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I love Shiseido's senka mineral water uv gel. It fluctuates between $6-8 for 40 mL on amazon. It's very thin/watery, doesn't leave a whitecast as far as I can tell, isn't greasy on my combo/oily skin.
I also like Nivea's sun protect water gel (not super protect), which I can't find on amazon anymore for some reason. It has the texture/finish of Clinique's dramatically different moisturizing gel for oily/combo skin.
I have very oily and pretty acne prone skin, and so far (two weeks of use) I'm really liking this one
It is very runny and sinks in pretty quickly (3 or 4 minutes) and I can apply foundation using a cushion (from a bb cushion compact) very easily - no pilling. It also looks great with no makeup on top. It isn't oil controlling, but it doesn't make my skin any more oily than normal either. Haven't noticed a change in the amount of acne I have either, so for me that's a win. I can't really comment on white cast because I am deathly pale, but it's a chemical filter sunscreen so white cast shouldn't be a huge issue
I have such oily skin that I don't bother with an AM moisturiser, which means I apply this straight on top of a hydrating toner. However, I have tested it on top of a few lightweight gel moisturisers and it doesn't seem to change the amount of oil I produce, or how easily the sunscreen dries down. So you could just stick to your normal AM moisturiser and layer this on top.
Btw I have never bought it from that Amazon seller so I can't comment on how genuine the seller is - I just posted that link to easily show you which one it is because there are several SPFs with very similar names to that one so searching for it can get confusing. I bought mine on yesstyle but might check out Amazon for my replacement.
I used to use Biore's watery essence and I did like it, but I prefer Shiseido's senka mineral water UV gel. On me, it has a nicer finish (a bit more matte) compared to the biore (didn't feel like it ever dried down). I always order the Senka from Amazon since I think it's pretty cheap! Though, it does take about a month to receive the order
yah! thats where I got mine. it took FOREVER to ship though. Or at least felt like forever. this is it Its way cheaper than the american version it seems, when I typed the name in search bar it was giving me crazy $40 prices, um bye. good luck.
I recently bought this sunscreen that's imported from Japan.
Shiseido SENKA | Sunscreen | Mineral Water UV Gel SPF50 PA+++ 40ml [link]
It contains zinc oxide and has absolutely NO white cast. It also does leave any residue, but does not dry you out. That's especially important to me because my face is still oily even though I'm on 40mg of Absorica per day (Male, 145lbs, 21yrs). It's my holy grail sunscreen that's for sure. The FDA has yet to approve many ingredients that the rest of the world already uses in their sunscreens, so it's pretty "advanced" compared to American sunscreens. Good luck.
Thanks for this! I'm sure people don't tend to talk about it because it's just too complicated. I find it pretty confusing! This is the one I use, which I thought was the gel? [link]
(Maybe you thought I meant the Biore one instead of the Sheishedo one- the Sheshedo one is the one I'm using :) )
Amazon link to my exact last purchase
This stuff goes on so lite and is exceptionally matte-fying. This bottle lasted me about 2.5 months - i don't think that's terrible for everyday use.
oh, just recalled this sunscreen too. The Shiseido Senka is more "primer like" than the Biore one. It also is physical not chemical sunscreen so if that works better for your skin go for this one over the Biore.
i fully agree with the others - an oil cleanser will get that off. I use argan and jojoba - but a simple mineral oil will do as well - at this point....patch testing might not be an option bc you really need to get that off. I would start with a simple mineral oil (you can buy at CVS) and just rub it around your face for like 3 mins then use your regular cleanser.
RE: african black soap - it's pH has not been proven one way or the other - if you use a good brand it will usually have raw shea butter in it but still, yes, it can be drying. Having said that - i love african black soap but only use it 2-3x a month bc of the drying issue. It is excellent at clearing pores though. It cleared up my assne and backne like nothing else. As with everything else ymmv
Also, you might want to find a better sunscreen. I highly recommend shiseido
i use: [link]
i love it! it is so matte-fying...and since i use pure oils to moisturize this is a big plus. The biggest plus is that it doesn't make my face get bright red and blow up like a puffer fish....
Sweet. I am going to be trying [link]. After my current situation clears. I've already patch tested a while ago but was just gonna finish the current one I was using....that just fucked my life up....I feel ya on the sensitive skin and sunscreen search...it's been by far, one of the worst products to find that doesn't ignite the flames of hell on my face....
