☆NIKO’S Routine/Regular Products☆ PART 3 [SPF | UV PROTECTION]

One of my biggest regrets in life is not having listened to my mother for all of my youth and adolescent years as she nagged me to wear sun protection when I left the house. I have milky, ghostly white skin, and if I’d listened to her instead of trying to be a little rebel– who hated the texture of American sunscreens more than anything– I would probably look like a porcelain doll right now, instead of being covered in countless freckles and sun damage in general.

To be honest, a lot of the pressure came from being a pale kid living in California. There’s some sort of strange culture here where I was mocked on the rare occasion when I actually did wear SPF as a child, because the other kids would laugh at me and say ‘you’re already so white, Niko, get some sun and try to get a tan for once!’ To a very minor degree, I was mocked and ridiculed for  wanting to protect my skin on outdoor days, and just how paper white my skin was in general.

I’m sure you can imagine how shocked and confused my young pre-adolescent self was when I was learning about asian culture, and how pale skin and sun protection is coveted there. It gave me a sort of renewed confidence in my own appearance– that I wasn’t a freak for being tan or non-white like my classmates– and empowered me to become interested in caring for my skin by protecting it from sun damage!

Now, many years later, I have quite the collection of sunscreens– some of which I find don’t work for me as I’d like, but also a small handful which I love and use regularly, which I’d like to share with you today:


Each serves a variety of purposes, from providing more moisture when my face feels dry, to being water + sweatproof, for outdoor and swimming activities– these are my staple sunscreens, and after having tried so, so many out there, I feel pretty confident in saying that these are the right ones for me!

Let me tell you a little about them, starting with the facial UV protectors!





⋆Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Essence⋆

[UV Protection: SPF 50+ PA++++]

This is my regular, everyday sunscreen for going out and doing average activities, when my skin feels average as well. It’s got a nice texture that dries down matte, with a very faint yuzu/generic citrus fragrance– though it’s not strong enough to be bothersome at all, and fades almost instantly. This stuff plays well under makeup, and over some stubborn moisturizers I have that my Biore UV Perfect Face Milk used to fuss with– which is when I ended up switching to this stuff, and never really looking back! At ~$9 in most online retailers, I can’t complain about the price, either~


⋆Country & Stream Honey UV Water Gel⋆

[UV Protection: SPF 50+ PA++++]

I usually break out this sunscreen when my skin feels dry or irritated for whatever reason, as it’s rather moisturizing, even throughout the day. It smells like a honey-lemon dream, and a little goes a long way. My only gripe is that it’s almost impossible to find and get a hold of (amazon.jp does not ship it globally, and it’s not on ebay– the only site I know  that sells it is Beautius— but that site is great, so I don’t mind ordering from there now and again~) I’ve used this on my body and neck, too, but I try to reserve it for my face, given how difficult it is to get my little paws on…


⋆Shiseido Anessa Whitening Facial Essence⋆

[UV Protection: SPF 50+ PA++++Water/Sweat /Sebum Proof]

I’m going to start this by noting that I believe this specific sunscreen from the Shiseido Anessa line has now been discontinued, though it’s still widely available. Either way, I like it– it has absolutely minimal chemical odor for a product with such high protection (waterproof, sweatproof, maximum UV/SPF protection, etc), and sinks into my skin for a really nice, soft finish. Thinking back to waterproof sunscreens of my childhood, I don’t even feel like this can possibly be the same sort of product, it’s such a different texture and smell and experience in general– if I’d had this growing up, I wonder, how much nicer would my skin be now…
Regardless, it’s a nice sunscreen, which I usually wear on hot days (it frequently tops 110°F /43°C here) when I know I’m going to be swimming in sweat, and want to be sure that my sun protection is going to stay put!








⋆Omi Menturm the SUN UV Gel⋆

[UV Protection: SPF 50+ PA++++]

The most recent addition to this collection of sunscreens, I purchased this cute little bottle when I began to suspect that I was having adverse reactions to something in my Biore Aqua Rich Watery Gel, and wanted to try something new. He’s totally oderless, sinks into my skin in a flash, and doesn’t leave any greasy or sticky feeling on my skin after applying– just wonderful!! I’m surprised I’d never heard of this sunscreen before buying it, because I like it a lot, and would most definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a high-spf but low scent/thick feeling body sunscreen. At $8 for a 100g bottle, I feel like I’m not breaking the bank on this little beauty, either~


⋆Rohto Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Gel⋆

[UV Protection: SPF 50+ PA++++]

My other favorite odorless, nearly-undetectable body SPF for daily-wear. I purchased this one after reading a few rave reviews around the AB sub and blog-verse, and was not disappointed, to say the least. I have my eye now on the larger, pump-bottle version, because I can see myself using this product for a long time to come. This one is slightly more expensive than the OMI Menturm, but is also slightly larger, so I’d honestly purchase either one if I needed a sunscreen at the time, depending on their immediate availability.

⋆Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster⋆

[UV Protection: SPF 50+ PA++++; Water/Sweat /Sebum Proof]

This sunscreen is sort of the god of all outdoors, sports sunscreens. It’s pretty famous for that in Japan, at least, and I’ve found that it works outstandingly for that purpose. It has a milk texture, and compared to other ‘extreme sport waterproof etc’ sunscreens I’ve used, has very little offputting chemical odor, which fades eventually (unless you upright press your arm against your nose and inhale deeply, at which point idk what kind of product fragrance standards you’ve got [my mom’s…] ). It definitely feels a bit heavier on my skin than the other daily-wear UV products I discussed, but for the protection it provides, I’d still say it’s stunningly lightweight and not bothersome at all. The only caveat: it costs $30+ for a mere 60ml of the stuff (which I usually use on my entire body not covered by a one-piece swimsuit), which is pretty steep. But you truly get what you pay for, I’d say.




Well, I had a wonderful time talking about one of my favorite topics– sun protection– and I hope you had an equally nice time reading it, or that this post was informative somehow!!

Let me know if you have any further questions about the products mentioned, and I’d be more than willing to do a full-post review request on any of these sunscreens– swatches and 5-point scale ratings included~

Thanks so much for reading, hope to see you around again soon!


–「 ニコニコ 」


2 thoughts on “☆NIKO’S Routine/Regular Products☆ PART 3 [SPF | UV PROTECTION]

  1. Honestly, I also have always hated wearing sunscreen. I have my mom’s Lebanese skin, and so I never burned easily- it was always a tan. Now, I burn more easily. That burn turns into a tan eventually, but it still hurts. And so I need to wear sunscreen more. I’ll try one of these out, thanks!


    • Believe me, look into Japanese and Korean sunscreens– they are absolute game. CHANGERS. if you grew up hating sunscreen like I did!!
      If you want to tell me more about your skin type, I could give you a more personalized recommendation??
      But for generic recs, these are both highly popular– I’ve tried them both, and would definitely recommend:
      Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ [Japanese,probably most popular with ‘asian beauty’ community, available on amazon prime, so no import/customs worries]
      Missha All-Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF50+ PA+++ [Korean, my personal intro to asian sunscreen that changed my view on sunscreen forever!! Note: Protection rating looks lower (less + on PA) but the max PA rating in Korea is PA+++, so it’s still max protection!]


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