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Spring is upon us here in Tokyo. It’s supposed to be a joyful season for everyone, but the UV levels also increases significantly, giving us an extra headache! So why not stock up sunscreen now and be 100% ready to protect our skin for the spring to summer period. But before you rush to buy the same old sunscreen, have a look at five most popular and reviewed sunscreen @Cosme in Japan.

No. 5 – KOSE COSME DECORTE Sun Shelter AG

Designed to protect against UV A and B with SPF50+/PA++++ (the highest rate in Japan). Excels in anti-aging care, protecting against aging effect on skin such as small wrinkles. Has high skin care effect, making skin more supple and firm. Non-oily and it stretches well on skin. Fresh green floral fragrance and perfect for spring to summer season. Apply the product before putting on makeup.

KOSE COSME DECORTE Sunscreen

KOSE COSME DECORTE Sun Shelter AG - 2016 Top Selling Sunscreen

No. 4 – BIORE Sarasara UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

We thought Biore Sarasara Aqua Rich Watery Essence would do better than No. 4. This is the most popular at our store at the moment. One of the most trusted sunscreen products in Japan and now registered as one of the legendary products at @Cosme. Keeps your skin moist and helps protect against strong sun. And, yes, the price is also very attractive.

Biore Sarasara UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence - Sunscreen SPF50+/PA++++ 50g

No. 3 – DIORSnow Bloom Perfect Cushion

Well, Japanese women have a soft spot for Dior – who wouldn’t?;-) According to the Dior website, Bloom Perfect Brightening Perfect Moist Cushion SPF50 PA+++ is:

“the 1st ultra-moist skincare Cushion.1 Enriched with Dior natural active skincare ingredients, it instantly refreshes, deeply moistens and unifies the skin for a natural luminous perfection with high protection, anywhere, anytime.”

Surprisingly, not the most expensive on this top 5 list! Go on and discover No. 2 and No. 1.

Bloom Perfect Brightening Perfect Moist Cushion SPF50 PA+++ is the 1st ultra-moist skincare Cushion.1 Enriched with Dior natural active skincare ingredients, it instantly refreshes, deeply moistens and unifies the skin for a natural luminous perfection with high protection, anywhere, anytime.

No. 2 – ACSEINE Sunshield EX

ACSEINE Sunshield EX – SPF50+ PA++++ 22g. Made with ACS (Allergen Control System) to cater for sensitive skin. Contains two types of powder – green and sparkling powder – which won’t darken skin complexion. Non-chemical, non-fragrant, alcohol-free. Waterproof.

Amid the increasing skin problem among Japanese women in the 1970s, Acseine began collaborating with dermatologists and nine other companies to produce cosmetic products. They have developed its unique Allergen Control System that cater for sensitive skin.

ACSEINE Sunshield EX - SPF50+ PA++++ 22g

No. 1 – SK-II Auractivator CC Cream

The Queen of Sunscreen in Japan is SK-II Auractivator CC Cream. It received the 2015 Best Cosme Award Best CC Cream. The new SK-II Auractivator CC Cream is formulated with Day Soft Aura White, to create irresistible glowing skin. According to the According to the SK-II website, it has, in just one step, five amazing benefits:

  1. Brightening: 40% of whitening ingredients from SK-II’s best-selling Cellumination Aura Essence, boosts skin’s inner luminosity.
  2. Protection: SPF 50 PA++++ protects skin against future damage from harmful UVA and UVB rays
  3. Coverage: The natural tint conceals spots and imperfections for a flawless finish
  4. Moisturizing: The light, hydrating formulation glides easily onto the skin
  5. Glowing: Iridescent micro pearl pigments instantly improve skin’s surface glow

SK-II Auractivator CC Cream

To sum up, this spring’s top 5 sunscreen products are dominated by Japanese brands and the most expensive of all is also the most popular item in Japan.

We will revisit the sunscreen ranking in July – stay tuned!