In my earlier post about skincare on a budget, I already talked about Neutrogena and its Hydro Boost range. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the products from this range: The Hydro Boost Gel-Cream moisturizer. This moisturizer is specifically designed to hydrate extra-dry skin and is packed with hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient known to aid immensely in skin hydration.

So, let’s break it all down. Is this product what it says it is, and should you get it?


Product name: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Extra-Dry
Product type: Moisturizer
Price: $18.98, £12.99, €12,99
Where to buy: Amazon, your local drugstore or pharmacy
Designed for: Extra-dry and sensitive skin
Overall Score: 9/10


Neutrogena claims this gel-cream consistency will give you all the benefits of a cream, with the lightness of a gel. They claim this moisturizer absorbs quickly into the skin, does not leave a sticky feeling, and will hydrate your skin for a full 24 hours after application. This product is oil-free, perfume-free and non comedogenic, and Neutrogena claims it will not irritate your skin.

The main ingredient that makes all this possible is hyaluronic acid. This acid is known to be able to absorb 1.000 times its weight in water, and thus provide you with some extra hydration for your dry skin. A lot of products nowadays that make the same promises will use this ingredient.

The moisturizer comes in a 50 ml (or 1.7 ounce) container, and can be worn alone or under make-up.

Ingredient Analysisneutrogena-packaging

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

In terms of the ingredients of this moisturizer, I’ve added the full list and highlighted the ones we’ll be taking a closer look at. I am doing this in order to help you determine whether this will be a good match for your individual skin needs, or whether you need to skip it.

Dimethicone: A silicone. Will make your skin feel soft, but beware if you tend to react to products with silicone in them
A humectant. Will help keep that moisture in and is very good for dry skin
Sodium Hyaluronate:
The hyaluronic acid we talked about earlier, great for hydration
A silicone.
A fragrance. Not classified as upsetting to the skin though, but keep this in mind
Methylparaben: A paraben. Helps preserve the product, but could cause breakouts.
Benzoic Acid:
Another preservative. Not a great match for sensitive skin.

Looking at the ingredient list, I see a lot of good things. There is lots of glycerin and hyaluronic acid in there, which will add a lot of hydration to your skin. There is also no alcohol, sulfate or allergen in sight.

Do take care with the silicone and the parabens though. These ingredients will be fine for lots of people, but some might find it does break them out since silicone can clog pores. People with oily or combination skin should be especially aware of this.There’s only little chance this will actually happen, but there’s a chance nontheless.

Another ingredient I wanted to highlight is the benzoic acid. While not necessarily a skin irritator, it is classified as being not great for sensitive skin. However, this is the last product on the list, so I do not expect sensitive types to develop a reaction to this.

Neutrogena-gel-creamWhat Do I Think?

After looking at the ingredients, my own personal experience and the reviews online, here’s my opinion of this moisturizer. It is absolutely packed with hydrating ingredients and will surely keep its promise of providing some great moisture for your skin. The 24-hour hydration promise, however, I don’t buy. Nevertheless, this gel-cream will keep your skin hydrated and happy all day long, and since you should be reapplying in the evening anyway after washing your face, I don’t see an issue here.

This gel has a very lightweight texture as promised, and sinks into your skin quickly. When I tried it, I did not get shiny or oily throughout the day, and my skin felt very soft and taken care of. People also claim you do not need a huge amount of product to cover your entire face, which in the end will make the product last longer and save you money.

Judging from the 2.000 reviews on Amazon, people really love this product, and I agree. I would also add that this moisturizer is suitable for every skin type, since the ingredients in it will help oily or combination types by hydrating the face and reducing the need for your skin to produce more sebum. The gel texture will also prevent pore clogging, and will not suffocate your skin. (I’m looking at you, oily types!)

The downside? This product does contain parabens, silicone and fragrance. Even though not everyone will find that this upsets their skin, I urge you to take a look at whether you have reacted to these products before. If you have ever used a silicone-based make-up primer and found that you broke out because of it, I would skip this product. Same goes for the parabens. There’s not a lot of it in there, but it could be enough to cause a reaction.

Another big con for me is the fact that this product does not contain any SPF. Whilst this makes this product suitable for use both day and night, keep in mind that you will have to buy a separate sunscreen that is suitable for your face. Of course, this is a case of personal preference, but for me, convenience is the way to go, and being able to leave a step out of my daily routine is a plus.

Is It Worth It?

So, do I recommend the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream? Yes, I do. It is full of skin-loving ingredients and will add a lot of hydration to the dehydrated skin types out there. I could not find any big red flags in the ingredient list, and the components of this product that should be there, are high up in the list and thus present in high concentrations.

I enjoyed testing this moisturizer out myself and have seen real improvements to my skin condition after using it. People online seem to agree with me, this product having 4.3 stars out of 5 on Amazon, based on 2.000 reviews. This product seems like a great solution for pretty much every skin type, and contains ingredients which any type will benefit from.

To recap, here is a list of the main things to keep in mind when buying this product:

– Contains lots of hyaluronic acid and glycerin, known to help with hydration levels
Lightweight gel texture to prevent clogging of pores and to improve absorption
– Does contain silicone and parabens
No SPF, so make sure you use a separate one
Suitable for all skin types, not just dry or sensitive

If you are convinced this product is a perfect match for you, you can get it at your local drugstore, pharmacy or at Amazon. This moisturizer will set you back $18.89, £12.99 or €12.99, which in my opinion is a very resonable price, considering it will last you a while and offers great benefits for your skin!

What do you think of this moisturizer? Do you think you will be giving it a try? Let me know in the comments!

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