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ANESSA Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel (2020 Formula) [DISCONTINUED]

ANESSA Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel (2020 Formula)

Release Date
Shiseido Japan Co.
Product Type
UV Filter(s)
Octinoxate, Tinosorb S, Uvinul A Plus & Uvinul T 150.

The product has been replaced or discontinued as of 2022.


Quasi-Drug (医薬部外品) ANESSA Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel AA is a Japanese sunscreen gel that targets discolourations.

The sunscreen gel is specially formulated to address freckles and dark spots and it has been renewed to better protect skin against dryness than the previous formula. It features Shiseido-developed m-Tranexamic acid and anti-inflammatory Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate to reduce excess melanin production and prevent skin roughness. Shiseido’s patented “core-corona emulsification” technology gives the gel a dewy refreshing texture and high water resistance without a sticky or powdery feel.

Ideally suited for everyday use, it protects the skin from dark spots and freckles caused by daily UV exposure. 50% skincare ingredients including Tormentil flower, super hyaluronic acid, marine collagen, green tea, and edelweiss protect the skin from dryness. Skin feels comfortable, moisturised, and fresh.

  • For the face and body.
  • Resistant to water and sweat (40 minutes).
  • Can be used as a makeup base.
  • Removable with face wash or soap.

Refreshing Citrus Soap Fragrance


Skin Type(s):   
Beauty Concern(s):
UV Protection:   


Active(s): Tranexamic Acid & Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate.

Other Ingredient(s): Water,, diisopropyl sebacate,, alcohol,, glycerin,, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate,, butylene glycol,, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine,, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate,, hydrated silica,, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil,, ethylhexyl triazone,, dimethicone,, PEG-12 dimethicone,, dimethylacrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate crosspolymer,, isostearic acid,, agar,, BHT,, succinoglycan,, do.not.copy,, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose stearoxy ether,, leontopodium alpinum extract,, camellia sinensis extract,, potentilla erecta root extract,, citric acid,, sodium acetylated hyaluronate,, soluble collagen,, phenoxyethanol,, fragrance,, zinc oxide.


アネッサ ホワイトニングU ジェルAA」の有効成分:トラネキサム酸,グリチルリチン酸ジカリウム


Other J-Beauty Products with Tranexamic Acid

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7 Comments on ANESSA Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel (2020 Formula) [DISCONTINUED]

  1. Do you know if this product has been discontinued? I can’t seem to find it available… I’m based in the UK but Stylevana, Yesstyle and Amazon etc. don’t have in stock.

  2. Have you tried this one? I’m interested but I saw some reviews saying it was oily and smells like Lemon Pledge

  3. Do the Japanese pa++++ products give as long last protection as zinc oxide or does it disintegrate like avobenzone!

    • PA rating simply represents how much UVA protection a product offers (like how SPF is for UVB). It has nothing do with photostability.

      Contrary to popular myth, the zinc oxide/titanium dioxide used in most sunscreens still breaks down under UV rays. There’s no data supports that physical (inorganic) sunscreens work all day.

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