17 Best Japanese Sunscreens 2021 | Why Japanese Sunscreens Are Better

by Takashi Nomoni

Sunscreens are a must in your makeup routine. if you don’t already have your go-to sunscreen here are the best Japanese sunscreens you can try. See what best works for your skin and always keep it handy!

In my opinion, the Japanese sunscreen for sensitive skin is Curel UV Sunscreen by Kanebo and the best Japan sunscreen for oily skin is Watery Essense by Biore.

I have a simple skincare regime, but the vital part of it is sunscreen. I can skip using my makeup, but I can never leave the house without a layer of sunscreen to protect my skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

I make sure that I apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before I leave the house. Giving it those 20 minutes ensures that the product gets absorbed in the skin, and works as a shield. 

No matter what the weather outside is like, you cannot miss out on sunscreen. I have made such mistakes in the past when, looking at the cloudy sky outside, I would think sunscreen is not required. It was only later that I found out UV rays can damage the skin even when there is cloud cover. So no matter what the weather is, always apply your sunscreen.

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Best Japanese Sunscreens For Different Skin Types

Sunscreens are flooding the market today, but there is none I trust more than these top Japanese sunscreens. They have a high SPF rating, feel weightless, have moisturizing properties (which is such a huge plus point), and works as a primer. 

Tons of Japanese sunscreens are widely available, so there is bound to be some confusion about which one to choose. But, fret not. I have selected some of the best Japanese sunscreens and divided them into categories based on the skin. This way, you can jump right into your skin type and find the right sunscreen for you. 

So, let us get some pampering UV protection, shall we? 

Best Japanese SunscreensBest ForSPF
Watery Essence By Biore $18.88Acne-prone SkinSPF50+
Urban Oil-Free UV Protector By Shiseido$35.00Oily SkinSPF42
Allie Extra Gel UV Sunscreen$26.49Sensitive Skin SPF50+
Curel UV Milk$18.69Dry SkinSPF30
Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion By Shiseido$56.00Fair Complexion SPF50+
Tone Up UV Essence By Skin Aqua$18.99Fair Complexion SPF50+
UV Bright Milk By Biore$16.90Dark Skin SPF50+
Super-Moisture Gel Pump By Skin Aqua$18.19Dark Complexion SPF50+
Waterproof Baby Milk By Pigeon$13.00Babies SPF50+
Anessa Aqua Booster Mild By Shiseido$37.00BabiesSPF50+
ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen$67.00Sensitive SkinSPF50+
NIVEA Sun Super Water Gel$18.87Dry SkinSPF50
KOSE SUNCUT Sunscreen Spray$17.85Dark SkinSPF50+
Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen by Shiseido$16.00Mature SkinSPF50+
Privacy UV Face Powder$49.21Sensitive SkinSPF50+
Canmake Mermaid UV Skin Gel$11.99Dark SkinSPF50+
Obagi Sun Shield Matte Sunscreen$53.00Mature SkinSPF50
Top Japanese Sunscreens 2020

Best Japanese Sunscreens For Oily Skin

Do you have skin that breakouts almost every other day? It’s time you switch up your products and get a sunscreen that is fit for oily and acne-prone skin. The two Japanese sunscreens for oily skin mentioned below are probably the best ones available in the market.

They do not clog your pores and leave your skin feeling fresh. 

#1 — Watery Essense By Biore – Best Japanese Sunscreen For Acne-prone Skin

The Watery Essence by Japanese sunscreen Biore remains true to its name; it feels weightless and is super-hydrating, just like water. In 2014, this product won the Best Cosmetic Award which is why it’s one of the best Japanese sunscreens. It is one of the most trusted Japanese sunscreens for oily and acne-prone skin.

It protects your skin without clogging the pores. It is waterproof, and you can wash it off using your regular makeup remover. 

Watery Essence by Biore Sunscreen, Japan Ingredients:

The sunscreen contains hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract, and citrus, which all work wonders on your skin. Hyaluronic acid is famed for its numerous benefits on the skin. It helps get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. 

The Watery Essence sunscreen keeps your skin looking fresh, plump, and healthy. The watery essence by Biore sunscreen, Japan price is ¥ 798.

