Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review: Is it Good For Acne-Prone Skin?

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is an award-winning and best-selling product from Neutrogena. It has been popular for containing the star ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid. But do you think it’s worth buying considering its price? Read on to know my thoughts on it.

What is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel used for?

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple, and hydrated day after day. The award-winning and best-selling water gel formula absorbs quickly and instantly delivers intense hydration. It contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin and acts as a sponge, absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This lightweight moisturizer is suitable for all skin types leaving skin more supple and smooth. Plus, it’s an oil-free moisturizer, so you can wear it alone or under makeup as a smooth, velvety primer.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Claims

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Ingredients:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethiconol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, C12-14 Pareth -12, Sodium Hydroxide, Blue 1



  • ₹499 for 15g
  • ₹1050 for 50g

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel comes in a classy, sea blue colored glass jar. I like how luxurious it looks. The glass jar is so thick and strong that it doesn’t break with just a fall. It’s obviously not travel-friendly but is eco-friendly.

Color & Texture:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel has a light texture, similar to the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. It’s not exactly gel but is not a cream as well. It’s a water gel, just like its name. It has a pale blue hue to it but goes on completely transparently on the skin.


This has a fresh aquatic fragrance. It smells nice but it can be a bit loud for those who prefer fragrance-free products. The scent tends to stay on for some time post-application. Personally, I like its unique scent. There is also a Fragrance-Free Version available in the US.

My Experience:

You might have gotten the hint (with two jars in pic) that I love this moisturizer so much. I finished my first one and am currently on my second jar. I cannot use cream-based moisturizers on my breakout-prone oily skin. So gels are a staple for me. This Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel has been a very lightweight yet hydrating moisturizer. It absorbs so quickly and leaves the skin incredibly soft and smooth with a satin matte finish.

I use this in both my day and night time routine since it’s SPF-free. I tend to prefer non-SPF moisturizers as I can use them anytime. The Hydro Boost Water Gel does not pill and goes well under makeup and with other skincare products as well without any hindrance. Above all, it hasn’t broken me out. My aunt is also an avid user of this gel and she has been loving this on her dry skin. Typically this can be used by all skin types, be it oily or dry.

The Hydro Boost Water Gel is a Hyaluronic acid-based Moisturizer that locks in moisture into the skin providing long-lasting hydration. The only drawback is the price. But I would say it totally worth spending on this absolute bomb product. Those having an aversion to the fragrance can try out the gel cream version which is completely fragrance-free and is much liked by sensitive skin people.

Side Effects

There are no major side effects reported by consumers of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. However, since this is a scented product with added color to it, you might want to recheck if you are allergic to it. Fragranced products may cause dizziness, nausea, rashes, redness, irritations, and contact dermatitis.

The gel is high in silicones and has few comedogenic, fungal acne-triggering ingredients, so if you are prone to fungal acne, you might want to skip this.


  • Alcohol Free.
  • Lightweight & Non-Greasy Texture.
  • Absorbs within seconds.
  • Hydrates the skin.
  • Gives a soft matte finish.
  • Suits all skin types.
  • Non-comedogenic.
  • Dermatologically Tested.


  • Price

My Rating: 4.9/5


Would I recommend it?

Yes, totally. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is one of the Best Lightweight Hydrating Moisturizers that I’ve tried. It has a great formula that keeps the skin nourished throughout the day. A big yes from me.

Similar Alternative Products:

Belif The True Aqua Bomb:

This is very similar to the Neutrogena Hydro Boost, albeit a pricier one. I love the aqueous gel cream formulation and the fresh cucumber scent of this. It equally boosts a burst of hydration to the skin and gives soft, supple, and plump skin. If you can splurge, definitely try this. Price: ₹1690 for 25ml. Get it here.

Dot and Key 72Hr Hydrating Gel Moisturizer:

An absolute dupe at a much lower price. In addition to Hyaluronic Acid, it has got Rice Water and Oatmeal. Again this aqueous gel moisturizer is a dream to use – hydrates the skin so well with a non-sticky finish. The fragrance is again fresh like cucumber – it’s the mildest of the three and my personal favorite too. Price: ₹495 for 60ml. Get it here.

Read Full Review: Dot And Key 72Hr Probiotics Moisturizer

So What do you think of this moisturizer?


2 thoughts on “Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review: Is it Good For Acne-Prone Skin?”

  1. Accha hai , lakin is price me aur bhi accha product mil sakta hai to main isko buy nahi karungi ?

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