Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer for extra dry skin Review

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer for Extra Dry Skin ReviewHey everyone! I’m finally reviewing the mystery moisturizer I’ve been raving about since March! As part of Elle Canada’s Grand Prix I was sent a few products to blind test. I had NO idea what most of them were. All I knew was that out of the four day creams I tested out this one was by far my favourite. It’s that good! Now that my blind reviews have been submitted I was able to pry off the labels and find out what it was I’ve been loving for the last two months! Turns out my favourite product is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream moisturizer. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer Review

Neutrogena Hydro Boost for extra dry skin retails for approximately $25CAD for 47ml of product and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart,, etc. There us also a formulation for normal to dry skin. Hydro Boost claims to absorb super quickly and lock in all day hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid, and is oil free.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer for Extra Dry Skin Review

Smell & Texture

Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer doesn’t really have much of a smell. It’s almost scentless, with the formula having a mild medicinal smell. Hydro Boost Gel Cream doesn’t have any added fragrance so it would be good if you are sensitive to smells.

The texture is in between a cream and gel consistency. It’s incredibly light on my skin and applies beautifully. I only need a quarter sized dollop to coat my entire face and neck, so there is none of that tugging you get from applying thicker moisturizers.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer absorbs very quickly into my skin. This Gel Cream formula somehow manages to be lightweight, quick absorbing, and extremely hydrating. My dry skin was soothed almost immediately, and the feeling lasted my entire day without my skin getting greasy.


I struggle with dry patches on my nose and cheeks most winters. After a single week of use my dry patches were eliminated! I was shocked. Normally moisturizers will lessen the look of dry spots on my face but never causes them to completely disappear! When I moved on to test other moisturizers for Elle the dry patches came back, so I know that Hydro Boost was totally meant for me.

Final Thoughts

The only thing preventing me from declaring Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream my new holy grail moisturizer is the fact that it doesn’t contain any SPF. That’s extremely important to me, especially in the Summer so I do wish this contained sun protection. Luckily I can pair it with an SPF BB cream. I’m definitely going to be repurchasing this next winter when the air gets dry again!


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  1. September 11, 2017 / 7:32 am

    ! I just indirect request it had Spf. If you desire to prove it out there is a water gel interpretation instead of this gel pick, interpretation the reviews on Neutrogena’s website it sounds like the water gel works great for fulsome skin!

  2. May 18, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I love this moisturizer! I used to be ride-or-die with this product. I actually don’t mind that it doesn’t have SPF, but I’m not a fan of the jar packaging. I don’t think it’s sanitary to dig your fingers into a jar like this and I also don’t like that the product is exposed to the air, where aerosols containing bacteria, dust, and dirt can get in. To overcome this issue, I will use a spatula to scoop out product and close it right away. Other than that, no complaints. Love this product!

    • May 20, 2017 / 11:15 pm

      I like the packaging, but you’re right it totally isn’t the most sanitary packaging. I just make sure I wash my hands reeeally well first 😄 Thanks for the spatula tip, I’ll need to get one for my jar products! I just saw that there is a version that has Spf and it comes in a tube instead of a jar, I might need to try that out!

      • May 22, 2017 / 9:50 am

        if you try it out, let me know how it performs in comparison!

  3. lauraslatestthing
    May 17, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    i have been wanting to try this product!! sounds great!

  4. May 17, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I’ve been meaning to buy this, but after this post I definitely will! Thanks xoxo

    • May 17, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      I hope you love it as much as I do!!

  5. May 17, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    I loved this too! Although I think I had the water gel one. Such a good range though! I want to try it all!

    • May 17, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      It’s such a great mositurizer, I love how lightweight and non greasy it is! I’m glad you love it too!

  6. May 17, 2017 / 8:45 am

    This one looks great, as I like Neutrogena as a brand so I think this one is a must to try. Great review. xx

    • May 17, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you 😊 I was so impressed by it!

  7. May 17, 2017 / 8:26 am

    Wow that is awesome you were able to find such a great affordable moisturizer that agrees with your skin! I’ve always been curious about this product. I’d love to try it someday but I have oily skin, not dry. I would probably try the normal to dry instead!

    • May 17, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      I was so happy to find this, I feel like I’ve been searching forever for my perfect moisturizer! I just wish it had Spf. If you want to try it out there is a water gel version instead of this gel cream, reading the reviews on Neutrogena’s website it sounds like the water gel works great for oily skin! I haven’t tried it but the reviews are very positive.

      • May 19, 2017 / 6:50 pm

        I’m going to look into it for sure!

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