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 — 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 — 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 — 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 🙁
      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 🙂 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! 🙂

    • May 22, 2019 / 8:28 pm

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

  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 😛

    • 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 🙁

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

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