Review neutrogena hydro boost


Finding the perfect moisturizer can seem like an impossible task, especially if you have finicky skin. Do you go for something less hydrating because it feels lighter? Do you opt for something heavier and risk a breakout? The search becomes even more challenging on a budget, especially if you’re looking for a cream or gel with quality ingredients.

So it makes sense, then, that you would feel the need to shell out extra cash for a moisturizer you love. I was definitely one of those people. I simply gave up on exploring drugstore options because brands like First Aid Beauty, Peter Thomas Roth, and Clinique always offered moisturizers that absorb quickly into my oily skin without breaking me out.

But after dermatologists started recommending Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost line again and again—for example, in Prevention’s best drugstore moisturizers, moisturizers for dry skin, hyaluronic acid products, neck creams, and hydrating face masks—I was intrigued. Moreover, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream had more than 1,400 reviews on Amazon, a majority of which earned a perfect 5-star rating. One reviewer raved: “Neutrogena Hydro Boost is nothing short of miraculous. I’ve never been more pleased with a facial moisturizer.”

Since I was on the hunt for a new moisturizer, I ordered one for myself to give it a go. Here’s why it now has a permanent place in my skincare collection.

It’s packed with hyaluronic acid

There’s a reason this ingredient gets so much beauty buzz. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it acts like a tiny sponge by absorbing and holding onto water to give thirsty skin a surge of moisture.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream $16.44

“It is commonly used as an ingredient in moisturizers because of its hydration benefits, and can even help plump the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines,” Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City .

Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel-Cream also includes glycerin (another humectant) and dimethicone (a man-made ingredient that reduces water loss in the skin without clogging pores). The result? Healthier, smoother, and more supple skin.

It works well with dry and oily skin

Even though this moisturizer is beneficial for dry skin types, those with oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin can still enjoy it. A little background: I have combo skin, so while I can get oily throughout the day, my skin also tends to get dry around my breakouts. It’s ultra-sensitive right now, too, since I’ve started using a prescription-strength retinoid to treat my acne.

But since Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost is noncomedogenic (meaning it’s designed to not clog pores), and is free of oils, dyes, or fragrances, I’ve experienced no irritation or breakouts from it. It also has a pleasant gel consistency, so it feels pretty weightless underneath my makeup. (For an even lighter formula, check out their Water Gel, which is very similar.)

Don’t take just my word for it: “It keeps my face soft and moisturized the entire day. It even takes away the shine my forehead tends to get after I wash it. Every. Time. It’s also very gentle on my sensitive skin; not one breakout from using it,” one review wrote.

It’s so affordable

Did we mention it’s only $16 on Amazon right now!? This product can go for up to $20 depending on where you find it, so if you want to save a few bucks you don’t have much to lose—and only fabulous skin to gain. If you love it, explore some of the other top-notch products in the Hydro Boost line below.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask $30.00 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream $13.84 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Water Lotion SPF 30 $34.66 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Multivitamin Booster Face Serum $13.24

And if it doesn’t work for you, check out our other favorite drugstore moisturizers here.

Alisa Hrustic Senior Editor, Alisa Hrustic has spent her entire career interviewing top medical experts, interpreting peer-reviewed studies, and reporting on health, nutrition, weight loss, and fitness trends for outlets like Women’s Health and Men’s Health, where she both interned and worked full-time.

Hello beauties! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on one of my favourite moisturizers for dry skin — the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost line has been a favourite of mine for years. I reviewed this moisturizer way back when I started my blog, but obviously back then I was still figuring out photography and how to review products. I wanted to revisit that post and bring you my current thoughts on the moisturizer.

Two years ago I included this moisturizer on my Top 10 Winter Skin Savers blog post, and more recently I shared a review of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen. That sunscreen is amazing for everyday, and I really expected nothing less from the Hydro Boost line.

If you want to know why I love the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin so much — Keep reading!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin Review

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream isn’t the cheapest moisturizer at the drugstore. In Canada it retails around $25 for an 1.7oz jar, however if you watch for sales you can often find it for $17.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. After having reviewed a long lineup of other moisturizers from the drugstore I can honestly say that the Hydro Boost Gel Cream is the most hydrating & lightweight formula I have ever used.

There is also a regular version of the Hydro Boost Gel Cream (here) that is not quite as hydrating as the Extra Dry Skin version. It is meant for normal-oily skin types but my skin is desert dry! The Extra Dry Skin version is perfect for me.

Note: Neutrogena is NOT cruelty free

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Water (eau), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Polyacrylamide, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Beeswax, C13-14 Isoparaf¬fin,Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, C12-14 Pareth-12, Sodium Hydroxide

Product Claims

  • Oil, Fragrance and Dye Free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Wearable under make-up
  • instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated all day


I know that many people aren’t a fan of jar style packaging but I personally don’t mind. You can use a spatula to scoop out the product but I honestly just use my hands. I would be concerned if I was constantly changing moisturizers which would make this product last much longer, but I generally stick to one at a time and finish up a jar in about a month.

If the packaging is an issue for you the regular gel cream is available with SPF in a tube with a pump, but not the Extra Dry Skin Gel Cream.


The texture of the Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin is most definitely a combination of gel & cream. Surprise, surprise with a name like that. I love gel moisturizers because they don’t leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy. I may have dry skin but I don’t like feeling a ton of product on my face.

The formula glides across my skin without any tugging and feels incredibly quenching. If there was a hydro boost body cream I would definitely buy it!


The Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer eliminates all of my dry patches within a few days and it keeps them gone. The product has no smell and it absorbs quickly into the skin thanks to hyaluronic acid.

Because Hydro Boost Gel Cream is a gel consistency silicone primers will pill on top of it. It’s unfortunate but I don’t find that I need those pore filling or texture reducing primers as much when I’m using this moisturizer because of how well it keeps texture at bay.

I also never feel like my pores are clogged — It’s essentially perfect! I wish I had repurchased Hydro Boost sooner because I forgot how much I loved it.


  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Fragrance Free
  • Lightweight & Non Greasy
  • All Day Hydration


  • Not Cruelty Free
  • Pills Silicone Based Makeup

Have you used Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream?

Let me know what your favourite moisturizer from the drugstore is! I love hearing your recommendations and testing new products. Overall I really, really love this moisturizer. The only thing that would make it better for me is if Neutrogena became cruelty free. Thanks for reading, talk soon! x