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

SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Gel (2020 Formula)

Release Date
110g / 140g
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co.
Product Type
¥1,000 / ¥1,200
UV Filter(s)
Octinoxate, Tinosorb S & Uvinul T 150.

The product has been replaced as of February 2023.

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SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Gel is a water-light Japanese moisturising sunscreen gel.

The sunscreen gel has a refreshing, water-light texture and it is renewed to feature newly improved “UV Light Durability Technology” that better boosts UV protection than the previous formula without penetrating into the skin. 2 types of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and amino acid keep the skin hydrated. Super Moisture series’ signature blend of 2 types of hyaluronic acid, amino acid, and hydrolyzed collagen replenishes skin with moisture.

Ideally suited for normal everyday activities, the water-light sunscreen gel protects the skin from casual UV exposure while leaving the skin feeling fresh and hydrated with no residue.

  • 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,, alcohol,, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate,, dipropylene glycol,, glycerin,, glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer,, butylene glycol,, sodium hyaluronate,, sodium acetylated hyaluronate,, hydrolyzed collagen,, arginine,, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine,, ethylhexyl triazone,, do.not.copy,, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer,, triethanolamine,, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane,, polystyrene,, disodium EDTA,, xanthan gum,, polyvinyl alcohol,, methylparaben.



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39 Comments on SKIN AQUA UV Super Moisture Gel (2020 Formula) [DISCONTINUED]

  1. Which one do you think is better? The uv super moisture gel gold or the uv super moisture gel?

  2. Is there an updated version of this sunscreen? Or do you know if it’s still in manufacturing? Looking to buy some sunscreens for 2023 and want to make sure I don’t pick up any that’s going to expire in the next year as we’re coming up on 3 years of this formula. Thanks!

  3. Why such a high spf and pa rating but it still only for casual sun exposure? What makes it “weak”?

    • I always strongly recommend people to follow the manufacturer’s advice. Japanese sunscreens formulated for outdoor activities and sports are clearly labelled as such. If you’re going to be doing outdoor activities, it’s best to use sunscreen that is fit for purpose. Using a Japanese sunscreen formulated for everyday wear (i.e. incidental sun exposure) for a day outside in the sun is just a terrible idea.

  4. I can’t use silicones so i am looking for a silicone free sunscreen. However, this sunscreen is meant to be used for daily activities & I’m looking for a silicone free sunscreen that has more protection, what do u recommend?

    • I assume you’re asking because you have already tried using the site’s search function where “silicone-free” and “outdoor activities & sports” are options you can select. Like the search revealed, there is nothing to recommend since this sunscreen currently doesn’t exist.

  5. Where do you recommend buying authentic Japanese sunscreen that isnt China based? You say to be weary of yesstyle? I live in uk

    • From what I can tell, YesStyle sell everything including long discontinued (i.e expired) products, Chinese version of Japanese drugstore products, grey market products, and new Japanese products that they don’t actually have in stock (hence the “usually ship within 21 days” line) so you need to pay special attention to packaging’s little details and do your researh well. I’ve never ordered from them but people seem to recommend them.

  6. Might you know why the INCI list for this product (the 110g squeeze bottle in particular, not the 140g pump bottle) on YesStyle & Stylevana, differs from that listed here? For instance, the two sites list Tinosorb M as an ingredient. Has there been a recent reformulation?

    • All info on my website is based on official Japanese information provided by Japanese cosmetic manufacturers. This doesn’t contain Tinosorb M (the Moisture Essence does), and no, there isn’t a recent reformulation.

      I can’t comment on other websites but Yesstyle and Stylevana are both China-based. I don’t know where getting their stocks from and whose written content they’re copy-pasting.

      You should be aware that Skin Aqua products (and other Rohto brands such as Hada Labo) that are sold outside of Japan are developed and made by subsidiary companies in China, Indonesia, and other countries. They’ve similar packaging, names, and concepts but they’re neither developed nor made by Rohto Pharmaceutical in Japan. More importantly, they have different ingredients. My site is only for products that are made and sold in Japan.

  7. Hello, love your site! Would sitting outside in the sun also count as an everyday activity since I’m not being active (sweating)? Or would I need an outdoors sunscreen for that? Sorry if this is a dumb question..

    • Most definitely not. Normal everyday activities mean on the way to work/school, short walks to the convenience store, etc. In other words, incidental sun exposure.

  8. Hi, do you know the source of the collagen exactly? If it’s pigs, I can’t use it. Chicken, beef, fish, goat are all fine. TIA

  9. Can you please let me know if the Hydrolyzed collagen is derived from plants or fish, or of its derived from any other animal? I cannot use it if its from any other animal. Please let me know I cannot find this information anywhere else, Thank You!

  10. This used to be the ONLY sunscreen (besides Purito Centella Unscented) that didn’t sting my eyes and cause an allergic reaction. This reformulation now irritates my skin like every other sunscreen I’ve tried. I’m going to cry now. And it may or may not be due to this reformulation stinging the hell out of my eyeballs.

  11. Has the packaging changed? I received some
    bottles (140g) that look like this but do not have the red “NEW” on it. Thanks!

    • The red “NEW” label is only on the packaging during the first few months when launched (i.e. when the product was still, in fact, a new release).

  12. How often do you have to reapply this sunscreen if you are constantly being exposed to sunlight? Also, how much time is it water and sweat resistant for? Thanks!

    • They don’t specify but it’s generally safe to assume some animal-derived ingredients have been used. There is no vegan-alternative to collagen — it’s derived from fish, pigs, or chicken feet. Hyaluronic acid (and as a result, all its various derivatives) is generally derived from chicken’s comb or eggshell membrane. It can also be made through bacterial fermentation but unless that is explicitly stated (extremely rare and almost never happen), it’s most likely animal-derived.

  13. Tinosorb S is the only UVA absorber? It doesn’t even cover the whole UVA1 spectrum. It maxes out at like 390nm. Weird

    • Even so, Tinosorb S alone would still suffice for PA++++ rating since UVA2 (320–340 nm) is the portion of UVA mostly represented in PPD testing. Microencapsulation of the UV filters also boosts protection.

      • Hi Ratzilla do you know about the specifics of the encapsulation technology that they have used. Since tinosorb S aqua is labelled as Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (and) Polymethyl Methacrylate and that extends Tinosorb S’s UVA1 protection, could a similar technology be used because glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer and acrylates crosspolymer are both in the ingredients list.

        • No because Tinosorb S Aqua is a blend of Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine and Polymethyl Methacrylate, and this lacks the latter. Similar isn’t enough and it doesn’t matter whether encapsulation technology is used. These 2 exact ingredients must be present.

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