Okay So This Japanese Sunscreen is Actually the Best

I think I've finally found the sunscreen of my dreams.

I keep talking about sunscreen lately. I know. Like the sunscreen I packed very specifically for my recent vacation, or the sunscreen I use in my anti-aging skincare routine. 

But everything has changed, friends. I think I've found The One

And I'm well aware that I've said the same thing before about other sunscreens that, yeah, I do like. But they aren't like this one. This Japanese sunscreen is totally different in literally almost every way. 

Let's back up, shall we? This tale starts years ago in the heyday of xoVain. It was either Danielle or Maricar (or maybe both?) who mentioned that they love skincare shopping in New York at a lil' asian store called OO35MM. Don't ask me how to say the name, I just don't know. 

With that little nugget of information stored in the back of my brain I took one of the days that I was in New York to go shopping. OO35MM is a maybe five minute walk to the Glossier Showroom, if you don't get lost (I did). I stomped my way to both but only made a little purchase from OO35MM of this sunscreen and a couple other little bits and bobs. This sunscreen really surprised me and I'm still kind of amazed by it.

Let's start with the basics. The full name of the sunscreen in question is the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50 PA ++++. Catchy. It set me back about $16 from the physical store, but you can save a whopping $3 if you trust Amazon to send you the real thing. It's SPF 50, obviously, and comes in a squeezy bottle with a (there's no other word for it) nipple-y top. 

Now for the interesting stuff. I actually picked this up because I tried a tester the store had sitting out. It shook me to my core. The texture is very thin but still, you know, sunscreen-y. The magic really starts to happen when you work it into the skin. It's kind of like the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB that I like so much. You start to rub it in and these little beads of water separate and give a hydrating and cooling effect to the skin. 

But that's not all. It leaves your skin feeling unbelievably soft and silky, almost like you've used a very thin primer. Together with the watery effect makes this the most interesting sunscreen I've ever tried. Oh, and there is no weird white cast (from what I can tell on my pasty skin) and no flashback as evidenced above in the super flashy photo. Basically it's the world's best sunscreen, that's all.

I've been using this for a little over a week now and I've yet to have any suspect breakouts. Because it's not a waterproof/sweatproof/secretion proof sunscreen I guess it's possible that it can rub off during the day but honestly I don't know how you'd be able to tell. I actually really like the fact that that it's not such a tank because it makes it easier to remove with my regular skincare routine. I've also yet to get a sunburn or tan but, you know not quite the weather for that yet. 

Anyway, this sunscreen makes wearing sunscreen downright enjoyable and I'll finally stop talking about it now.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen?