Mentholatum SUNPLAY Super Block SPF50+ PA++++

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Launch Date: 2013.2.12 Repackaged in 2015.
Packaging: 30g
Brand: Mentholatum SUNPLAY
Producer: ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co.
Product Type: Sunscreen
Price: ¥700

SPF50+·PA++++

UV Filter(s): Octinoxate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide & Uvinul A Plus.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
INGREDIENTS
日本語 (JAPANESE)
WORLDWIDE STOCKISTS

Amazon Japan
 ¥376: HERE
International shipping via AmazonGlobal.

Amazon.com
US$11.99+: HERE

Rakuten Global Market
2015 ver., ¥638 (approx. US$5.24): HERE
Shipping (EMS/Airmail/SAL) charged by weight.

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44 Comments on Mentholatum SUNPLAY Super Block SPF50+ PA++++

  1. Hey Ratzilla, would you recommend this for oily skin or for use in very humid weather?

    • No, I really don’t like this at all. I find unpleasantly thick and heavy. From what I’ve gathered online, those who do like it seem to have very dry, sensitive skin that live in dry environment.

  2. They’re both so cheap and tiny, so perhaps try both? I personally use neither on the face, but the Sunplay is noticeably richer.

  3. Hi Ratzilla, when reading your blog, I just realized I bought the Vietnamese version instead of the Japanese one. So I did some research and found a site ” My Asian Skincare” where the blogger says that both formulations are identical and she shows a picture of both of them, in Japanese of course… I am lost… Thank you in advance for your answer.
    Marie

  4. Hi again,

    Another question-does this say if it’s non-comedogenic? Thanks 🙂

    • The term “non-comedogenic” is completely meaningless as 1) it isn’t regulated whatsoever and 2) not everyone’s skin reacts the same way.

  5. Has this sunscreen been discontinued? The Master of Life seller on Rakuten says it’s sold out, and I’m seeing it has been sold-out in a lot of different places too. This was my HG, I hope it wasn’t discontinued 🙁

  6. Hi,

    This may be a really silly question, but I have this sunscreen and it is made in Vietnam and has a different bottle design. Is this exactly the same as the one made in Japan, or does it vary in any way eg. ingredients etc? Thanks 🙂

  7. Hi, do you know what % of zinc oxide sunplay superblock contains? Would greatly appreciate it… the percentages seem very hard to find

    • Sunscreens are regulated as cosmetics in Japan (and Europe) so they don’t require % to be listed, whereas they’re drugs in North America.

      • Thanks so much for the speedy and useful response. Do you know if there is any way to roughly estimate the PPD? I’m trying to compare my Elta MD sunscreen which has 9% zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate to the Sunplay Superblock in terms of protectiveness. I wonder how likely it is that Superblock could have a PPD far above 16.

        • Even if you know the % of the filters, you still cannot accurately estimate its UVA protection as higher ZnO/TiO2 content don’t automatically equals higher UVA protection — particle size and other ingredients present all make a significant difference.

  8. Sunplay SPF130 isn’t Japanese — it’s Chinese.

    I like Allie Perfect Alpha and Sekkisei Sun Protect Essence Milk very much for outdoors activities.

    • The price is a little steep for me 🙁 Allie costs US$30 on Amazon for 60ml and Sekkisei costs US$70 for 60g. Any other cheaper versions? (Biore, etc). I wouldn’t mind if it’s a little greasy or has white cast since I am using it for heavy duty outdoor activities (beach, camping) Thank you so much.

  9. That wasn’t really what I said — there’re plenty of sunscreens with physical filters that aren’t suitable the outdoors at all. It’s a combination of the overall formula and UV filters used.

    What’s considered “enough protection from the sun” is entirely subjective. In very hot (and perhaps also humid) weather, I personally wouldn’t want to use an easy-on, easy-off sunscreen such as the Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel you mentioned, even if I’m spending most of my time inside — it’d come right off within minutes after I step outside!

    • How about the Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence? Is it suitable for 15 minutes exposure to the sun? What sunscreen do you recommend?

      • Same thing! The Biore is also an easy-on, easy-off sunscreen like the Nivea. I personally don’t use this kind of daily use sunscreen at all when it’s very hot outside as it’ll come right off as soon as my skin get sweaty or oily.

        • Would it be okay to use if I don’t sweat easily? Or should I use a “stronger” one like Biore UV Perfect Milk? How do you know if the sunscreen is for outdoors – what combination of formula should I take into consideration aside from the use of physical filters? Thank you

          • That’s your call, really. Personal preference and skin type will always vary.

            How do you know if the sunscreen is for outdoors? Read the packaging (really!) — this info is always provided somewhere on the packaging (in Japanese). There’s really no need to make educated guesses or analyze formulas. Of course, those who don’t read Japanese will run into some difficulties, but there’s plenty of detailed product info online!

  10. Hi there,

    Thanks so much for all your reviews/descriptions/ingredient dissection – your site is my go-to site when making online purchases from Japan!

