Review: The New 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++!!!!

2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence PA++++ sunscreen

Guys, I have an announcement. I’m engaged!

Yes, that’s right. The new 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen and I plan to elope soon. We will make our lifelong commit to each other official on a sunny beach (while wearing adequate sun protection, of course). We will spend our lives supporting each other in a mature but passionate partnership of equals. I will provide the money, and Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence will provide the UV protection. And when we leave this world behind for the great snail farm in the sky, we’ll spend eternity watching over our fellow skin care fanatics, like anti-aging guardian angels.

Okay, not really, because marrying a bottle of sunscreen is weird, but that’s how much I love the 2015 reformulation of the already popular Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen. I hadn’t been expecting it to arrive from Japan for at least another week, so when I got the package yesterday, I screamed!

2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence PA++++ sunscreen
Oh my loves. I’ve waited for you for far too long.

Before we dive into what is obviously going to be a rave review, let’s take a minute to talk sunscreen.

Why is sunscreen important?

As most people know by now, sunscreen is vital to any anti-aging skin care regimen. UV radiation breaks down your skin’s natural collagen scaffolding and damages skin at a cellular level, leading to photoaging, sun spots, and in some cases, even cancer. UVA radiation in particular is responsible for much visible skin aging and penetrates both cloud cover and glass. If you want to prevent future wrinkles, you must protect your skin from the sun. If you want to give your other anti-aging actives a chance to work on your existing fine lines, you must protect your skin from the sun. In short, you must protect your skin from the sun.

Unfortunately for those of us in the US, that’s easier said than done.

Why is Asian sunscreen so great?

To put it bluntly, the vast majority of affordable, easily accessible US sunscreens suck. If you’ve tried a few, you know exactly what I mean. If applied in the recommended amount of 1/4 tsp for face, US drugstore sunscreens (I’m looking right at you, Neutrogena Ultra “Sheer” (heh) “Dry” (hah) Touch Sunscreen) tend to be thick and heavy, with an oily residue that never fully dries and a bright white cast that will turn even the tannest of reformed tanners into Casper the Greasy Ghost. And they often have that distinctive sunscreen smell. These flaws make the typical US drugstore sunscreen too unpleasant for anyone but the most dedicated skin care addicts to use on a daily basis, let alone in the amounts required to get the advertised protection. I know I didn’t get diligent about my sunscreen until I started using Japanese products.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the US sunscreen situation will improve much in the short term. Sunscreen is regulated as a medication. It thus falls under the governance of the FDA, which is notoriously slow at approving new sunscreen ingredients, such as the ones the Japanese and Korean skin care industries use. US-based sunscreen lovers got their hopes up last summer, when Congress approved a bill that mandated faster FDA review of sunscreen ingredients, but that hope faded when the FDA refused to approve all eight sunscreen ingredients submitted for its review earlier this year due to ingredients not meeting FDA clinical trial requirements.

It looks like we’re stuck with crappy US sunscreen formulations for now. That is, unless we turn to Asian sunscreens!

In my opinion, Asian sunscreens are far more advanced than US sunscreens. Development of most technologies is driven by the market’s perceived need for them, and East Asia’s deeply ingrained, near-universal preference for fair skin drives the continued R&D of stronger, better sunscreens. Stateside, on the other hand, mainstream beauty standards are much less focused on skin, and fair skin isn’t preferred at all. Drugstores here sell self-tanning lotions not whitening creams; tanning salons remain popular. A market that isn’t interested in achieving and maintaining fair skin isn’t a market that motivates much sunscreen R&D.

Therefore, if you want a sunscreen that’s actually pleasant to use, doesn’t stink or turn you into a clown-white greaseball, and that you know provides an adequate amount of UVA protection to prevent wrinkles, consider Asian sunscreens. Many, like the one I’m about to review, are quite affordable and easy to order from Amazon.

Review: The New 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

Purpose: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is a light, hydrating daily use facial sunscreen. It promotes healthy skin and prevents photoaging and skin cancer by protecting skin from UV radiation. The SPF 50+ designation, which indicates UVB protection, means that with proper use, you will be able to stay out in the sun without being burned for at least 50x longer than if you were not wearing sunscreen. The PA++++ designation shows that the 2015 version of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence has UVA protection of at least 16 PPD. PA++++ is currently the highest range of UVA protection measured in the Japanese skin care industry.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence 2015 version
This little blue bottle of goodness has saved my skin.

