By Tanvi C.
Skin type: Oily, Sensitive and acne-prone
If you’ve got oily and acne-prone skin, finding a decent moisturiser that doesn’t turn you into an oil tank by afternoon is not an easy task. Out of the many different formulas I’ve tried over the years, only a few products truly suited my problematic skin well. Today’s review is about Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, which I bought a few months back. Let’s see how it worked for my skin.
Price: $18.99 for 50 ml
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.
• Purified Hyaluronic acid
• Wearable under makeup
Water, dimethicone, glycerin, dimeticone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, polyacrylamide, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, dimethiconol, C13-14 isoparaffin, dimethicone crosspolymer, chlorphenesin, carbomer, laureth-7, sodium hyaluronate, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance, C12-14 pareth-12, sodium hydroxide, blue 1
My Experience with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel:
The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel comes in a light blue coloured pot with a twist up lid. The packaging looks pretty, but I would prefer a pump bottle so, you don’t have to keep putting your fingers inside the pot to dig out the product. The packaging is quite bulky and not hygienic at all. However, it’s quite sturdy. I have dropped it a few times but, it’s still intact.
Firstly, talking about its texture and consistency, the texture is in between that of a gel and water. Its consistency is thin, runny and translucent. It absorbs very quickly into the skin as if your skin gulps in all at once, and no matter how much product you use, it doesn’t turn your skin greasy, which is a big yay. Once absorbed, it leaves your skin incredibly smooth with an almost matte finish. The water gel does hydrate the skin very well. Just a pea-sized amount is all you need for face and neck, which means it will last longer. My husband has been using this every night before bed for almost four weeks, and I’ve also used it a few times in the morning, and I’m nowhere near the halfway mark.
There is a fragrance to this product, and it smells clean and fresh to me. I love the scent of this product. It’s mild and soothing but might not suit sensitive noses. It hydrates the skin so well and provides such a perfect makeup finish if you wear it underneath your makeup. I like everything about it, except the fact that it broke out my skin. I started getting breakouts after using this, which is pretty common and happens in case of the majority of products. Only a few skincare products suit my skin or I must say, my skin is very choosy when it comes to skincare and makeup. Apart from that, I loved it as all its claims are absolutely true.
Pros of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel:
- Attractive packaging.
- The jar is pretty sturdy as I’ve dropped it a few times, and it never broke.
- Non-greasy, lightweight moisturiser; perfect for everyday wear.
- Easily absorbs into the skin.
- Keeps my skin hydrated.
- Suits all skin types.
- Amazing texture.
- Semi-matte finish, acts as a good base for makeup.
- Soothing smell.
- No SPF.
- A little goes a long way.
Cons of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel:
- Contains parabens.
- Scent might bother sensitive noses.
- Broke me out?
- Availability in India.
IMBB Rating: 3.5/5 (only for fragrance and it broke me out).
Will I Recommend/Repurchase Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel?
I think this moisturiser is awesome, especially for the daytime. If you have intensely dry skin, it may not provide the level of hydration that you’re looking for. However, for most skin types(except sensitive ones), I think you’ll be pretty happy with it.
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