Best Japanese Sunscreen Sticks

Must-Buy Japanese Stick Sunscreens

Sunscreen is one of our daily skin care essentials and products are available with various different features and formulas including lotion, gel, spray and powder.

Stick type sunscreens may be pretty new to us, but now more cosmetics brands produce them and they started gaining popularity because of beneficial features.

First of all, sunscreen sticks keep your hands clean and can be applied with only one hand. You can also apply it on small parts of face or body. The on-the-go solid formula also makes easy to carry around without worrying about liquid leaking inside your bag. And of course, stick type sunscreens are as safe and effective as other types of sunscreens.

Sunscreens are recommended to re-apply every 2–3 hours, so I think it would be good idea to use lotion or cream type as your primary sunscreen to apply at home and have stick type for touch-up and use outside.

Now many sunscreen sticks from different brands available in Japan, and you may wonder which one to choose. So in this article, I’m going to introduce my picks of the best Japanese sunscreen sticks. Let’s check them out!

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1. SHISEIDO Clear Stick UV Protector

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SHISEIDO Clear Stick UV Protector (資生堂 クリアスティック UVプロテクター) is a water-resistant stick sunscreen from the brand’s sun care series. The transparent sunscreen stick can be applied and blended smoothly on the skin without leaving sticky feeling. It can be used over or under makeup. It features Shiseido’s original “WetForce Technology” which enhances the effect of the UV protection veil when contacting with water or sweat. It’s dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, and suitable for all skin type.

SPF/PA: SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 3,080 yen 【Shop Online】

2. KOSE SUNCUT Prodefense Tone Up UV Stick

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KOSE SUNCUT Prodefense Tone Up UV Stick (サンカット® プロディフェンス トーンアップUV スティック) is a lightly tinted sunscreen stick for face and body. It has lavender colour that enhances translucency and brightens up the skin tone. It can be used as a makeup primer or apply on top of makeup for touch-up. It features the sunlight damage defense formula with 50% beauty essence and protects the skin from both UV damage and dryness. It also protect the skin from environmental stressors such as pollen, dust and dirt. The super waterproof formula offers a great durability against sweat, water and friction.

SPF/PA: SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 2,200 yen【Shop Online】

3. Beauty Veil Powdery UV Stick
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Beauty Veil Powdery UV Stick (Beauty Veil パウダリーUVスティック) is a sunscreen stick for face and body. The powder-in sunscreen provides long-lasting smooth and silky feelings without sticking on hair or clothes. It glides easily on the skin as it features a curved applicator which is designed to fit body curve. It offers powerful and long-lasting UV protection, yet it’s gentle formula and can be removed easily by soap. Scented with a Floral Musk fragrance.

SPF/PA: SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 1,430 yen【Shop Online】

4. Outdoor UV


Outdoor UV (アウトドア UV) is a sunscreen stick that is specially designed for outdoor activities and sports. The compact sunscreen stick is easy to carry and re-touch. It contains natural bug repellent ingredients such as eucalyptus and peppermint that keep insects away. This long-lasting, waterproof formula sunscreen offers strong UV protection yet it’s gentle on the skin and can be washed off easily with soap. It’s free of paraben, alcohol and UV absorber. The product is available with 2 colors: natural beige and white.

SPF/PA: SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 2,970 yen【Shop Online】

5. NOV UV Stick EX

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NOV is a Japanese skin care line developed for dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin based on clinical dermatology studies. For those who have delicate skin, NOV UV Stick EX (ノブ UVスティックEX) is highly recommended. The sunscreen stick has lightly beige colour and can act as makeup primer and foundation with a light coverage. It’s gentle on the skin yet offers a powerful UV protection and gently guards the skin from damage and dryness caused by UV rays. It’s waterproof but can be removed easily by regular soap. The low-irritant formula sunscreen is free of colorant, fragrance and UV absorber, and non-comedogenic and allergy tested.

SPF/PA: SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 3,300 yen【Shop Online】

6. Shigaisen Yoho Dry-touch UV Stick


Shigaisen Yoho Dry-touch UV Stick (紫外線予報 さらさらUVスティック) is a sunscreen stick for face and body. This gentle formula sunscreen stick can be used safely for both adult and children from the age of 1. The non-greasy sunscreen stick glides on evenly and keeps the skin smooth and comfortable while protecting from UV rays. It’s waterproof formula but can be removed by regular soap. It contains several skin care ingredients and herbal extracts that keep the skin moisturized. It’s free of colorant, fragrance, paraben and alcohol.

SPF/PA: SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 1,870 yen【Shop Online】

7. Biore Athlizm Protect Stick

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Biore Athlizm is a sunscreen series specially designed for outdoor leisure or sports and offers a range of sunscreens that have a great longevity and resistance against water and sweat. A new products from the series is Biore Athlizm Protect Stick (ビオレUV アスリズム プロテクトスティック), recommended to use for retouch for face and can be used over makeup. It features the series’ signature the Tough Boost Technology which is highly resistant to sweat, humidity and friction. It contains various beauty ingredients such as niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to moisturizes the skin.

SPF/PA: SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 2,200 yen

If you are into Japanese beauty products, I’d recommend you to check out the online beauty store Kokoro which offers a wide range of Japanese beauty products with worldwide shipping. Visit their website (Kokoro: to check more Japanese cosmetics products! Free shipping is available when you spend over 40 USD 🙂

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