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.
In this article, I’d like to introduce 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
UV Spray Makeup Keep
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)
Suncut Protect Spray
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.
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
It’s moisturizing, and has light and smooth texture like skin toner. (110g ¥900)
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
It can be used for face and body, and it’s easy to spread and keeps skin moisturized.
Biore UV Athlizm Milk
It’s super waterproof with long lasting formula that is ideal for sports and leisure, but still gentle on skin.
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
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
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
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 🙂
For more information about Japanese sunscreens, please check out these articles, too!