Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Review

The colder months (particularly winter) are always the most problematic for my dry, sensitive, eczema prone skin. I received the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream * as part of my ‘Allergy Face’ kit. This kit contained products chosen by makeup artist Jo Freeman and Benadryl to help disguise the symptoms of allergies. You can find out more about the other products in the kit in my concealing allergy symptoms with makeup post. As the colder months are the hardest for my skin, I thought this would be the perfect time to put the moisturiser from this kit to the test.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

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The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream is fragrance free and designed for dry skin. The Hydro Boost range is designed to replenish the moisture that are stripped from our skin by environmental factors. For me during the colder months, these are largely central heating and the cold wind. This gel-cream claims to be absorbed instantly, keeping the skin hydrated all day long.

I have to admit that, having never tried one, I was intrigued by the concept of a gel-cream. From what I can tell from the back of the box, it has the moisturising components of a cream, with the lightness in texture of a gel. I can’t say I’ve noticed my normal moisturiser sitting on my skin and soaking in gradually, but I did feel ready to put makeup on sooner when using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

As the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream was picked by Jo Freeman and Benadryl for it’s hydrating properties, I was expecting great things. Possibly too great. The cream left my skin feeling soft and supple but it didn’t prevent me from developing some (small) dry patches. Thankfully, these were only noticeable when I put makeup on.

After the high expectations I had of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, I’ve decided that my skin needs more than just moisturiser to help it through the colder months. Despite me experiencing dry patches, when I’d expected that I wouldn’t, I’ve really enjoyed using this cream. I’d put it up there with my other two favourite moisturisers, the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Cream and the Superdrug Simply Pure Light Moisturiser. None of these have quite been as good for my skin as Clarins’ discontinued HydraQuench Cream, but they’re also at least half the price!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

Talking about the Clarins HydraQuench Cream, The packaging was eerily similar to that of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream. The colour scheme and jar style are both the same! So to me, the Hydro Boost felt more luxurious than it’s price tag. I think the similarities with the HydraQuench cream may have influenced this feeling just a little.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream is available from for £12.99 (currently half price at £6.49) for 50ml. I’ve been using this for a month now and suspect I’ve got another week or two left before I finish it up. For me, I think this gel-cream would be ideal for the summer months, as the gel element gives it a cooling effect. Just what you want during the hot weather!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

Have you tried the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream or any other skincare products from the Neutrogena range?

How did you get on with them?

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Review


Aqua, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Synthetic Bees Wax, Sorbitan Olivate, Laureth-7, C12-14 Pareth-12, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Benzoic Acid.

*Please note, ingredients lists are accurate at the time of publication.

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