Do not use if: You are sensitive to alcohol, silicones, chemical UV filters, citrus fruit extracts, or anything else in the ingredients list.

When and how to use: As the last step of your morning skin care routine, apply approximately 1/4 teaspoon to face, avoiding eye area, and another 1/4 teaspoon to neck and upper chest. Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes before applying makeup or going out into the sun. Reapply for every 2 hours of total time spent in the sun. (Not every 2 hours period. Every 2 hours of sun exposure. So if you’re in the sun for 15 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes at lunch, and another 15 minutes in the afternoon, you don’t need to reapply.)

1/4 teaspoon of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence 2015 version
Whenever I start a new bottle of sunscreen, I bust out the measuring spoon to make sure I’m using enough.
1/4 teaspoon of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence with quarter for scale
As you can see, it’s a lot! If you’re new to proper sunscreen use, it may look like an impossible amount. Don’t worry. It isn’t, at least not with this product.

Ingredients list: I’m uncomfortable providing an ingredients list here, because they aren’t listed on the package in English and I don’t read Japanese, so I can’t offer a direct, off-the-box translation. There is an ingredients list available on CosDNA, however.

Back of package for 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen
No idea what this says.

Notable ingredients: As far as ingredients go, there isn’t too much to discuss here. Stable chemical UV filters and the solvents, emulsifiers, and moisturizers that give this product its cosmetically elegant finish make up most of the ingredients list. Down very low on the list, you’ll find sodium hyaluronate for extra hydration, vitamin- and amino acid-rich royal jelly extract to firm skin, and several citrus extracts, which I imagine are included for their brightening and/or antioxidant properties. The alcohol can be a concern for some people as well, but I do not believe it’s problematic for anyone except those with extremely dry or sensitive skin, or who are specifically reactive to alcohol.


My big concern with the 2015 version of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence was that the reformulating necessary to get it that PA++++ rating would change its texture or finish for the worse. The older, PA+++ version of this sunscreen has long been my favorite when it comes to cosmetic elegance. I preferred to wear it instead of my PA++++ sunscreens whenever I knew I wouldn’t be outside much on a given day. Sometimes messing with something good doesn’t make it great, but instead takes away a big part of what made it good in the first place. (I mean, these fears didn’t stop me from ordering four bottles of it sight unseen, but I did worry.)

Bottle comparisons of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence 2015 vs older version
The labeling is almost the same, but the 2015 printing does look a little sleeker.

There was nothing to worry about. I’m completely ecstatic to report that the texture and finish of the 2015 PA++++ Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen are exactly the same as the previous version!

The 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence comes out of the tube as a very light, slippy lotion with a cool and watery feel and a hint of sharp citrus fragrance and alcohol smell, both of which fade quickly. The sunscreen spreads smoothly over the face, and even at the 1/4 tsp recommended dose, massages in and absorbs quickly.

Seriously, this stuff sets and dries faster than any other sunscreen I’ve ever tried, by a long shot. I always reach for it when I’m in too much of a hurry to wait the usual 15 minutes for chemical filters to bond with my skin before applying makeup or leaving the house. And once it sets and dries, it feels and looks like absolutely nothing on the skin. No shine. No oily feeling. No white cast whatsoever. It’s so invisible that I would be nervous about whether it’s actually protecting my skin, if not for the fact that SPF and PA are tightly regulated metrics.

Despite the lack of shine or oily residue, the 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, like the discontinued older version it replaces, provides a nice extra dose of hydration that may be enough for people with oilier skin. If you have an oily complexion, you may also appreciate the oil control that this formula provides. Its clear, natural matte finish lasts for hours, if not all day. I wouldn’t recommend skipping moisturizer if your skin is drier, however. The alcohol may prove to be a little too strong for dry or dehydrated complexions without a moisturizing cream underneath. My skin type is normal, and I use Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream under this sunscreen on more humid days and Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream underneath when the weather is more arid.

As a final note, the 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence plays just as well with makeup as its predecessor did. Although the formulation does contain a few ‘cones, it is primarily water-based, and that helps to avoid issues like product pilling caused by base incompatibility. I tried applying my BB cream over this after only a 5-minute wait as well as after my more standard 15-minute wait. Both times, my BB cream went on smoothly, without caking or balling up or pilling off. The shine control is an excellent asset under makeup as well.

