Best Japanese Waterproof Sunscreens

Must-Buy Long-Lasting Japanese Sunscreens for Face and Body

If you are going to beach or do outdoor activity during day, you should definitely wear powerful sunscreen with excellent UV protection as well as great strength against water, sweat, sebum and rubbing.

Japan has very hot and humid summer, so Japanese cosmetics companies make great efforts to produce long-lasting, durable sunscreen that can withstand the harsh weather. They are not only powerful, but many products are also very lightweight, have smooth texture,and won’t cause sticky, greasy feeling or white cast when applying. So if you are looking for long-lasting sunscreens that can survive extremely hot and humid weather condition or protect your skin during outdoor activities, I’d highly recommend you to try those Japanese sunscreens!

In this article, I’d like to introduce some of the best Japanese sunscreens that are long-lasting, resistant to water, sweat and sebum and you can wear comfortably for your face and body throughout the day. So let’s check them out!

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1. ANESSA Perfect UV Skincare Milk

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ANESSA Perfect UV Skincare Milk (アネッサ パーフェクト UV スキンケアミルク) is one of the best-selling Japanese skin care products of all time. This product is not only popular in Japan but also overseas.

The sunscreen features Shiseido’s advanced “Thermo Booster Technology” and “Aqua Booster EX Technology” which enhance the effect of UV protection and longevity when contacting with water, sweat and heat from the sun. It’s also sand-proof and prevents sand from sticking on the skin. While offering powerful UV protection and long-lasting effect, it feels light and can spread smoothly on the skin without leaving while cast. Can be removed easily with regular soap.


Price: 3,300 yen (60ml) [Shop Online]

2. ALLIE Extra UV Gel

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ALLIE is a sunscreen brand by Kanebo, one of the largest cosmetics companies in Japan along with Shiseido and KOSE. ALLIE is as popular as ANESSA in Japan and known for its effective and high-quality sunscreen products.

ALLIE Extra UV Gel (アリー エクストラUV ジェル) is a fresh and lightweight gel sunscreen with powerful sun protection. It’s super-waterproof and resistant to sweat and water. It also features Kanebo’s original “Super Friction Proof Technology” which is highly resistant to rubbing and prevents the sunscreen from fading and smudging to your clothes or bags. It contains beauty essence like hyaluronic acid and collagen to moisturize the skin


Price: 1,980 yen (90g) [Shop Online]

3. BIORE Athlizm Skin Protect Essence

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Biore UV is a top-selling Japanese drugstore sunscreen brand, which is best known for feather-light, hydrating sunscreens from Aqua Rich line. Athlizm is a new and the most advanced sunscreen line from Biore UV series, designed to provide reliable UV protection under severely hot and humid weather condition.

Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence (ビオレ UV アスリズム スキンプロテクトエッセンス) is a moist-touch, watery sunscreen essence which spreads smoothly on the skin. It features Biore’s original “Tough Boost Technology”, enhancing the durability of UV-blocking films against water, sweat and friction. It also features “Micro Defense Formula” that adheres the skin and creates the sun protection veil evenly. It contains skin care ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and royal jelly to keep the skin moisturized. It’s removable with regular face wash or body soap.


Price: 1,650 yen (70g) [Shop Online]

4. Sports Beauty Sun Protect Milk

Copyright© 2019 KOSÉ Corporation.

Sports Beauty is a Japanese sunscreen brand by KOSE, developed to be durable for sports or outdoor activities. The athlete-tested sunscreen offers strong and long-lasting sun protection even in hot and humid weather.

Sports Beauty Sun Protect Milk (スポーツ ビューティ サンプロテクト ミルク) is a super waterproof sunscreen milk that has smooth texture and adheres on the skin comfortably even when you sweat. It features the brand’s advanced technology, creating the powerful veil over the skin that is resistant to sweat, water and rubbing. It contains beauty ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, collagen and jojoba leaf extract to protect the skin from dryness.


