Review: Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence

Review Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence 1

I’m being rather slow on the whole review thing, aren’t I? In truth, I have made extensive notes on many products, including dozens of sunscreens, but my written reviews are, for some reason, slow to materialise. Perhaps it’s because I find writing them a little tedious and daunting.

But I shall bite the bullet and get on with it, because the new Athlizm sunscreen line from Biore UV has been getting a lot of press in Japan and is a nice affordable option for those feeling hot, so to speak. As it’s still late spring, there’re a couple of months to go before the onslaught of heatwaves.

Athlizm is formulated for athletic needs. Its press blurb says the line uses new proprietary technologies to protect the skin from the sun even under extreme conditions. It boasts to adhere uniformly like a second layer of skin and stay put under extreme heat and humidity, even when exposed to perspiration and normal friction.

Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence is a lightweight, completely invisible sunscreen that feels refreshing to apply but doesn’t leave skin tight or dry. It is completely non-greasy and free from any sort of chalky, residue even (dare I say) on the darkest skin. A warning for those with dry or sensitive skin: this does sting if it gets close to the eyes! Oily or combination skins beware — this offers no oil-control and there is a definite glow to the finish. My skin isn’t oily but I still have to use a powder on my T-zone. Just a warning.

Review Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence

Compared to the famous (and newly reformulated) Aqua Rich Watery Essence, I think this takes a little longer to sink in and looks a smidge shinier, but it is also more tenacious. I did a test wearing Aqua Rich on one side and Athlizm on the other half while running errands around the city on a warm day (26°C). Athlizm’s protective film was still there towards the evening — water continued to bead up on the skin. Water on the Aqua Rich side, however, no longer did. Although therein lies the rub: I still wouldn’t rely on it for prolonged periods outdoors. I am singularly unathletic, but my go-to is always a sunscreen milk (AKA fluid) if I’m outside more and going to be exposed to strong sun.

If you’re after broad-spectrum protection from incidental exposure to the summer sun that won’t melt off, this one’s a good one. With that being said, the Athlizm Skin Protect Essence is specially formulated for sports and the great outdoors, but I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it for such purpose.

Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence SPF50+ PA++++ is readily available in drugstores in Japan. RRP is ¥1,500 for 70g and it’s always on sale. Outside of Japan, you can find it online at YesStyle and eBay for about US$19.50.

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Andrea Isl
Andrea Isl

Hi! Thanks for your review! Does this sunscreen pills on you sometimes? I only use a hydrating lotion underneath and it pills when it’s about to get dry, this surely reduces the efficacy of the sunscreen, right? 🙁

Andrea Isl
Andrea Isl

Oh and I also wait like 30 minutes before putting it on so I’m not sure if it’s the sunscreen or my skin


Can you say a little bit more about why you’d trust a milk more than this? I’ve tried milk sunscreens in the past, and I find it extremely difficult to apply the right amount (I always either apply too little or waaaay to much in order to get coverage.) My first foray into Japanese sunscreens was an outdoor-use milk (I don’t remember the name), but I remember getting zinc residue all over everything and still getting sunburned. 🙁

I really like outdoor-formulated essence sunscreens, but I’d like to hear why they are not good enough.


Thank you.

I’d be interested how this compares to the (stronger) Nivea Sun Strong Fit Care UV Milky Gel from 2018 (which I really like for body use).

From your description it seems that their finishes would be comparable, in which case I wouldn’t switch away from the Nivea, which includes Zinc Oxide and is bit closer to a milk and more appropriate for longer periods outdoors I guess.

Which one would you say is less shiny on skin?


what about the althlizm milk, then?

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