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: +++

Related: To ensure that your skin stays hydrated through the day, check out these best Japanese moisturizers!

#2 — Urban Oil-Free UV Protector By Shiseido – Best Japanese Sunscreens 2020

Shiseido is a popular brand, not only in Japan but all over the world. Shiseido’s Urban Oil-Free UV Protector comes with SPF 42 broad-spectrum and is for the face.

It is ultra-light and oil-free, which makes it a preferable option for people with oily skin that are prone to breakouts.

It has a matte finish, which helps make your face look oil-free. The formula is water-resistant for about 40 minutes. It is easy to wash off; you can use your regular makeup remover.

  • SPF: 42
  • PA: +++

Related: Get rid of every last trace of makeup or sunscreen with these nourishing Japanese cleansing oils. Check it out!

Best Japanese Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin Or Dry Skin

It can be problematic to take care of dry and sensitive skin. You need to use targeted products to ensure your skin does not feel stretched and flaky. If your current sunscreen makes your skin feel tight, you need to change it. Use the products mentioned below to help your parched skin.

#3 — Allie Extra Gel UV Sunscreen by Kanebo – Japanese Skincare 2020 Must-Have

Do you have dry and parched skin that needs immediate hydration? I have dry skin, and not every sunscreen suits my skin. And that is how I stumbled upon this beauty.

The Allie Extra Gel UV Sunscreen by Kanebo nourishes the skin and is one of the most popular sunscreens of Japan.

Kanebo sunblocks are one of the most popular brands of sunscreens in Japan and are one of the best Japanese sunscreens available in the market.

It is a gel lotion that leaves the skin dewy, fresh, and healthy.

Allie Extra Gel UV Sunscreen by Kanebo Ingredients:

The formula contains hyaluronic acid and collagen. It moisturizes and protects dry skin and is optimal for colder climates too.

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: ++++

Related: Applying one of these foundations over your sunscreen will help you get a seamless look!

#4 — ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen

This best Japanese sunscreens is one of the best sellers in Japan and a cult favorite! It contains advanced sunblock aqua booster technology that makes the sunscreens’ UV blocking capabilities stronger when the skin is exposed to sweat and water. 

The sunscreen spreads over smoothly and has a lightweight texture. You can easily layer your makeup and other products over the sunscreen. It doesn’t leave a white cast after application. It has an SPF50+ and PA++++

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA++++

Related: Here are amazing Japanese body scrub that will make your soft, supple, and radiant. Check it out!

#5 — Curel UV Milk – Best Alcohol-free Japanese Sunscreen

Curel is one of the leading skincare brands in Asia, especially for products that work on dry, sensitive skin. And Curel sunblocks are highly sought after in Japan.

The UV Milk sunscreen is a product that soothes dry and irritated skin.

Curel UV Milk Ingredients:

The sunscreen contains ceramide and eucalyptus extract, both of which are known to work wonders for the skin. The product is hypoallergenic, fragrance, and alcohol-free. 

  • SPF: 30
  • PA: ++

Related: Click here to know the Japanese skin care secrets to flawless skin!

#6 — NIVEA Sun Super Water Gel

This is another one of the best Japanese sunscreens that can be used on your body and face as well. And it’s good for everyday use as well. The formula is pretty light and spreads on the skin like water while feeling like gel. It is very gentle on the skin and doesn’t leave a white cast after application. The formula contains hyaluronic acid which will keep your skin hydrated and keep the skin from drying due to the UV rays. The only downside is that it’s not waterproof but it can be washed off with soap. 

  • SPF: 50
  • PA+++

Related: Keep your under eye nourished with these amazing under eye creams from Japanese skincare brands. Check it out!

#7 — Privacy UV Face Powder

The next of the best Japanese sunscreens is the Privacy UV Face Powder. Yes, I said powder! This powdery sunscreen is great to use over your makeup to touch up when you sweat on a sunny day. The powdery Japanese sunscreen is SPF50+ with PA++++, this ensures you also have adequate UV protection while still looking pretty.

  • SPF50+
  • PA++++

Related: Here are Japanese exfoliators for smooth skin!

