What it does: (from Biore’s website)
Spreads easily and feels like water, but still blocks UV rays. SPF50+, but feels light. While blocking UV rays, a veil of light will keep your skin looking moisturized and bright. Prevents age spots and freckles. Also blocks UV-A rays, which cause decreased skin elasticity. SPF50+, PA++++. For both face and body.
Price: the price of sunscreen varies widely. In the summer, the price drops to the 600-700 JPY range, but in the winter, the price increases to around 800 JPY.
Availability: This product is widely available in Japanese drugstores, as well as through Rakuten and other Japanese websites.
- Light and absorbs well. It really feels like a light gel on the skin, so I don’t hesitate to apply it liberally
- Can be used on both the face and the body. Some gel sunscreens cannot be applied to the face because they contain a large amount of alcohol, but this product did not irritate my skin
- Provides the highest amount of UV protection allowed in Japan (any product with over SPF 50 must be shown as SPF 50+ in Japan)
- Somehow, this product flaked off of my skin. As my skin rubbed against things, I would see white powdery flakes appear.
- This product leaves a somewhat sticky residue on my skin.
Would I repurchase? No. I tried applying it several different ways, but the white flakes are a major deal breaker, both from the appearance and also because it defeats the purpose of wearing sunscreen!
While I did not appreciate this sunscreen, there are many brands of sunscreen in Japan which have the same light, gel-type texture, and are very affordable. They are very easy and comfortable to use for UV protection year round.
Hope you enjoyed this review!