Review: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+

This is a review of the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+. As I mentioned in a previous post, I go through a lot of sunscreen in the summer, and this is one of the ones I bought this year.
Biore UV Aqua Rich

 

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.

 

Pros:

  • 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)

 

Cons:

  • 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!

xoxo, K

 

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