5 of the Best Asian Sunscreens for Oily Skin [updated]

The Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin

If you have oily or combination skin, you know that blotting several times a day is THE WORST. If you’re like me and are just done with being an oil slick by mid morning, check out my list for the 5 best sunscreens for oily skin. These are all matte sunscreens, and really, they’re all pretty good at keeping the oil production (which can lead to acne) and keeps blotting down.

I found that the key to ending this cycle is to find the right matte sunblock and properly treating your skin with the right products before applying sunscreen.

You’ve been applying sunscreen wrong this whole time >

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The Best Asian Sunscreens for Oily Skin

I recommend supplementing your skin care routine with products that control excess sebum to get the most out of these products. I tested these sunscreens for a week each, and tested them with and without make up.

I chose these sunscreens based on suggestions by friends, blogs, online shops and Amazon reviews. Of course, there are so many products you can try that can work for you. But, these are the top 5 (in reverse order):

#5 – Biore UV Aqua Rich 50+SPF PA+++

Biore UV Aqua Rich Sunscreen

Price: $8 on Amazon | $17 on ebay
Base: water
Texture: viscous, off white, creamy
Smell: Slight perfume smell but it doesn’t linger
Pros: no white residue, goes on smoothly and leaves skin feeling velvety soft
Cons: may leave behind a shine
Blots per work day: at least 2, maybe more

I got turned on to this Japanese Biore sunscreen by a friend who really enjoyed how her skin felt and the huge cut down on several times blotted during a regular work day. I will admit, your skin feels like velvet after application. The smell is very pleasant too! It’s a nice, delicate slightly perfume smell but it doesn’t linger throughout the day.

Initially, I saw no shine or oily sheen once it’s absorbed.  This product is really promising. It isn’t completely matte (about 2-3 hours in the first blot came along), but it does cut down blotting time considerably! Hours later, the second blot happened and then just kind of lived with how shiny my face was becoming as the day went on. I do recommend it, and this brand has very high reviews on Amazon and other sites. Blotting was cut by over half when I used this sunscreen.

Biore UV Aqua Rich has very high reviews on Amazon and other sites, and is a popular choice. You can’t go wrong with this sunscreen.

When using this sunscreen, I noticed blotting increases depending on the type of make up I used. For example, liquid concealer increased blots but powder or concealer stick cut down on the blotting.

I Try. You Buy.

#4 – Goodal Mild Protect Watery Sun Cream 30 SPF PA++

Goodal Mild Protect Sun Cream

Price: $26 on Amazon (on sale for $19.99 as of June 2017) | $11.99 on ebay (1.7oz size) | $15 on ebay (50ml size)
Base: water
Texture: watery, thin
Smell: fresh scent that doesn’t linger
Pros: smooth application, good absorption
Cons: oil returns after a few hours and it may leave behind a shine
Blots per work day: 3+

I honestly had unrealistically high hopes for this Goodal Mild Protect sunscreen.  I never wanted to love  a sunscreen so much.

I am a huge fan of Goodal’s natural products, and have honestly liked every product of theirs that I have ever tried. Goodal is my everything. However… this watery sunscreen slightly disappointed me due to my make up.

It all started with some shine about 3 hours into my day. I blotted and some oil and make up came off. I tested this one out for a week, and tested no make up, powder foundation, cushions, and a foundation stick. I saw that the cushion generated more oil production and no make up created no oil production with the Goodal Mild Protect. That’s when I figured out that the oily outcome was due to my choice of make up foundation. So, it’s not really this sunscreen that was the issue, it really does depend on everything that you put on your face and how it all works together.

In the end, I blotted about 3 times in the entire workday. Which, for many people, is perfect. However, my face is already pretty shiny due to the prescription products I use and I don’t need to enhance that effect. But this smelled great and went on smoothly.

