My Top 5 SPF50+ PA++++ Japanese Sunscreens for 2016

Only new 2016 launches need apply!

Right. If you’ve followed me on the site for a while, then you will know that it’s time for my annual Japanese sunscreens ranking. I’ve been doing one every year in April/May since 2011!

In past years, I’ve deliberately picked sunscreens that are firmly in the budget category — a protective sunscreen that is a pleasure to use doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money! But wonderful formulas come in all budgets and it wouldn’t be fair to not include them just because they’re on the more expensive side. And so, I’ve chosen a variety of formulas for all budgets that I think suit a wide audience in this year’s run-down of my top five newly released SPF50+ PA++++ sunscreens of 2016.

Details of each of the sunscreens are linked below. If you missed last year’s top picks, you can check it out here.

So check out my picks below (in no particular order), plus some honourable mentions!

1) SKIN AQUA Super Moisture Gel SPF50+ PA++++ (2016 formula)

Putting sunscreen on everyday doesn’t to be a chore with this user-friendly sunscreen gel! It disappears into the skin completely without a trace. Skin feels fresh and comfortable, not tight, sticky, and greasy. Its fragrance-free, to-the-point formula and gender-neutral, pump packaging design makes daily application quick and easy — even for fussy men!

SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Gel SPF50+ PA++++ (2016 version)

2) NIVEA SUN Protect Plus UV Milky Essence

If Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence and Biore UV Perfect Milk had a baby, their child would be something like this. It’s like a toned down sunscreen milk (or an amped up sunscreen essence/gel) —  just slightly less mattifying and tenacious, feels less dry, and less runny in texture.

NIVEA Sun Protect Plus UV Milky Essence

3) ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster

If you’re going swimming, fishing, windsurfing, or kayaking and need a reliable sunscreen that is close to being bulletproof then look no further. This milky sunscreen only does one thing — protects skin from UV damages when you’re in or near water (where you get even more UV exposure!) — but it does so very well! It keeps the skin from tanning or burning and it leaves no sticky residue for sand to get stuck on.

ANESSA Perfect UV Aqua Booster

4) JILL STUART Relax Aqua Chiffon Protector W

A beautifully formulated sunscreen gel for everyday wear is perfect for the décolleté area and hands. It applies beautifully and sinks in easily. There is nothing left at all to suggest that I’ve applied anything to my skin — apart from the light happy-inducing scent! It smells sweet, girly, and clean, and so uplifting in the warm, muggy weather!

JILL STUART Relax Aqua Chiffon Protector W

5) Point Magic PRO Pressed Powder UV

Yes, I know this isn’t a sunscreen, but it’s just wonderful for touching up makeup and sun protection during the day! Rather than absorbing oil and then simply stick to whatever base I have on, this UV face powder sits on top of the skin like a microfine velvet veil. It takes aways shine, blurs out imperfections, and gives a UV boost without looking heavy, dull, or dry. The beautiful embossed compact is just icing on the cake!

Point Magic PRO Pressed Powder UV

Honorable Mentions

Here’s more excellent ones that deserve a nod. These barely missed the cut because there’s no easy way to buy online outside of Japan (or Asia) at the moment of publishing. I like these just as much as my top 5 picks above! (One of them would have been among the top 5 if it wasn’t so difficult for find a worldwide stockist that carries the current formula!)

Dr. Ci:Labo UV & WHITE Moisture Milk SPF50+ PA++++ (2016 formula)

A sunscreen milk suitable for daily use and the outdoors that is packed full of antioxidants and moisturising ingredients. This newly upgraded formula is ultra-lightweight and has something of a ‘soft-focus’ finish that blurs out minor imperfections, but manages to give brilliant protection against UV rays and air pollutants. I say this would do quite nicely for anyone with normal-combination wanting something beyond basic sun protection from their sunscreen! Did I mention it’s water/sweat/sebum-resistant and free of alcohol and fragrance? (Hover over image below for ingredients.)Dr. Ci-Labo UV & WHITE Moisture Milk SPF50+ PA++++ (2016 formula)

 Country & Stream Honey UV Water Gel 50+

It’s alcohol-free and loaded with hydrating ingredients yet still feels light and refreshing on the skin. I especially love its easy-on easy off formula and refreshing honey lemon fragrance!

Country & Stream Honey UV Water Gel 50+

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Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you so much for this informative post! I was wondering, if I were to be under the sun the whole day while sightseeing during autumn in Japan, would you recommend a sunscreen formulated for sports (like the silver or white bottle anessa) or would that be too over the top? I would love to hear your thoughts on this!! (It would be great if you could recommend a sunscreen for such a purpose as well!)

