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Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Water Gel (1.7oz for 18.99) claims to “instantly quench 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
We all know I have extremely dry skin, especially so in the winter months so I was pretty excited to try this product. My first impression was that the “water gel” is definitely more water than gel, it has kind of a runny consistency which made me hesitant because thicker products are usually more hydrating in my experience. The second thing that I noticed was the scent, this product has a clean scent that almost reminds me of laundry detergent or a clean linen scent, which I love… but not on my face. The blue color was also somewhat off putting because I’m not a fan of added dyes to skin care products, they don’t seem to irritate me (they can for some people) but it just seems unnecessary.
When I used this product (on a fresh clean face of course) it immediately absorbed into my skin and felt very light, not greasy and had a semi matte finish. After about 5-10 minutes my skin feels like the product is completely absorbed and gone and my face starts to get that tight dry feeling like I never put anything on it. I tried using this moisturizer several times and always ended with the same result I needed something heavier on top to keep my skin hydrated for more than 10 minutes. I tend to love products with hyaluronic acid but after checking the ingredients list and seeing how far down on this list HA was in this product, 15 out of 20 (just slightly above fragrance, and the blue dyes), I’m not surprised my skin didn’t really feel its effects.
I’m considering trying Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel-Cream for Extra Dry skin, which is fragrance and dye free but after reading Krissy’s (of Addicted to All Things Pretty) review here
I’m not sure if it will be worth it.