen that protects your skin and keeps it moisturized and supple! We absolutely LOVE Shiseido's Senka Aging Care UV sunscreen. This product is packed with sun protectant like SPF 50 and PA++++, so you're skin will stay smooth, clear, and out of the suns harmful rays.

One thing that stood out to us about this product is the texture. This particular sunscreen has a very smooth and light texture, which is very nice if you wear it under makeup. However, we found that it does take quite a while for the product to sink into our skin. So, be sure to set a little extra time for "settling" so your makeup doesn't turn into an oily mess. Also, this product works well for skin that is dry to normal without any alcohol irritation.


We definitely recommend this product for those who take a little extra time in the morning to get ready or who are willing to make time. 🙂

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen

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SPF 50/PA++++

Twist Off

60 mL

Dry to Normal

Do you generally find that facial sunscreens are a bit thick and messy and just smell down right ick? Yeah, we have the same feelings. However, Shiseido is at it again and this time they've made a sunscreen formulation that will blow your socks off! This product is perfect for normal to dry skin and has the consistency of your standard facial moisturizer.

If you tend to have drier to normal skin, this is perfect for you. It does contain some alcohol, so be careful if you have a bit of skin sensitivity to it. It's packed with super strong SPF 50 and PA++++, so your skin will stay away from unwanted tans and burns. It also is an excellent product for aging prevention. 

In conclusion, this product is great for those who looking for a light wear sunscreen that will last throughout the day and keep your skin clear and beatiful.

NIVEA Sun Super Water Gel Sunscreen

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SPF 50/PA+++

Pump

140 mL

Normal

Not only does this product do wonders for sun protection to the face, but it also is a great product for your entire body! That's right! No more icky sticky oily sunscreens that rub off here and there and everywhere you wish it didn't! Also, this sunscreen is packed with SPF 50 and PA+++ and feels as light as a feather on your skin.

We were utterly shocked when we first applied this product onto our skin. Surprisngly, it felt like nothing was there. The suncreen sinks in so quickly into your skin it feels almost like second skin. However, it is not a sweat resistant product, so you will have to continue to apply it if you're out doing sports or increased activity.

We LOVE this sunscreen and definitely recommend it as one of the best suncreens for the face and body.

Kao Sofina Beaute UV Milk Sunscreen

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SPF 50/PA++++

Twist Off

32 mL

Normal to Oily

Have you ever felt like skipping sunscreen altogether because it is just too darn greasy? Have no fear, Kao Sofina is here and they've made the perfect susncreen for you. If you tend to have overproduction of natural oils, this is a drier sunscreen that sinks into your skin fast and keeps your sebum under control.

Because the product is so light, you defintiely want to couple this with your favorite moisturizer if you tend to have drier skin. The product comes with an easy twist off lid and a super shapr dispenser so you can take out just the right amount of product each use. The only downfall is the product comes in a small container, so make sure to stock up extra bottles for the summer!

Again, this product does wonders to oily skin and works perfectly with a great moisturizer for drier skin.

Sun Killer Baby Milk Sunscreen

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SPF 38/PA+++

Twist Off

30 mL

Sensitive

If you're going for the porecelain Japanese doll look, this is the perfect sunscreen to achieve that. Not only does it protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, it also leaves a nice matte finish to your skin, which is a largely popular trend in the US right now. Also, there's a slight lightening effect that the sunscreen leaves behind, so you don't need to add an insane amount of lightening foundation to your routine.

In order to dispense the product, you need to twist off the lid and a pointed tip allows for you to accurate dispense the needed amount each time. The consistency of the sunscreen is similar to milk and does take a little extra time to sink in to your skin. Be prepared to add time to your morning routine for this or else your makeup may clump.

We highly recommend this product for those who have sensitive skin and like a lighter sunscreen.

Kanebo Allie Extra Uv Gel Mineral Moist Sunscreen

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SPF 50/PA++++

Twist Off

90 mL

Normal to Oily

More SPF and PA? Yes please! Kanebo most certainly was looking out for us sun protectant fans when creating this perfect concotion of awesome in a bottle. We HATE the icky sticky feeling of oily sunscreens on the US market. However, the Japanese took care of our needs and made the perfect blend of moisturizing and lightweight feel in this susncreen.

FIrst off, if you have dry skin, you may want to add a bit of moisturizer to this. We know it sounds weird to add moisturizer to your sunscreen, but believe us. You wont regret it! The product also has a light subtle scent that won't overpower your face throughout the day.

All in all, this product gets the job done, treating your skin while protecting it from harmful sun rays.

Biore SARASARA UV Aqua Rich Whitening Cream Sunscreen

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SPF 50/PA+++

Twist Off

33 mL

Dry to Normal

Dry skin friends, we haven't forgotten about you. Finally, a sunscreen that hardcore protects and also moisturizes your skin WITHOUT the nasty goupy feel! That's right, Biore's Sarasara line is the perfect whitening sunscreen for you.

We absolutely LOVE this product because there's really no need to add extra moisture after using this sunscreen. It also leaves a slight skin-lightening effect, almost like a light primer for your makeup. The consistency is slightly thicker than some of the Japanese milk sunscreens, so be sure to account for an extra moisture effect if you like a wetter finish.

Overall, we love this products protection and feel. We definitley recommend it for our dry skin viewers!


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