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Neutrogena Expanded their Hydro Boost Line: Here’s What You Need

March 14, 2018

Neutrogena Expanded their Hydro Boost Line: Here’s What You Need

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For dehydrated guys and gals all over the world, Neutrogena Hydro-Boost has been a skin saver. If you have oily skin, the Hydro Boost line should be your best friend. It hydrates and quenches the skin, while also having dimethicone to act as a ‘sealant’. It truly doesn’t get any better than an amazing hydrator and moisturizer in one for $20!

Neutrogena launched their Hydro-Boost line almost 7 years ago, and the skincare industry hasn’t been the same since. The Hydro-Boost gel is formulated with hyaluronic acid and glycerin as the two main ingredients. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are humectants that help to increase your skin’s water content, thus providing hydration.

A study written by Liz Martin posted on the blog said that prior to applying the Hydro-Boost gel, Liz’s skin had 51% hydration. This was tested by a Neutrogena representative using a Moist Sense Hydrometer, a device that tests the moisture content in your skin. On the Moist Sense website, they claim that 0-50 is dehydrated and 50-99 is “ideal moisture content.”

Liz started off with a score of 51 and after using the Hydro-Boost, her skin’s moisture content had increased to a whopping 90! Her friend started off with a 65 and went up to an 85. These results are incredibly impressive.

I, too, have my own amazing experience with Neutrogena’s Hydro-Boost. As a long time eczema sufferer, I was tired of depending on topical steroids. My dermatologist has probably prescribed every steroid available to me at the highest strength. My sister suffers eczema, as well.

When she came to visit me about two years ago, we tried the Hydro-Boost on our eczema flare-ups, hers on her hand, mine on my thighs. Within two days of applying it twice a day, my flare-up was gone, and so was hers. I mean, completely gone. Like it was never even there. I didn’t need all those topical steroids, all I needed was a little hyaluronic acid on my inflamed, red, almost bleeding skin.

Neutrogena has a “Hydrate with Every Step” philosophy. They expanded to provide hydrating cleansers, masks, moisturizers, serums, sunscreens, and makeup. Before their expansion, they only offered the Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, the Hydro-Boost with SPF 15, and the Eye Gel Cream.

Let’s get right into each new product!

Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 30

Neutrogena has been saving dehydrated faces and they recently just included more products that we skincare gurus have BEGGED for. An SPF higher than 15. As Aprill of wrote, some stores have banned any SPF lower than 30 because they aren’t as effective. Neutrogena stepped their game up and added to the Hydro-Boost line an SPF 30 and SPF 50. The SPF 50 is currently my favorite.

It is super lightweight, has a very light and non-irritating fragrance, and absorbs and blends into your skin like a dream. Perfect for makeup-wearers! I also love that it gives my face a super glowy and healthy look. Not oily, glowy. There’s a difference. My skin looks and feels healthy and is moisturized all while being protected from damaging sun rays.


Hydro Boost Cleansers

I’ve stated how I feel about manual exfoliants quite a number of times, and I am not backtracking on my word, but this one is truly not that bad. It has microbeads that are gentle, and it won’t dry out your skin like 99% of scrubs do. It’ll actually hydrate your skin because it is formulated with hyaluronic acid. If more scrubs were hydrating, I would be all for them. But let’s be honest, scrubs are generally harsh and incredibly drying. I wrote a full review of the Hydrating Cleanser as well.


Hydro Boost Serums

When I first saw the Multi-Vitamin Booster serum in Target, it was love at first sight. Literally. The ingredient list is gold. It has niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, Panthenol, and other skin-loving ingredients. A hydrating serum with niacinamide, an ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, can help with hyperpigmentation, and is an anti-aging powerhouse on its own? I mean, how can you pass this up?! The hydrating serum also has hyaluronic acid and is super lightweight. I would recommend both serums for any skin type.


Hydro Boost Masks

As a sheet mask fanatic, I get excited whenever a new sheet mask is launched. Especially coming from a brand I trust to hydrate my skin, I had to try the new Hydro Boost masks. Neutrogena released a sheet mask and an overnight sleeping mask. I used the overnight sleeping mask after doing a chemical peel. I have no words to describe how smooth and supple my skin was the next morning.

Peels can often dry your skin out a little and cause irritation. The overnight sleeping mask prevented any of this from occurring. My skin healed from the peel within hours, instead of days. There were no signs of irritation or dryness and my skin remained smooth and supple for days. I had a similar experience with the sheet mask, but I did not use it post-peel. Both are great if you want supple, glowy skin that’s properly hydrated.



Hydro Boost Makeup

Neutrogena doesn’t have the range when it comes to makeup. Sorry, not sorry. Their shade range of concealer and foundation is extremely underwhelming. They have 10 shades with a dramatic jump from Pale to Deep. I’m not here for it at all, but the ingredients for the foundation seem promising to those who actually have a shade. Their concealer is the same. 5 shades of mediocre. What I am here for (that’s for everyone) is their hydrating lip treatment, lip shines, and mascara.

Comment below what Neutrogena Hydro Boost products you’ve tried and loved! Will you be trying one of their newer Hydro Boost products?


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    • I primarily use the Cerave Healing Ointment for my eczema. My thighs, arms, neck, and behind my knees used to have awful flare-ups constantly. I started using the healing ointment and got off my topical steroids. I don't remember the last time I've had a flare-up now! To deal with the scarring from my flare-ups, I use the AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy lotion.

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