13 Best Korean Sunscreens to Shop in 2022: Neogen, Innisfree, More

best korean sunscreens to shop in 2022

While we’re loyal to the tried-and-true sunscreen filters like zinc oxide that have seen us through beach days, hikes, and everything in between, there’s something that stands out about the versatility of the best Korean sunscreens. “One of the main differences between Korean sun care and that in the States versus other countries, is that there are more advancements and innovations in sun filters in Korea,” esthetician and Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho tells BAZAAR.com. “The advancement of special sun filters has allowed Korean sunscreen textures to be very lightweight and not leave a white cast, making them more versatile for a wider variety of skin types and tones.”

According to Cho, many Asian countries like Korea have widely approved these sun filters to block harmful UVA and UVB rays, but some are still not approved for sale in the United States, which places limits on importing and exporting these K-beauty products in particular . Thankfully, there are a number of popular Korean sunscreens available to shop now, from top-rated brands like Dr. Jart+, Neogen, and Innisfree, that have quickly become staple items for beauty enthusiasts with a range of different skin tones and types. To make it simple to upgrade your sun protection, we’ve pulled together 13 of the best Korean sunscreens that are definitely worth adding to your daily essentials.

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Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen

This lightweight SPF 50 sunscreen is one of Soko Glam’s best-sellers, and uses 20 types of plant extracts like aloe, avocado, acai, and hibiscus moisturize and calm skin.


Sun Project Light Sun Essence

Another of the retailer’s best-sellers, this popular broad-spectrum sunscreen from K-beauty brand Thank You Farmer absorbs quickly as it hydrates skin, and leaves behind a subtle apricot scent with a semi-matte finish.


Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 36

Sephora shoppers are raving about this green tea and cica-infused sunscreen, which has nearly five-stars and over 900 customer reviews. One Beauty Insider writes that the sunscreen, “blends so well into the skin and doesn’t leave any white cast.”



Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF50+ PA+++

This soothing mineral sunscreen is ideal for sensitive skin, since it uses calming plant-based ingredients like centella asiatica and aloe vera to block and reflect UV rays on its surface.


Botanical Sun Cream

The experts at Peach and Lily created this popular SPF 50 sunscreen, which combines seamlessly combines skin- and sun care. Its formula is not only approved by the Korea Food and Drug Administration as being a great sun protectant, but also as a bonafide brightening and wrinkle reducing treatment.



Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50/PA+++

This nongreasy, sensitive skin-friendly version of Neogen’s buzzy Day-Light SPF 50 sunscreen won’t leave a white cast behind on your skin, and has a calming formula that features both mineral and chemical ingredients.


Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++

Here’s another sunscreen that uses aloe as a main ingredient, and has a light, hydrating texture that one satisfied Amazon shopper describes as, “similar to a cream, but very light when applied. In the winter it keeps my skin from drying out and looking flaky, and in the summer, it doesn’t cause me to have an oily shine.”


Every Sun Day Sun Fluid SPF 50+

Many of Dr. Jart’s products are tried-and-true among K-beauty lovers and skincare enthusiasts alike, including this top-rated and broad-spectrum sun fluid. Not only does the sunscreen have a cooling sensation that counteracts the sun’s heat, but it also uses vitamin E to help skin retain its moisture.



Big Apple Sun Cream SPF 50

Don’t let the color of this apple-scented sunscreen scare you: it uses a green tint to color correct against redness, plus niacinamide to calm and soothe skin.



All-Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk EX SPF50+/PA+++

This sun milk from Missha has a silky, featherweight texture Amazon shoppers are raving about, giving it a nearly five-star rating with over 3,200 customer reviews.


Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+

Here’s the mineral version of the SPF 50 Every Sun Day sunscreen by Dr. Jart+ that Sephora shoppers love, with one describing that its creamy and fragrance-free formula, “doesn’t feel heavy, spreads easily, sinks in, and leaves a natural , soft matte finish.”


Force Shield Superlight Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

If you deal with skin irritation on a regular basis, consider this mineral and reef-safe sunscreen from Hero Cosmetics that’s made with a green tint to help minimize redness.


Water Splash Sun Cream Fresh SPF50+ PA+++

You might be able to skip primer in your makeup routine after using this cooling and non-sticky gel sunscreen. It aims to protect against skin against sun damage while increasing the longevity of your go-to foundation and concealer.

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