The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Sunscreens 2021

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

Cream, spray, sticks, powder, etc, various kinds of sunscreen products are on the market in Japan today, and you may get confused about which products to choose. But more types of sunscreens mean that you can pick them according to skin type or occasion. If you are serious about protecting the skin from the UV rays and give a good care on your skin, it’s definitely a wise idea to use several types of sunscreens according to purposes, situations and parts of your body.

In this article, I’d like to share the ultimate guide to Japanese sunscreens, introducing common 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 spreading by 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
Copyright: http://www.ishizawa-lab.co.jp

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. Great for oily skin.

Cons- some products might not be suitable for sensitive skin

ALLIE Extra UV Gel

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Copyright © Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.

The lightweight sunscreen gel has powerful UV protection. Highly resistant to water, sweat and rubbing.

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- Lightweight. Easy to apply. Can wear under makeup

Cons- You need to shake it before use. Some products leave white cast.

ANESSA  Perfect UV Skincare Milk

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Copyright © Shiseido Co., Ltd.

Featuring Shiseido’s original “Thermo Booster Technology” and “Aqua Booster EX Technology” which enhance the effects of longevity and UV protection when exposed to water, sweat or heat from the sun.

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. Essence type

Pros- Easy to apply. Gentle formula. Recommended to use for kids

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

Biore 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 SPF50+
Copyright © Kao Corporation.

Lightweight, watery sunscreen essence features the “Micro Defense Formula” which spreads evenly on the skin and protect the skin from UV rays.

Shiseido d program Allerbarrier Essense

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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. Strong UV protection.

Cons- Slightly thick texture and could be heavy for oily or acne-prone skin

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

ミネラルUVパウダー
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 small parts on face and body.

Cons- Could be heavy and stick.

BRUSA MARINA Athlete Pro UV Stick EX

COPYRIGHT(C) BRISA MARINA.

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

8. Tone UP type

Pros- Correct your skin tone for beautiful and bright skin. Can wear under makeup.

Cons- Could appear too white when it doesn’t match with your skin colour

SKIN AQUA Tone Up UV Essence

© ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd.

The lavender shade sunscreen essence brightens up the skin tone for clear and translucent skin.


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!

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