Skincare: Neutrogena Hydro Boost

Reviews, Skin Care

When I hear “Neutrogena”, I immediately picture their ad from a while back featuring Vanessa Hudgens doing that throwing-water-on-her-face move. (A move that if you had to try it, you will get water all over your bathroom floor haha).

Fun fact: Neutrogena is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson Limited who, of course, also produced the Johnson’s Fresh Hydration range

M I N D  B L O W N.

After seeing their Hydro Boost Range hit shelves here in Cape Town, I knew I had to get my hands on them at some point.

I’d seen a few raving reviews about this range and I had to decide for myself.

This range contains hyaluronic acid in their products which among others, helps combat dryness and plumps your skin, giving a somewhat youthful appearance.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost range consists of the following products:

  1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Exfoliator – Smoothing Gel
  2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: City Shield Hydrating Lotion SPF 25
  3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Gel Cream Moisturiser
  4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Water Gel Moisturiser
  5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Cleansing Facial Wipes
  6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Water Gel Cleanser
  7. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Micellar Water
  8. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Eye – Awakening Gel Cream

I purchased numbers 1, 2 and 3 from the above list.

Disclaimer: Please note that all prices mentioned were what I paid at the time of purchase.


1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Exfoliator – Smoothing Gel – R99.95


This product is not just any old face scrub as there is no hard granules of a typical scrub.

It has a pleasant, sweet scent and the texture is indeed a thick, smooth gel.

My face feels so soft after use, so it definitely works as stated on the product.

2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: City Shield Hydrating Lotion SPF 25 – R129.95

To be honest, I have not been wearing any sun block/ SPF products daily as I should be doing.

Terrible, I know.

This seemed like a good product to get because it claims to “protect against pollution and sun damage”.

The lotion is a light blue in colour and once again, the scent is sweet and pleasant.

Your hands will be slightly greasy after applying it to the face, but they tend to be after using any SPF product.

With most sunblocks (that I have used in the past), you would have to apply it more than just once in the morning.

I learnt the hard way with this product after being in direct late afternoon sun for just ten minutes and my nose turned a lovely shade of crimson. That was my own fault to say the least. I had applied a thin layer early that morning.

I will continue using this lotion and see over time if it really does protect my skin more because I do not think that I have been using it long enough to put it to “proper use” yet.

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Gel Cream – R129.95


This gel-cream claims to “boost hydration, helps lock it all day for smooth, supple and renewed skin”.

…And it does just that.

This lightweight, cooling gel-cream glides effortlessly onto your face, leaving it feeling refreshed and smooth.

My cheeks do tingle after applying this cream directly after using the smoothing gel. Could it just be a symptom of my niggly, sensitive skin?


Since I only own three products of this extensive range, I cannot really say much.

All three products do work as they claim to so far.

My skin is so soft and hydrated after using these three products.

However, do not depend on these products if you have some breakouts as that is not their purpose to clear your skin.

These products are more pricey, depending on your budget, but if it works then I am willing to pay a bit extra within reason, of course!)

Have you tried this range?




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