Conclusion: As much as I loved the completely invisible finish of the old Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen, I didn’t use it as my everyday sunscreen because of its slightly lacking UVA protection. With the 2015 reformulation that brings it up to PA++++, however, this is now an absolute holy grail for me. Biore managed to improve the product’s one objective weakness without undermining any of its existing strengths. And as a bonus, this sunscreen is relatively easily found on websites like Amazon and is sold for a great price–usually less than $10 a bottle. Perfect. Just perfect!

Be on the lookout for our wedding photos. I think we’re going to elope very soon.

Rating: 5–the first 5 that I’ve given out on this blog!

Rating scale:

1 – This should be taken off the market.
2 – Caused me some problems; would not buy again.
3 – Meh. Neither great nor bad.
4 – Pretty good. Would buy again unless I find something better.
5 – I’ll never be in the market for a replacement unless this one is discontinued.

Where can I buy the 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++?

If you thought that something this amazing must surely be impossible to find, think again! The 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen is available for $11.98 on Amazon with free Prime shipping (affiliate link).

73 thoughts on “Review: The New 2015 Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++!!!!

  1. Sorry if it’s a stupid question but I am a sunscreen novice (though I did read your previous article about it) and I am confused about something: don’t you need to reapply sunscreen every two hours regardless of exposure because it gets absorbed useless into the skin? Is it because of the chemical vs physical sunscreen distinction that you can get away with not reapplying outside of exposure times?


    1. Hi Jessica,

      It’s my understanding that sunscreen does not lose effectiveness from being absorbed into the skin. Whether chemical or physical, the filters are going to stay on the surface of your skin. (That’s why the wait time for chemical sunscreen to dry is so important: the filters will form a layer on the skin. It’s just that the really good sunscreens feel like they absorb to nothing.)

      When it comes to chemical filters, the reason you have to reapply is because the filters will degrade with exposure to sunlight. They will not degrade when not exposed to sunlight. So that’s why you count the 2 hours as cumulative sun exposure rather than just every 2 hours period (which even I wouldn’t be able to live with!).


  2. I’m one of those people sensitive to alcohol and am therefore jealous of everybody who is able to use this sunscreen. I’ve read so many reviews declaring its HG-status 😥


      1. Idk if it’s good or not, but I got a sunscreen in the 911 Memebox that I’m using. I have the Missha All-around Safe Block Essence coming to me in the mail soon, so hopefully that will work out.

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  3. i have this one too but am terrified to use it since i’m pretty sure the Hada Labo Creamy Gel gave me a big cyst on my chin… but i’m using it on my hands and the texture is DREAMY.

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  4. hi, thank you for a very nice review of this sunblock. I am currently wearing clinique tinted sunblock with spf 40. and every time i used it, I have to do double cleansing (balm and facial wash). just as if I am cleaning foundation of my face.
    I was wondering if this sunblock also need double cleansing if it is wore alone (without make up on) ? or it can be cleanse just by facial wash? and also is this sunblock water proof or sweat proof?

    thank you for your answer in advance 🙂

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    1. Hi Nadya, thanks for reading! This sunscreen is not waterproof or sweatproof. I do still double cleanse to remove it, however if you’re using a fairly strong cleanser, I do think you could get away with just using that (though of course add your balm cleanser if you find your pores beginning to get clogged!).


  5. Hi~! I love your reviews! I´ve learnt a lot from them, thank you! I´ve always use the usual western sunblock but I bought 2 different korean ones to try, I´m sill waiting for them to arrive, I can´t wait.
    I was wondering, why don´t you put sunblock under your eye area? how do you protect it then?

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    1. I actually do put sunscreen around my eyes now! I always thought it would irritate the skin or sting my eyes, but I’m fine as long as I’m careful. Before, I just always wore sunglasses outside during the day.


      1. Wow your reply was so fast, thanks!
        I see, and what about other products? like foam or essence or serum, sometimes they don´t specify if it´s safe to use around eyes. Usually, if doesn´t say anything I just use them anyway, but I´m not sure if this is ok

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      2. I think anything except for strong actives (like retinoids) or strong fragrances are probably okay. I often dab a little bit of my vitamin C serum around my eyes.


  6. I gotta say, I’m loving your blog! Keep up the awesome work, and I love your quirkiness! And this sunscreen looks amazing. I have 2 questions though before I make a purchase:
    1) I have ultra oily skin, would this be okay for oily skin types?

    2) Do I need a cleansing oil to remove this, or can I rely on a good foaming cleanser?

