Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel | Moisturizer for combination skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Hydration! A major fact to take care of when it comes to skin regardless of what type of skin anyone has. Now a day’s seems most skincare brands are focusing on that which is not bad but satisfying. Neutrogena now has a whole skincare range focused on hydration called ‘Hydro Boost’. Months ago I bought Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel moisturizer along with some other product. I was mainly drawn to this moisturizer because it contains hyaluronic acid; although, I’m not so expert on chemical substance yet just wanted to try.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel


Neutrogena says…

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


Ingredients make the difference:

Purified Hyaluronic Acid:

    • Absorbs up to 1000x its weight in water
    • Special formula releases hydration back into skin all day
    • Naturally found in skin

Olive Extract:

    • Strengthening, moisturizing and nutrient-rich
    • Helps skin’s moisture barrier against moisture loss


The packaging of this product is actually very attractive and luxury looking, fresh aqua blue represents the feeling of water and hydration for sure. The jar contains 50g of a product. There was also a second tap-lid apart from the screw-lid that I ended up trashing; it felt an extra hustle. I don’t really feel comfortable when moisturizer comes in a jar, it feels unhygienic to dip the finger into that so I had to look for an extra spatula.

The product has very water like fluid-y, thinner than gel texture with very light aqua(almost translucent) color. What I love most is the way it smells, very soothing and fresh, somewhat close to cucumber but not really that!


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel glides on the skin just like water and absorbs into the skin right away. Skin feels instantly hydrated, soft and refreshed once applied. Extremely lightweight on the skin and doesn’t give any sort of greasy or oily feeling. It gives sort of matte finish after a while.

I was thrilled using it in the first place then I found out the effect it gives just doesn’t last long. It soaks into the skin so fast and leaves no trace behind which was really impressive yet within an hour I felt I used nothing on my face. I needed to reapply the product in every couple of hour to replenish moisture. I strongly disagree that Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel holds hydration for all day as Neutrogena claims. To mention, I don’t even have dry skin, my skin is a combination type. I’m just about to finish the jar and so far I didn’t notice any other benefit from this moisturizer either. However, it works really well as a base for makeup.


Overall, I like how Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel feels on the skin but again it didn’t fulfill my skincare needs. I believe this moisturizer can be very suitable for them who has oily skin for its mattifying effect yet I don’t think it will be much help if you have dehydrated skin.

Additional Note: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel reminds me of The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. Both felt the same just Neutrogena one feels a tad thinner.


Shopping Info:

Watsons | Guardian: Approx. RM60+
Singapore: Approx. S$15


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  • Reply
    June 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you apu,I used body shop tea tree face wash and tea tree oil .bt they make breakout,I know tea tree oil is good for acne,bt on my skin it cause breakout,how amazing my skin is!!!let me say that i dont use anything on my skin,bt i feel it need moisture

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      June 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      you are not suppose to use tea tree oil when you don’t have any acne because it dries out skin. I use tea tree oil only on active acne so that it dries out fast.
      If the tea tree range doesn’t suit you then no problem I already told you other possible option. and one more to mention body shops new vitamin e aqua boost sorbet is also good for thirsty skin :)

  • Reply
    June 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I am 24 and My skin is very oily,there was many pimples ,now i recover pimples problems bt not totally.I feel my skin need moisturizer and hydration,i used body shop seaweed matifying day cream bt it cause breakthrough,can u help me please which day and night cream should i use??please

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      June 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Body shops tea tree range is specially made for acne prone skin. you can try that. for hydration you can try their drops of youth bouncy sleeping mask. You should also try using hydrating face packs. like sheet mask or there is a freeman hydrating mask. Laneige waterbank gel cream is also a good option for hydration.

  • Reply
    May 22, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    can u plz suggest me a good hydrating gel for VERY oily but yet dehydrated skin? i used lancome genifique travel size and loved it… but u knw its very expensive….. is there any cheaper version of that?

    • Reply
      Tamanna I.
      May 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Lancome is good indeed, I love their visionnaire.
      You can try Shiseido or Laneige or maybe TheBodyshop.
      Otherwise, Neutrogena hydroboost or maybe loreal from drugstore ;)

  • Reply
    Stephanie Volkert
    May 1, 2015 at 6:32 am

    This is good to know, as it’s something I probably would have picked up at some point. I have combination skin too, but the dry parts are really dry. So far I’ve really like Olay products, but I’m always looking for something better.

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