I use this one. I don't think it's actually cheaper than American sold Shiseido, it's just smaller quantities (an ounce). I need moisturizer in addition to it, but in the summer I can use it in addition to tinted moisturizer or bb cream and be set. In the winter I need a heavier moisturizer.
It's only an ounce, that's why it's so cheap. It's probably the same price, but I don't go through it fast enough that I need to buy larger quantities. This is the one I buy.
This sunscreen! It's not greasy at all. I spent a week wearing it under a full face and frequently reapplied over my makeup. It dries quickly and I didn't notice a white case, but I'm pretty light skinned. It's only 10 bucks on Amazon Prime, so it's not too risky. After using this, I can't use regular sunscreen on my face. They feel so thick and sticky and gross. Also, it kind of functioned as a primer for me, which was a cool added bonus.
I just recently got this one and I really like it. It has a really nice consistency and absorbs well without being greasy (if anything it's a bit drying but I slather on moisturizer afterward so it's not a big deal for me). My only complaint is that the bottle is pretty small for how much you pay - if you're using the proper amount it will get used up quickly.
I'm absolutely loving the Shideido Senka Mineral Water UV Gel sunscreen! It leaves my combo skin looking matte all day, no white cast, non drying, sebum/sweat resistant.. the only thing is it's PA+++. MY HG sunscreen right now for sure until I find one with a better PA rating
The Innisfree one is the next one I want to try because it doesn't have any alcohol, if I remember correctly! Right now I'm using Shiseido Senka Mineral Water UV Gel SPF 50 PA+++. I like it but I also haven't tried anything else so I want to explore my options! I've heard that Sun Bears sunscreen is alcohol free too, that's another one on my short list.
Right now I'm using a Shisedo sunscreen that works pretty well but I'm also a fan of Hada Labo UV Creamy and Biore's Watery Essence (just got their PA++++ version). Biore's leave a soother finish for makeup but the other two work fine too.
If you want a physical sunscreen I've tried Innisfree's Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock which I think is mostly physical (I think it has one chemical sunblock in it). I do like it but there is a slight scent so I don't know if that will irritate your skin or not. It does leave a very very minimal white cast and a ever so slightly tacky feeling. I think Innisfree has a 100% physical one but I'm not sure which it was (I think it was the waterproof one)
> Shiseido Hada Senka Mineral Water Q10 UV Essence SPF 50 ++++
Is it this one?
> Biore • UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++
$10 on Amazon with free shipping, and no ingredients known to break me out? Can this be??? Thanks!
edit: went down an Amazon hole and ended up buying this instead because it was available through Prime, while the other one was going to take a month to ship. But I will keep it in mind!
Shiseido Senka Mineral Water UV Gel SPF 50 PA+++ (amazon, but I bought mine either on ebay or while in Japan). Silicone base glides on and absorbs without white cast.
The Essence version (yellow, commonly known as "Senka Aging Care") leaves me too shiny. I still use it sometimes because it has a higher UVA rating (PA++++).
La Roche Posay Anthelios Nutritive Oil SPF 50+ PPD 35
Not listed on LRP US site. I'm in Australia and buy mine in drug stores. It goes on oily but absorbs to leave a slightly moist texture.
I have super sensitive, dehydrated, atopic skin. Both sunscreens go onto pre-moisturised eczematous skin without a problem.
Sunscreen is more expensive here, and we lack the variety that the US has.
I wear my HG Shiseido Senka Mineral Water UV Gel SPF50 PA+++ (ebay, amazon) 365 days per year, whether I'm going to be inside or outside. It's become part of my daily routine and, because it's a silicone-based sunscreen, doubles as primer. I tend to only wear sunscreen on my arms and legs during the warmer months, and when I do it's La Roche Posay Nutritive Oil SPF 50+ PPD35.
I never reapply though. It's difficult to reapply over makeup, although I am going to have a go at U:na's sunscreen reapplication tips this summer.
I also have a few UPF 50 infinity loop sun scarves from Canopy New York (seems to no longer exist). I wear them over my head instead of a hat if I'm going to be in the sun a lot.
I'm looking for a perfect sunscreen. Have tried Shiseido SENKA Mineral Water UV Gel SPF50 PA+++, too heavy, and am now on Lancome UV Expert XL-Shield™, which is lighter, but I'm not loving the fragrance and it is shiny.
Next on my list is Biore KAO JAPAN AQUA RICH Sarasara SPF50+ PA++++, which I must have heard good things about somewhere (I added it to my Amazon wishlist a while ago). Has anybody tried it, liked it?
