My Top 5 SPF50+ PA++++ Japanese Sunscreens for 2014

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. I have finally got around to trying out all the newly launched sunscreens that have landed on my desk.

Japanese cosmetics companies have really stepped up their game this year on SPF50+ PA++++ sunscreens — many are lightweight and just a joy to use. I chose only budget buys this year as excellent sunscreens should be affordable for everyone (nothing here costs more than 1,200 JPY).

Keep in mind that I have light, normal-combination (resilient) skin, here’s a run-down of my top five newly launched SPF50+ PA++++ sunscreens of 2014. If you missed last year’s top picks, you can check it out here.

1) Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++

One of my most-used sunscreens so far, and it works beautifully as a matte primer. I use a good moisturiser underneath, and add some dewy glow on top.

Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++ (2014 version)

2) MENTURM Sun Bears Strong Cool Plus

It dries quickly to a smooth, matte finish and gives the neck/décolleté area a cool-refreshing sensation. At less than $4, it’s super-affordable and small enough to keep in your pocket or handbag.

MENTURM Sun Bears Strong Cool Plus

3) ParaDo Buzz Guard UV

I’m not an outdoorsy person (camping is my idea of hell), but mosquitoes are relentless even in city parks. This (DEET-free) insect-repelling sunscreen gel is a must-have during mosquito season — it offers waterproof protection, feels refreshing, and keeps pesky flying insects away.

ParaDo Buzz Guard UV

4) NIVEA Sun Protect Plus Skin UV Cream

A very nice, daily use sunscreen cream that melts into the skin for those that need more moisture than typical daily use gel and essence formulas.

NIVEA Sun Protect Plus Skin UV Cream

5) PRIVACY UV Face Powder 50

This translucent powder sunscreen disappears upon application but leave a matte, silky-smooth finish, just like a good loose setting powder.

PRIVACY UV Face Powder 50 SPF50+ PA++++

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Wzy
Wzy
2 years ago

Hi, can you please recommend a fragrance, alcohol and talc free PA+++ sunscreen for sensitive, dehydrated skin (serum?) That contains uvinol A plus, but not avobenzene (burns my skin)? I like using Nameraka products from Japan. Thank u so much!!

Amy
Amy
6 years ago

Hi!

I was wondering if you could type the Japanese names of these sunscreens and recommend a site to buy them from in Japan.

The new laws in Japan causes forwarding companies in Japan to ship the first package to the verified address, so I decided I should pick up some sunscreen, but I’m having difficulty finding them with English names.

Thank you so much! I hope it’s not too much to ask for!

Amy
Amy
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you very much! This is what I meant by law: “Japanese law requires that we forward your first package to your verified address. After this first forwarded package arrives, you will be able to change the shipping address if you wish, to your work, school, or another address.” This is from Tenso, when I asked if it’s possible to bypass the first shipment part because I just wanted to buy something for a friend, not realizing it was a law. Perhaps it’s not unusual and new (I must have misread that part at some point on the website) and… Read more »

Nicki
Nicki
6 years ago

why are all these sunscreens so small?

enoeno
enoeno
6 years ago

Hello! My daily sunscreen is Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60+++, though I prefer the previous SPF 50+++. It looks like they discontinue this product, too bad. Can you recommend a good sunscreen that is as effective as this? My skin cannot stand the sun, though still get very red with this sunscreen my skin never get burnt. I also notice that this sunscreen make my skin even moist, so I have to change my moisturizer to a less rich one to avoid break out. The Kose Medicated Sekkisei SPF 50+++ stings my eyes and a bit perfumed, which… Read more »

Sawasawa
Sawasawa
6 years ago

I always love the things you recommend. I love #1, and I just ordered #2 and #4 and am excited to try them out! Thanks for all the great reviews!

