Did you know that Japanese sunscreens have one of the best formula in the beauty industry? Lightweight, non-sticky and won’t leave a white cast!
Hello Skincare Lovers, in our last blog on J-beauty, we promsed to share why those were our top 10 selections. You’re welcome to the Sunscreen edition. Now, here’s why:
As the years go by, many more Japanese have become aware of the dangers of sunburn, and this increased awareness has led to the manufacturing of brilliant sun protection products. Sunburn can eventually result to wrinkles and aging, so the children are taught to start avoiding the sun from a young age in order to protect their skin. Their knowledge and avoidance of harmful UV rays is a major contributor to the flawless skin they are well known for in these times.
Most of us (I like to believe so) are aware of the dangers of UV rays to the skin, but it can be quite difficult for many to stick to the daily use and reapplication of sunscreen due to laziness, humid weather conditions or nature of jobs. Either which way, we understand that the struggle is real! Lol. It’s rare to come by a good affordable sunscreen that is non-sticky, stays put under makeup, or doesn’t leave a white cast. The great news about Japanese sunscreens is that it comes with amazing solutions that will get you to enjoy sunscreen application.
Better Sun Protection : Japanese sunscreens deliver a high level of SPF and PA ratings. While SPF protects against UVB rays which affect the upper layer of the skin, the PA rating specifies the level of UVA protection it provides, and it is common to find Japanese sunscreens with PA+++ and PA++++ (the highest PA rating in this day). So if you’re concerned about skin aging, you may want to look into the PA factor of your sun protection.
Non-Greasy, No White Cast: Those of us with more pigmented skin tones know the struggle of using sunscreen – the white cast just won’t let us be! Japanese sunscreens are lightweight, absorb quickly and leave no white cast or a sticky residue after application. All you ever need in a sunscreen in 1 bottle.
Beyond Sun Protection: These sunscreens aren’t just about shielding the skin from harmful UV rays, but also caring for the skin with active ingredients. You can find Japanese sunscreens that help hydrate the skin and keep it radiant with hyaluronic acid, collagen, and ceramides, amongst others.
Top Rated Japanese Sunscreens
- Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen SPF 50 PA ++++
- Kao Curel UV Protection Milk SPF50+ PA+++
- Rohto Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel SPF50+ PA ++++
- Rohto Hada Labo UV White Gel SPF50+ PA++++
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen SPF 50 PA ++++
Thankfully, Biore UV Aqua Rich is lightweight, hydrating, non-sticky and absorbs into the skin easily, leaving no white cast. Its texture can be likened to a serum, won’t clog pores or cause breakouts or dryness. Contains hydrating glycerin and HA. Water resistant for up to 80 minutes – ideal when outdoor and during summer. Sits well under makeup and easily comes off with a cleanser. Leaves skin fresh, glow-ey and dewy. Ideal for oily, acne-prone skin.
Kao Curel UV Protection Milk SPF50+ PA+++
Lack of ceramide is often the cause of sensitive skin. Curel UV Cream is non-chemical, rich in ceramide and protects effectively from sun rays, while providing intensive moisture care and reducing dryness, redness, and irritation. Lightweight, easy to blend and can also be used on babies’ delicate skin. Free from fragrance, color, alcohol and hypoallergenic.
Rohto Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel SPF50+ PA ++++
If you’re new to Japanese sunscreen, you may want to start with this. A lightweight, moisturizing sunscreen that contains HA, amino acids, and collagen, won’t clog your pores and doesn’t sting the eyes. Skin Aqua SPF is sweat & water resistant, fragrance and alcohol free, non-sticky and sinks easily into the skin. For face, body and a makeup base.
Rohto Hada Labo UV White Gel SPF50+ PA++++
Hada Labo UV White Gel is a multi-functional moisturiser-SPF formulated with HA and vitamin C to replenish moisture and provide strong protection from UV damage. This lightweight gel cream makes skin moist and radiant. Non-greasy, no white cast and an ideal makeup base. For face and body use. What’s more perfect than a moisturiser that has high-level sun protection, and whitening effects?
Indeed, Japanese sunscreen has become a life saver for many, and there’s now no excuse to not use sunscreen all-day long and all-year round. The skin is able to breathe because of its lightweight, and since these sunscreens often contain alcohol, it is advised to use over a face serum or a moisturiser and not directly on the face.
Try out a few, discover your holy grail Japanese sunscreen, and start a new stress-less journey to better sun protection.
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