Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin Review

Hello beauties! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on one of my favourite moisturizers for dry skin β€” the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost line has been a favourite of mine for years. I reviewed this moisturizer way back when I started my blog, but obviously back then I was still figuring out photography and how to review products. I wanted to revisit that post and bring you my current thoughts on the moisturizer.

Two years ago I included this moisturizer on my Top 10 Winter Skin Savers blog post, and more recently I shared a review of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen. That sunscreen is amazing for everyday, and I really expected nothing less from the Hydro Boost line.

If you want to know why I love the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin so much β€” Keep reading!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer Review - Extra Dry Skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin Review

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream isn’t the cheapest moisturizer at the drugstore. In Canada it retails around $25 for an 1.7oz jar, however if you watch for sales you can often find it for $17.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart. After having reviewed a long lineup of other moisturizers from the drugstore I can honestly say that the Hydro Boost Gel Cream is the most hydrating & lightweight formula I have ever used.

There is also a regular version of the Hydro Boost Gel Cream (here) that is not quite as hydrating as the Extra Dry Skin version. It is meant for normal-oily skin types but my skin is desert dry! The Extra Dry Skin version is perfect for me.

Note: Neutrogena is NOT cruelty free

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Water (eau), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Polyacrylamide, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Beeswax, C13-14 Isoparaf¬fin,Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, C12-14 Pareth-12, Sodium Hydroxide

Product Claims

  • Oil, Fragrance and Dye Free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Wearable under make-up
  • instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated all day

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Review


I know that many people aren’t a fan of jar style packaging but I personally don’t mind. You can use a spatula to scoop out the product but I honestly just use my hands. I would be concerned if I was constantly changing moisturizers which would make this product last much longer, but I generally stick to one at a time and finish up a jar in about a month.

If the packaging is an issue for you the regular gel cream is available with SPF in a tube with a pump, but not the Extra Dry Skin Gel Cream.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream


The texture of the Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin is most definitely a combination of gel & cream. Surprise, surprise with a name like that. I love gel moisturizers because they don’t leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy. I may have dry skin but I don’t like feeling a ton of product on my face. 

The formula glides across my skin without any tugging and feels incredibly quenching. If there was a hydro boost body cream I would definitely buy it!


The Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturizer eliminates all of my dry patches within a few days and it keeps them gone. The product has no smell and it absorbs quickly into the skin thanks to hyaluronic acid.

Because Hydro Boost Gel Cream is a gel consistency silicone primers will pill on top of it. It’s unfortunate but I don’t find that I need those pore filling or texture reducing primers as much when I’m using this moisturizer because of how well it keeps texture at bay.

I also never feel like my pores are clogged β€” It’s essentially perfect! I wish I had repurchased Hydro Boost sooner because I forgot how much I loved it.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Creme Review


  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Fragrance Free
  • Lightweight & Non Greasy
  • All Day Hydration


  • Not Cruelty Free
  • Pills Silicone Based Makeup

Have you used Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream?

Let me know what your favourite moisturizer from the drugstore is! I love hearing your recommendations and testing new products. Overall I really, really love this moisturizer. The only thing that would make it better for me is if Neutrogena became cruelty free. Thanks for reading, talk soon! x



  1. May 24, 2019 / 11:56 am

    I’ve never tried this before, not CF lol. I do like the gel moisturizers though, those are so far my favorite. I do really like elf’s skincare as of lately so for now, those are my affordable drugstore skincare products. I will be doing a post on those soon.

    • May 29, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      I want neutrogena to go CF so bad! I feel guilty buying their products but this moisturizer is the best I’ve ever tried πŸ™
      I need to check out that post when it’s up, I haven’t tried any of elfs skincare products!

      • May 30, 2019 / 9:07 am

        Girl if you like it, keep using it! Sooner or later you’ll find a product to replace it and you’ll be so relieved! Lol.
        I hope to have that post up sometime this summer. Still need to try two products and form my opinions. But so far I’m liking what elf has to offer.

        • June 2, 2019 / 3:39 pm

          Or maybe they’ll finally go CF, I can hope!
          That’s great, I’m glad you’re liking the products so far!

  2. Susan Henderson
    May 23, 2019 / 3:37 pm

    BTW hon, there is a Hydro Gel body Cream! I have it and love it!

    • May 29, 2019 / 8:41 pm

      I saw it in stores later the day that I posted this and I bought it!! It’s so nice!

  3. May 21, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    I know you’ve told me about this product, and I saw it in TJ max! I have to try it out! I recently bought a elf water droplet balm recently, which I’m really enjoying! Once I finish some of my skincare (will I ever?) Great post girl! xxx

    Melina |

    • May 22, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Hopefully it’s on sale there! I really love this moisturizer. I actually just learned that there’s a body cream version of this so I picked it up on Monday. It’s going to be perfect for summer πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  4. May 21, 2019 / 7:22 pm

    Ooh, I’ve never tried this! I might have to pick one up at the store! πŸ™‚

    • May 22, 2019 / 8:28 pm

      I love it! Watch for a sale, you might be able to save a bit of money πŸ™‚

  5. May 21, 2019 / 12:39 am

    Why have I never heard of this product? I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from Neutrogena before lol πŸ˜›

    • May 22, 2019 / 8:01 pm

      It’s really great! I just wish they were cruelty free,

  6. May 20, 2019 / 11:34 am

    I definitely need to remember to buy this the next time I need a moisturizer! $25 is pretty pricey for drugstore, but it’s still better than spending $45+ on a moisturizer from Sephora. I feel like the gel consistency might still be a little too light for the winter for me, but this might work well in the summer!

    • May 20, 2019 / 2:57 pm

      You might be able to get it on sale if you watch for it, often has sales and Shoppers sometimes puts it on sale too! I always forget how expensive Sephora’s moisturizers are. $25 is much nicer than $45!

      Let me know what you think if you do end up trying it!

      • May 21, 2019 / 4:23 pm

        I always forget! I’ll have to keep my eye out for it for sure. Thanks for the tip!

  7. May 20, 2019 / 9:10 am

    I actually tried this moisturizer for a while and I really loved it, it has such a good formula, too bad it’s not cruelty-free. I also tried their other moisturizer for combination skin and it’s as good!

    • May 20, 2019 / 2:59 pm

      I hope they go cruelty free soon. They still sell to China so they have to test products that go there, until that changes they unfortunately can’t be considered cruelty free πŸ™

      Good to know the combo skin moisturizer is just as good! I’m glad you like hydro boost too!

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