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Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50+ PA++++ Review

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What is Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50 PA++++?


Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF50


This is a physical (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) and chemical (Octocrylene) combined sunscreen that is water-resistant, sweat and sebum-resistant for up to 80 minutes for the face and body. 

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50 PA++++ is also a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Shiseido Anessa is the No.1 UV Sunscreen brand in Japan for 17 years. We have sold for more than 200pcs in this Summer so I am tempted to try this sunscreen when the sun is still fiery in Hong Kong.

According to @cosme, a Japan-based customer review website, Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50 is one of the best sunscreens in Japan. It’s powerful (SPF50+ PA++++) yet gentle with 50% of skincare ingredients to protect skin without drying out the natural moisture of it.


Here is the information from @cosme in English:

“This sunscreen becomes even more effective when in contact with sweat and water. A face and body sunscreen with Aqua Booster EX technology and can be easily removed with soap. A super waterproof formula, tested over 80 minutes underwater for durability.”

In short, Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk is formulated with an Improved Aqua Booster EX Technology and 50% skincare ingredients.

The first ingredient of this sunscreen is Dimethicone which is a type of silicone, that leaves a smooth, slightly matte, and soft finish on the skin. It also helps to improve rough skin texture as it fills in pores and fine lines.

What’s more, it acts as a barrier over the skin to protect it from the damage of harsh weather conditions.

Features of Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk:

  • Sweat and waterproof;
  • Friction resistant;
  • For face and body;
  • Can be used under makeup as a foundation primer

What is Physical Sunscreen? Ingredients of Physical Sunscreens - Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide

Physical sunscreen is a type of sun protection that acts as a shield against harmful UV rays from the sun. Physical sunscreens contain mineral-based ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide which create a physical barrier that reflects and scatters the sun's rays, preventing them from penetrating your skin.

Physical sunscreens are an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin, as they are less likely to cause physical sunscreen and apply it consistently to skin from sun damage.

Regarding Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen, it also contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to block or scatter UV rays. They offer more broad-spectrum protection which is considered a safer option to protect skin from sun damage. 


What is Chemical Sunscreen? Ingredient of Chemical Sunscreen - Octocrylene

Chemical sunscreen is a type of sunscreen that by and converting them into heat. It contains organic compounds like Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, and Octocrylene which provide protection against UV rays.

These active ingredients penetrate the skin and absorb UV radiation, preventing it from damaging the deeper layers. Sunscreens are often preferred for their lightweight, non-greasy texture and quick penetration. They are suitable for all skin types and offer water-resistant formulations.

Regarding Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen, it also contains  Octocrylene which is an ingredient of chemical sunscreen.

Some research suggest that it may trigger the production of free radicals and thus cause photosensitization but if a sunscreen contains only Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, it may be rubbed off too easily and difficult to achieve a very high degree of sun rays protection. 

The bottom line is, neither physical nor chemical sunscreen is perfect so I will choose the one with the benefits of physical and chemical sunscreens and also dermatologist-tested. Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk seems to be a good fit when I consider these conditions. 


More Information About Using Sunscreen in General:

  • Shake well before using;
  • Apply generously before sun exposure;
  • Apply evenly to your face and neck as the last step in your skincare routine;
  • Apply directly to the body in a straight line. Spread evenly in large circular motions using your palm. Use enough to achieve adequate UV protection against UV rays.
  • Re-apply frequently to maintain protection, especially after sweating, swimming, and toweling. Remove thoroughly with daily facial cleanser.

How should we use Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen, and what lessons can be learned?

I apply sunscreens religiously so I was surprised to get sunburn after my kayaking trip as I never think of having my skin grilled under the sun 😧

This drives me to check Sunscreen 101 online to remind me of the importance of wearing sunscreen and the first rule is (I didn’t follow it obviously), NEVER NEVER NEVER miss a spot, like feet, ankles, inner thigh, neck, and wrist. A hat for outdoor activity is necessary too and you can see my "lesson" below: 

1) First Picture - Didn't apply or apply limited sunscreen to my thigh;

2) Second Picture - Apply Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50 PA++++. The skin looks a bit darker than my original skin tone but it's never red and I don't feel uncomfortable.


