The Definitive Guide of 10 Best Japanese Sunscreens in 2020!

10 Best Japanese Sunscreens in 2020

Of course, we all know sunscreens are a must when we go out during summer in order to protect our precious skin from the strong sun. However, did you know that you should use it all year round? Not just in summer if you want to keep your beautiful skin because even on cloudy days, ultraviolet rays are still there.


There are so many choices of sunscreens to choose that it can be very difficult for you to choose. Do not fret! We have gathered all the information necessary to help you pick your go-to sunscreen. We will guide you on what factors are should be considered when you are buying a sunscreen that suitable for your skin as well as introduce all the best-selling Japanese sunscreens in 2019, so that you can catch the current trend in Japan!




First off, you need to know that there are two types of ultraviolet rays. UV-A and UV-B.

Ultraviolet rays A generally exist throughout the entire year while ultraviolet rays B are more prevalent around noon, during the rainy season and until midsummer.


causes spots and wrinkles, they account for 90% of all the ultraviolet rays. They can pass through clouds and window glass which means you should be careful even if it is a cloudy day or when you are indoors


causes sunburn and suntan that darkens the skin.  The rate of UV-B is lower than the UV-A.

So, it is definitely important for you to protect your skin from both of these two UV rays!




Types of sunscreens

There are generally 2 types of sunscreens, the first one being “Sunblock/UV filter” and the second one being “Sunscreen/UV absorber”. There are some similarities and differences between them.


Sunblock/UV Filter

The role of UV filter sunscreens is to protect the skin by reflecting UV rays like a mirror. A barrier on the skin that bounces off the ultraviolet rays.

Sunscreen/UV Absorber

The role of UV absorber sunscreens is to absorb ultraviolet rays and turn them in to energy like heat and infrared. A chemical reaction occurs on the skin which prevents the penetration rays into the skin.


*Ultraviolet absorbers may be irritating to the people with sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is advisable to choose products that do not employ UV absorbing.



Difference between “SPF” And “PA”

SPF represents the effect of preventing UV-B

PA represents the effect of preventing UV-A



Choose “SPF” and “PA” according to your activity

This is a guide of how much SPF/PA is needed for each of these activites

For everyday use

If you don’t go out in the sun for a long period of time, it is alright to have a low SPF/PA. SPF35~50 PA+++~++++ is recommended for your daily life to provide a minimum protection.

For light exercise and going outdoor for a short period of time

SPF40~50 PA+++~++++ is effective enough to deal with light exercise and being outdoors for a short period of time. If you stay outside further or sweat, you should reapply it again in order to maintain the effect.

For heavy exercise and activities that are exposed to the sun for a long period of time

The highest SPF50 PA+++~++++ is necessary to protect you from the strong sun in this circumstance. You should reapply every 2 to 3 hours and it is advisable to pick the one that is waterproof.




Different Types of Sunscreen Textures

Sunscreens with Cream Texture Type

The cream type provides a high moisturizing power and it makes your skin moist just like a beauty essence. The ability to stay on for a long time is also high and it rarely causes unevenness.

There are also many products with waterproof that are resistant to sweat, water and friction makes it very difficult to fall off.


Sunscreens with Lotion/Milk Texture Type

This type of sunscreens is known for its ease to spread on the skin. It rarely leaves white cast and the texture does not become thick after applying.

It also has a moisturizing effect like a beauty serum which is good for dry skin. Using it as a makeup base is also recommended.

There are skin-friendly products that are less prone to allergies and acne.


Sunscreens with Gel Texture Type

Gel type has a clear and refreshing texture. Since it is very smooth and easy to apply, it does not become so difficult even when you use it in many areas.

There are many products that are suitable for sensitive skin.



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 Best Japanese Sunscreens

1. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence



Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence



Remains Light-textured Even After Reapplying!

The new Biore water-base sunblock introduces an advance micro defence formula, allowing the sunscreen to evenly glides onto the surface and preventing an uneven coating of the product to a micro level gap.


Whist the reformulation increased to PA++++, the texture remains identical to the old famously loved formula, offering a smooth and light finish without the skin feeling sticky. Its light texture allows the skin to feel moisturised as well as protected all at once. It also works great as a makeup primer.


  • SPF50+ and PA++++
  • Water resistance
  • Can be used as a makeup base
  • Light and comfortable texture
  • Colourless
  • Gentle scent of white muguet


Price: $8.30 USD

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2. Anessa Perfect UV Skin Care Milk



Anessa Perfect UV Skin Care Milk



High Performance Against Sweat and Water!

