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Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel

BY NEUTROGENA #8 in Facial Moisturizers

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars73%
  • 4 Stars18%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star2%
4.60 / 5 based on 2,495 Reviews

Product Description


Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated day after day. Our award-winning and best selling water gel formula absorbs quickly and instantly delivers intense hydration. And it contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin and acts as a sponge, absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This formula leaves skin more supple and smooth.

Plus, it’s an oil-free moisturizer, so you can wear it alone or under makeup as a smooth, velvety primer.

  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • 100% alcohol free

How To Use :-

  • Apply evenly to face and neck after cleansing


Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimenticone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethaqnol, Polyacrylamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, C12-14 Pareth -12, Sodium Hydroxide, Blue 1

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Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel
Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel
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Q&A (243)
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Ravan A.
Pittsburgh, PA
394 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Day 1: My skin is in really bad shape right now. Sometimes my skin gets mad at me when I try all the crazy things in my subscription boxes instead of following a routine. I've also always had clogged, oily, fast food worker skin. I don't break out too much, but all of my pores are clogged and I'm always shiny.

I used the gel gel this morning after washing my face and I'm already pretty impressed. For reference I am using the Clinique Combination Facial Liquid Soap with my Olay Facial Cleansing Brush and the Clinique Combination Clarifying Lotion Toner. I've stopped using the Dramatically Different Moisturizing lotion because it's causing all of my pores around my nose and chin to clog up like crazy. Even oil free cream moisturizers make my face feel like an oil slick, so when my skin soaked this up and felt matte and dry, but moisturized as well, I was pleasantly surprised. So far so good!

Day 2. I'm really peely in the chin area due to the exfoliating mask I did a few days ago, but the Water Gel did a good job of clearing that up. Still, so far so good. Ive had makeup on for a few hours and I'm just as shiny as normal so no change there, yet.

Day 3-10: I've been using the water gel every day and my skin seems to be producing a lot less oil. My breakouts also seem to be clearing up without producing new ones! Days 3-10 were more of the same, slightly less oily each day.

I also noticed I'm getting less oily throughout the day. I still have to blot, but when I got home the other night, my makeup hadn't separated like it usually does - I could have got a few more hours out of it!

