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Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ Review

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Gone are the days with sunscreens that were sticky and had really thick formulas which made us hate this whole step of sunscreen application a dreadful experience. Nowadays, there are various ways options of sunscreens available in the market which help in making your skincare routine more wholesome, not wanting you to skip the step of applying sunscreen. Whether it is gloomy outside or really sunny, it is really important to protect your skin with a good sunscreen.

Here is my review of the famous Japanese Biore Sunscreen.


About Biore

The Biore brand is owned by a Tokyo headquartered company called Kao Corporation. The company started in 1887, but the brand Biore was introduced in the 1980s. It is the first skincare brand to focus on ‘THE PORE’ of the skin.


About Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

The product is designed with a unique MICRO DEFENSE FORMULA. The formula uses a capsule packed with a UV protection agent. The formula when applied on the skin, covers the skin like a protective layer on it. It even reached the crevices of the skin. It is a water based formula.


The product has the following ingredients:

Water, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Dextrin Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Xylitol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Behenate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Cetyl Alcohol, Agar, Sorbitan Distearate, lsoceteth-20, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid, Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Royal Jelly Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

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About the Ingredients

FunctionIngredientsWhat exactly they do



These ingredients have anti-aging properties and help protect skin's collagen.

Skin-identical ingredient

Glycerin, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate

This helps the skin to stay highly hydrated.


Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine

This ingredient helps to protect the skin from UV rays.


Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate

These ingredients help control the growth of micro-organisms on the skin.



These ingredients have anti-aging properties and help protect skin's collagen.


Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide

This helps in keeping the formula stable.


Disodium EDTA

These ingredients help keep the formula stable.


Isopropyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Behenate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Distearate

These ingredients are responsible for making the skin soft and smooth.


Dextrin Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Behenate, Cetyl Alcohol, Isoceteth-20

These ingredients help in binding the mixture of oil and water, which tend to separate.


Butylene Glycol, Xylitol, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate

Ingredients that help the skin to stay hydrated so that it feels moisturized.


Isopropyl Palmitate, Fragrance

Add fragrance to the product.


BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

These help maintain the longevity of the product.


Water, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol

These ingredients help dissolve other ingredients in the formula.


Dextrin Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Isoceteth-20, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid

These ingredients help the product to distribute evenly and with ease on the skin.

Viscosity controlling

Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/​Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Agar, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/​Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA

These ingredients give texture to the product, by thickening them to give a moisturizer like consistency.

Price of the Product and Packaging

The product is priced at INR 1270 (approx. USD 17.50) for 50 g. It comes in a blue tube packaging inside a cardboard blister pack. The packaging is travel friendly as it is compact in size and has a screw top. There is a conical nozzle from where the product oozes out and what I love about that is that every time I get a perfect amount of sunscreen. The nozzle is not too small and not too big. It is just perfect.


The Product

The sunscreen’s texture is just wow. It is so lightweight and smooth to apply. It actually feels like I am putting a layer of water on my face. It isn’t runny or anything and absorbs pretty instantly onto the skin. It is white in color. And personally I think it is a boon for the skin, especially in summer! It has a really light citrusy fragrance but it is so light that on application, you can’t really smell anything. This is a huge plus point for me, because I really do not like products with strong fragrances. The sunscreen does not leave a white film like other sunscreens do. The sunscreen has a mattifying effect after application.

How to Use The Product

The sun cream is to be applied as the last step of the skin routine, moisturizer. There are no instructions regarding the product, if it should be applied some time prior to stepping out in the sun.

Pros of Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++:

  • It provides both UVA and UVB protection (Pretty heavy duty sunscreen)
  • The sunscreen is really hydrating.
  • A small amount goes a long way.
  • It is non-greasy.
  • The packaging is travel friendly.
  • Extremely light fragrance is very refreshing.

I just couldn’t find any disadvantages of this sunscreen. It lives up to all the expectations and more.

Personal Opinion

Till date I have tried so many sunscreens, I have lost track of it. This is the best one so far. It is so freaking awesome. This sunscreen does not break me out, it is great for summer, it gives a great protection and it is super lightweight. It checks all the things that I would want in a sunscreen. I would like to give it a 6 out of 5 if I could. This would definitely be a repeat purchase for me.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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