Best Japanese Drugstore Sunscreens

Must-Buy Affordable Sunscreens in Japan

Japanese sunscreens are highly popular around the world. The effectiveness of Japanese sunscreens for high protection from UVA and UVB rays, light formula and the longevity are highly regarded as well as the wide variety according to the skin type and formulas. While some of the most popular Japanese sunscreens like ANESSA and ALLIE costs over $20, some of the great quality Japanese sunscreens can be purchased at very affordable prices. Moreover, these products can be found easily at Japanese drugstores or discount stores like Don Quijote.

In this article, I have listed some of the best Japanese drugstore sunscreens with the great value! While several types of sunscreens are available from each brand, in this article, I am focusing on the ones that are perfect for daily use with a light texture and high SPF/PA rates. So let’s check them out!

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1. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (ビオレ UV アクアリッチ ウォータリーエッセンス) is the best selling Japanese drugstore sunscreen that is water-based and has an extremely light texture with strong UV protection and water resistance . The product has a Micro Defense formula which forms a micro veil on the skin evenly when applying.

Price: 861 yen (50g) 【Buy it Now】

SPF: 50+/PA: ++++

2. NIVEA Sun Super Water Gel

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NIVEA Sun Super Water Gel (ニベアサン ウォータージェル) is a light-weight sunscreen with moisturizing ingredients, which has smooth and water-like texture while protecting skin from the strong UV rays with high SPF and PA rates. It can be used for both face and body, and can be removed easily with a regular soap.

Price: 700 yen (80g) 【Buy it Now】

SPF: 50+/PA: ++++

3. RHOTO SKIN AQUA Super Moisture Gel

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SKIN AQUA Super Moisture Gel (スキンアクア スーパーモイスチャー ジェル) is a moisturizing sunscreen gel that contains 4 kinds of beauty ingredients. It’s gentle on skin, yet has the highest rates of SPF and UVA protection as well as long-lasting effect. It’s waterproof but can be removed easily with a soup.

Price: 800 yen (110g) 【Buy it Now】

SPF: 50+/PA: +++

4. KOSE SUNCUT Perfect UV Gel (Super Water Proof)

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SUNCUT Perfect UV Gel (サンカット パーフェクトUV ジェル) has a great longevity and strength against water, sweat, sebum and rubbing while protecting skin from UV rays. Some skin care ingredients are contained that prevent skin from dry and damage. The product can be removed by a regular soap.

Price: 800 yen (100 g)

SPF: 50+/PA: ++++

5. ISEHAN SUNKILLER Perfect Water Essence

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SUNKILLER Perfect Water Essence (サンキラー パーフェクトウォーター
is an alcohol free, skin care type sunscreen. The product is made with 86% moisturizing ingredients that are gentle on the skin, and the water-base gel is easy to spread evenly on face and body. It has a pleasant and refreshing citrus scent.

Price: 900 yen (50 g)【Buy it Now】

SPF: 50+/PA: ++++

6. CANMAKE Mermaid Skin Gel UV

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CANMAKE Mermaid Skin Gel UV (キャンメイク マーメイドスキンジェル UV) is a lightweight sunscreen gel for face and body with a powerful UV protection. The smooth and watery gel sunscreen spreads smoothly over the skin without greasy or sticky feeling. It can be used as a moisturizer, makeup base and sunscreen right after washing your face in the morning. It also helps foundation to sit better and last longer. This moisturizing sunscreen contains 85% beautifying ingredients which keeps skin smooth and hydrated while protecting against UV rays.


Price: 770 yen (40g) [Shop Online]

7. KISS ME Mommy! UV Aqua Milk
©ISEHAN Co., Ltd.

KISS ME Mommy! UV Aqua Milk (マミー UVアクアミルク) is an additive free sunscreen which is recommended for children or sensitive skin. It’s made with 80% food ingredients and contains some natural moisturizing ingredients. With the high SPF/PA rates, it protects delicate skin from UV damages and dryness.

Price: 900 yen (50 g)【Buy it Now】

SPF: 50+/PA: ++++

8. NARIS UP Parasola Illumi Skin UV Essence

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Parasola Illumi Skin UV Essence (パラソーラ イルミスキン UVエッセンス) is a colour-controlling sunscreen essence that creates the translucent and natural glow skin by the light lavender colour, and it can be also used as a make-up base. It contains 10 kinds of moisturizing ingredients that keeps skin smooth and hydrated. It a waterproof sunscreen and has the highest SPF and PA rates.

Price: 970 yen (80g)

SPF: 50+

PA: ++++

Thanks for reading! For more information about Japanese sunscreens, I have introduced some more great products in the listed articles below, so please check them out 🙂

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