#3 Skin Food Gold Kiwi Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++

Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin –Skin Food Gold Kiwi Sunscreen

Price: (sunstick version) $11 on Amazon | $11 on ebay
Base: cream
Texture: creamy like most sunscreens
Smell: fresh mild scent
Pros: smooth application, good absorption
Cons: oil returns after a few hours and it may leave behind a shine
Blots per work day: 3+

I use a lot of SkinFood products, so I wasn’t surprised when Skin Food Gold Kiwi Sunscreen didn’t disappoint. This Gold Kiwi sunscreen has great coverage and is goes on smoothly. It doesn’t smell like Kiwis of course, it doesn’t have much of a smell at all, it’s very mild and fresh.

The best thing is how smoothly this sunscreen goes on its quick absorption. While it doesn’t leave your skin as velvety and silky as the Biore Aqua Rich, it does have a moisturizer property that hydrates your skin while it protects it from the sun. I think this is a really good option for almost any skin type, but especially for us with an oily or combination skin type because it does cut oil production and blotting throughout the day. It’s not the highest rated product on this list, but many reviewers are very pleased with this sunscreen on Amazon and SokoGlam.

#2 Innisfree Eco safety daily sunblock SPF 35 PA++

Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin – Innis Free Eco-Safety

Price: $11 on Amazon | $11 on ebay
Base: water
Texture: not as watery as other water-based sunscreen options, creamier
Smell: fresh mild scent
Pros: smooth application, good absorption
Cons: oil returns after a few hours and it may leave behind a shine
Blots per work day: 1-2

I’ve tried other Innisfree sunscreens but this is by far the best experience I’ve had. It went on smoothly, and the water base was much less watery than the Goodal Mild and even the #1 sunscreen. Little to no oil or make up came off if I attempted to blot it, either. This is the first sunscreen in this little experiment of mine that I did not leave any residue behind.

Innisfree Eco Safety has become my back up sunscreen, and actually, I find I use it almost as often as the number 1 sunscreen. The fact that it leaves no oil or dew behind, and I didn’t even have to blot excess oil off during my use makes it a winner.

The scent is a mild sunflower, and I don’t pick up on any of the green tea ingredient. Reviewers like this sunscreen because it suits all skin types, especially combination and oily skin. It is not a completely matte sunscreen, but it leaves your skin looking healthy, not oily.

#1 Missha All-around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF45 PA+++

Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin – Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk

Price: $14 on Amazon | $17 on ebay (70ml)
Texture: very watery
Smell: slightly citrus scent
Pros: good absorption, matte skin
Cons: slightly sticky feel immediately after application
Blots per work day: 0-1

Missha All-Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk is by far the best sunscreen for oily skin that I have tried. It is very watery, but coverage is good. It may take a couple passes at patting it into your skin for all the sunscreen to get rid of all the white, but it does blend easily.

The scent is pleasantly a light citrus and it leaves your skin smoother. It does tend to feel slightly tacky or sticky on application. I really loved this sunscreen because it was great for my combination skin, leaving behind little to no shine. There was just a slight glow left. The matte finish on this sunscreen would also be amazing for those with oily skin.

And now for the best part: I blotted only once during an 8-hour wear. I am honestly amazed with this sunscreen – it most definitely leaves skin matte for most of the day. No excess grease built up after my first blot, either. After 8 hours, the oil build up remained low.

Missha All-Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk sunscreen is one of the most highly rated Korean products with many fans, and now I’m one of them. If you don’t want to take a chance with another sunscreen that might not work, buy Missha All-Around Safe Block, maybe it’ll become a favorite for you too!

Do you have a favorite sunscreen? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Julie

    May 15, 2016 3:20 pm

    My favorite is Secret Key snail repairing sun cream 😀

    • Giselle

      May 22, 2016 9:38 am

      Nice! I haven’t tried that one yet.

  2. Uche

    April 20, 2017 9:36 am

    I’m surprised you went for the Biore Aqua Rich, and not the Biore UV Perfect Face Milk. It’s more matte. I definitely blot a LOT less when I wear it

    • Giselle

      April 20, 2017 9:41 am

      Hey Uche! You know, I didn’t end up trying the Perfect Face when I did this review. I’m planning a follow up post with since some of these are now discontinued, so I’ll keep the Perfect Face in mind! I’m also going to do a post reviewing the top sunscreens in Korea so I hope you come back and read that!

      Xx Thanks for commenting!

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