Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50+ PA++++
Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50+ PA++++ is my first venture into Japanese sunscreen. I’m always looking for highly effective sunscreens and have been meaning to try a Japanese one for some time. Here in Canada Biore, owned by the Kao corporation, offers some cleansers and moisturizers mainly for those with oily to normal skin. In Japan they offer a variety of sunscreens. If they could get past Health Canada’s particular rules they would definitely have a market here. Asia, like Europe, allows commercial use of some very effective UV blockers such as Tinosorb.
My First Asian Sunscreen! Hooray!
When I finally received my package, which took over a month to arrive, I couldn’t wait to try it. UV Perfect Face Milk is very easy to wear under makeup and has a fluid consistency. Based on reviews it’s popular with those who have oilier skin. This is due not only to the light texture but the formula contains “oil-absorbing powder” to help keep your skin shine-free. My skin tends to look and feel dehydrated easily so I always put a moisturizer on before applying this sunscreen.
I can’t read Japanese (surprise) so searched the web for info on UV Perfect Face Milk and came across all the info i needed here.
It’s A Sunscreen, But That’s Where The Benefits End
The main sunscreen actives in this are zinc oxide, octinoxate, uvinul A Plus, titanium dioxide, and Tinosorb S. Octinoxate and titanium dioxide are great at protecting from UVB rays while Tinosorb, uvinul, and zinc oxide provide excellent UVA protection. I was a tad disturbed to see alchohol (straight up, not the fatty kind) is high on the ingredient list. Another thing that turns me off about the formula is the lack of additional beneficial skincare ingredients like emollients, peptides, or even some antioxidants. There is sodium hyaluronate at the bottom of the list but you can find sunscreens that are just as effective at protecting from UV rays but also offer your skincare benefits.
Still, as far as its function as a sunscreen is concerned it gets the job done and the best sunscreen is the one you’ll actually wear.
What Is PA and Is It Dependable?
PA is a Japanese method of rating and measuring the UVA protection of a sunscreen product. For example, PA++ indicates that a sunscreen will provide moderate protection from UVA rays while while a PA++++ rating means a sunscreen will provide higher UVA protection. Keep in mind that this method is only measuring UVA and not UVA and UVB together, which is how our skin actually experiences UV light. Given this tidbit of information, it would be wise to take these ratings with a grain of salt and look more at the ingredient list to ensure it contains actives that will protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
Biore says that UV Face Milk SPF 50 is a:
Superior lightweight UV block for face, Matt Effect. Provides long-lasting UV protection of SPF50+/ PA++++. It has an ultra light, non-sticky texture. Also an ideal makeup base, it contains Sebum-absorbing powder to give you that matt look and keep skin shine-free.
Have you tried any Japanese sunscreens? What are your thoughts?