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SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Essence (2020 Formula) [DISCONTINUED]

SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Essence (2020 Formula) Featured in 2020 Sunscreen Guide

Release Date
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co.
Product Type
UV Filter(s)
Octinoxate, Tinosorb M, Uvinul A Plus & Tinosorb S.

The product has been replaced as of February 2023.

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SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Essence is a Japanese hydrating sunscreen.

The sunscreen has a water-like serum texture and it is renewed to feature Rohto’s newly improved “UV Light Durability Technology” that better boosts UV protection than the previous formula without penetrating into the skin. Super Moisture series’ signature blend of 2 types of hyaluronic acid, amino acid, and hydrolyzed collagen replenishes skin with moisture. Cherry blossom and bilberry leaf extracts protect skin from dryness.

Ideally suited for normal everyday activities, it protects against casual UV exposure while keeping skin hydrated.

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

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Water,, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate,, alcohol,, butylene glycol,, isononyl isononanoate,, methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol,, sodium hyaluronate,, sodium acetylated hyaluronate,, hydrolyzed collagen,, arginine,, prunus yedoensis leaf extract,, vaccinium myrtillus leaf extract,, do.not.copy,, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate,, glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer,, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine,, polysilicone-13,, PEG-40 stearate,, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane,, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer,, triethanolamine, decyl glucoside,, polystyrene,, polyvinyl alcohol,, xanthan gum,, disodium EDTA,, propylene glycol,, phenoxyethanol.



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36 Comments on SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Essence (2020 Formula) [DISCONTINUED]

  1. I noticed there’s a two pack of this sunscreen that is directly sold and shipped by Do you think this is genuine?

  2. Hi! Can u tell me about the details of Sunplay Skin Aqua Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++?? Thank u!

  3. Is there a new version this year 2021? I just finished my tube and wanted to repurchase but literally they were out of stock on every sites I checked. Anyone knows about the new version info yet? I hope they release the new version as soon as possible.

  4. Hi Ratzilla, I am also specifically looking at this sunscreen as a replacement for Skin Aqua Sarafit. However, I see that it has some silicone in the ingredients (though it seems far down the list) and am worried about having a repeat of what I experienced with what seemed to be the last version of Sarafit (couldn’t find it on your website and enjoyed the Sarafit seen on your site that came in the shorter, wider tube, but in late 2019, when ordering off eBay, I was getting a Sarafit Essence with a slightly taller, slimmer tube). That last Sarafit seemed very different and silicone-y and would pill, which was nothing like the Sarafit that I had really liked. Would you happen to know about feel/wear of this product? Thank you!

    • I personally found it sticky and shiny so it’s not something I’d ever buy for my face or body. Those who are less picky, have a different skin type, and/or live in a different climate might like it though. It seems lots of non-Japan-based influencers and reviewers talk favourably about it.

      SaraFit has already been discontinued in Japan by late 2019. You definitely bought the wrong product if the tube itself had a different shape. Most Rohto products sold outside of Japan are developed and manufactured by subsidiary companies in China, Vietnam, etc. They have similar (but not identical) packagings, names, and concepts because they’re licensed by Rohto. They aren’t the same products as Japan’s. From your description of the tube, it sounds like you bought the Chinese SaraFit.

      • Hi, which sunscreen would you recommend for very oily and acne prone skin? (Fragrance free, Very lightweight, non stichy)
        Please answer ratzilla

    • Japanese beauty products (including sunscreens) almost never have production/expiration date printed. They’re unnecessary since most products get revamped on a near-annual basis. Rule of thumb for sunscreens is 3 years for unopened product. Once it’s opened, it’s good for a year max.

  5. Omg, Tinosorb M! That’s so rare. The most powerful UVA absorber of them all <3 Can leave a bit of a white cast tho

  6. Dear Ratzilla, could you describe the finish of this 2020 version – does it leave a white cast since it contains Tinosorb M? Also, can one identify the different versions of this sunscreen by the front package (if I try to buy it online, I just do not know which one they are selling…)? Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts!

    • I haven’t tried it. Yes, the packaging is changed for each renewal. It should look completely identical to what’s shown on my site. All the other versions are old and discontinued.

      • Although they are discontinued, you can only find old versions on Amazon or Ebay (according to the packaging photos). I have found the 2019 version on and, however I do not want to buy japanese sunscreens outside Japan! It is like trying to buy real unicorn 🙂

    • Hi, I have trying this out for the past couple of days. This leaves no white cast! The texture is thicker than I was expecting, considering the description says water-like serum texture. It is more of a regular gel feel.

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