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Neutrogena | Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Extra-Dry Skin Review!

July 30, 2015
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

       I’m always looking for a dupe for my Vivite Replenish Hydrating Cream. It’s got a balmy like texture that heals my skin and never clogs my pores. While stopping by the drugstore this blue packaging caught my eye. Neutrogena–hmm–Hyaluronic acid–Ok, oil-free–surely this can’t be non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) too–but I turned the box over and yes it was So of course I had to try!

What the Gel-Cream claims to do:

*Hydrates skin through an approach of replenishing water and rebuilding skin’s barrier, leveraging two    key ingredients:
Purified Hyaluronic Acid– Naturally found in skin, it delivers pure boost of hydration. It acts like a sponge for dry skin cells, absorbing up to 1000 times its weight in water and progressively releases water back into skin, keeping skin hydrated and supple throughout the day.
Olive Extract– Known for its protective, moisturizing and anti-oxidant qualities, it is a complex combination for fatty acids, which is similar to skin’s natural moisture shield. It integrates into skin barrier, forming a structure that protects skin from excessive moisture loss. It also helps leave skin feeling soft and smooth without tackiness.Goldiejames.com

I thought the packaging was quite pretty for drugstore cream. I did my first test of this cream yesterday. There’s a faint light “refreshing” scent as you apply it and I noticed right off the cuff that it is incredibly soothing and cooling to the skin. I have been using some exfoliates on my skin lately so it was  pretty dry and irritated. This felt like heaven and so did the eye cream. The eye cream had a slightly more balmy feel to it. Upon application it does seem to “fill in” little lines but thats just a temporary effect–you would really have to use this for weeks to get the Hyaruonic acid benefits out of it if you are struggling with the beginning of fine lines.FullSizeRender-115                If you have combination or oily skin than this is probably not the product for you as it left me with a “sheen” that didn’t go away. And at the end of the day I did feel a little greasy. This was too rich for my skin. However if you have more mature skin I think you would love this. If you are dealing with aging skin you might even like to wear this during the day time because of it’s “sheen” that it gives to the skin. Mature skin should stay away from a matte finish and always go for the illuminating finish. It helps blur the lines and imperfections.FullSizeRender-114              This product does contain “synthetic beeswax” an ingredient I had actually never heard of before. If only the bee’s new they were no longer needed-ha! Anywyays, I looked up this fake beeswax and it really doesn’t seem to be a healthy thing for the skin as it is derived from coal. It does score low in “toxicity” so I don’t see anything wrong with using this for a season but I would not recommend this for long term use.


Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Polyacrylamide, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Beeswax, C13_14 Isoparaf_n, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Laureth_7, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, C12_14 Pareth _12, Sodium Hydroxide.

           The eye cream also contains this synthetic beeswax that I’m not too fond of so that might be going back to the store even though it felt so balmy and smooth.

Well, I’m off to the store to exchange this for the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water-Gel. That one doesn’t contain the synthetic beeswax like this one.

My Quick Take: These would make great products for mature skin. This is NOT for combination or oily skin. Steer Clear! If you want to stay away from “synthetic beeswax” like me you may want to the opt for the “water-gel” version instead.

It’s $19.99 and Ulta has it if you can’t find it at your local drugstore.

Have you tried this cream? Does the Synthetic Beeswax scare you away? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Moisturizing!




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