In an effort to try to cut some costs I’ve been experimenting with drug store cosmetics and skincare. So far I’ve had mixed results. I’ve been using Clinique’s Dramatically Different gel for over ten years. Every now and then I’ll try something else for awhile but I always come crawling back to that yellow bottle. It sinks into the skin, leaving it buttery soft.
On a lark one day I tried the Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel. I’m not 100% what a water gel is but it feels amazing rubbing it into your skin. This product also sinks in quickly and leaves your skin smooth. Hydro Boost also has the amazing cooling feeling as it absorbs, sort of like rubbing aloe on a sunburn. Its main ingredient is the super popular hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to make your skin look more moisturized/plumped up.
My biggest issue with the Neutrogena formula is the smell. It’s not that it smells bad, but it smells exactly like Head & Shoulders. The fragrance doesn’t fade away, either. Every now and then I’ll get a strong whiff of dandruff shampoo.
How they compare: I have combination skin that leans oily. Clinique gives me what I consider the perfect amount of moisture. If Clinique is 100%, I’d say Neutrogena would rank around a 60%. I needed to reapply it when I got home from work and then again before bed. They both operated equally under makeup although I do think Neutrogena looked a bit better under foundation (enough to change moisturizers? No.). I also take away point from Neutrogena because I hate skin products in pots where I have to stick in my finger to apply. In my mind that just allows bacteria and germs to mingle with the stuff you smear on your face. Yes, you’re supposed to wash your hands before you use it but it still squicks me out.
Splurge or save? If you have oily skin I definitely recommend checking out the Neutrogena Hydro Boost. It doesn’t leave you with that greasy feel that I’ll sometimes develop when I “over” moisturize my face. If you have dry skin I think you’ll find this won’t do much for you. Like I mentioned earlier, my skin leans oily and I didn’t think do much to hydrate my skin.