Koreans and Asians are known for having the best skin in Asia, but don’t forget that they live in places where the sunlight in the summer can be very strong, they also burn and tan more easily than people elsewhere. Although tanned skin is beautiful and fashionable, there is a risk of sunburn. Sunburned skin or suntanned skin, on the other hand, is more likely to age, causing problems with wrinkles and dark spots. Thus, Korean people attach great importance to the daily steps of sun protection, they regard it as the most basic step of skin care. As a result, South Korean and Japanese skincare brands have developed more and better sunscreens than their western counterparts.
Sun protection is by far the easiest and most basic step to incorporate in your everyday skincare routine. This is arguably one of the most essential parts of skin care, as prevention is better than cure. Our extensive selection of the Best Sunscreens not only has the world’s top sun protection features, they are formulated differently to allow you to indulge your skin with a spa-like experience. Have you ever imagined that sunscreen could have the same function of reducing dark spots? Or did you ever imagine that sunblock could have a silky texture, like the expensive night cream you usually use? These visions are nothing new in Korean and Japanese skin care products and our responsibility is to select for you the best and most valuable sunscreen products in the Korean and Japanese markets.
BEST SUNSCREEN RANKING
Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50+/PA+++
Coming from the sunscreen expert Anessa, it's fitting that Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk is the strongest sunscreen. Name your fears from wearing sunscreen and this sunscreen masters all. Sweating, water, and heat? They make Anessa Sunscreen stronger since the protection veil will spread more evenly — Thermo Booster Technology and Aqua Booster Technology. The protection can withstand an 80-minute bath test. And the liquid of high adhesiveness is friction-resistant so that you can be guilty-free to slide your fingers, tissues, and towels over your skin. Despite that, it is easily removable with just soaps. Having "Skincare" in the name, this sunscreen also provides moisturizing and conditioning ingredients. It is a sunscreen that very likely satisfies all your needs.
"This is pricey but it is reasonable for the multiple functions it has. It's my first time being so excited about a skincare product because I can experience the immediate features of the sunscreen - water-resistance so that I'll not drip with milky sweat. It was so embarrassing to be caught pouring with colored sweat. There are some bad formulas that dry up the skin but Anessa's sunscreen milk is definitely not one because I feel very hydrated. This sunscreen leaves a smooth matte finish so I can hide the pores perfectly. It's definitely worth every dollar. I'll always look forward to any sales!"
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream
Is this moisturizer? No, it’s sunscreen! The confusion is founded on this sunscreen's excellent hydrating effects provided by the 5,500 ppm of Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract. Apart from the broad-spectrum SPF 50+ PA +++ sun protection, the cream provides instant refreshing hydration and prevention of moisture loss. There can't be a much better alternative for someone who got a sunburn, heat rash, or anything caused by extended UV exposure because of Aloe's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It gives you a different experience of sun protection: lightweight texture which is easy to smooth over your face with good absorption, leaving non-sticky finish without a white cast. Leaving parabens out, this sunscreen is loved by sensitive and acne-prone skin. Bonus: it’s a cruelty-free product.
"I literally forgot I had sunscreen on my face sometimes. No white cast, no stickiness, no oily appearance, I just can't feel and see any signs of the products on my face. It ticks all the boxes I have for a sunscreen. Its 2-in-1 function (moisturizing plus sun protection) is a real killer for me who wants to have the most simplified skincare routine. It would fit my routine as a day moisturizer. Because the liquid is very easy to spread, so I don't mind reapplying it every three hours and 365 days a year."
Kanebo ALLIE Extra UV Gel SPF50
Formulated by a Japanese skincare giant Kanebo, this broad-spectrum sunscreen delivers water-proof and friction-resistant protection. It is a gentle formula infused with moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid to treat dehydration along with UV protection. The hydration comes with a watery texture in which the liquid turns into beads when being spread, giving moisturizing and refreshing comfort to the skin. Therefore, it can be used as a makeup primer to make your next foundation performs better. It can be easily removed with just normal cleanser and body wash, which is good for sensitive skin. If you tend to stay indoors most time, this gentle sunscreen should be your choice!
