The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Sunscreens 2021

The Best Types of Japanese Sunscreens : Spray, Gel, Lotion and more

Cream, spray, roll-on sticks, etc, various kinds of sunscreen products are on the market in Japan today, which you may get confused about which products to choose. But more types of sunscreens mean that they can be optimised depending on skin type or occasion. If you are serious about protecting the skin from the UV ray and give a good care on your skin, it’s definitely a wise idea to use several types of sunscreens based on purposes and scenes.

In this article, I’d like to share the ultimate guide to Japanese sunscreens, introducing the types of sunscreens available in Japan with their pros and cons as well as the best-selling products from each category!

1. Spray type

Pros- easy to apply without using hands, suitable for outdoor and leisure occasion

Cons-difficult to apply evenly

Shigaisen Yohou UV Spray Makeup Keep

紫外線予報 メイクを守るUVスプレー

This product protects skin from UV rays with the high SPF & PA rate as well as helps preventing makeup from smudging by applying after makeup as a setting spray. (60g  ¥1,620)

KOSE SUNCUT Protect Spray

Copyright © 2017 KOSE COSMEPORT Corp.

It’s a waterproof sunscreen that can be removed by regular soap. Not only for skin, it’s a great product to used for hair, too.

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2. Gel type

Pros- easy to apply evenly. The light and non-greasy texture

Cons- some products might not be suitable for sensitive skin type

Rohto Skin Aqua Moisture Gel

© ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd.

It’s moisturizing, and has light and smooth texture like skin toner. (110g ¥900) 【Buy it Now】

3. Milk type

Pros- Usually made of beauty ingredients that are gentle on sensitive skin

Cons- Weak longevity (you may need to re-apply after certain hours)

Biore UV Perfect Milk

ビオレ UV さらさらパーフェクトミルク SPF50+
Copyright © Kao Corporation.

It can be used for face and body, and it’s easy to spread and keeps skin moisturized.

Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Milk

ビオレ UV アスリズム スキンプロテクトミルク
Copyright © Kao Corporation.

Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Milk is super waterproof with long lasting formula that is ideal for sports and leisure, but still gentle on skin. 【Buy it Now】

4. Lotion type

Pros- Easy to apply. Recommended to use for kids

Cons- Weak longevity. May not be suitable for sports and leisure purposes.

Shiseido d program Allerbarrier Essense

Copyright © Shiseido Co., Ltd.

Recommended for sensitive skin type. While protecting from UV rays, it also prevents skin from allergens and dusts.

5. Cream type

Pros-Highly moisturizing. Usually waterproof

Cons- Slightly thick texture and some of products have weak longevity

La Roche Posey UVIDEA XL Protection Tone Up

【敏感肌用*1】UVイデア XL プロテクショントーンアップ
Copyright ©La Roche-Posay

Made of ingredients are gentle on delicate skin. It can also be used as makeup primer and brighten the skin tone up as well as sunscreen. (30ml ¥3,672)

6. Powder type

Pros- Convenient to carry and touch up

Cons- Low SPF rate

ETVOS Mineral UV Powder

Copyright © ETVOS.

Great item for makeup touch-up and to fix smudging and sebum by applying the powder. The cute package is also very attractive.

7. Stick type

Pros- Long lasting. Can be applied without your hands getting greasy. Recommended to use for particular parts of the face such as nose and forehead which can easily get suntan.

Cons- Some products might be harsh on sensitive skin type (as it needs to apply on skin directly)

BRUSA MARINA Athlete Pro UV Stick EX


This products are popular among marine sports fans and athletes such as surfers and divers as it offers great longevity and high SPF rate. Two colours are available: White and Brown

Did you enjoy the list?? A wide selection of sunscreens can be found in Japan so I hope you’ll find the products that suit most on your skin! It’s also a great idea to use several types of sunscreens according to the occasion and skin type! Most of introduced products are sold at Japanese drugstores 🙂

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