I’ve recently started to try and crank things up a notch when it comes to skincare. I’m dangerously close to my thirties (still can’t quite believe THAT will be happening next year) and I’ve probably not looked after my skin as much as I should have during my late teens and twenties if I’m totally honest. Where possible (and budget permitting), I’ve been buying more premium products, but there are still plenty of decent gems on the high-street which are well worth a try. I’ve been testing out the new Hydro Boost cleanser and moisturiser from Neutrogena for the past few weeks now, and so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.
Cleansers have been so hit and miss for me in the past. The foaming ones with a pump which I used to use and lather up till I looked like freaking Father Christmas never actually cleaned my skin. I think they just contributed to more oil on my face and left my skin feeling so tight and dry. Not good.
Then I discovered cleansing balms and oh WOW, what a difference. The butter-soft consistency not only removes make-up like a charm, but it really does leave the skin feeling cleansed. Which is pretty much exactly what I want from a cleanser. (My favourites incase you’re wondering are The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Butter and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish; they are both so gentle on the skin).
The Hydro Boost Cleanser from Neutrogena is a water-based gel which is supposed to boost hydration thanks to the inclusion of skin-friendly ingredient hyaluronic acid.
I was quite sceptical about using this to begin with as like I said earlier, traditional cleansing gels haven’t really been great for my skin in the past. But this is actually really lovely to use. It barely foams up at all, and instead acts like a gel leaving the skin feeling refreshed and clean. This just washes off with water or a flannel, and is a good prep for another product from the Hydro Boost range, the Water Gel moisturiser.
The whole premise behind this range is obviously all about keeping skin as hydrated as possible, and that’s exactly where the hyaluronic acid comes into play, because it is something which is naturally found in skin anyway, and basically acts like a sponge for dry skin. The other ingredients of glycerin and olive derivative work together to help the skin ‘bounce back’ throughout the day.
I’ve gotta say, I really do like the moisturiser. It’s so light to apply thanks to the gel-consistency, and also feels very cooling on the skin. I think for warmer weather and throughout the summer, this would be perfect. but likewise when skin is feeling drier over winter, it would also be a good addition to a skincare routine.
The cleanser is priced at £7.99 and the moisturiser at £12.99, and both are available from Boots along with the rest of the Hydro Boost range which includes micellar water and wipes.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll be back with a new review very soon!
This post contains samples which were sent to me for review purposes. I have provided my own personal feedback and would not feature them on my blog unless I genuinely liked them.