Review: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum
I’m on a roll with Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost skin care line! 😁 Now I have the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum. I was going to try out the gel-creams but decided on the hydrating serum instead. This product looks very promising, since I’ve used the sunscreens (Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 & Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50) and the body moisturizer (Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream). 👈🏻 Don’t forget to check out my reviews on these products! They’re all moisturizing on my skin but felt a bit too heavy for my skin type. I thought I would go for something else that feels more lightweight on the skin. Serums tend to be much lighter on the skin compared to gel-creams or creams. So the purpose of the hydrating serum is to increase hydration in the skin for smooth and supple skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, which is a hydrator that attracts moisture and locks it into the skin. This product is also oil-free and non-comedogenic (we’ll have to see if that’s true, lol). I’m really hoping that this serum works. I have a hyaluronic acid essence (not serum) in my routine, but it’s not super hydrating (Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence), so I hope this product gives my skin some moisture or hydrate it better. Here are my thoughts on the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum! 🙂
The product comes in a sleek pump bottle. It feels rather clunky, so I’m not a fan of it. It’s 1 fl. oz. One pump of the product covers the whole face and neck. Just gently pat the serum into the skin. So this serum feels lightweight and smooths over my skin nicely. It has a makeup primer kinda feel to it. I was a bit worried about this, since my skin doesn’t react well to products that have a silicone texture to it. But I continued to use the product. Anything can happen at this point. It may or may not work. Who knows! So the first day of using this serum went well. My skin was so hydrated, looked and felt silky smooth, and more supple. It hydrated my skin so much better compared to the hyaluronic acid product I had in my skin care routine (Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence). Since my skin felt so moisturized, I thought I had found a much better replacement. I really liked how the serum felt on my skin and how it transformed my skin into this silky smoothness. My skin just felt really nice. It was so smooth and hydrated at the same time! I was really happy with the results within 1 day. My skin looked softer, felt moisturized, and glowed! But that was only the first day of using the product. Now let’s move on to the next day. What happened? To find out, keep on reading!
Even though I loved how this serum hydrated my skin, I started to notice closed comedones on my forehead by day 2. Nooooooooooooo! We had a good thing going on! 😭😭😭 Once I noticed the breakouts, I removed the serum from my skin care routine. It took a couple of days for my skin to go back to normal, but the breakouts disappeared eventually. Just as I predicted, my skin didn’t like the silicones in this product. It was just too good to be true. It feels like the serum just sits on my skin, and there’s a thin layer of film on top of my skin (like a makeup primer). When this happens, it traps sebum, debris, dirt under the surface and causes breakouts. The same happened to me with Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+.
Overall, the serum did increase hydration in my skin. It made my skin smoother and left it feeling supple. It felt lightweight on my skin, which seemed perfect for my skin type. Worked well under sunscreen and makeup. I loved what it did to my skin when I was using it, except for the closed comedones that developed. Ugh! It could’ve been a good product if it weren’t for the breakouts. Oh well. Can’t do anything about it. My skin just doesn’t like the ingredients in this product. Also, keep in mind that this product does contain fragrance. 🤮 I’ve been using products from the Hydro Boost line, and it gets really nauseating having to smell that awful overpowering fragrance day in and out. It was ok at first, but it just gets really annoying over time. Well, it looks like the Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum didn’t work for me. Moving on…
This is what Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum looks like. It’s not blue, but it has an overwhelming fragrance to it. Like most of their other hydro boost products…
Pros & Cons
- Contains hyaluronic acid
- Feels lightweight
- Hydrates the skin. Left my skin feeling more moisturized!
- Makes the skin look flawless
- Smooths over the skin nicely
- Feels slippery on the skin and makes application very easy because of that.
- No blue dye this time
- Breakouts. Closed comedones.