That's not the Mineral Water sunscreen. /u/md1797, have you tried eBay? The bottle looks like this (Amazon UK).
It's available online. Here is Amazon Japan's page.
I found it. You can buy it on amazon in the US. Thanks for your help!
Japanese sunscreen is the best. I love this one; it's got a watery consistency (which I like) and also has kind of a primer-like effect.
You may be using a little too much SebaMed--If I do, I get pilling with my sunblock too.
There are two sunscreens I use regularly (make sure you're using 1/4 teaspoon for your face and another 1/4 teaspoon for your neck and decolletage):
Sheisedo Senka Mineral Water is very thin and doesn't leave any white cast or pilling. I use it when my skin is nice and moist, and I won't be in dry air for the whole day.
Sheisedo Aging Care is thicker, but can leave an oily-looking sheen on your skin until it soaks in enough (I don't mind it). I prefer this one when my skin is more dry or humidity is very low in my area.
I use this sunscreen and it is exceptionally matte-ifying. I slather on sun flower seed oil with this over it and it's like magic.
There are literally tons of great sunscreens here, I like this one or this one Those two never leave a white cast and are great under makeup. I can't rave enough about them.
I recently finished a bottle of Shiseido Senka Mineral Water UV Gel (40mL), and with daily use, I probably finished it in ~1 1/2 months. Not my favorite sunscreen...the alcohol smell was just a little too intense for me. And it's so tiny!
Currently I'm using Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel, which comes at a (comparatively) whopping 90mL, which I'm pretty sure is the largest Japanese, if not Asian, sunscreen I've found. So far I like it more than the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, which comes in at 50mL (this took me about 2-ish months). And it's 40mL more for ~$1!
(no affiliate links! just linking on Amazon)
I use this one: [link]
no white cast - non greasy - extremely matte-fying. I love this shit.
$9.47 + free shipping.
Best I have is this SPF50 sunscreen--not even a hint of a white cast. Maybe the same company makes something with a higher SPF too?
If you mean this one it has alcohol :(
i've gone through 2 bottles of shiseido senka sunscreen. i also like the aveeno protect and hydrate in spf 30.
I would absolutely recommend trying asian sunscreens!! I could never find a 'western' brand that didn't break me out or feel thick/greasy on the skin but I picked up the shiseido senka this year and won't be looking back! Also try using CosDNA for ingredients lists, they also list which ingredients can be irritating which is really helpful when you're trying to narrow down what is causing breakouts!
Okay, thank you.
I have found the amazon link (~$10 for 40 mL) for anyone reading this (SPF50 and PA+++).
I'm using the Shiseido Senka Mineral Water Gel and it's really nice!
I'm not /u/ohthewerewolf but I'm also very dry and I like this one!
Soap like bar soap/hand soap? I think switching to a gentle creamy cleanser or using the oil cleansing method will help you a lot. Bar/hand soaps will have a much higher pH than your skin, which over time is damaging.
I use hemp oil OCM and then double cleanse using Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. Personally I don't use CeraVe products as I have had negative reactions to them but they are highly recommended around here. I don't have experience with the rest so I can't comment on them, but it looks like only the first three are cleansers.
(You probably already know this but--You'll want to be sure to only introduce one new product at a time after patch testing. I suggest tackling the cleanser first.)
I also suggest wearing >30 SPF sunscreen daily! I'm not a sunscreen queen so I hope someone else can chime in to help, but I do know that a lot of them contain alcohol which I would avoid if I were you because it's rather drying. I'm using this Shiseido Senka sunscreen, which does contain alcohol but I don't find it to be drying at all--it's rather moisturizing actually.
Honestly it sounds like you have dehydrated skin. I've linked a number of resources available on the SCA blog and the sidebar:
Just Amazon. But either you wait a month, or you pay double for express shipping. The best that can be expected, I guess.
was thinking about this one? [link] except not sure how sensitive it is
I've had such a hate-hate relationship with sunscreen, that when I started thinking about the skincare routine, I was just not even going to worry about it. It seems like there's so much emphasis on it, though, and especially with the aha and bha I'll be using, I don't want to damage my skin by not using it. Which sunscreens are good, though? I have very sensitive skin and have been irritated/have broken out with every I've used. It would also be important for me to have one that didn't smell or give me a white cast. Thank you in advance!
was thinking about this one but not sure how sensitive it'll be [link]
also, I know this isn't Asian, but an experiences with this one? [link]