Clare Lin
Clare Lin
3 years ago

Hello, thank you so much for this informative post! I was wondering, if I were to be under the sun the whole day while sightseeing during autumn, would you recommend a sunscreen formulated for sports or would that be too over the top? I would love to hear your thoughts on this!! (It would be great if you could recommend a sunscreen for such a purpose too!!)

Cristal Cox
Cristal Cox
3 years ago

What is the best product for everyday protection… and then also when I’m on vacay or doing summer outdoor activities?
I have very light skin with dark melasma patches for over 10 years now, and despite my zinc wearing obsession, my skin has darkened and splotches that never go away!
I have slightly dry skin prone to acne as well…
Also, is there anything that can truly fade spots and whiten/brighten my skin?
Please help….
CC

The Beauty of Peace
The Beauty of Peace
3 years ago

By the way, I bough the Dr Ci Labo gel on ebay and it was sent from Japan. Seems authentic.

The Beauty of Peace
The Beauty of Peace
3 years ago

The Dr Ci Labo gel is indeed very nice, however, I would not recommend it for oily skin, especially in a hot humid climate.

Miss M
Miss M
3 years ago

I just bought the Point Magic pressed pwder – it is too dry for my sensitive skin – a shame as it is handy to have it in my bag !

Mia_M
Mia_M
3 years ago

What kind of shops carry the Dr. Ci:Labo and Country & Stream sunscreens? I ducked into all of the cosmetic shops along the shopping street in Osaka and found the Anessa and Skin Aqua pretty easily, but couldn’t find the ones I was interested in.

L p
L p
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia_M

Hi I looked high and low for the country & stream sunscreen. I managed to find it in loft, which is connected with a muji store. It’s about a 5 minute walk from Tokyo station. Only place I found it!!!!

L p
L p
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia_M

Also. I don’t know where you’re based? But they sell the country and stream on the yes style website. Overpriced of course!

Merlando
Merlando
3 years ago

Hi , can u please recommend me non comedogenic sunscreens for sports(soccer). i sweat and tan alot and dont want acne to breakout

Nik
Nik
3 years ago

Hi, Ratzilla, I like Anessa perfect if aqua booster except that it is too powerful for everyday use. I recently bought this Nivea protect plus milky essence but found it a bit oily on my face. Could you recommend some sunscreens that has a texture between these two and is at least as powerful as Nivea protect plus?

Nik
Nik
3 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you for your immediate reply! However, do you mind recommending a sunscreen that is less oily than Nivea protect plus milky essence, other than Biore uv aqua rich watery essence, for daily use? Thank you!

The Beauty of Peace
The Beauty of Peace
3 years ago

How does the Di Ci Labo moisture milk compare to the Skin Aqua Moisture Milk? Which one is less shiny, for example, and has more pleasant texture? Thanks!

The Beauty of Peace
The Beauty of Peace
3 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I meant the Skin Aqua Moisture gel.

The Beauty of Peace
The Beauty of Peace
3 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I don’t understand what you mean when you say they have different functions. Both of them are sunblocks. So they protect skin against UVA/UVB rays? Also, since they are both gels, I assume that their consistency should be similar aka gel-like.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Hey ratzilla! First I just wanna say thank you for all that you do! Do you personally only wear sunscreen when you are out and about? I just recently stumbled across facekinis, sleeves, hugeeeeeass sun visors, sleeves and hats with cloths that cover the neck and mouth and honestly almost everything but the eyes that asian women resort to for sun protection. Ah, of course umbrellas/parasols and sunglasses are common for young women, right? What is your 2 cents on all that, what do you personally do to protect yourself other than sunscreen & sunglasses and when you are at… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks a lot! Are there any good parasol/umbrella brands that are populat in Japan?

Lia
Lia
3 years ago

Hello!!! First of all thank you for everything you do! I’m a very pale (skin type 1) girl living in Australia and your guides to Japanese sunscreens have saved me from our dangerous sun! One thing I haven’t been able to find on your site (sorry if it’s been mentioned already) is a recommendation for a lip balm with a high sun protection… ideally 50+ PA++++ ? Is there anything you can recommend to me please? Or would there be a face / body sunscreen that might be suitable on the lips? The outdated Australian formulas are not good enough!… Read more »

Jackie
Jackie
3 years ago

Sorry if this was asked earlier, but is there a difference between the Anessa Perfect Sunscreen Aqua Booster that you mentioned compared to the Perfect UV Sunscreen ? There’s just a slight variation of names but they’re both gold, so I’m wondering if one is better than the other !