Best Japanese Sunscreens For Fair Complexion

Do you have a fair complexion and want to make sure you do not tan no matter how much time you spend under the sun? These Japanese sunscreens take protection to a whole new level and helo you maintain that flawless skin.

#8 — Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion by Shiseido – Top Japanese Sunscreen For Fair Skin

Shiseido makes sunscreens that are efficient in blocking the harmful UV rays and preventing tanning. If you are looking for a sunscreen that will keep tanning at bay, you must consider the Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion. 

It comes with SPF 50+ and is a lightweight product. The formula becomes more effective when it comes in contact with water.

It feels comfortable and gentle on the skin, without compromising on the protection. You can use it both on your face and body.

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: +++

Related: Check out other best-selling skin care and makeup products by Shiseido

#9 — Tone Up UV Essence by Skin Aqua

The Tone Up UV Essence by Skin Aqua is a lightly scented tinted product that not only protects your skin against the harmful rays of the sun but also acts as a makeup base.

Japanese sunscreen Skin Aqua is a trusted and one of the best Japanese sunscreens available. If you have a fair complexion then this is the best Japanese sunscreen for you!

It has SPF 50+, and it contains a lavender-colored essence that brightens the complexion. You can use it as a BB cream or a moisturizer to make your beauty regime simple. 

If you like to use UV spray, then you also get Skin Aqua Tone up UV spray. Japanese spray sunscreen comes handy when you’re traveling. It’s easy to apply and carry as well.

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: ++++

Related: Keep your skin hydrated, smooth and soft with these amazing Japanese body washes. Check it out!

Best Japanese Sunscreen – Dark Skin

Dark complexion is beautiful, but putting on a sunscreen that leaves a white cast behind can be a problem. If you have been battling this problem for a while now, try switching with one of the sunscreens mentioned below. These Japanese sunscreens for dark skin have been formulated to give your skin a satin-like finish.

#10 — UV Bright Milk by Biore – Best Japanese Sunscreen for Dark Complexion

Many sunscreens leave a slight white cast behind when applied, which is an issue if you have a darker complexion. The white tint happens due to zinc and titanium oxides present in sunscreens. These ingredients do not get absorbed in the skin easily. 

The Sarasara UV bright milk, one of the best Japanese sunscreens of 2020, has a milky formula that gets absorbed in the skin and does not leave behind a white hue.

It gives a matte finish and gives your skin a soft glow. You will start loving this product right from the first use.

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: +++

Related: Wake up to soft, supple skin with these nourishing Japanese night moisturizers.

#11 — Super Moisture Gel Pump by Skin Aqua – Top-selling Sunscreen For Dark Skin In Japan

People with darker complexions love the Super Moisture Gel Pump by Skin Aqua. The gel-like formula of the sunscreen leaves the skin looking fresh.

You will also notice that this product gives your skin a natural, satin-like finish. 

The sunscreen comes in a pump bottle, and the product has a lotion-like consistency. The pump bottle makes it easy to apply. You can use it on both your face and body.

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: ++++

Related: Here are Japanese shampoos to promote hair growth and reduce hair fall!

#12 — KOSE SUNCUT Sunscreen Spray

This is a spray type sunscreen so it’s really easy to apply on the go. And you can apply it all over your body including the face. There’s no white cast after application. It has SPF50+ and PA++++. 

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: ++++

Related: Give your skin an intense hydration with these amazing Japanese serums!

#13 — Canmake Mermaid UV Skin Gel

The next best Japanese sunscreens we have for you is the Canmake Mermaid UV Skin Gel. It has a watery foula and is lightweight. It gives you high sun protection with SPF50+ and PA++++. It is packed with moisturizing skin ingredients so you even use it as a moisturizing makeup base. You can also apply this Japanese sunscreen gel to your body for complete sunscreen protection!

  • SPF50+
  • PA++++

Best Japanese Sunscreens For Mature Skin

#14 — Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen by Shiseido

This is one of the best Japanese sunscreens for mature skin. This sunscreen works double duty when it comes to protecting your skin from the UV rays. It also protects your skin from other signs of aging caused due to UV rays. It has a dewy finish and also moisturizes your skin along with protecting you from the harmful radiation. It has SPF50+ and PA++++ 

  • SPF 50+ 
  • PA++++

Related: Keep your skin looking young and radiant with these nourishing Japanese antiaging skincare products. Check it out!