    Thank you! 🙂

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  7. I’m completely agree with you about this one. I was not lucky with the old formula version, i didn’t know why, i tend to break out for every sunscreen i put on my face, i tried many many brand but not even succeed for one, i was very sad cause its waste of money and i really want to use daily sunscreen. i came across this new formula version 2 days ago and thought “why not give it another try?”, i didn’t know it was a new version, just the advertisement on label saying “number 1 selling sunscreen in Japan” that pushed me to buy :P, not to mention it was cheap, just $8 a bottle. The first application on my face just…so amazing, fast absorbed, leaving my skin hydrated and plump which were big thumps up. At the end of the day, i did not break out at all, i have just found out that it is non water resistant, i do believe waterproof sunscreens make me break out because it clogs my pores and my skin couldn’t breathe. i hope it will soon become my HG sunscreen for daily use, i stay in the office for whole day but working with my computer the same amount of time, now i can easily wash it off in midday and reapply for good.

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  8. Hi! I was just wondering if your link still works and goes to a seller selling the authentic product 🙂 First time buying this sunscreen so I won’t be able to compare. Thank you!!

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  9. I love that it (Biore) is cool and not sticky at all to the skin but what is the difference between PA+++/+ of asian brands and UVB/UVA types of sunscreens?

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  10. hi. is it enough if just wearing a foundation/bb cream that comes with SPF30 for UV protection? I found it too thick and unease if I put many layers of cream on my face.


  11. Hi, I’d just like to ask, am I able to use this sunscreen on my body?
    You see, I’ve used the older, discontinued version of this product and I know that it was for both face and body use. Is this the case for the reformulated version?
    Thanks for the review!

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  12. Don’t forget the single most important reason to wear sunscreen – avoidance of skin cancer. It can kill and even minor skin cancers may require removal that can leave scarring. Sunscreen is your friend. I love this sunscreen, too!

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  13. Hi there! I love your blog! May I just say I am nigh-addicted to my morning “coffee reads” of it, Snow White & The Asian Pear and ColorCrush. As a dry-to-very-dry skinned, sleeping pack- and tretinoin (0.1%)-obsessed individual, I struggle to find both enough moisture in products, and sunscreens that don’t look like an oil slick, simply because they are meant to be ‘moisturising’.


    The reason for my ‘comment’ is to ask you whether you were aware of any UK-shipping websites that stock this intriguing sunscreen, as the don’t have it on the only 2x I am aware of (Jolse & WishTrend) and ordering from Amazon US is unthinkable for me, as it always tends to create customs-related issues & charges, which end up ‘breaking the budget’. Boohoo.

    I am obsessive with sunscreen use and its 2-hourly reapplication throughout a given day (…only downside – I get through my usual 148-mL tube of Paulas Choice SPF50 broad spectrum sunscreen or my 118-mL tube of Jack Black SPF45 borad spectrum oil-free sunscreen, in 20-25 days…), so any non-tinted sunscreen product (a male, no-makeup individual here) that receives star reviews, I am immediately drawn to trying.

    To wrap this up, I would be more than grateful if you could help out an Asian & Science-based skincare obsessive reader with my issue.


  14. Thanks for this post Fiddy, I live in Arizona and most of the US sun screens just melt off off me due to sweat. Even “sweat proof” ones or they just clog up my face and break me out after just one application. It’s not like I can avoid the sun out here either! I’m happily order one of each!


  15. Thanks for all the great info Fiddy! Looks like the sunscreen is only $8 currently! Just ordered 2 bottles and mass emailed all my loved ones to do the same. It’s really hard to change the “looks better with a tan” mentality, but I think I can get people hooked by talking about wrinkles, sunspots and aging.


  16. I’m 50 years old and just now (in the past month) have done such extensive ‘net reading to find that the Asian sunscreens are the bomb. US sunscreens suck soooo much, my poor car has white ghostly residue all over the door, and even where I turn the ignition key. I too squealed with joy when my Biore UV Perfect Face Milk and Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence arrived two days ago.

    It is a HUGE learning curve for me being in the US and only used to thick, goopy, gloppy, greasy, ‘feels like my face is wearing plastic wrap’ feeling, and yeah, NEVER EVER drying down to the complete opposite of either the milk (white bottle) or the Watery Essence (blue bottle) going on like a dream, and drying down to like I have nothing on! I am fighting the urge to reapply because I can’t feel it.. sounds crazy right?

    I’m an oily gal, last month I discovered Biore UV Perfect Spray SPF50+ PA++++. If you are wearing a full face of makeup, and can’t reapply sunscreen, then use this spray, it is a FANTASTIC sunscreen, but sprays on dry and is a makeup setting spray too!!! HOLY GRAIL product status has been achieved for all of my suncare needs.

