Sunday, April 24, 2016

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel | Review

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost line is a newer moisturizer line from Neutrogena.  I hadn't tried the line but needed a new moisturizer and decided to try it out since I had heard such good things.

There are two formulas: Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for extra-dry skin and Hydro Boost Water Gel for normal skin.  They've now added an eye cream (Hydro Boost Gel Cream Eye) and a version with sunscreen (Hydro Boost Water Gel with sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15).  Even though I consider myself normal to oily or combo skin, during the winter my skin has been feeling a little parched on my cheeks.  Hydro Boost Water Gel is a lightweight gel I figured it would be great for my combo skin so I picked up that version.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Claims from
Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated day after day.  The unique water gel formula absorbs quickly, like a gel, but has the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream.  It boosts skin's hydration level and locks it in all day.  Naturally found in the skin, hydrating hyaluronic acid acts as a sponge for dry skin cells, moisturizing with up to 1,000 times its weight in water, resulting in more supple and smooth skin.  Oil-free Non-comedogenic Purified Hyaluronic acid Wearable under makeup.

Price: $17.99 [Target] - on sale for $17.09

The Neutrogena HydroBoost Water Gel comes in a light blue pot with a twist off kid.  The packaging is pretty, but I would prefer a pump bottle so you don't have to keep sticking fingers in there, but it's not a deal breaker for me.

The formula and consistency reminds me of The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream which I used to use daily for years.  Both are lightweight and not greasy as all, which is great for my combo skin.  It sinks in super quickly, lays perfectly under makeup, and leaves my skin so smoot.  It acts as the perfect starting primer for my foundation not leaving it greasy at all.  Other moisturizers sometimes don't settle in fast enough or tend to make my foundation look greasy.
After applying this, I can see it hydrates all the little fine lines around my eyes and mouth and really smoothes everything out making my skin look much more even toned.  So the claims of more supple-looking skin are pretty spot on for me.

I found the Hydro Boost gave my slightly dry winter patches the pick me up it needed during these past few snowy months.  Even in summer, I think this moisturizer will be light enough to not make me a grease ball and will hydrate just enough.  It's a great addition to my skin care routine and I will definately be keeping it around.