#15 — Obagi Sun Shield Matte Sunscreen

This is one of the best Japanese sunscreens with matte finish. The Obagi Sun Shield’s formula contains zinc oxide and octinoxate. The sunscreen is PABA-free and fragrance-free which makes it suitable for all skin types. It also prevents signs of aging due to sun damage. The sunscreen is SPF50 with a non-greasy formula.

  • SPF50

Related: Here are amazing Japanese powder foundations. Find your skin’s true match here!

Best Japanese Sunscreens For Babies and Kids

Baby’s and kids’ skin is delicate and needs extra care. The sun can damage their skin if not taken care of. However, you cannot just apply any sunscreen on their face.

Their skin needs a special and gentle formulation that will protect it without being too harsh. The sunscreens below are sensitive and perfect for your baby.

#16 — Waterproof Baby Milk by Pigeon – Best Japanese Sunscreen For Baby Skin

When we think of sunscreens, we only tend to focus on adults. Kids have sensitive skin and are more prone to damage.

The waterproof UV baby milk by Pigeon protects your baby’s delicate skin against the harmful UV rays and keeps it looking plump and healthy.

Pigeon is a well-known Japanese brand leading in baby and toddler goods. And the Pigeon brand of sunscreens is widely used in Japan.

The sunscreen leaves a faint white shine.

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: +++

Related: Soothe and nourish your skin with these amazing Japanese face masks. Pick one for your skin type and concern!

#17 — Anessa Aqua Booster Mild by Shiseido – Best Alcohol-free Japanese Sunscreen For Kids

You should not trust your baby’s skin with just any product. They have skin that needs special care and attention. Using the wrong product can do more damage than good.

The mild UV milk from Anessa is perfect for sensitive skin and can be used on your baby’s delicate skin as well. It is free of paraben, fragrance, and alcohol, making the formula safe for your baby’s sensitive skin. 

Anessa sunscreen Japan is one of the top-selling Japanese sunscreens and can be trusted without a doubt!

  • SPF: 50+
  • PA: ++++

Are Japanese Sunscreens Better Than Other Brands?

Japanese sunscreens are better than most other brands. Japanese sunscreens are light and don’t leave your skin feeling greasy after application. Sunscreen developed by Japanese brands is absorbed by the skin very quickly, thanks to its unique formula. And since it doesn’t build a film over your skin, you skin can breathe easy.

When it comes to Japanese sunscreen vs Korean sunscreens – it’s a really close call. Skincare products from both are really effective. But I, obviously, prefer Japanese skincare products and with that Japanese sunscreens!

So are you ready to dive into the world of Japanese sunscreens? Japanese brands take special care when formulating their products, and that is why they are so popular all over the world. Beauticians swear by these Japanese sunscreens. They are gentle on the skin. 

With these products, you are sure to stay protected from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Keep damaged skin at bay, and get one of these products today based on your skin type. 

Ready to switch over, now? 

Top Japanese Sunscreens: FAQs

#1 — What Sunscreens Are Best In Japan?

The best sunscreens from Japan are Watery essence by Biore, Urban oil-free UV protector By Shiseido, Allie Extra Gel UV Sunscreen by Kanebo, Curel UV Milk sunscreen, Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion by Shiseido, Tone Up UV Essence by Skin Aqua, UV Bright Milk by Biore, Super Moisture Gel Pump Sunscreen by Skin Aqua, Waterproof Baby Milk Sunscreen by Pigeon, and Anessa Aqua Booster Mild Sunscreen by Shiseido.

#2 — How much is Biore sunscreen in Japan?

The cost of Biore sunscreen in Japan is about JPY 798. Biore watery essence sunscreen is an SPF50+ sunscreen with PA+++. It is one of the best Japanese sunscreens for acne-prone skin.

#3 — What is the best Biore sunscreen?

One of the best Biore sunscreens is the Watery essence sunscreen. It’s one of the best Japanese sunscreens for oily skin and acne-prone skin. In fact, Watery Essence by Biore won the Best Cosmetic Award in 2014. It contains hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract, and citrus and helps visibly reduce fine lines, and wrinkles.

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