Best Japanese Sunscreens for the Beach and Pool

If you’re enjoying a day at the beach or the pool in the middle of summer, a waterproof, sweatproof sunscreen with a high UV protection of SPF 50+ and PA++++ is recommended.

To ensure your sunscreen will stay on well, labels such as “waterproof” and “sweat and water resistant” are a good sign. Even if there is no such label, or you can’t read the Japanese label, any two-layer water-in-oil type sunscreen will be relatively water-resistant. But don’t forget to shake the bottle well before use.

ALLIE UV Extra Perfect

ALLIE UV Extra Perfect

An excellent choice for the beach or pool or heavy exercise in the sun is ALLIE UV Extra Perfect. It is a waterproof gel type sunscreen with a “rub resistance” feature that helps prevent it from getting wiped off by the friction of clothes, towels, bags, etc.

A little of this gel goes a long way! Even a small amount covers a lot of skin, so it’s easy to make the mistake of dispensing too much. Immediately after applying the sunscreen, it blends right into the skin and does not feel sticky at all. In fact, it feels so comfortable, it’s easy to forget where you applied it! The lightweight feel of the product is much appreciated in situations where you need to reapply it again and again, such as when you are outside for long periods of time.

ANESSA Perfect UV Skincare Milk

ANESSA Perfect UV Skincare Milk

Since its launch in 1992, ANESSA Perfect UV Skincare Milk has established itself as a sunscreen for maximum sunburn protection. The reformulated version released in February 2018 features Aqua Booster EX technology that reinforces the UV blocking film against sweat and water. This makes it a good choice for water sports and the beach. The product is a white and silky smooth emulsion type sunscreen.

ANESSA Perfect UV Skincare Milk in the hand

ANESSA continues to be a consistent top performer in the sunscreen market. Early versions of the product would leave your skin tinted white, but since it was reformulated in 2018 the usability performance is much improved. It even works as a cosmetic base and won’t cause makeup to break down. Immediately after application, the oil makes a thin film on the skin that feels a little bit sticky, but the sensation quickly dissipates.

In the past, ANESSA sunscreen could make your skin feel dry and cracked shortly after application, but today’s reformulated Perfect UV Skincare Milk seems to have improved its moisturizing ability.

ANESSA Perfect UV Skincare Gel

ANESSA Perfect UV Skincare Gel

This is the gel version of ANESSA’s bestselling Perfect UV sunscreen line, featuring Aqua Booster EX technology that reinforces the UV blocking film against sweat and water. The combination of water resistance and high UV protection makes this an excellent choice for a day at the pool or beach.

The loose texture of the product, characteristic of gels, gives it excellent coverage and spreadability. It feels good on the skin with no sensation of sliminess or stickiness.

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