Japanese Sunscreen

Top Japanese Sunscreens for Kids

Here are our favorite Japanese sunscreens – Whether your kids are headed to the beach, or just out and about, sunscreen is a must. Sunscreen is recommended year-round for children 6 months and older. Infants under six months should not be in direct sunlight, and application of sunscreen is not recommended as their skin is highly sensitive making them more susceptible to sun damage. Since our kids are out an about all day we stock-up on many of these top Japanese drugstore sunscreen for kids. Here is a quick reference list of the new 2019 drugstore sunscreens. The products on this list can be found at most Japanese Drugstores or on Amazon.co.jp. We also recommend you dress your children in sun hats, UV cut clothes and sunglasses to prevent skin damage.  Also check out our guides on Japan mosquito protection, and surviving the rain and heat in Japan.

Note the `PA` Abbreviation on sunscreen is for the Protection Grade of UVA established by the Japanese. Since UVA causes long term skin damage, it is advisable to purchase sunscreens with the highest PA rating. How does SPF and PA compare? SPF indicates the level of protection from UVB rays (UVB rays usually burns the superficial layers of your skin) while PA indicates the level of protection from UVA rays (UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis). To achieve protection from both UVA and UVB, look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

PA+ = protection against UVA rays.
PA++ = moderate protection
PA+++ = great protection

Here is also some Japanese to know when purchasing sunscreen/sunblock

ultraviolet rays紫外線しがいせんshigaisen
water resistant耐水性たいすいせいtaisuisei
waterproofウォータープルーフ wa-ta-puru-fu
unscented無香料むこうりょう mukouryou
no coloring無着色むちゃくしょくmuchakushoku

 Japanese Sunscreens for Kids Available at the Local Drug Store

Biore UV

Biore UV locks the penetration of UV absorbers into the skin. Great for kids and those with sensitive skin. The milky sunscreen stays put and doesn`t feel sticky on the skin. Resistant to sweat and water. Remove with face wash or soap.

◆ SPF 50+ PA++++
◆ Waterproof
◆ Does not contain fragrance or coloring. Alcohol free.

Price: 662 JPY / Amazon Japan 583 JPY

Natural Science UV Light Veil

A suncream used for daily protection and makeup base. It is made with a UV shield prescription so the UV rays never touch the skin.  Safe for babies and those with sensitive skin. Wash off with soap and water.

◆ SPF23 PA ++
◆ Does not contain fragrance, coloring or parabens.
◆ Uses Edelweiss extract (UV damage prevention)

Price: 2592 JPY @ Natural Science / Amazon Japan: 3480 JPY

Nivea Sun Water Gel

A non-alcoholic UV gel that gently protects skin from UV light. The Gel goes on smoothly and is not sticky but moisturizing. Re-apply if sweating. Wash off with soap.

◆ SPF 28 PA ++
◆ Does not contain fragrance or coloring. Alcohol free.

Price:  734 JPY / Amazon Japan: 506 JPY


Mama Hug Sun Gel SPF 25 PA +++

Mothers love the easy to use hypoallergenic Mama Hug sunscreen. The foam pump makes application light and non-sticky.

◆ SPF 25 / PA +++
◆ Hypoallergenic
◆ Can be used on the face and body

Price: 1026 JPY / Amazon 691 JPY

Japanese Drugstore Sunscreen for KidsSebaMed Baby UV Milk (SPF 16 PA ++)

Baby SebaMed is a skin care brand that protects your baby’s skin. This UV milk is hypoallergenic, fragrance free and colorless. contains natural moisturizing ingredients. Easy to carry size.

◆ SPF 16 PA ++
◆ No fragrance, Alcohol Free
◆ Hypoallergenic; pH 5. 5

Price: 1,080 JPY / Amazon 916 JPY

Dr. Ci. Labo UV Baby Cream

Baby UV cream is a non-chemical formula that uses only an ultraviolet light scattering agent that blocks daily UV rays. You can easily wash it off with Dr. Ci. Labo baby soap.

◆ SPF30 PA ++.
◆ No fragrance, no color, no mineral oil, alcohol free, preservative free.

Price: 1296 JPY @ Dr. Ci. LaboAmazon JP 1980 JPY

 Shisedo Branded Sunscreen for babies – Anessa Baby Care Sunscreen

A Mild Sunscreen For Baby & Sensitive Skin Formulated With Non-Skin Irritating Zinc Oxide Blended with hydrating agents.

◆ SPF 34 / PA +++
◆ alcohol free, non-paraben, no mineral oils
◆ Hypoallergenic

Price: Amazon JP 3980 JPY

UV Cream PAX BABY UV Cream SPF 17 / PA +

Pax baby UV cream is colorless and without fragrance, so it`s safe for delicate skin and for babies. It contains macadamia nut oil, keeping the skin moisturized. It`s compact so easy to carry however the SPF is low so we recommend wearing with a hat and UV protected clothing.

◆ SPF 17 / PA +
◆ No fragrance, no coloring

Price: 648JPY / Amazon 571 JPY

Organic Madonna Aroma Sun Milk

Contains 62% organic moisturizing ingredients. Skin-friendly and can be used on babies. Has a lemongrass, eucalyptus and peppermint scent.

◆ SPF30 · PA + ++
◆ No color, no fragrance, no UV absorber, paraben free

Price: Amazon JP 2400 JPY

Japanese Drugstore Sunscreen for KidsYusekin S UV milk SPF 25 PA ++ 

A sunscreen for children and for those with sensitive skin. Non-drying and moisturizing. Can be used from babies to the elderly.

◆ SPF 25 / PA ++
◆ Fragrance free, color free, and alcohol free
◆ Moisturizing Ingredients (hyaluronic acid, amino acid component , shiso leaf extract)

Price: 1,008 JPY / Amazon 719 JPY

Japanese Drugstore Sunscreen for KidsMommy UV Mild Gel 

Mommy UV mild gel pump is colorless, fragrance free and without preservatives and alcohol. Very light when applying to child`s skin.

◆ SPF 30
◆ Hypoallergenic

Price: Amazon 972 JPY

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