Toy
Toy
6 years ago

I love shiseido anessa gold. My hg sunscreen and makeup primer. Best for humid weather.

rose
rose
6 years ago

Dear HARU, which PA++++ sunscreen has the closest lightweight, easily-absorbed, non-sticky, non-heavy, non-oily quality as Biore UV Aqua Rich Essence SPF50 PA+++ BUT with more protective (higher PA)? I have oily (occasionally dehydrated from Retin-A) AND freckle-prone skin. Thanks!

jolie
jolie
6 years ago

Do you recommend any of these sunscreens for regular outdoor activity? Thank you!

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Why not #1 or #4? Why not any SPF 50+ PA++++ sunscreen, for that matter? I’ve been having lots of trouble trying to find a cheap and readily available sunscreen more suited to extended outdoor activity.

anya
anya
6 years ago

I have oily/freckle-prone skin (on Retin-A regime) & live in tropical country (Indonesia) but found the *old* Biore Bright Face Milk PA+++ too uncomfortable/drying on me.

However, I’ve been long Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50 PA++++ but looking for a more affordable option, and am wondering if the *new* BIORE Bright Face Milk PA++++ would be an excellent alternative?

Or is SUNPLAY Super Block SPF50 PA++++ or Hada-Labo UV White Gel SPF50 PA++++ a better option?

Looking forward to your reply 🙂 Thank you!

anya
anya
6 years ago

I have oily/freckle-prone skin (on Retin-A regime) & live in tropical country (Indonesia) but found the *old* Biore Bright Face Milk PA+++ too uncomfortable/drying on me.

However, I’ve been long Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50 PA++++ but looking for a more affordable option, and am wondering if the *new* BIORE Bright Face Milk PA++++ would be an excellent alternative?

Or is SUNPLAY Super Block SPF50 PA++++ or Hada-Labo UV White Gel SPF50 PA++++ a better option?

Looking forward to your reply 🙂 Thank you!

anya
anya
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you so much! I will definitely pick up at least 3 bottles of Biore Bright Face Milk from SaSa next month when I’m going to HK 🙂 any other must-buys while I’m there? 😉

Alicia
Alicia
6 years ago

Are there any lip products with SPF that you like?

Lisa
Lisa
6 years ago

I have a sun allergy and get a rash on the back of my hands and arms due to UVA light. But I don’t realise how much the backs of my hands touch things, and during the summer I am cleaning (using cleaning oil!) sunscreen off the interior of my car and my front door, etc. So I am looking for something that totally rubs into skin, and will not rub off white or oil onto surfaces, and still has good UVA protection. I am reading about these “gel” sunscreens, but they are still white like creams and lotions? Do… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
6 years ago

Thanks for this post! I look forward to it every year. And keeping all the choices so affordable is very thoughtful of you. I ordered three Biore UV Bright Face Milk because it came so highly recommended by you. I briefly considered the Nivea one because it is cheaper than Biore. But at the end, I decided that I would rather use a more emollient moisturizer underneath the Biore to combat its matte finish, rather than having a more moisturizing sunscreen on top like the Nivea. It is unfortunate that the Privacy powder can only be shipped via EMS, or… Read more »

Ann
Ann
6 years ago

Have you tried the 2014 Kanebo Allie UV Perfect Spf 50 Pa++++ and what are the ingredients?

Marc
Marc
6 years ago

I just want to add that the Biore UV Bright face milk has horrible white cast (that’s probably where the “Bright” part comes in). It’s like having baby powder on my face. Not recommended for medium to dark skin.

Any recommendations for body sunscreens?

Hex
Hex
6 years ago

The Biore UV Face Milks would be perfect if they were removable with regular foaming cleansers. I find the old Perfect Face especially hard to remove even with double cleansing. Are thew new 2014 Face Milks easier to remove ?

Most of the new versions of Japanese sunscreens even though resistant to water, sweat and sebum, can be removed with a face wash. I wonder this ain’t the case with Biore sunscreens. Any idea why ?

Hex
Hex
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I’m actually looking for a product that removes water resistant sunscreens without the need to double cleanse with a foaming cleanser afterwards.

Do u have any suggestions ?

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