Or even the difference between the Essence Aqua Booster (Silver) compared to this Sunscreen Booster (Gold) other than the consistency?

Thanks 🙂

Jackie
Jackie
3 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

https://www.amazon.com/Shiseido-Anessa-Perfect-Sunscreen-60ml/dp/B0052IG7G6

This one ? I was confused because the one you mentioned says aqua booster on the packaging while the one I linked doesn’t.

Yukine Kurayami
Yukine Kurayami
4 years ago

Please, make a post about indoor and outdoor sunscreens product… you talked about, and I am very interested in to know the difference

seajewel
seajewel
4 years ago

Hi — I’ve been following your site for years and my fave facial sunscreen is Kanebo Allie Mineral Moist N (trying the Neo soon). I’m stumped for body sunscreen though. Do Japanese brands sell any larger size sunscreens that are reasonably elegant and good for body use? Tried to search your site but couldn’t find the info, would love to hear a rec from you. Thanks!

seajewel
seajewel
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks! Ordered the Skin Aqua for daily and will look around your site for info on beach sunscreens 🙂

Kadyn Caden
Kadyn Caden
4 years ago

I want to know something, i will have a plan to go water park,so please give me advice of both water proof and sweat proof UV sunscreen.I also Know although Annesa is the best ,i want to buy cheaper things.waiting for your reply 🙂

Kadyn Caden
Kadyn Caden
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you for ur fast reply with much of info…:)

Ess
Ess
4 years ago

I’m going travelling around South East Asia next month and need a sunscreen for hot and humid weather. I’m looking at the Menturm Sun Bears or the Shiseido Anessa you’ve listed here. I have normal to combination skin that can veer towards oily in the heat. Would love to know your thoughts or recommendations! Thanks

Caroline
Caroline
4 years ago

I am looking for a sunscreen for daily wear for oily acne prone skin in hot humid weather. What would you recommend? thanks in advance!

Amy He
Amy He
4 years ago

Would the Skin Aqua be good for outdoors too (assuming I’m not doing anything particularly strenuous) or would Nivea be better? Also, my apartment has giant floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows and I live in Hawai’i. Would it be better to constantly wear a sunscreen that is also good for outdoors?

I was also wondering if you could help me search for the Point Magic Powder in Bright Beige. The link is no longer working.

Thank you!

Amy He
Amy He
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you! And yes it’s still not working, at least just the lightest shade. The rest of the links work though.

Amy He
Amy He
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Do you think you could link me the lightest shade of Point Magic Pro directly here please? 🙂

niki
niki
4 years ago

Hi, im looking for sunscreen for body. Would u recommend sunscreens one for the outdoor and one for watersports activities? Thank you!

Jasmine
Jasmine
4 years ago

Hi there 🙂 I’m new to your website and I’m so glad to have found it. Been desperately searching for an HG sunscreen and your blog has helped immensely. I’m wondering if you have any recommended trustworthy sellers from Rakuten? I have been looking at reddit posts and some of your reviews; I’m just really hesitant to make an international order because I’m terrified of high shipping costs or customs or whatever. Any advice would be deeply appreciated to help me make the leap hahaha. Thanks!

momof3
momof3
4 years ago

would you have a recommendation for kids?

denisiel
denisiel
4 years ago

Your list is invaluable, thank you. May I ask which you would recommend as a daily sunscreen for dry skin and someone who lives in humid and hot Hong Kong and walks around outside a few hours a day? I have melasma so prefer the highest protection and no alcohol (if possible) and I wear makeup daily. I never realized the daily use formulas are not suitable for my situation.

denisiel
denisiel
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you so much for replying! May I ask how to tell the difference between the 2016 packaging and older packaging for Dr. Ci:labo and Anessa Aqua? I found the Anessa today but not sure is it 2016 (or maybe it came out this year as your listing shows the launch date 2016.2.21)?

denisiel
denisiel
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Kind thanks for sharing your knowledge, I truly appreciate all the great advice!

denisiel
denisiel
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

One more question, how can you tell which ss is suitable for outdoor use (eg. a few hours walking around) versus only every day minimal exposure to sunlight – can you see by the ingredients list or does the ss need to specifically state outdoors, sweat proof, water resistant, etc.?

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