We have all heard of the importance of SPF and we have all tried to wear it on our faces. Unfortunately, most SPF creams leave a white residue, or a stickiness and greasy layer that flakes off under makeup. This puts off most people from using sunscreen on their faces, which can lead to burns on the face, premature aging, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer.
Recent studies have found that one of the best anti-aging cream is… yes, the sunscreen. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen can protect the skin from premature aging. UVA exposure, which occurs even on a cloudy day, all year long, induces direct dermal alterations related to the photoaging process. SPF should not be used only on beach days, but everyday, regardless if it is cloudy or winter. Unlike UVB, UVA radiations cannot be felt on the skin immediately, but rather with time.
But what is the solution to the problem of sunscreen ruining our makeup and causing clogged pores? Fortunately for me, I got my hands on a face sunscreen produced on the Asian market. Asian beauty products, especially the ones focused on skincare have earned an excellent reputation. Not only does this cream have both UVB and UVA filters, protecting thus, from both short and long term solar radiations, but it also has a waterproof and moisturizing formula, which, surprisingly, makes the routine of applying SPF on my face a pleasure.
Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ (50g)
The packaging is made of a plastic tube that can be squeezed. It is not rigid, being malleable at touch, and feels light. It is 12,3 cm long. One package contains 50g of product, making it easy to travel with. It is also hygienic by having to squeeze the product out.
The product and application
It has a slight yellow tint with a light citrus smell. It is not sticky, being watery. It is easily spreadable and penetrates the skin quickly. The feeling of it is that of a moisturizing cream. It is refreshing, does not irritate, and needs under twenty seconds for it to completely dry.
About the brand
Bioré is a subsidiary brand of Kao Corporation, which holds a major place on the Japanese cosmetic market.
To see the translated full list of ingredients and the specific UV filters, as well as their safety, please check here.
- Provides high protection both for UVB and UVA
- Contains photo-stable UV filters (for example, Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, generally known as Uvinul A Plus, which is a good photo-stable UVA filter)
- Contains some good UV filters that have not yet been accepted in the States (for example, Uvinul A Plus)
- Waterproof and sweat proof formula
- Watery, lightweight consistency, that leaves no residue or greasy feeling on the skin
- Easily absorbed in the skin
- Does not flake under makeup, making it a good base for makeup
- Claimed to have hydrating properties (Royal Jelly Extract) so it can be used as moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup primer
- It is not pricey (it is usually sold from Japan with less than 9 GBP/12 USD)
- Does not cause or inflame acne
- Does not clog pores
- Does not cause irritation or redness (at least for my sensitive, acne prone skin)
- It is suitable even for oily skin
- It is not sold in Europe or the United Stated, therefore it has to be ordered online (but you can get free shipping)
- Contains perfume and alcohol
- Contains silicones which some people prefer to avoid in skincare
Where to buy
Attention! In my opinion the texture of the 50g Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is more suitable for the face than the 90ml one, which is advertised as suitable for both body and face (their ingredients differ as well). The latter does leave a greasy residue, and therefore, if you decide to order this product, please be aware that there is a difference between the two. For creating a good makeup base, without greasiness or flakiness, I strongly recommend the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ in 50g over the bigger one.
 Randhawa, M., Wang, S., Leyden, J., Cula, G., Pagnoni, A., Southall, M., (2016) Daily Use of a Facial Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Over One-Year Significantly Improves Clinical Evaluation of Photoaging, Skin Research Center, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Available here.
 Bernerd F, Marionnet C, Duval C. (2012) Solar ultraviolet radiation induces biological alterations in human skin in vitro: Relevance of a well-balanced UVA/UVB protection. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, Suppl S1:15-23. Available here.
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I also want to remind you that everyone’s skin is different and skincare products like sunscreens can work extremely differently from one person to the other.