Best Korean sunscreens for summer 2020

When it comes to sunscreen, Korean brands can really lead the market: Korean women have a scary relationship with the sun and they tend to avoid it at all costs. This means the Korean beauty industry is actively involved in creating products that block the sun and don’t allow it to damage women’s skin.

Finding the best Korean sunscreen is not that easy especially if you’re not Korean nor Asian and your skin is not used to be constantly protected. The Korean standard when it comes to sunscreen is SPF 50, both for the body and especially for the face.

The following are some of the Korean sunscreens we love and use: some are specifically for daily use, others are for extreme situations where extreme can mean a summer holiday, a day at the beach, hiking under the sun and so on. At the end of the articles, you’ll also find a few of the more asked questions in regards to sunscreens!

Best Korean sunscreens for summer 2020

Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF 50

Etude House sunscreen

This is the perfect product for the skin: it’s not oily, doesn’t leave white lines on your skin, it’s extremely protective and helps in reducing the serum’s production.

Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50

Missha sunscreen

The perfect choice for your body: it doesn’t leave any white mark, it’s not greasy and it calms down the effects of the sun on the skin.

THEFACESHOP Natural Sun Long-Lasting Sunscreen

A waterproof sunscreen with no stickiness, blemish covering, and skin tone retouching effect. It offers a high level of protection and is best for those who are fair-skinned or have a history of skin cancer or are at higher risk for skin cancer. It can be used as a makeup base product.

Neogen Day-Light Protection Sunscreen

Neogen sunscreen

Neogen is a warranty of success and this sunscreen is ideal for daily usage. It can be used as a normal moisturizer, before applying a cushion or foundation. 

Innisfree OAT Mild Moisture Sun Cream


Lightweight and oil-absorbent, Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sunblock leaves the skin a bit too white because of the presence of the zinc so you really have to make sure you spread it well. 

Nature Republic California Aloe Fresh Powdery Sun Stick 

Light, silky, moisturizing: these are the 3 adjectives to describe this product. It also helps brighten skin tone, so it can really substitute a primer.

Dr.Jart+ Every Sun Day UV Sun Fluid Broad

Dr.Jart+ Every Sun Day UV Sun Fluid Broad absorbs quickly, leaves your skin smooth and fresh and it’s also all-natural, being free from Oxybenzone and Avobenzone.

I+Recipe Triple Care Korean SunscreenSPF 50+

A portable, travel-sized, and multi-purposed product that that tone ups, whitens, reduces wrinkles, and grants UV protection to the skin. Regardless if you have oily, dry, sensitive, normal, or any combination of these; this sunscreen is made for all skin types. Because it has non-greasy properties with a smooth and silky texture, this lightweight sunscreen is applied easily and it’s perfect to be used on a daily basis.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

If you’re looking for a cooling suncream, this is the perfect option: it provides long-lasting protection against UVA and UVB rays and at the same time aloe is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and work perfectly on oily skins. 

Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45/PA+++

Essence sun milk hydrates and cools off skin affected by the harsh sunlight. A new double layer UV blocking system provides long-lasting and impenetrable UV protection, even as the humidity rises. Helps prevent sunburn and can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures.

Atomy Beige Sunscreen SPF50+

Atomy’s Sun Cream provides exceptional protection against UVB rays with SPF 50 and protection against UVA rays. The Sun Cream is very light and won’t leave you with that greasy feeling or shine that many high-SPF moisturizers do. Comes in white and beige for better blending with darker skin tones.

Korean Sunscreens: Most Common Questions

Can I use facial sunscreens on my body?

Yes, you can. Remember to reapply it throughout the day and make sure you spread it evenly to avoid problems.

Can I use body sunscreens on my face?

No, you can’t. Sunscreens for the body are formulated in a way that cannot be tolerated by our faces. They can be heavier and not suitable for this sensitive part.

Can I use old sunscreens?

No, you can’t. When the sunscreen is passed, it means it doesn’t protect your skin anymore. That’s why you should always and only buy from well known retailers, to avoid these problems.

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