    I just wanted your opinion regarding Zinc % in sunscreens.

    I like to scour the ingredients list too, but find that Japanese sunscreens don’t disclose the percentage of their active ingredients.

    Would you recommend using something like this over a chemical filter sunscreen for maximum protection for a holiday in the tropics?:

    http://skinhealth.com.au/blog/product/classic/

    Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 200mg/g, Octocrylene 80mg/g, Bemotrizinol 20mg/g, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate 20mg/g, Octyl Methoxycinnamate 50mg/g.

    (it states 200mg/g of Zinc – I assume it’s 20% Zinc)

    Thank you!

    • This and the sunscreen you linked both rely on a mix of chemical and physical filters. The Cancer Council sunscreen doesn’t have any UVA protection rating labels (much like US sunscreens), so it’s impossible to tell much UVA protection it actually offer. I know some people calculate PPD using the BASF Sunscreen Simulator, but it is far from accurate as it doesn’t take particle size and inactive ingredients into consideration.

      Also, keep in mind that sunscreen needs to stay put on your skin in order to be protective. A PPD40 sunscreen isn’t necessarily going to be more protective than PPD16 on your skin in real life.

      I’ve never seen or tried the sunscreen you linked, but it looks like it would be far too heavy/greasy on the face. Perhaps use it on your body (as its size is quite economical!) and a lightweight Japanese one on the face?

      • Thanks so much for your reply!

        Yes, it’s quite frustrating when no UVA protection is indicated hence why I thought that a higher percentage of Zinc would equal a higher PPD/PA protection. Would you say that if it had a higher percentage of Zinc than this Sunkiller one though, that it may offer more thorough protection if regularly reapplied?

        Also, got the Sunkiller Moisture Strong Plus thanks to your 2015 List and find that it works great under the eye area, and sides of nose/mouth where skin can get taut and dry 😀

        • I personally don’t see the benefits in comparing like that when it’s just speculation based on wild (perhaps slightly educated) guesses. Higher ZnO content doesn’t automatically means higher UVA protection. Its particle size and other ingredients present make a significant difference.

          Also, the 2 formulas are vastly different. If you can’t stand the finish/texture of one of them (or perhaps your skin doesn’t react well), its UVA protection level is a moot point.

  11. Hey. Is there a very strong white cast with this one? I have dark skin but it’s actually quite photosensitive. I use a medium coverage foundation on the regular and I was wondering if it would be enough to hide that? Thks!!

    • There’s a slight but still noticeable white cast on light skin. On skin that’s much darker, I think it’ll be even more apparent and much harder to hide with makeup without looking unnatural.

    • I have darker skin (Brown skinned – african) and I’m photosensitive too…i’ve noticed taking cod liver oil helps with photosensitivity and there are some scientific studies to back it up…same with astaxanthin supplement. I’m just sharing this because I found sunscreen can only do so much.

  12. Would this be too heavy-duty for everyday use? I have an especially hard time looking for a winter sunscreen.

    • That would depends on your skin type and tolerance. I personally find this to be too heavy for the face, period. I don’t like this at all, but this seems to be popular online among those with dry, sensitive skin (skin type I don’t have).

      • Could you possibly recommend me a top performing sunscreen suitable for combination, sensitive skin that doesn’t contain alcohol? i was considering this sunscreen but it appears it may be too heavy for me :/

        • That would be difficult as I personally dislike alcohol-free sunscreens in general. I much rather compensate for the potential drying effect than to deal to the mess of alcohol-free formulas.

          • Thanks. I’m actually trying to avoid sunscreens with denatured alcohol because studies are inconclusive as to whether or not it is quite harmful.

          • There is a slight difference between Alcohol and Alcohol Denat. (the general name used for denatured alcohol). They are separate ingredients and are listed differently according to INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) labelling. Alcohol Denat. is very rarely used in Japanese cosmetics.

            Alcohol supposedly cause free radical damage when applied on the skin, but I’ve yet to actually find a peer-review study
            that supports such claim. I’ve only read that from Paula Begoun, who doesn’t always interpret the data (or conclusions) from studies correctly — other sites seem to just regurgitating what she says. She says alcohol causes the release of free radicals when used on the skin, but the source she cited was about free radicals produced in the liver after drinking alcohol! Her source http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm

    • This is formulated for the outdoors and sports whereas the Hada-Labo is for daily use. Both are best for drier skin — they’re not suitable for normal to oily skins or those who like a lightweight, matte finish. I personally dislike both.

  13. Hi! I’m currently in the market for a new sunscreen for the upcoming summer months. This one looks promising but I’ve noticed that it doesn’t have alcohol listed on the ingredient list and I prefer alcohol-based sunscreens. Doesn’t most sebum-resistant, as indicated in the description, Japanese sunscreens contained alcohol?

    • Not necessarily, but sunscreens with alcohol are more popular and generally better received than ones without in Japan as they feel lighter, fresher, and absorb into skin faster.

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