It is the perfect sunscreen that blocks powerful ultraviolet that pierces into the skin barrier. The advanced sunblock aqua booster technology allows stronger UV block when exposed to sweat and water.


The Anessa sunscreen spreads smoothly on the face, leaving a lightweight texture on the skin. It creates a smoother canvas for the layering of makeup and such.


  • Strongest UV protection
  • Blocks powerful ultraviolet
  • Sweat and water resistant
  • Does not leave a white cast when applying
  • Contain aqua booster technology
  • Can be used all over


Price: $30.25 USD

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3. Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel



Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel



Comfortable with Water Like Gel

This sunscreen gel gives a fresh and water-like feeling to the skin. Containing 4 moisturizing ingredients "Super Hyaluronic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid Na, Amino Acid, Collagen".


The gel delivers extremely concentrated moisture to prevent dryness and skin dehydration. The aqua gel protects the skin with the best UV-cut effect. Unique ingredients that prevent the UV-cut function from being ineffective by light. 


  • SPF50+ PA++++
  • Provides concentrated moisture
  • Water like texture
  • 4 moisturizing ingredients
  • Unscented and uncoloured
  • Gentle ingredients


Price: $10.95 USD

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    4. Allie Extra UV Gel



    Allie Extra UV Gel



    Effective Against Sweat, Water and Friction!

    Allie Extra UV is known for its effective double proof function. First, waterproof against sweat and water and friction proof. Even if you rub against your bag or clothes, the sunscreen will not fall. Gentle prescription for your skin with beauty essence ingredients: Hyaluronic acid and collagen.


    • Super waterproof
    • Friction and rubbing resistance
    • Moisturising ingredients (Hyaluronic acid + collagen)
    • Gently washed off by facial cleanser, body soap
    • Makeup base
    • Fragrance free, paraben free


    Price: ¥2,178 JPY ($20 USD)

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    5. Nivea Sun Zero Filling UV Lotion



    Nivea Sun Zero Filling UV Lotion



    Friendly to the Skin!

    A UV lotion that dries quickly, very good for your busy mornings. Firmly protects the skin from strong UV rays preventing both UV-A and UV-B. Comfortable to the skin as there is no stickiness and white residue as well as providing moisture with O2 hyaluronic acid combination.


    • SPF50+ PA++++
    • No fragrance, no colouring
    • Allergy tested
    • Washed off easily by soap, face wash etc
    • For face and body


    Price: ¥927 JPY ($8.50 USD)



    6. Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence



    Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence



    The supreme sunscreen with UV-cut effect that can withstand in harsh environments (High-temperate and high-humidity environment 40 C, 75% humidity).


    Features “Tough Boost tech” that takes care of sweat and rubbing and a moist touch essence that gives a smooth skin feeling after applying. This is a perfect choice for your active days!


    • SPF50+/PA++++
    • Super waterproof
    • Can be used as a makeup base
    • White floral scent
    • Washed off by soap
    • Acne resistant


    Price: ¥1,318 JPY ($12.1 USD)

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    7. Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence



    Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence



    Protect From the Sun and Tone Up Your Skin!

    Protecting from UV from the sunlight and tone up your skin at the same time with this essence! A sunscreen that feels just like water and is extremely comfortable to use. It also provides you moisture while protecting you under the sun.


    • SPF50+ PA++++
    • Transparency lavender coloured
    • Preservation free
    • Mineral oil free
    • Mild acidity
    • Allergy tested


    Price: ¥767 JPY ($7 USD)

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    8. RMK UV Face Protector 50



    RMK UV Face Protector 50



    A sunscreen with enhanced UV protection that gives you a fresh feeling. Including AD powder which creates a thin protection film which is perfect for the skin. Strong protection against both UV-B and UV-A which could leave deep damage to your skin.


    • SPF50+ PA++++
    • Water-based prescription
    • Does not leave white cast
    • Moisturising ingredients (Baby peach extract)
    • Good for both daily use and active days


    Price: ¥2,690 JPY ($24.60 USD)

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    9. Acseine Super Sunshield Bright Veil



    Acseine Super Sunshield Bright Veil



    A cream base sunscreen that delivers the best UV-cutting effect (Hybrid UV shield) with a focus on comfort and gentles.


    The “Moist Veil” supports the skin barrier function with a smooth texture feeling. Brightness and colour unevenness are also corrected by “Fine Bright Formulation”.


    • SPF50+ PA++++
    • Perfect Veil technology
    • Waterproof
    • Low irritation, fragrance free, alcohol free, paraben free
    • Allergy tested


    Price: ¥3,100 JPY ($28.40 USD)




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