Dermatologist-tested best sunscreens of 2020 (and my personal picks)

Author: Jenny Wu
Jenny Wu


Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Yikes. I have 2 Biore sunscreens in my stash – the Aqua Rich watery gel and Barrier Me mineral milk – and now I'm worried if they're not protecting me as much as I want to. Thankfully, due to the pandemic, I don't go out and get much sun exposure, so I only use them indoor. I don't really get sunlight in my room either, but I still slather some SPF50 regardless. (I'm so scared to tan and/or burn!)

I have never tried any French brands when it comes to sunscreens. I've been eyeing La-Roche Posay, but not sure which one to choose. All this time I've been in love with Asian (especially Japanese) sunscreens, but now... now I'm not so sure? Lol. I'm also surprised to find that the Shiseido Anessa only receives 2-stars, yikes. For such an expensive price, I think I'd rather allocate my budget to trying EU brands instead.

(Thank goodness Kanebo Allie is a good one, because I've been meaning to try that.)

Sunny B

Monday 1st of February 2021

Wow, just came across this really interesting post. Thank you for taking the time to put together something so detailed. Like others, I'm disappointed by the Biore results, as I was just about to go back to it after Klairs. I wonder if you have a view on why these results for the well-known Japanese brands are not being talked about in the way that Purito, Klairs, etc. are being discussed?


Monday 1st of February 2021

I think people were suspicious about the Klairs and Purito ones due to the low number of filters. Most Japanese chemical sunscreens have at least 3-4 filters, so it was surprising to see these new sunscreens with the same protection level only use 2. Plus they're both really popular on social media and a lot of influencers have recommended them, so they're under a lot more scrutiny than other brands unfortunately. I do think Japanese brands need to be discussed as well, because even though they may pass the spf test (the Biore one did), their uva protection level is still questionable.


Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Interesting results. I've read other skincare formulators' posts and they all tested different sunscreens. The highest ranking ones are Asian sunscreens.


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Hi Trish, these test results are purely based on numbers without considering the texture, finish, and general user experience of the product. If you take those into consideration Asian sunscreens are definitely more elegant. It all depends on the testing method :)


Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Your reviews are such a pleasure to read, always! So informative and educational. I feel like running to the nearest drugstore to get my paws on that Avene sunscreen hah! It seems perfect. I also love La Roche Posay. Their formulas work so well for my sensitive and dry skin xx



Sunday 26th of July 2020

La roche posay by far, my favorite but thank you for this great detailed review xx

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