Best Japanese Sunscreens for Dry Skin

Must-Buy Moisturizing Sunscreens in Japan

Do you feel your skin gets dry or irritated while wearing sunscreens with high SPF or long-lasting effects? Are you looking for sunscreen that can be used during dry and cold winter? If yes, this article might help you to find a right product.

Japanese skin care products are highly renowned across the world, and sunscreens are especially popular category. Products like ANESSA and Biore became cult-favourite among international users. Japanese sunscreens are famous for being effective, high-quality and affordable. Sunscreens in Japan are designed to resist hot and humid Japanese summer and protect the skin with powerful SPF and PA rates. Moreover, Japanese sunscreens are available with many shapes and variations that can be chosen depending on body parts, skin types and purposes.

In this article, I’d like to introduce some of Japanese sunscreen products recommended for dry skin. If you’ve ever felt your skin needs extra hydration while wearing sunscreens, I’d highly recommend you to try these sunscreens with hydrating ingredients to make sure your skin is smooth and moist throughout the day.

So let’s check out the list of the best Japanese sunscreens for dry skin!

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1. Curel UV Cream

Copyright © Kao Corporation.

Curel UV Cream (キュレル 潤浸保湿 UVクリーム) is a face sunscreen with moisturizing effect. It contains anti-inflammatory agents and prevents the skin roughness and damages while protecting against UV rays and dryness.

The rich textured cream can spread on the skin smoothly. It can be also used as a makeup primer and helps foundation to appear better. It’s blended with moisturizing ingredients (ceramide and eucariptus essence) that keep the skin smooth and moist throughout the day. This gentle formula sunscreen is free of colorant, fragrance, alcohol and UV absorbing agents. The product is tested for non-comedogenic and allergy, so it’s also recommended for acne-prone and sensitive skin type.

SPF 30/PA+++

Price: Open Price [Shop Online]

2. 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 the high UV protection.

The smooth and watery gel formula can be applied 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: 700 yen (40g) [Shop Online]

3. MINON Bright Up Base UV


 Minon Amino Moist Bright Up Base UV (ミノンアミノモイスト ブライトアップベース UV) is a tinted face sunscreen designed for dry and sensitive skin. Skin care products of MINON Amino Moist series contain 9 kinds of moisture-retaining amino acid to support the barrier function of the skin from external stimuli.

The sunscreen has light beige colour and can be used for makeup base as it corrects skin tone and provides natural coverage. It protects the skin from damages caused by UV rays and dryness as well as environment stressors such as pollution and pollen. The non-chemical, gentle-formula sunscreen is free of alcohol, fragrance, colorant, parabens and UV absorber, and tested for non-comedogenic and allergy.

SPF 47/PA+++

Price: 1,600 yen (25g) [Shop Online]

4. &be UV Milk

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&be UV Milk (&be UVミルク) is one of the most trending beauty products in Japan today and it won the latest @cosme Best Cosmetics Awards as the best sunscreen.

This chemical-free sunscreen milk can be used safely for kids, adults and even sensitive skin. It protects the skin from UV rays and environmental stressors such as pollution, pollen and exhaust gas. It’s also blended with various beauty essence to prevent skin irritation and dryness, leaving the skin smooth and moisturized. It contains micro pearls that reflect lights and give the skin a natural tone-up and a shimmer finish.


Price: 1,800 yen(40g), 2,800 yen(116g) [Shop Online]

5. ORBIS UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Moist

Copyright © 1999–2021 ORBIS Inc.

ORBIS UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Moist (オルビス サンスクリーン オンフェイス モイスト) is a tinted face sunscreen which can be used individually or under makeup. It protects the skin from daily exposure to UV rays as well as air pollutants.

The cream sunscreen has beige shade which smoothly adapt to the skin colour and covers visible pores and uneven skin tone. It’s formulated ultra-light powder which is resistant to water and sweat, so the skin stays smooth and beautiful for many hours. It’s blended with 80% beauty essence to keep the skin hydrated. The gentle formula sunscreen is free of oil, fragrance, colorant and UV absorber, and tested for allergy and non-comedogenic.

SPF 34/PA+++

Price: 960 yen [Shop Online]

6. DHC Suncut Q10 EX Gel

Copyright © DHC Corporation

DHC Suncut Q10 EX Gel (DHCサンカットQ10 EX ジェル) is a moisturizing sunscreen with light and watery texture. It offers powerful UV protection and the skin hydration at the same time.

This lightweight sunscreen gel provides fresh and non-sticky feeling. It contains various skin-beautifying ingredients such as coenzyme Q10, virgin olive oil, hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract to achieve beautiful, supple skin while preventing damages caused by UV rays. This long-lasting sunscreen is water-proof and resistant to water and sweat, yet can be removed easily by regular soap.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 1,800 yen (80g) [Shop Online]

7. SOFINA iP UV Resister Rich Milk
Copyright © Kao Beauty Brands.

SOFINA iP is a skin care line by KAO, producing a range of daily skin care products that are specially designed for busy, modern users, SOFINA iP UV Resister Rich Cream (ソフィーナ iP UVレジスト リッチクリーム) is a smooth and rich sunscreen cream that provides the skin care treatment while protecting the skin from UV rays.

It protect the skin from harsh environmental damages such as UV rays and dryness and leads to the moisturized and translucent skin throughout the day. It offers the brand’s highest level of UV protection and spreads evenly on the skin. The brand’s original Day Clearance Ingredients protects the skin from dryness. The Texture Control Technology provides hydaration and improves the skin adherence. It contains the ceramide care ingredient which protects and supports the ceramide function to provide moisture.  It can be used as a makeup primer. For oily skin, the Smooth Milk type is recommended.


Price:  3,300 yen (30ml) [Shop Online]

8. SEKKISEI Skincare UV Gel

Copyright © 1996–2020 KOSE Corporation.

SEKKISEI Skincare UV Gel (雪肌精 スキンケア UV ジェル) is a lightweight sunscreen gel with beauty serum which provides sun protection and skin care effect at the same time.

The moisture-rich sunscreen gel protects the skin from dryness, roughness and dark spots caused by sun exposure. It’s lightweight and can spread smoothly without sticky or heavy feeling. It contains 80% beauty serum including highly moisturizing fermented Job’s tears extract, which promotes brighter and clearer skin with each use. It protect the skin from damages caused by UV rays, environmental stressors and dryness.

SPF 50+/PA++++

Price: 1,050 yen (40g), 2,100 yen (90g)[Shop Online]

If you are into Japanese beauty products, I’d recommend you to check out the online beauty store Kokoro which offers a wide selection 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 🙂

Thank you very much for reading! Which Japanese moisturizing sunscreens are you interested? If you wish to check out more Japanese sunscreens, I have more articles introducing the latest Japanese sunscreens for different skin type and price ranges!

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