Guide to the New Japanese Sunscreen Releases of 2020

It’s the 4th season of the Japanese Sunscreen Comparison Chart. This is a handy at-a-glance guide to the top 20¹ most popular new SPF50+ PA++++ Japanese sunscreen releases of 2020. It’s by no means a conclusive list — you can find all the sunscreens released this year here.

Looking for older releases? Check out my 2019’s sunscreen guide and my 2018’s sunscreen guide. Please note that numerous products featured there have already been discontinued or replaced due to the relatively short product life cycle in Japan.

¹ Based on this website’s statistics.

MILK TYPE

Ultra-fluid, milk-like texture — characterised by their long-wearing, stay-put formula. Remember to shake well before use.

 ALLIE Extra UV Perfect N (2020 Formula)ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020 Formula)Biore UV Athlizm Sunburn Protect MilkSKIN AQUA Tone Up UV MilkTRANSINO Whitening Day Protector SPF50+ PA++++
Product NameALLIE Extra UV Perfect N (2020 Formula)ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk (2020 Formula)Biore UV Athlizm Sunburn Protect MilkSKIN AQUA Tone Up UV MilkTRANSINO Whitening UV Protector
Price / Size¥1,050 / 25ml; ¥2,100 / 60ml¥1,200 / 25ml; ¥3,000 / 60ml¥1,500 / 60ml¥1,000 / 40ml¥2,600 / 30ml
UV FiltersZinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide & Uvinul A Plus.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Octisalate, Uvinul A Plus, Titanium Dioxide, Parsol SLX & Tinosorb S Aqua.Titanium Dioxide, Octinoxate, Zinc Oxide, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide & Uvinul A Plus.Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide.
Daily Activities
Outdoors & Sports
Alcohol
Fragrance
Oil Resistant
Sweat Resistant
Water Resistant

GEL TYPE

Easy-on, easy-off — most are ideally suited for daily use on the body (as well as the face).

 ALLIE Extra UV Gel N (2020 Formula)AND MIRAI Protection UV EXANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Gel (2020 Formula)SEKKISEI Suncare UV GelSKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Gel GOLD
Product NameALLIE Extra UV Gel N (2020 Formula)AND MIRAI Protection UV EXANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Gel (2020 Formula)SEKKISEI Skincare UV GelSKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Gel GOLD
Price / Size¥1,050 / 40g; ¥2,100 / 90g¥2,500 / 60g¥1,200 / 32g; ¥2,400 / 90g¥1,400 / 40g; ¥2,800 / 90g¥1,100 / 110g
UV FiltersZinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Tinosorb S & Uvinul T 150.Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus, Tinosorb S & Uvinul T 150.Octinoxate, Octisalate, Tinosorb S, Uvinul T 150, Uvinul A Plus & Titanium Dioxide.Octinoxate, Parsol SLX, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.
Daily Activities
Outdoors & Sports
Alcohol
Fragrance
Oil Resistant
Sweat Resistant
Water Resistant

ESSENCE & CREAM TYPE

These are the most moisturising in a sunscreen line-up and they’re most suited for normal everyday activities.

 COUTUREUP Essence Cream UVCoppertone Perfect UV Cut NAMERAKASKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Essence (2020 Formula)
Product NameCOUTUREUP Essence Cream UVCoppertone Perfect UV Cut NAMERAKASKIN AQUA Tone Up UV Essence (2020 Formula)SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Essence (2020 Formula)Parasola NEO Illumi Skin UV Essence
Price / Size¥2,600 / 60g¥900 / 40g¥1,000 / 80g¥1,500 / 80g¥698 / 70g
UV FiltersZinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide.Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Octinoxate, Tinosorb M, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Octinoxate, Tinosorb S & Uvinul A Plus.
Daily Activities
Outdoors & Sports
Alcohol
Fragrance
Oil Resistant
Sweat Resistant
Water Resistant

OTHERS

Sprays, sticks, and everything that don’t fit neatly into any of the categories above.

 AGARISM Tone Up UV StickANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Bubble SprayANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare SprayBiore UV Athlizm Skin Protect SprayPoint Magic PRO Pressed Powder C
Product NameAGARISM Tone Up UV StickANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Bubble SprayANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare SprayBiore UV Athlizm Skin Protect SprayPoint Magic PRO Pressed Powder C
Price / Size¥2,700 / 20g¥1,680 / 60g¥1,800 / 60g¥1,680 / 90g¥1,400 / 6g
UV FiltersOctinoxate, Octocrylene, Uvinul A Plus, Tinosorb S, Parsol SLX & Titanium Dioxide.Octinoxate, Octisalate, Zinc Oxide, Tinosorb S, Uvinul T 150, Uvinul A Plus & Ensulizole.Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Parsol SLX, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Octinoxate, Uvinul T 150, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Titanium Dioxide, Octinoxate & Zinc Oxide.
Daily ActivitiesN/AN/A
Outdoors & SportsN/AN/A
Alcohol
Fragrance
Oil Resistant
Sweat Resistant
Water Resistant

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Lia
Lia

Hi Ratzilla, in the future, could you include link to the cosme.net reviews for each sunscreen on the indivial product pages?

It would help me out a great deal when deciding which sunscreen to purchase. Thanks!

little broke
little broke

Are there new markets for purchasing japanese suncreens that i’m now missing? Prices on amazon/ebay have increased over 60% on some sunblocks, like the skin aqua super moisture gel/gold, as well as the biore watery gel. I figure production may be down due to the pandemic but also figured demand would be down significantly as well.

Hannah Holden
Hannah Holden

I’ve used your sunscreen recommendations for probably ten years, when I discovered this site thru MUA. So grateful you still post all this info 🙂

Leeeee
Leeeee

Thank you for posing this extremely helpful rundown– very informative!

Jay
Jay

Would love for you to do a Mineral Sunscreen showdown with cast and skin type rating ^_^

S L
S L

I’ve been a long time follower, so thank you for still posting and keeping us updated! Hope everything is going well on your end with this whole global pandemic. Will forever keeping reading this site!

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