Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF 50 was released in Japan this Spring and recently we got got the launch of Shiseido Urban Environment Oil–Free UV Protector SPF 42 PA+++ here in the US.
Interesting that the formulas appear quite similar but offer different levels of protection.
I got mine from Japan however, I swatched the version we have available here in the states and I’ll say both have great formulas that seem pretty much identical outside the fact we have an SPF 42 and Japan offers the SPF 50 option. The version here in the US is more of a milky liquid or what I refer to as a traditional SPF formula versus the creamier version of the Japanese release.
Let’s take a look!
Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF 50 is an oil-free formula that protects skin against UV rays as well as environmental damage from free radicals resulting in anti-aging benefits.
I absolutely adore it but the claim that oily skin users can easily use it isn’t entirely true in my experience. This is a thicker, creamier SPF which absorbs fairly easily into skin. I love how soft and smooth it leaves my skin however, I do feel like it’s a bit on the greasy side and makes my skin a bit shiny. However, shine does disappear as the product dries down however, it seems a little too rich for those with oily skin and may add extra shine to already shiny skin. There are SO many Japanese SPF products available with far lighter formulations than this that I feel comfortable saying that it isn’t entirely an oily skinned girl’s (or guy’s) best friend in the SPF universe.
On that note…
For drier skin users, you’ll find it absorbs easily, acts as a moisturizer as well as an SPF, and leaves behind a beautifully smooth finish which not only protects skin against UVA/UVB rays but also protects skin from cell damage and oxidation which break down as skin is exposed to free radials.
I find this multitaks as my moisturizer as well as my sunscreen since it hydrates and nourishes my skin so well. That’s a plus considering I dislike layering so many products at once time and always feel like the list of products I’m using on my face in the morning gets longer and longer and longer…!
This does not contain Oxybenzone and is a paraben free formula.
Overall, Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus ranks high on my SPF list of must haves. The formula adds much needed hydration to my skin as it preps for makeup and protects against harmful sun rays and offers anti-aging benefits. Gotta love all the perks.
This is available at Shiseido counters now (the SPF 42, liquid-y version) or the Japanese version (higher SPF, creamier formula) featured in this post can be easily located on Evil-bay but be aware with the sellers you use when buying from online auctions.