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: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
So I’ve been trying to find a sunscreen with a high SPF that my skin likes. I was really impressed with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 that I went out picked up the SPF 50. Yay! I finally have it now. 😊 I’ve only used it for a few days, but it feels very similar to the 30 even though it doesn’t contain the same ingredients. But it does have the same fragrance and same blue dye in it. Once again, if you’re allergic to fragrance or dyes, this is not for you. I don’t know why Neutrogena needs to add fragrance to the Hydro Boost line (majority of the products), but it’ll be better without it. I’m getting really tired of the fragrance, lol. It gets annoying after some time. I just want a bland product now, haha. I’m sure most people would prefer a product without fragrance or dyes. If the fragrance and dye was removed from this product (and other hydro boost products), more people would be able to use and enjoy the product also. It’s a win-win. Neutrogena just gotta ruin it for some people. I’m done ranting about that. 🤣 I’m fortunate enough to not have an allergy towards fragrance and dyes. 🤗 lol. Still, it would be better without them. So after testing out the SPF 50, here’s my experience with this sunscreen.
This sunscreen looks identical to the SPF 30 version. Same overpowering fragrance. Just take a whiff of it when you open the cap, lmao. Or not. Same blue coloring to it. It looks very pretty. Darn that Blue 1 dye. ha! Also, it contains alcohol too. I can smell the alcohol in the SPF 50 a little more compared to the SPF 30. Just like the 30, I’m happy to say that it didn’t dry out my skin. This sunscreen is definitely for dry skin. It’s very moisturizing and keeps my skin soft, supple, and hydrated throughout the day. And it’s really good at moisturizing flaky, dry patches. I still can’t believe how fast it heals those areas on my face. It has helped calm down and keep those flakes away. I’m really happy for this product. It has done wonders for my skin. But…there’s something I need to talk about. It’s very important. Here it goes…
I didn’t notice any breakouts while using this sunscreen during the first application. So when I apply this sunscreen in the morning, everything is good. My skin is fresh. I get a new, clean, fresh application of the SPF 50 sunscreen. My skin feels good, since my skin isn’t oily, no dirt or debris, or any gunk at this point. But when I try to reapply this sunscreen, that’s when everything goes downhill. And this happens each time I reapply the sunscreen throughout the day. I noticed clogged pores. This is very disheartening because I truly loved what this product has done for my skin, and it’s SPF 50! It hasn’t only happened with the SPF 50 but also with the SPF 30 as well. 💔 So I think this sunscreen is too hydrating for my skin for reapplication. It leaves my skin feeling dirty and grimy. Like there’s a thick layer of product sitting on top of my face. The more I reapply, it just piles on top of each other. When this happens, it traps sebum, dirt, bacteria, debris, and other gunk from the day within my pores, and I end up with a bad breakout. This sunscreen is also water-resistant. Just like Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+ (review here), where I had issues with the sunscreen being too occlusive. I think the same thing is happening here. Yeah, I had to stop using it because of this. Bummer.
The sunscreen tends to separate (as shown in the photo), so make sure to shake it up first before using. This hasn’t happened to me with the SPF 30. I’ll take note if it does. 👀
Overall, the sunscreen looks identical to the SPF 30 version when mixed properly. It just smells a little bit more like alcohol, but it didn’t dry my skin out at all. It’s a very moisturizing sunscreen.
Pros & Cons
- Contains SPF 50 (Avobenzone 2.7%, Homosalate 9%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 9%, Oxybenzone 4.5%)
- Soft and creamy texture
- Very moisturizing
- Comes in a 3. fl. oz. tube
- Water-resistant (80 minutes)
- No breakouts with initial application
- Overpowering fragrance
- Contains dye
- Stings the eyes. Avoid the eye area with this sunscreen.
- Contains alcohol. I can smell it. 🍻 I think it contains fragrance to *try to* hide the alcohol smell.
- Breakouts occur with reapplication (same with the SPF 30)
Hmmm, well, this is unfortunate. 😭😭😭 I really liked the hydro boost sunscreen. I just can’t use it to reapply. So I don’t think I’m going to continue to use this sunscreen on my facial skin. I wanted a sunscreen that I can use often and reapply throughout the day if necessary. This isn’t doing it. I think it’s a good sunscreen but perhaps it’s too heavy for my skin to handle. It is for dry skin after all. Even with oily skin, I do deal with skin dryness from time to time, and this sunscreen felt really good on my skin while it lasted. I thought it could help with the dryness and flaky skin, which it did. The first application feels absolutely wonderful on the skin. It works. Skin is left feeling hydrated and flakes healed and came off effortlessly. But with reapplication, it just gets really nasty. It’s tough to give this one up, but I have to. I’ll use the rest on my body when it’s dry or to tame those dry patches. After this experience, I won’t repurchase. I’m so disappointed.
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