If you’ve ever been to Japan in the summer you’d understand that with the scorching humidity an oily sunscreen just won’t cut it. With whichever one of the sunscreens I am going to list below you’re going to be able to slap some of it on your face and within five minutes forget you even applied sunscreen!
First here’s a bit of basic information about Japanese sunscreens. Japanese brands rate sunscreens using the PA classification which means Protection Factor A, the strength of protection from the UVA (Ultra Violet A) rays. PA is measured in plus signs; PA+ is the lowest protection while PA++++ is the highest protection rate.
This is what each PA rating means:
- PA+ = Some UVA protection.
- PA++ = Moderate UVA protection.
- PA+++ = High UVA protection.
- PA++++ = Extremely High UVA protection.
Alright, now without further ado here are the best Japanese sunscreens that we recommend for daily use.
Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen
An excellent “heavy-duty” sunscreen fluid that feels very lightweight, and provides fantastic UV protection that stays on even after activities in the outdoors where you’re sweating and constantly on the move. It is also highly effective for sensitive and dry skin. It has a reputation in Japan as the gold standard of sunscreens for outdoor sports or general outdoor activities.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen
Contains water capsules along with hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract, and citrus extract. It’s not greasy, doesn’t leave white marks and can also be used as a makeup base.
Nivea Sun Cream Care UV Sunscreen
Quick to use and loaded with powerful antioxidants — it feels more like a daily moisturizer. It also absorbs quickly, it glides over the skin, and there’s no greasy residue.
Nivea Sun Protect Super Water Gel Sunscreen
The convenient, sturdy pump-action bottle makes daily application a breeze. It’s lightweight and dries super fast making daily application even easier.
Shiseido Anessa Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel
This is a long lasting waterproof sunscreen. Glides wonderfully on your face with a slight hint of citrus. It’s so lightweight you can easily apply it under your make-up.