"I'd been to Osaka before and found that the Japanese loved this brand more than Anessa that I always saw empty shelves of this brand in beauty stores in Japan. I was lucky enough to buy one tube of this sunscreen and had been loving this very much. I enjoy the watery texture very much and it is very friendly to my sensitive, acne-prone skin. Because I'm not a sporty girl and thus don't need a extremely powerful protection with less skin-friendly formula, so this actually fits me just right. I feel very assured even when wearing masks because the protection wouldn't diminish or cause breakouts."
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
This improved version of Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is a water-based sunscreen that offers strong UV protection in the light-to-the-touch texture. This product stands out with its exclusive Micro Defense formula that forms a thin veil on the skin with capsules packed with oil-soluble (water and perspiration resistant) UV protection agents, which can spread into micro crevices invisible to naked eyes. No matter how often the sunscreen is reapplied, its watery gel texture gives out fresh sensations and feels like a second skin that evenly covers your body. This is the choice of many oily and sensitive skins.
"I bought this for my friend, but it ended up that the sunscreen didn't suit her because she had sensitive skin. So this sunscreen belongs to me now and I love it. The reason it doesn't work on sensitive skin is that it contains alcohol, which can be detected by smell actually. I think this is not a thing to blame on because many Japanese sunscreens contain alcohol, and this is the reason that Japanese sunscreens can give such a fresh and cool sensation, and airy texture. It is easy to spread and not greasy, and I am that kind of person who hates oily things so this is such a good match for me. I use it on both my face and body. I'll buy it for myself now."
Fancl Sunguard 50+ Protect UV SPF50+ PA++++
Count how much time you spent with devices, and you will see the need for a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that can block UVA/UVB and blue light. FANCL Sunguard 50+ Protect UV is the one produced by FANCL who is renowned for its gentle formulas that exclude parabens, which makes them suitable for sensitive skin and even pregnancy. Sheer and light to the touch, it protects against photoaging and lightens up yellowish skin with fair white tint. Applied to your skin, it gives a comfortable, lightweight, and hydrated sensations without a white cast. With its water-resistant formula, you can enjoy vacations with an all-round UV protection.
"I had been using this product for a month. First, it looks good and is very portable. And SPF 50 is good enough for me. Second, the white watery liquid can be absorbed fast and doesn't feel greasy. While my original sunscreen would leave some dirt-like stuff standing out on my face, this sunscreen doesn't. I have super dry and sensitive skin. In springs, my face goes sensitized and red and feels itchy. There aren't many things I can apply to my face and this sunscreen has helped me counter the spring within a month, so I think it's very friendly to sensitive skin. I also like this sunscreen because its white tint can even my complexion and cover the pores. It makes my skin look glowy."
Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50
If you want a budget choice of good sunscreens, look at Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50, which is around US$10. Surprisingly, it is water-proof and perspiration-resistant and provides SPF50+/ PA++++ UV protection, which mean a multi-defense broad-spectrum sunscreen for outdoor activities. It is ultra-light and non-sticky so you can easily spread it evenly over the skin for a sheer, natural finish with no white cast. Formulated with Aqua Shield Smooth Veil, the product can stay well on the skin to provide continuous UV protection with amazingly comfortable airy tint texture and white muguet flower scent.
"This product is so good, this is the fifth bottle I consumed. The layer is a bit fine so I have to dispense more amount, but it's okay. It's cheap and is from a trustworthy brand. It's never gone sticky and I haven't experienced a single breakout because of it. It doesn't seem to brighten my skin tone but that's okay as long as its spf 50+ uv protection really works! I wear this every day and I like its shape! I order three bottles this time. It's the best sunscreen I've ever used and I consider this as the premium yet cheap product."