- Overpowering fragrance
- Annoying clunky bottle
I really wanted this hydrating serum to work. Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence doesn’t hydrate my skin by much. The only reason why I’m still using it is because it doesn’t break me out. I was looking for a better hyaluronic acid serum that does a better job at hydrating my skin. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum seems like it would work, since all of their other products helped a ton with hydration. And the hydrating serum actually did moisturize my skin. But it ended up breaking me out after using it for 2 days. I was so shocked when I saw closed comedones on my forehead. The serum felt really nice on the skin. Very lightweight. It left my skin feeling and looking more youthful, more hydrated, and giving my skin that silky, dewy texture to my skin. Since it breaks me out in acne, I’m done with it. This product could work for others, but be aware that that it has an overpowering fragrance. If you can handle the fragrance, and the ingredients agree with your skin, go for it. It definitely helps with skin hydration. Otherwise, don’t bother with this serum. Honestly, I don’t miss this serum, the smell bothers me but also the packaging. lol. It’s so clunky for a product that is only 1 fl. oz.
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Review: The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5
Finally, a review on The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5! 🤗 This was one of the serums from The Ordinary that I really wanted to try. I needed something lightweight and hydrating. Something that’s not too heavy but gives my skin enough moisture. The ingredients looked pretty good, so I went for it. I picked up a bottle or two due to it being so affordable. Thought I would try it out. See what it can do for my skin. My skin could use some amino acids and hydration. 👀 After going through a couple of bottles, I can officially share my experience with everyone! I hope this is helpful! 🙂
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- For dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity
- Lightweight, concentrated hydration support formula
- Amino Acids provides barrier support, elasticity, and balance
- Vitamin B5 provides surface and below surface hydration, aids skin repair, and anti-irritant functions
- 17% amino acids (including amino acid derivatives), 5% vitamin B5
The product claims are pretty overwhelming. It sounds too good to be true for a serum like this. I mean, does it actually work? Is it going to do what it promises to do? Maybe I have such high hopes for this serum. Let’s see if it works or not…
I went through a couple of bottles of The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5 within 5 months. That’s nearly, very close to half a year. So this serum comes out clear and watery. It absorbs into the skin but leaves an oily feeling behind. Feels like there’s a thin layer of film on the skin. This product feels very similar to the other The Ordinary products. It has this oily feeling to it that I didn’t like. I kept using it anyways to see if it’ll help with dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, skin firmness, and elasticity (what it claims to do). Anything is possible at this point. Turns out this serum only hydrated my skin at the moment when I’m applying it to my skin. Once the product absorbs, it didn’t leave my skin feeling hydrated. I had to reapply just to maintain the moisture. It just didn’t work in the long run. My skin didn’t feel hydrated long enough. I had to keep adding more product than necessary. I thought it was wasteful, since it comes in a 30 mL bottle.
This product has a lot of claims. I mean, the ingredients are known to have those benefits, but the product itself didn’t live up to those claims. I didn’t see a difference in my skin while using it. It didn’t help with dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of skin firmness, or elasticity. It did absolutely nothing for my skin. I kept hoping one day that it would work since it’s such a basic and simple product, but it never did. I stopped using it because I couldn’t stand the film that it left on my skin anymore. Also, it gave me blackheads and closed comedones. I really think it has to do with that residue that this product leaves behind on the skin. It makes my skin feel dirty. But the breakouts didn’t show up right away. It started popping up out of nowhere over time. Make sure to keep track of your skin and the products you use. It’s supposed to be a hydrating serum, but it eventually dried my skin out. This serum didn’t work for me in the end. Oh well. At least it didn’t cost a fortune.
Pros & Cons
- Contains amino acids and D-Panthenol
- Not hydrating, dries out the skin over time
- Feels oily on the skin
- Leaves residue behind
- Didn’t do anything for fine lines, wrinkles, firmness, or elasticity
- No results after 5 months
This serum contains a bunch of amino acids (and amino acid derivatives) to hydrate the skin. It’s supposedly a concentrated formula for hydration. I used it for months, and it was terrible at hydrating my skin. My skin dried out after months of using it. I should’ve stopped using it sooner than later, but for some reason I had faith, lol. I’m glad I snapped out of it even though it was much later than it should’ve been. 😩 This product does contain Propanediol too. Just like the other The Ordinary skin care products. I wonder if that’s the cause of the breakouts. Since removing this serum from my routine, the acne disappeared. My skin looks no different with or without it besides the breakouts and dryness that it caused. That all went away. This was another pointless product, and I’m no longer using it on my face. I’ll use the rest on my body, but I won’t buy another one after I finish it. I can’t recommend this product. It’s not good.