The Ultimate Asian Beauty Sunscreen Guide
Updated: Aug 15
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Sunscreen is a hot topic in the group (and I’m so glad that you are taking steps to protect the skin from the sun!). Below is my humble attempt to organize the recommended sunscreens into categories. If I tried something myself and have a review, I’ll provide a link. Click on the store name links to go directly to the listing, click on the Review links to read a detailed review. If you have your own favorites, please comment below (and tell me why you love it).
This used to be a post in the group, however it's grown beyond the limits of Facebook formatting, and it made more sense to organize things in a blog post.
☀️Etude House Soon Jung Mild Defence Sun Cream - 100% physical
Could have white cast on deeper skin tones.
☀️ROVECTIN Skin Essentials Deep Moisture UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ - 100% physical
Oily / Combination Skin
☀️Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish - 100% physical
☀️Rovectin Skin Essentials Double Tone-up UV Protector - 100% physical
May not work on deeper skin tones - see review for swatches
☀️SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Air-fit Suncream Plus SPF50+ PA++++ - 100% physical
May leave a while cast on deeper tones
☀️Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50+ PA++++ - all chemical filters
Water and sweat resistant
All skin types
☀️CosRx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream - Combo physical / chemical filters
☀️Neogen Day-Light Protection Sunscreen - Combo physical / chemical filters
☀️Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector - 100% physical
☀️Canmake Mermaid UV gel (clear) - Combo physical / chemical filters
This is too dewy for my liking, but has a cult following and leaves no white cast on all skin tones.
☀️SkinAqua UV Super Moisture Essence - all chemical filters
Not sticky or shiny, goes on totally clear (based on reviews), doesn’t have a scent
☀️SCINIC Enjoy Super Mild Sun Essence - all chemical filters
☀️Purito Daily Go-To Sunscreen - Combo physical / chemical filters
This is very similar to Canmake 01 but comes in a larger size
☀️Etude House UV Double Cut Aqua Sun Essence - all chemical filters (this is WATERPROOF!)
☀️Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel Review - all chemical filters
☀️Make p:rem Cica Pro Soothing Sun Essence 50+ PA++++ - all chemical filters
Sticks & Powders
☀️SCINIC - Enjoy Super Active Airy Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++ - all chemical filters
☀️Canmake Marshmallow Finish Powder SPF26 PA++ - combo physical / chemical filters
☀️Make p:rem UV defense daily sun fluid - combo physical / chemical filters
☀️Rohto Mentholatum Water Lip Balm
☀️Rohto Mentholatum Melty Cream Lip Balm SPF25/PA+++
☀️Abib Protective Lip Balm Block Stick SPF15