    Thank you so much for posting this fiftyshadesofsnail.



      I totally agree with everything you said, too! I actually had a moment this morning applying the Bright Milk (in the pink bottle) where I KNOW I put on enough but it was drying so fast and clear that I just kept thinking “nah, there’s no way, Fiddy, put some more” and so I did.


  17. Hi there, Fiddy! I am a big fan of Bioré sunscreens – for work (or indoor computer) days I prefer the Perfect Face Milk, while on weekends I switch to the Watery Essence one. The reason is because I have always assumed that the Watery Essence (and all of the non-Milk) does not provide protection from UV rays that are generated by computer screens, for instance. Is my assumption accurate? I would absolutely LOVE to use the Watery Essence sunscreen more often, as the Perfect Milk one seems to be a bit drying. Thanks much and hello from Brazil! =)


    1. Hi Clarissa, I have heard the computer screen thing before, but my understanding is that while the big clunky older CRT screens did emit some (very very little) UV radiation, modern LCDs do not, so there’s nothing to worry about (despite what Fan Bing Bing says, ahahahaha).


  18. Hi. Ive been coming to your site pretty much now because I only discovered Korean skincare just now. I’m on my way to building up my routine, however I suddenly have to consider safe product for pregnancy 🙂 I am already using the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence for almost 2 yrs now and because of my current situation, I would like to ask if this is safe to use during pregnancy?
    Appreciate it. Thank you!


    1. Hiya! I’m afraid I’m not comfortable giving any recommendations related to pregnancy as I don’t have the qualifications to speak to that, but I definitely suggest bringing the ingredients list to your physician to ask them!


  19. What sunscreen do you use on your child? I have a 5 year old daughter and I want a good sunscreen that is easy to apply and no white cast. I wonder if I can use Biore Aqua Watery gel or essence on her? I had been using babyganics on her and hate the thick and gloppy texture.


    1. He usually gets a Neutrogena sunscreen on body and then we’ve been using either thankyou Farmer or Naruko sunscreen on his face (no particular reason–he just likes the consistency of those better than the Biore for some reason).


      1. Thanks for your reply Fiddy! What Thankyou Farmer and Naruko sunscreen do you use on your little boy?


      2. It’s the Thankyou Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Essence (it’s creamy and moisturizing, a bit less emollient than the Hada Labo Creamy Gel) and Naruko 10 Peptide Total Defense Sunscreen (which is a very runny and fast-drying one that resembles the Biore face milks except not at all drying and almost totally clear).


      3. Thank you Fiddy. I am going to check both Thank You Farmer and Naruko sunsreen out for my daughter. 🙂


  20. Hello again! Fiddy, do you believe that Bioré’s relatively large amount of alcohol could somehow damage the skin’s natural barrier and/or decrease effectiveness of the prior skincare steps? Thx again! :o)


    1. I think it’s problematic for people who have a specific sensitivity to alcohol, but I’ve not found compelling evidence that alcohol is damaging or an irritant across the board. Actually alcohol’s penetration enhancing abilities may enhance prior steps–I remember talking about that with Stephen from Kind of Stephen once! I’d look to how your skin responds to it since YMMV 🙂


  21. Hi Fiddy! I have recently bought this sunscreen and I love it! However I’m a bit confused about the application order. This sunscreen is a chemical one right? Shouldn’t it go on before moisturiser? You write “My skin type is normal, and I use Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream under this sunscreen on more humid days and Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream underneath when the weather is more arid.” which got me confused. Thank you for an a,azing blog!


    1. Hiya, I’m so glad you love it! There’s not really a consensus about where to apply a chemical sunscreen. I’ve thought way too much about it and I believe it’s more problematic to apply it under moisturizer, as applying something over it seems likely to rub it off or at least disrupt the even layer that you need. I prefer applying it last (but only after moisturizer has dried!). Based on lack of new tanning and freckling, I believe it’s still providing strong protection for me that way. But it is worth experimenting if you aren’t sure!


  22. Hi. Thanks you for the great info! Can you tell me how it would affect someone with melasma?


    1. I had really terrible melasma when I first started taking care of my skin, and this helped a lot–it protected my skin so that I could use other products to fade the melasma.


