Best Pick: SKIN AQUA SaraFit UV Sara-sara Essence

This latest formula of SKIN AQUA SaraFit UV Sara-sara Essence with SPF50+ PA++++ is a good one; uncomplicated, unfragranced, very inexpensive, and effective. Its particular USP is that the daily wear formula is fast-absorbing and feels silky smooth even when applied over sweaty, sticky skin on a hot, humid summer’s day.

I’ve gone through many tubes of the SaraFit UV Essence. It has become my “default” body sunscreen for normal day-to-day activities in the summer — partly because it’s always ridiculously cheap in Japan. It’s a lightweight, completely invisible sunscreen that feels refreshing to apply and free from any sort of chalky, gunky residue. I can apply a thick wad of it without it transferring onto everything my skin brushes against.

Best Pick SKIN AQUA SaraFit UV Sara-sara Essence

The formula contains a blend of hydrators alongside the chemical (organic) UV filters, so despite the instant-absorbing effect on the skin, it never feels drying. Perhaps those with dry, sensitive skin might prefer something less alcohol-laden, but it has never bothered my drier areas.

For those wondering how the SaraFit essence compares to the insanely popular Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence: I think the SaraFit feels fresher on hot, sticky skin than the Biore and it stays put slightly better. It’s also cheaper and has a more straightforward formula. If you want a more velvet feel, Biore is the more appropriate option. I use neither on my face.

SKIN AQUA SaraFit UV Sara-sara Essence is US$12.40 for 80g at Amazon. In Japan, I can almost always find it on sale for less than ¥450 — if you’re paying the RRP of ¥800, you’re paying way too much!

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Lala
Lala

Is this still being produced? I can’t find it on Rakuten at all and Amazon doesn’t ship to my country. Or has the packaging changed? Thanks!

Ratzilla
Ratzilla

Yes, it’s readily available in Japan.

Lala
Lala

Thanks for your reply. Any chance you can include a new Rakuten link? I’ve tried searching and can’t find it at all.

Maddi
Maddi

Was there a 2018 or 2019 version of this sunscreen, and if not, is it still safe to use or has it potentially expired? This was one of my favorites but I’m questioning if I should continue buying it because I heard sunscreens are good only 2-3 years after the manufacture date.O

Mstoastie R.
Mstoastie R.

Does the Sarafit offer both UVA/UVB protection? I’ve tried dozens of Sunscreens and this one surpasses all the others, I love it! I just can’t find the answer to my question, someone please?

Shreya Singh
Shreya Singh

I have a friend visiting Kyoto soon and I wanted to ask her to bring me 2-3 things. I am brown toned, and most sunscreens leave a greasy finish and white cast. Could you recommend a good alcohol free drugstore facial sunscreen, preferably cruelty-free? The sun in Australia is strong so something with UVA and UVB protection.
Thank you :))

Ratzilla
Ratzilla

Alcohol-free sunscreens wil be always be inherently greasier — alcohol is what enhances absorption and gives products a significantly lighter, fresher feel.

Casey
Casey

May I ask why you don’t use this on your face and what sunscreens you do use on your face?

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