HARUHADA UV Cut Gel SPF 50+ PA++++
Produced with the brand concept of growth and renewal in spring, HARUHADA UV Cut Gel's watery gel is as light as water yet not runny, thus easy to spread. It is infused with 11 moisturizing and nourishing active ingredients that give a hydrated yet non-greasy sensation to your skin. Along with considerable UV protection of SPF 50+ PA++++, it provides mild brightening and pore-minimizing effects. A big tube (90g) of sunscreen can be applied to your whole body without guilt. It brightens the day with a strong scent of rose, offering a luxurious sun protection experience.
"I love the rose scent because I feel as if I am using some premium sunscreen despite the fact this is much more affordable. I tested it with my sister's Biore sunscreen and they are very alike in terms of UV protection. The rose scent relaxes me and the cool and watery texture makes me feel less hot, which I believe is due to the added alcohol. I don't have sensitive skin so I don't hate the alcohol content. I recommended this to my friend who loves rose scent also."
Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50 PA++++ WetForce Multi Defense
One of the fears from sunscreen is its oily texture. And Shiseido's Perfect UV Protector Wetforce Multi-Defense SPF50+ PA++++ has an outstanding texture that leaves your skin refreshed and non-greasy, which makes it perfect for oily skin. Many consumers consider it as the best sunscreen for water activities because of its WetForce technology, which allows negative ions in the product bind with positive ions in sweat and water to create a more effective yet invisible protection veil. Be guilt-free to sweat and get wet, because the protection will be stronger without leaving any white cast.
"This sunscreen is beyond compare, in terms of water-resistance. Before quarantine, I went to the beach every day and yet I got no tan because I wore this sunscreen very diligently. The performance of Shiseido's WetForce is very excellent and definitely worth the price. But I don't feel like applying it on my face because it's a bit thick (not unpleasant but I would prefer a more comfortable texture). But whenever I am out in the sun a lot or by the water, I can't live without this sunscreen. So I emptied two bottles of this and will continue using it as my body sunscreen."
COSRX Shield Fit Snail Essence Sun SPF50+ PA+++
This sun cream is a solution to troubles of reapplying sun protection to a makeup layer. Apart from sunscreen spray, you can use this sun cream to apply UV protection to your face. This latest beauty trend is what you must try. COSRX Shield Fit Snail Essence Sun SPF50+ PA+++ is made with Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, and Snail Secretion Filtrate, hydrating and soothing your skin on top of providing SPF50+ PA++++ protection. Applying sunscreen can never be easier than this. Try this!
"Consumer’s comment: Gosh.. This is super easy to use and I love the fresh scent of it. Very natural but doesn't stay long. This sun cream melts into my skin quickly and it feels very satisfying to put over my face smoothly. I spent all day hiking two days ago and I don't see any tan. I can't estimate when will I use it up but I will repurchase it very much likely. The packaging looks very good and remind me of its smooth texture."
GOONGBE Waterful Sun Lotion SPF50+ PA++++
If adults need sun protection, why don't babies and children need too? But their skin has always been delicate so most of the best-selling sunscreens are not suitable for them. GOONGBE, an infant skincare brand with a naturalistic concept, created this super gentle sunscreen that even a 6-months-old baby can wear it without feeling irritated. This sunscreen helps maintain the optimal temperature and moisture level of the baby with the infusion of Centella Asiatica and the Oji Relief Complex, which are five safe, skin-soothing ingredients. With broad-spectrum SPF50+ PA+++, your children and baby can have fun and enjoy the most benefits of the sun!
"I tried it for a week before applying it to my son's face. Very gentle to my skin which is dry. So I applied it to my five-year-old son while teaching him how to apply sunscreen. The lotion is very watery and easy to smooth over his body so he enjoyed applying it very much. It also smells good and leaves a non sticky finish so he didn't show a sign of unpleasant. We don't stay directly under the sun long for a day so the SPF is enough for us. Cleansing oil would be too harsh for children so I'd like a sunscreen that is removable with just usual cleansing stuff and this product is!"