Sunburn without wearing sunscreen
Wearing Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50 PA++++ 60ml


The second rule is SPF (sun protection factor). The SPF number tells you how long the sun’s UVB radiation would take to redden your skin. For example, if you apply an SPF 15 sunscreen, it would take your skin 15 times longer to burn compared to bare skin without any sunscreen on it.

For outdoor activities, choose a water-resistant formula with SPF30 or above so I chose Shiseido Anessa with SPF50 for my protection. For people who have a history or a high risk of skin cancer, a higher SPF may be appropriate.

Lessons learned from my sunscreen application:

  1. Sunscreen should be an essential part of your daily skincare routine, regardless of the weather or season.
  2. Apply sunscreen generously and evenly to ensure full coverage.
  3. Regular reapplication is crucial to maintain protection, especially when spending extended periods of time outside.
  4. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  5. Always consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional if you have any concerns about your skin or sun exposure.

What do I feel about Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50+ PA++++?

The product glides on the skin so well and easy. It feels a bit sticky when I first apply it but it dries out within a minute to create a smooth finish. It doesn't leave a white cast or greasy layer on the skin that may haunt other people 👻 👻 👻 coz you definitely don’t want to look like a zombie 🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧛‍♀️ in pictures so it is necessary to choose a non-white cast sunscreen. 


Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50 PA++++ 60ml

The third rule is to check the broad spectrum on the product label. This means the product protects against both UVA and UVB radiations which penetrate the skin and cause skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.

What are the UVA and the UVB?

According to the information of the Skin Cancer Foundation. There are two types of UV light that are proven to contribute to the risk of skin cancer:

  • Ultraviolet A (UVA) has a longer wavelength. It is associated with skin aging.
  • Ultraviolet B (UVB) has a shorter wavelength. It is associated with skin burning.

While UVA and UVB rays differ in how they affect the skin, they both harm. Unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB damages the DNA in skin cells, producing genetic defects, or mutations, that can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. UV rays can also cause eye damage, including cataracts and eyelid cancers.

Once you’ve chosen your SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen, you can check the list of active ingredients on the label. Look for a mineral-based product containing Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide if you have sensitive skin. 

Some people choose chemical sunscreens, such as Avobenzone and Octisalate which can be easier to apply than mineral formulas. But many sunscreens, including Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk, combine both types of active ingredients for different purposes and better coverage.

How Much Sunscreen Should I Use Each Time?

When it comes to usage, according to Skin Cancer Foundation, use one ounce of sunscreen to cover the entire body.

For the face, a nickel-sized dollop works. They also recommend applying sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, then reapplying every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.

Be aware of how long the product claims to protect against moisture and keep an eye on the clock.


Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF50+ PA++++


    • Do not stay too long in the sun, even while using a sunscreen product.
    • Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse your eyes immediately with cold or lukewarm water. Clean the opening and close the cap tightly after use.
    • Keep out of reach of children. Flammable.
    • Keep away from direct sunlight and high temperatures.
    • Avoid contact with clothing. If contact occurs, wash immediately with detergent. Avoid using chlorine bleach as it will cause pink stains. Avoid contact with items such as furniture, nail polish, and leather goods, as they may cause discoloration or damage. Avoid contact with clothing and car seats, it may transfer and cause white stains.
    • Sun protection level was measured using 2 mg per square centimeter, conforming with the authorized Sun Protection Factor Test Method.
    • Do not use on wounds, eczema, and boils. If any redness, swelling, itching & irritation develops, discontinue the use of the product and consult a dermatologist immediately. Skin situation may deteriorate if you continue to use it.

    Source: Skin Cancer Foundation.

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