Price: 1,100 yen (20ml) , 2,640 yen (60ml) [Shop Online]

5. NIVEA Deep Protect & Care Gel

Copyright © Kao Corporation.

NIVEA UV Deep Protect & Care Gel (ニベアUV ディープ プロテクト&ケアジェル) is a new sunscreen series by NIVEA, which provides a skin care treatment while protecting the skin from UV rays.

The lightweight sunscreen gel spreads smoothly on face and body without leaving white cast. The super-waterproof formula forms the 3D UV Film which adheres to the skin evenly and stays on even when contacting water or sweat. It contains a rich amount of beauty essence that prevents dark spots, freckles and fine wrinkles caused by UV damage and dryness. An essence type is also available which has serum-like texture and contains light-diffusing powder for smooth looking skin.


Price: 1,078 yen (80g) [Shop Online]

6. SUNCUT Prodefense

Copyright©2021 KOSE COSMEPORT Corp.

SUNCUT is a sunscreen brand by KOSE producing various effective and affordable sunscreens. The brand released a new sunscreen series, SUNCUT Prodefense (サンカット プロディフェンス) with a range of sunscreens with powerful sun protection and long-lasting effects. It also features allerguard function that protect the skin from pollen, dust and other environmental stressors.

SUNCUT Prodefense series is available with 5 products with different functions. Multi Block UV Milk is the world’s first sunscreen milk that suppresses sweat and odor. Toughness UV Milk is a highly durable sunscreen that features newly developed “Toughness Guard Technology”. Non Chemical UV Milk is powerful yet skin-friendly sunscreen milk that is free of colorant, fragrance, mineral oil, alcohol, paraben. Whitening UV Essence is a skin-brightening sunscreen that contains tranexamic acid and vitamin E derivative to suppresses melanin production and prevents spots and freckles. Tone Up UV Stick is a tinted sunscreen stick with a lavender colour and brightens up the skin tone while protecting from UV rays.


Price: 2,200 yen

7. DHC Suncut Perfect Q10 Milk

Copyright © DHC Corporation

DHC is a leading cosmetics and health food supplement company in Japan, offering a wide range of skin-friendly beauty products including the award-winning Deep Cleansing Oil and Olive Virgin Oil. DHC Suncut Perfect Q10 Milk (DHCサンカットQ10パーフェクトミルク) is a water and sweat resistant sunscreen with high-quality UV protection.

The lightweight sunscreen milk spreads smoothly on the skin without sticky feeling or leaving white cast. It offers long-lasting UV protection with durability against water, sweat, sand and rubbing. It contains various beauty essences including collagen, hyaluronic acid and coenzyme Q10 which protect and maintain beautiful skin. The gentle formula sunscreen is free of alcohol, fragrance, colorants and parabens.


Price: 1,980 yen (50ml)

8. ORBIS Body UV Protector

Copyright © 1999–2021 ORBIS Inc.

Sunscreens with high sun protection and great longevity could cause dryness or be a burden on your skin, but this skin-friendly sunscreen can be used comfortably even if you have dry, sensitive skin.

ORBIS Body UV Protector (オルビス ボディ UV プロテクター) is a super-waterproof body sunscreen that offers strong UV protection and skin care effect. It’s formulated with the brand’s original “Powder Emulsifying Technology” that achieve both longevity and comfort. The lightweight sunscreen gel spreads evenly and forms a barrier on the skin against UV rays, which gets even stronger when contacting with sweat. It contains beauty ingredients such as white snow and arnica flower extracts to maintains the skin’s barrier function as well as rosehip extract and collagen to improve skin firmness. This gentle formula sunscreen is free of fragrance, coloring, alcohol and surfactant.


Price: 2,640 yen (80g) [Shop Online]

Thanks for reading! The listed sunscreens are commonly sold at drugstores, cosmetics stores and variety shops in Japan, but some products are also available to shop online with international shipping! So if you are interested in these products, go ahead and try them out!

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 🙂

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