  23. Great review, mine just came in the post today and it smells great even though it has alcohol in it and I agree that sunscreens in the cheaper range are just rubbish in western countries, I’m from the UK and to get a good sunscreen I need to look at over £30 ($40) my only grudge against this product is that its not a 2in1 moisturiser. I’ve only used this on my forehead, incase i get a breakout, however so far so good, really absorbs quickly and i don’t have to vigorously rub it in. I have a few questions, is there a bigger tube for the body? and since I need a moisturiser to go underneath the sunscreen, would the Nature Republic’s aloe vera gel be ok? and lastly I recently brought the COSRX good morning low ph cleanser, which I’m excited to use, as a brand do you rate it? sorry for all these questions.


  24. Hi Fiddy! I discovered youe website last year when I looked up Cosrx and Miss Flower & Mr. Honey facial mask. I’m so hooked on your blogs, they’re so informative!

    Just a question: I’m using Philosophy day moisturizer with SPF 25. Have you ever used Philosophy? Now reading your post, I will need to layer on the sunscreen. Do I apply the sunscreen after or before the day moisturizer? Thank you! 🙂


  25. Hi there thanks for the review 🙂 I started getting into wearing sunscreen a bit ago. I am 17, and I want to buy this sunscreen

    but i had some questions; if you could help thanks!

    1) because you are supposed to use sunscreen daily and reapply/generally supposed to use quite a bit ( i heard about the shot glass method and the spoon method) to actually protect properly your face and all you’re body skin besides using clothes to protect as well, so based on that how long does this biore sunscreen last you typically? Is it only a facial sunscreen and not really for body as well ? 🙂

    2) And if so do you know any sunscreen Asian or any good ones that focus on other body areas that i could buy too and are really good like this one say waterproof and good protection and don’t run out too quick?

    ~Because I don’t know if i want to buy back and forth sunscreen all the time due to shipping time etc D: haha or be afraid of running out quick and maybe not use enough and not be as protected as i think i am,

    besides this sunscreen of course that i would love to buy and probably keep buying in bulk/back and forth :p

    3) but I was thinking if money wise and usage wise if it was better to buy gallon bottle sunscreen or in bulk because most sunscreens are 50-100 something ml,
    ~there is this gallon Australian one called blue lizard and other ones that are quite big

    4) so I was wondering what you recommend/ or do yourself say if buying a gallon one is a good option or one that has more amount /one that covers really well additional to buying this biore sunscreen and maybe just use it mainly for face /neck

    due to how much sunscreen is necessary to properly protect all you’re skin , I am trying to lighten my skin and also trying to take better care of it and protect it so I want to make sure i use the amount needed i am a bit medium tan/beige or a bit olive color im also around 5″3 and 130 or 140 lbs i have some muscle and bigger structure especially in the legs so i may use less when i slim down more. Haha sorry if that was lengthy or confusing thanks for you’re help! 🙂


    1. Tbh for economical reasons, I usually stick to a cheaper sunscreen for body. There’s not really any reason to not use the Biore on body except for the fact that you’d go through a tube of it in like two days, but I just stick to my Neutrogena for my arms and legs 🙂


    1. I almost never need to as generally sunscreen only needs to be reapplied after 2 hours of sun exposure (or after being wiped or washed off), but when I do, usually I just spread it in my palms and then pat my palms gently over my makeup without rubbing or swiping!


  26. Do you have any recommendations for a waterproof sunscreen? I’m a train conductor and I work outside in the hot Texas sun all day. I think I’ve tried every US version and nothing is as good as this stuff.


  27. Hello! Thanks for a great review. I ordered this sunscreen and I’ve just started using it, it feels nice so far! I would like to know, though: how do I know when this cream expires? I know you’re supposed to see it on some sort of code or batch number, is that correct? Maybe my limited English skills (I’m from Sweden) make me a bit too confused here, I’ve tried to google it but I can’t figure it out… There are a few letters at the top of the tube (in my case: 20160530) – is that the date when it’s manufactured?
    I really hope you can help me get this right! Thank you for your blog and I hope to hear another Snailcast episode soon 🙂
    Regards, Sophie


  28. Hello again,
    Is there anyone who knows how to see the manufactury/expiry date on the tube? I’m about to order a few more tubes on eBay but I’d like to get my head around this first!
    Sorry for spamming, I pray to the skincare gods I’ll be forgiven some day! 🙂


  29. Hey – I’m also a sunscreen novice and had some questions. Is this sunscreen considered mineral or chemical? As far as I know, you shouldn’t apply make up on top of chemical sunscreens as they only work when sitting on top of the skin.


  30. Man I wish they used more physical blocks in their sunblocks in Japan/Korea. Chemical and I do not get along.


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