• Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence [DISCONTINUED]

    Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence, a Japanese sunscreen

    Launch Date: 2011.2.26
    Packaging: 50g / 75g Tube (limited edition size)
    Brand: Biore
    Producer: Kao Corporation
    Product Type: Sunscreen
    Price: ¥798

    SPF50+/PA+++

    UV Filter(s): Octinoxate & Uvinul A Plus.

    The product has been replaced or discontinued as of 2014.

    Click here to see the replacement product »

    PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
    PRODUCT INGREDIENTS
    日本語 (Japanese)
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    • Celene

      Hi sorry if this is a repeat question, I was wondering where you purchase your japanese skincare products? I read that you use gmarket and 11st for korean products, but do you know of any reputable places to purchase japanese products other than ebay and amazon? Thanks for your help!

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        To be quite honest, I get given Japanese beauty products due to what I do for a living so I tend to shop/browse for non-Japanese stuff. My Japanese purchases tend to be replacements, and I generally buy in stores or Rakuten Japan.

    • Leek

      Hi there!:)

      I purchased this yesterday (can’t wait to get it!) and since I stumbled on here when I was searching for information on whether I should put it on before my moisturizer, I just read your reply to the comment about its effectiveness against UV rays. So now I have a few questions, if you don’t mind. First is, since this product is a chemical sunscreen rather than a physical sunblock (given its absence of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), does this mean I should apply it on my skin directly before I apply my daily moisturizer? Also, since you mentioned it’s more for daily use where we’re more indoors, does this mean that it is not that effective if we’re going to be spending our time outdoors? To increase its effectiveness, should I, say, pair it up by finishing my beauty routine with Kokuryudo Privacy’s UV protection face powder (SPF50+ PA+++)?

      Reason is, I’ll be traveling to India in March and will be spending quite a bit of my time, if not most, outdoors sightseeing so I’m looking for a good and very effective non-oily sunscreen/sunblock (I have combination to very oily skin). Do you know of any product that would work for that kind of situation?

      Sorry about all the questions, this is the first time I buy a Japanese beauty product so I’m really excited and seeing how your site is incredibly informative, I’m loving it!

      Thank you!:D

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        All the sunscreens (chemical and physical) are tested the same way — on bare skin only, so anything you put on under or over can potentially hinder its protection. The layer(s) underneath can affect absorption, whereas the layer(s) on top can disturb the protective film the sunscreen needs to form over skin. It’s a no-win situation. The general accepted method is to apply sunscreen as the last step of skin care.

        The Biore sunscreen is formulated for minimal direct sun exposure and the Privacy UV powder is for touch-ups during the day, neither would be suitable for outdoor use. A proper sunscreen milk (or some of the newer waterproof gel formulas) would be more appropriate.

        • Leek

          Thank you so much for your concise answer! I will check out sunscreen milk then! Would you recommend any brand?

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    • Cheryl

      Hi, I noticed that this sunscreen does not contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. will that make it a less effective sunscreen than those that contains these ingredients?

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        A sunscreen can be very effective even without Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, but this is designed for normal daily use only (i.e. spend majority of your time indoor with minimal sun exposure) so its UV protection is not excellent.

    • duong

      I have a question is I just research about the ingredients in cosmetic and know that Phenoxyethanol (which is included in the ingredient list below) is a harmful ingredient and is restricted in Japan. So i just want to ask you if I can use this sunscreen and if it is restricted in japan, why is it still in the ingredietn?
      thank you!

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    • cho

      just wondering how rakuten works? T_T used it for the first time to order this. looked at the shipping fees, was freaked out then realized they also had “small package” prices (instead of boxes) which were like $2-3 so I went ahead and ordered this. was very surprised when the shipping came out to more than the sunscreen! my entire order was like 2000 yen…

      • http://ratzillacosme.com ratzilla

        I think I’m gonna post a mini tutorial on how to order from Rakuten as I’ve been getting a lot of emails about this. Rakuten is like eBay (without the bidding) except payment is not charged until you have Ok’ed the shipping charge (which the seller will email you separately and it’s charged according to weight of the overall package). If you don’t write down your shipping preference, most sellers will go with EMS as it is the safest and quickest (but of course, very expensive). For Airmail or SAL, write it down when you place your order (or in your reply when the seller emails you the shipping charge).

        • cho

          oh ok thanks so much!

    • Joslynn

      How does the new Feb 2012 version compare to this? Thanks!

      • http://ratzillacosme.com ratzilla

        It’s not reformulated.

    • jennifer

      Could you please tell me where I can purchase the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence?

      • http://ratzillacosme.com Ratzilla

        Link has been added.