I have a habit of buying a few tubes of sunscreen each time I am in Japan to stash away for sunny times here in London. I know that we have a huge choice of them here in too, but there are quite a few reasons why I prefer Japanese sunscreens.
- They rarely leave a white/ashy cast on the skin
- They are smooth to apply
- They absorb quickly and cleanly so no sticky, heavy or oily on the skin.
- They smell good in a fresh and clean way. The fragrance usually dissipates in a few minutes.
- They work and though I tan very easily – I’ve never been burnt using Japanese sunscreens.
I thought I would do a super quick run through of what I currently have in my stash:
SOFINA JENNNE SPF50 PA+++
Great on the face when my skin is feeling extra oily and hormonal. Keeps a nice matte finish but can be drying in very hot dry climates.
SKIN AQUA TONE UP UV ESSENCE SPF50 PA ++++
A light lavender colour correcting lotion that works on both face and body. It doesn’t leave a white cast yet manages to improve skin tone appearance at the same time.
BIORE UV KIDS MILK SPF50 PA++++
The thickest Japanese formula of the bunch yet it glides onto my son’s skin and absorbs really fast. He hates me applying sunscreen on him so this makes the process as quick as possible. It’s non sticky/greasy so he doesn’t walk around like a dust/sand/grass magnet. Fragrance free and doesn’t sting his eyes.
LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS DERMO-KIDS SPF50+
Thicker than the Biore, applies quite sticky in comparison and takes longer to absorb, and has that strong sunscreen smell common in western sunscreens but it’s the best I’ve found here and I love the handy pocket sized bottle that fits in the smallest of bags.
SHISEIDO UNO SKINCARE TANK UV CUT SPF25 PA++
Great for office working men with oilier skin. This is Hiro’s, it’s very light on the skin with a cooling effect after application. Leaves no white cast and is non greasy.
As for my favourite? Well maybe the pic above will give you a hint?
Bioré UV Aqua Rich SPF 50+ PA++++ is my undisputed champion. I like it so much that I can’t not have have one in my bag, one at home and a couple spare if at all possible.
It’s a very light watery gel that sinks into the skin immediately and is totally invisible and feels like nothing on the skin. Extremely comfortable to wear, quick to use, very little fragrance, so irritation, no stingy eyes and zero grease. I use on both face and body and it’s always the one I recommend to anyone that asks. It’s served me well in extremely dry Saharan sun, in dusty humid East African coastal weather, temperamental London and the mad humidity of Japan in summer, too.
I wish it was available here. If you are in Hong Kong you can find them everywhere and if you are in Japan get a few – they are cheap and definitely worth stashing! If you don’t mind buying from overseas, try Ebay or Adam Beauty .