I do still have a great deal of small breakouts around my chin and lower lip but they seem to be drying out. I hope by the end of 30 days I can report that they have also cleared!
Bell B.
33 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I am absolutely obsessed with this product to say the least. I have extremely dry skin that is also very sensitive. Lately my skin has gotten more and more dry to the point I can’t put makeup on without my face looking extremely flakey. I can’t really use most moisturizers because they usually break me out, dry me out or my skin is too sensitive. I tried this and it helps a lot. I put in on now every morning and night sometimes more then twice a day. It is fine at first if I put extra one at one one my skin gets a little tingly and starts to stingy a tiny bit but nothing major. This product has helped me so much and I’ve only been using it for a few days but in that small time span I already see a lot of differences and super excited about it. I definitely recommend this product and will be purchasing again when I run out!
Beatriz G.
Chicago Ridge , IL
122 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
this moisturizer is great for oily skin! in general, gel moisturizers are the best for oily skin bc the water based formula means you’re not adding any extra oils to your skin and it dries down matte to help with the shine your oils create—oil based formulas are meant for dry skin bc of the extra moisture it adds aka it makes oily skin look mad shiny. in general whenever you’re looking at moisturizers just check the ingredients and make sure water is one of the first ingredients— or it’ll just say gel in the name of it lol. the only thing about this one is that it isn’t the best in the winter. i kinda have to layer it on or add a different moisturizer on top of my dry spots. other than that it’s great for the summer if you have oily skin! definitely wouldn’t recommend to people with dry skin! this would be too drying for you.
Ashley C.
408 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
I'm really happy I bought this on a whim! This winter is really drying my skin out, using retinol products doesn't help either. I have some moisturizers already but while at Wal-Mart, I saw this on the shelf while browsing, I heard a lot of good things about it, so I bought it. I hadn't tried any sort of gel moisturizer yet, so this was my first. I love how it makes my face feel. You don't need a lot at all either, I can see this jar lasting me a while. It absorbs really fast and it isn't greasy whatsoever. Hours later, my face will still be soft and moisturized and I don't look oily. It hasn't lead to any pimples forming either, so that's great. As dry as my skin has been lately, I actually have combo/sometimes oily skin. I'm glad I'm not stuck using something so heavy and thick on my face anymore. I think I'll be able to use this in the summer when the humidity is up, that's when I have the tendency to get oily. It also wears really well under makeup and you don't need to spend a fortune to get it.
Mallory M.
Everett, WA
49 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this product! Gel-moisturizers are all over the place right now, and if you’re confused on where to start because there’s so many now, this is a perfect one to add to your collection. It’s great for all skin types. Even sensitive and acne prone. Because that WAS what my skin was like, before I started using this religiously. Gel-moisturizers are great if you don’t want to use a heavy cream moisturizer, since they are so heavy and sometimes greasy or oily feeling, which can cause clogged pores or can cause you to actually OVER moisturize your face which also leads to clogged pores and excess sebum which only creates... pimples! Which I try to avoid at all costs. So with gel-moisturizers, you don’t ever need to worry about them being too heavy or causing a breakout. They won’t. They’re just excellent for retaining moisture in your skin for 12-24 hours. They’re affordable too! You can find this gel-moisturizer at any local drugstore like, Target, Wal-mart, Bartell’s, Walgreens, or Rite-Aid. They’re everywhere. And for about $11-$14 but you get that giant tub, that lasts for months! I use mine every morning and every night and I can honestly say it’s been about 3-3.5 months of me having the same tub of it. You can’t go wrong with this moisturizer. It’s definitely worth checking out and just purchasing at least your first gel-moisturizer since there are so many out there. And most of them nowadays are jam packed with awesome skin benefiting ingredients!
Jessica W.
Tampa, FL
28 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
If I could give this 10 stars, I would. I got samples from my dermatologist because my moisturizer wasn't working and my skin was painfully dry and red from the acne cream she gave me. I've been using the samples for about a month now and WOW this is the best thing ever. I just went out and bought the full size product from the store and even though it was pricier than I normally spend on beauty products ($16.99 from Target), it'll probably last me a year or more. You seriously need such a minuscule amount to cover your entire face, and you don't even have to use it every day to keep your skin perfectly hydrated. It also has an amazingly smooth texture that is reminiscent of splashing your face with cool water. This water gel is a GOD SEND. A++++++
Thel G.
Greensboro, NC
74 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I'm having a love affair. Shhhhhh...Please don't tell my husband! Lol! But seriously, I've fallen in love with the Hydro Boost gel cream. I have combination/oily skin, but it was extreme. Super slick and shiny in the t-zone. Dry, flaky patches on my cheeks. I was born with eczema on my cheeks also, so there's raised texture there as well. Hydro Boost has been a game changer for me! My t-zone stays more matte during the day and my cheeks are moisturized. The texture has even changed! It goes on beautifully under my makeup. I love that it's relatively inexpensive. I usually purchase from CVS when they have a great sale and stock up on 2 or 3 at a time. This is a staple!
Sarah H.
Gresham , OR
35 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This is the HOLY GRAIL of moisturizers! This has really changed my skin and my life! I’ve always had very oily skin and was always scared to use lotions because I was scared it would break me out! I’ve been using this for a few months now and my skin is so much smoother less fine lines and I really feel like it has helped with regulating my oil production! This doesn’t break me out at all! My only complaint is that the jar looks bigger that the amount of product you actually get! But I keep buying this and I’ve gotten multiple people hooked on it as well! I’ve tried multiple things from this hydroboost line and they are ALL AMAZING!!! Way to go neutrogena!
Jessica B.
Chicago, IL
93 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I looove this moisturizer. My skin has been insanely dry, irritated, flaky in the last week. I picked this up on Saturday to give it a try. It makes my skin feel so plump and just well hydrated after applying it. A little goes a long way!! One little dip of your finger can cover your whole face. It is absorbed so quickly it doesn't feel greasy whatsoever. It does have a pretty strong perfume scent but I think it's well worth looking past. I have tried this and the 'Tarte drink of. H2O' the tarte one definitely has a more pleasant scent but it doesn't feel as hydrating and doesn't absorb as well as this one. Soo worth buying!!
Teri B.
124 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I didn't really seem to notice a difference when I used this. Although it did however make my skin feel pretty nice, but I didn't notice anything like my acne clearing up, my face being well moisturized by this, or my oil being more controlled. I do like how a little bit of this does go a long way so a jar of this will last a while. The consistency is pretty thin, not as thin as water, but also not as thick as a gel. It's like the perfect in between mixture, hence the name water gel. I did use up the jar that I had since it did not break me out, but I wont repurchase it since it really didn't do anything for my skin either.
Maya S.
54 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I keep seeing this gel and am hesitant to buy it, does it live up to the hype?
Samantha P.
Crittenden , KY
29 reviews
I've been wanting to try this product. Does it leave your skin oily?
Jennifer G.
Edinburg , TX
44 reviews
Does it make your skin oily?
Alexis M.
5 reviews
I have super super oily skin. Would this be a good moisturizer for me?
Lily Z.
13 reviews
Does it absorb quickly and is it suitable for combination skin?

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