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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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12 Comments on Best Pick: SKIN AQUA SaraFit UV Sara-sara Essence

  1. 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!

  2. 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

    • Last time the product was revamped in any way was back in 2017. That being said, product production is continuous not a one-time deal. There is a chance, of course, of buying old stock especially if you’re overseas buying online. But if you’re in Japan (or buying directly from Japan), this isn’t a concern whatsoever.

      • Thank you so much for your reply. I live in the US and get my sunscreen shipped to me from Japan, so from your reply if I’m understanding correctly then this shouldn’t be a concern.

  3. 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?

      • Thank you so much! I can rest assure I’m getting adequate protection and love using this awesome Sunscreen!

  4. 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 :))

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

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