Guide to the New Japanese Sunscreen Releases of 2021

This is a handy at-a-glance guide to the top 20¹ most popular new SPF50+ PA++++ Japanese sunscreen releases of 2021. You can find all the sunscreens released this year (including ones with lower SPF and PA ratings) here.

Looking for older releases? Check out 2020’s sunscreen guide and 2019’s sunscreen guide. Please note that numerous products featured there have already been discontinued 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.

 ANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk (2021 Formula), Japanese sunscreen for sensitive skinSaborino Morning All in One Milk UVSEKKISEI Clear Wellness UV Defense Milk SUNCUT PRODEFENSE Multi Block UV MilkSUNCUT PRODEFENSE Non Chemical UV Milk
Product NameANESSA Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk (2021)Saborino Morning All in One Milk UVSEKKISEI Clear Wellness UV Defense MilkSUNCUT PRODEFENSE Multi Block UV MilkSUNCUT PRODEFENSE Non Chemical UV Milk
Price / Size¥1,200 / 20ml;
¥3,000 / 60ml
¥1,500 / 300ml¥2,200 / 50ml¥2,200 / 60ml¥2,000 / 60ml
UV FiltersZinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Uvinul A Plus, Tinosorb S & Uvinul T 150.Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate & Uvinul A Plus.Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide.
Daily Activities
Outdoors & Sports
Alcohol
Fragrance
Oil Resistant
Sweat Resistant
Water Resistant

ESSENCE TYPE

Characterised by their essence (aka serum)-like texture. They are the most moisturising in a sunscreen line-up (unless a cream formula is also available).

 Biore UV Aqua Rich Light Up Essence, SPF50+ skin-brightening Japanese sunscreen 70gMENTURM the SUN Tone Up UV Essence, colour-correcting Japanese sunscreen with a lavender tintNIVEA UV Deep Protect & Care Essence, anti-ageing Japanese sunscreenSKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Essence GOLDSUNCUT PRODEFENSE Whitening UV Essence
Product NameBiore UV Aqua Rich Light Up EssenceMENTURM the SUN Tone Up UV EssenceNIVEA UV DEEP PROTECT & Care EssenceSKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Essence GOLDSUNCUT PRODEFENSE Whitening UV Essence
Price / Size¥830 / 70g¥650 / 80g¥980 / 50g¥1,000 / 80g¥2,000 / 80g
UV FiltersOctinoxate, Titanium Dioxide, Tinosorb S, Uvinul T 150 & Uvinul A Plus.Octinoxate, Uvinul T 150 & Uvinul A Plus.Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus, Tinosorb S, Uvinul T 150 & Parsol SLX.Octinoxate, Tinosorb S, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb M.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Tinosorb S & Uvinul A Plus.
Daily Activities
Outdoors & Sports
Alcohol
Fragrance
Oil Resistant
Sweat Resistant
Water Resistant

GEL TYPE

Easy-on, easy-off refreshing watery gel texture.

 ALLIE Color Tuning UVClub MiMiTURE Tone Me Up! UV GelNIVEA UV Deep Protect & Care Gel, anti-ageing Japanese sunscreen gelParasola WHITE Brightening UV, colour-correcting Japanese facial sunscreen with tranexamic acidSEKKISEI Clear Wellness UV Defense Gel, SPF50+ Japanese sunscreen gel for unstable skin
Product NameALLIE Color Tuning UVClub MiMiTURE Tone Me Up! UV GelNIVEA UV DEEP PROTECT & Care GelParasola WHITE Brightening UVSEKKISEI Clear Wellness UV Defense Gel
Price / Size¥1,800 / 40g¥1,500 / 80g¥980 / 80g¥1,300 / 30g¥2,000 / 70g
UV FiltersTitanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Uvinul T 150,  Parsol SLX, Tinosorb S & Uvinul A Plus.Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus, Zinc Oxide & Tinosorb S.Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus, Tinosorb S, Uvinul T 150 & Parsol SLX.Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Tinosorb S & Uvinul A Plus.
Daily Activities
Outdoors & Sports
Alcohol
Fragrance
Oil Resistant
Sweat Resistant
Water Resistant

MULTITASKERS

Products with SPF50+ PA++++ that aren’t dedicated sunscreens.

 ANESSA All-In-One Beauty Pact, multi-tasking compact foundationMAQuillAGE Dramatic Skin Sensor Base EX UV+ Natural, SPF50+ tinted mattifying Japanese makeup primerMEN's Biore ONE BB & UV Cream, tinted Japanese sunscreen cream for menPRIVACY UV Face Mist 50 (2021 Formula)PRIVACY UV Face Powder 50 (2021 Formula)
Product NameANESSA All-In-One Beauty PactMAQuillAGE Dramatic Skin Sensor Base EX UV+MEN’s Biore ONE BB & UV CreamPRIVACY UV Face Mist 50 (2021 Formula)PRIVACY UV Face Powder 50 (2021 Formula)
Price / Size¥3,000 / 10g¥2,600 / 25ml¥1,100 / 30g¥1,200 / 40ml¥1,400 /3.5g
UV FiltersTitanium Dioxide, Octinoxate, Octocrylene & Zinc Oxide.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide, Tinsorb S & Uvinul A Plus.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide, Tinosorb S & Uvinul A Plus.Octinoxate, Avobenzone, Ensulizole & Tinosorb S.Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb M.
Daily ActivitiesN/AN/AN/A
Outdoors & SportsN/AN/AN/A
Alcohol
Fragrance
Oil Resistant
Sweat Resistant
Water Resistant

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Carol
Carol
20 days ago

Do any of them have a matte finish?

Guest
Guest
28 days ago

Have you tried the Anessa SPF lip balm? What are thr filters used?

Lia
Lia
18 days ago
Reply to  G. Haruka

How do you protect your lips from the sun when wearing lip products? Would you apply SPF lip balm first and then layer lipstick on top? How would you re-apply?

Carol
Carol
1 month ago

Do any of them have a matte finish?

Christina
Christina
1 month ago

Thanks for the roundup, as always!

Bryce
Bryce
2 months ago

Should we expect the range of Allie sunscreens to be updated in 2021? I thought most of them were reformulated yearly.

Francis
Francis
2 months ago

Thank you so much for the new guide. Please what does oil resistant mean? Thank you

Francis
Francis
2 months ago
Reply to  G. Haruka

Thank you so much. Will be looking out for sebum resistant sunscreen from now onwards

Guest
Guest
2 months ago

The link for Saborino Milk is incorrect. It redirects to an Allie Milk sunscreen.

Sal
Sal
2 months ago

Thank you so much for posting these guides! I look forward to the new releases each spring.

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