Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel (£12.99) is the most watery moisturiser I’ve ever come across – certainly it’s the runniest moisturiser I’ve ever seen contained in a jar. One of the recent additions to Neutrogena’s generally excellent Hydro Boost range, it contains a unique Hyaluronic Gel Matrix which, it claims, will instantly “lock in intense hydration and continuously release it as and when your skin needs it throughout the day.”
I have dehydration-prone skin and, having tried some of the other products in this collection of hydrating products, I had high hopes for Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. It looks and smells lovely – icy blue and refreshing – and that’s exactly how it feels on the skin … like a glass of cold, refreshing water being poured over it. I’ve found that it takes a little longer for my skin to absorb it than it takes with cream-gels, but once Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is in my skin it just seems to disappear.
After applying Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, my skin does feel hydrated but it doesn’t feel that way for as long as I would like – or as long as I would have expected. Make-up goes on nicely over it but only if the foundation I choose to use is one with a bit of moisturising in it, such as the e.l.f. Foundation Serum I reviewed recently.
I reckon the problem I have with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is that it feels more like a serum to me. My skin – which is dehydrated but prone to shine – cries out for a moisturiser after I’ve used it, and I see that in the blurb on Boots’ website, Neutrogena suggests trying “the Hydro Boost Gel Cream to help lock in hydration”.. Eh? I thought the Water Gel moisturiser did that already?!